Do you know how hard it is to work when you can smell samosas, pakoras and see a great big chocolate cake just crying out your name??
Well, it’s a hard life being a Mosaic Mentor on your last session and party day! Today was all about bringing together everything we had been working on for the last few weeks and celebrating how far the mums and daughters had come.
The girls had some time on their own first so they could catch up with their Discovery booklets and finish off any outstanding activities. They were amazed at how much they had done when they looked back through their books, and were reminiscing about some of the activities they had done over the last few weeks.
The mums joined the girls and then the real fun started. Mrs Shergill’s plan to have a Mosaic project legacy in the school kicked off! Hushi, one of the mentors, had been brilliant in sourcing materials and bringing in everything, and as always the every efficient Mrs Shergill and Mrs Rana had organised everything else.
The plan was for each mum and daughter to create a piece of art to represent what they’ve got out of their time on the project. We had a brainstorm to come up with words to describe their experiences, and it was obvious some people had swallowed dictionaries!! Words from the mums and girls included: determination, confidence, respectful, communication, powerful, empower, inspired, socialisation and many many more positive and strong words that summed up their Mosaic experience.
The tables were piled high with perspex square, glitter glue, mosaic tiles, paint, more glitter and more paints, and everyone was let loose! It was so interesting to see the different approached being taken to their piece of art – some people planned it out first on paper, others got straight in with the glue and paint while others pondered which word to use. Some went straight for the shorter words so they had more space to decorate and get arty with their tile!
An hour full of chatter, designing, gluing, sticking, rubbing off and starting again, searching for just the right shape or colour to stick on… All the tiles were completed! And they looked fabulous! Everyone had really gone to town, including a couple of the mentors who contributed their own piece of art and had as much fun as the girls putting it all together!
The bright colours, positive words, and beautiful designs will be hung up in the school so that everyone can admire the hard work everyone has put into the project, and it was a perfect way to end our formal time together.
Everyone joined in the cleaning up – you really don’t want to know what state the floor was in! And then we got down to the party food. Mrs Rana had said their mums are brilliant at cooking and sharing food and she was right! The tables were piled high with all sorts of food, and it was a real treat for everyone to share and eat together before heading off for the day.
Just before we all left, there was a little surprise in store for all mentors, when Mrs Shergill and 2 of the girls did a short presentation to say how much they’d enjoyed the project and to thank us. It was totally unexpected and a really lovely surprise when we were all individually presented with thank you cards and a gift from the school :).
Once again, a massive shout out to the school staff, Mrs Rana and Mrs Shergill who made the whole project so easy for us as mentors, with their excellent planning, organising and communication with their parents. It really is evident how much Arden School is proactive in supporting their children, families and local community and it was a real pleasure to play a small part by being part of their Mosaic Mentoring Project.
The next time we see everyone will be for our university visit. Everyone’s really excited about that so should be a great day!!