Young creative minds join Croydon Stands Tall

Croydon Stands Tall is reaching all corners of our community, with a borough-wide learning programme, sponsored by HSBC and London South Bank University.
Thirty schools from across Croydon are letting their imaginations run wild as take part in the Croydon Stands Tall Learning Programme, which allows the borough’s young people to play an active role in This Is Croydon, the London Borough of Culture.

Thousands of school children are currently working on a secondary art trail featuring 30 4ft giraffe sculptures that will be located across Croydon town centre in civic buildings, libraries, businesses, and other venues to compliment the main trail.

Croydon BID, in collaboration with its partners HSBC and LSBU, has worked closely with all schools to develop a unique Learning Resource Pack that provides advice and direction as their giraffe sculptures are presented, as well as unique curriculum activities and exercises.

Schools across the borough have been revealing their giraffe sculptures to their students in a variety of ways, with some unveiling their giraffe sculptures during school assemblies and others hiding them throughout the school grounds for the children to find.

Of the standout reveals, we must applaud Woodcote Primary School for introducing Mr. Pickles and Pearl who married on 23rd May 2023 – congratulations! You can keep up with every update by following their Twitter account.

St Chad’s Primary School, St James The Great Primary School, Croydon High School, Ridgeway Primary School, and Royal Russell School are among the other schools standing tall for Croydon.

Children from across the borough are now designing and painting their giraffes, ready for the start of Croydon Stands Tall on 21st August 2023.

The London Borough of Culture must reach out to and touch every part of our community, leaving a lasting legacy that people will remember and draw on in the years to come. Croydon Stands Tall, and the Learning Programme gives thousands of young people the opportunity to be directly involved in a London Borough of Culture showcase event. We are simply taken aback by the enthusiasm, excitement, and sheer joy that the programme is bringing to our young people across the borough.
Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon BID

There is an equally serious aspect to the Learning Programme in communicating the need to support those less fortunate, as we work with our charity partner Crisis Skylight Croydon. Many schools throughout the borough will be raising funds for Crisis Croydon to support the services they deliver to support those who are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless.

Croydon Stands Tall will officially launch on 21st August 2023, and run for 10 weeks, where it will close on Friday 27th October 2023. All schools involved in the Croydon Stands Tall Learning Programme will see their giraffe sculptures returned so that it can act as inspiration for years to come.