Category Archives: Music

KS2 Nativity Play – Hosanna Rock

KS2 children performed their fantastic Nativity this afternoon: Hosanna Rock. The singing was beautiful (with some wonderful solos), the dancing was energetic and the words were spoken very clearly. Well done, children – you were great!

KS1 Nativity Play – Aliens tell the Christmas Story!

This afternoon, Year 1 and 2 put on their version of the Christmas Story, with a group of aliens stranded on earth telling the story. There were stars and angels and Mary and Joseph, who like the aliens, could find no home. The children acted brilliantly and sang their hearts out. Well done, we are very proud of you!

St Mary’s Christingle Service

This morning, the school choir sang as part of the St Mary’s Church Chistingle Service. They did a fantastic job and everyone loved it – well done!

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They also enjoyed the experience of lighting their very own Christingles:

Christingle 2016

 

Choir performs at Kensington Palace

On Friday, the school choir performed at Kensington Palace, and switched on the Christmas lights. They sang a selection of Christmas carols – old and new – to an audience of parents, the public and Queen Victoria (in costume). They sang very well indeed and everyone enjoyed their performance. After their singing, they took part in a ceremony to light the Christmas tree lights, with each child holding an electric tea light of their own. It was magical!

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Here is a clip of the children singing our new Christmas carol, ‘His Name Shall Be‘:

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Thank you to all the parents who came along and supported us, and to the children for all their hard work at home, learning the songs. We are very proud of you.

 

Harvest Festival

Today, we held our Harvest Festival in St Mary’s Church.

harvest-2016The children generously donated gifts for the North Paddington Food Bank: food-bank-shopping-list-and-poster

Kirstine reminded us of the story of Joshua, with an amazing colour-changing Bible. Revd Ben talked to us about how God is always with us when we are afraid, as He was with Joshua, and how we can therefore look back and be thankful to God.

The choir sang their first performance piece of the year, written by gospel legend, Kirk Franklin.

Year 6 led our prayers:

Our Father in Heaven,

We give thanks during this Harvest time. We give thanks for our friends, family and teachers. We give thanks for life and the freedom to enjoy it and all other blessings.

At this Harvest time we thank you for the world we see around us; for the flowers, the trees and the animals. Bless all those who care for them, Lord. Help us to protect your creation by being careful about how we use your resources.

We pray at this time for those affected by conflict and war. In particular, we send our prayers to those who have fled Syria and now live in homes, churches and camps in the region and across our continent of Europe. Watch over them and may all Syrian refugees find true refuge.

Thank you for the work that the Paddington Food Bank does to help people who don’t have enough food in our area. We hope that the donations we have brought will bring happiness to those who are in need.

Amen

BHM: Visit from Hannah Kendall

On Wednesday, Hannah Kendall visited to talk about how she became a composer, as part of our Black History Month celebrations.

hannah-bhm-3She described the process of writing a piece of classical music (for up to 100 instruments!) and told the children about the opera she has recently written.

Hannah has a passion for encouraging children and young people from a range of backgrounds (particularly girls, who are under-represented in the profession)  to explore a career in composition and Music.

 

Hannah also shared how her faith in God had inspired her and helped her discover her vocation.

The children loved listening to her orchestral piece, which was very dramatic and exciting!

Year 1 Violins and Bicycles

Year 1 have been learning two new skills this week: playing the violin and riding a bike.

violinsTheir thrice-weekly violin lessons are provided by London Music Masters.

Every child has the opportunity to learn how to read Music, play the violin and develop their Musicianship. They are already loving it!

 

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The bicycle training is provided by Cycle Confident.

They are teaching children across the school to ride confidently and safely, as part of our whole-school approach to health and well-being called ‘Bike It Plus’. St Mary’s is one of 6 schools to be running this scheme.

Year 6 Leavers’ Presentation

On Friday, our Year 6 class put on the fantastic show ‘Shakespeare Rocks’, telling the story of the life of William Shakespeare and some of the backgroud to his plays. We laughed, we cried, and then we laughed a lot more! They performed it extremely well and we were all very proud of them. Mr Riordan continued the afternoon by giving a speech, saying how important it was that whatever happens in life, they care for one another. Jon Ward (Chair of Governors) then presented every child with a book, a special certificate made for each individual pupil, and awarded the school cups to children as voted for by their classmates.

Well done, Year 6. We will all miss you very much.

Art Exhibition

Yesterday, St Mary’s was transformed into an Art Gallery! Every class worked on an Art project, linked to the theme of Water, during ‘Arts Week’ and then displayed their work for parents and visitors to see. There were also filmed Musical performances, which were played during the exhibition, and the choir sang a selection of songs from different films.

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the children, and to the staff for all their hard work in putting the show together.

Percussive Strings at the Barbican

On Friday, a group of Year 5 pupils went to the Barbican Centre to perform a piece they have been working on with London Music Masters.

LMM Barbican

They sang and performed fantastically well, often having their own part to sing amongst a combined choir of four different schools. The singers were accompanied by violinists from other London Music Masters schools; we are looking forward to some of our pupils starting violin lessons next year.

Well done, Year 5!