It has been an exceptionally busy half term in the music department! With Christmas comes singing, and this year was no exception!   Songs have been practised by all year groups as we worked towards the nativities and concerts that were to take place in December, as well as many instrumental pieces in preparation for the ‘Winter Sparkle’.  Over thirty children took part in this special event, with darkness and frost outside, and lots of tinsel and lights in the hall.  They really did show off their talents in all sorts of ways, ending with performances which really got us in the Christmas spirit.   

This was quickly followed by the Choir singing at the Keswick Victorian Fayre and rehearsing and taking part in the Penrith Schools’ Music Association Carol Festival.  They were part of a group of nearly 200 children from local schools, as well as a full orchestra.  With a sell out audience of 300, the sound was just incredible! They sang songs together, performed on their own as a school and joyously joined in with some traditional carols.   

Next it was time for the EYFS children and years 1 and 2 to get on the stage and dazzle us with their nativities.  They had practised and practised the songs and were more than ready to ‘strut their stuff’ for family and friends.  We were not disappointed! What brilliant shows of ‘Baaarmy Bethlehem’ and ‘Baubles’.  The children sang and danced their socks off, displaying confidence and performance skills in abundance – well done to everyone! 

The final week brought the whole school family together, with our own Christmas Concert held at St Andrew’s church.  What a special and poignant evening, giving a reflection of the true meaning of Christmas from the children through words from some of our Year 6’s, the band, choir and whole school community.  We finished the term with a lovely sing-song around the spectacular tree in the courtyard and wished everybody a very ‘Merry Christmas!