Christmas is always our busiest time within Music with plenty of opportunity for our pupils to perform in school assemblies and also out in the local community. Through our performances in two supermarkets the school choir has raised over 350 which has been donated to the school farm. Our pupils performed for the congregation at Holy Cross Church to mark the start of advent and the switching on of their ‘Tree of Light’. As always, our pupils received glowing reports regarding their behaviour, appearance and, of course, their singing.
This year, we wanted to provide the opportunity for parents and pupils to come and listen to performances from our pupils who attend instrumental lessons through the school’s music service and so we were delighted to host our first Christmas Celebration Concert on Tuesday 20th December in the school’s Learning Cafe. The event was very well attended with over 100 parents and pupils making up the audience. All present were also treated to some superb festive treats that were provided by our Year 9 Catering pupils-delicious mince pies, shortbread, chocolate and cheery tray bake to name just a few.
The programme was a mix of traditional carols, modern classics and pop songs that the pupils have been preparing over the half term with the support of their instrumental teachers. For some pupils this was the first time they had performed to an audience but all the pupils did themselves proud with confident and assured performances. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Jackson for accompanying most of the performers on the piano, Mr Gregory for hosting the concert and Miss Carlin for conducting the choir.
We will look to make this a permanent feature of our preparations for Christmas each year and hope to see you in 2017.