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Wider opportunities

Wherever possible, we will take part in events and opportunities within and beyond school to broaden children's experience and provide a real-life context to learning and performance. 


Those who play instruments are encouraged to participate in the school orchestra - this widens the children's musical experience and enables them to work on new skills in their instrumental performance including the likes of listening, collaboration, timing and harmony. A short video of our school orchestra can be viewed here.


In March 2020, we took part as a whole school in the international Sing Up Day event. We gathered together to sing 'There's a power in the music' and recorded this performance. We were delighted to be included in the world-wide Digi Choir video, alongside schools from China, Thailand, and other countries around the world. 


Sing Up day 2020

Whole-school performance of the Sing Up Day 2020 song in March 2020.

Here is the world-wide Digi-Choir performance, which are proud to be a part of! (look out for Hillside Avenue in the middle of the video at around 1:30!)

The experience of joining together with children from all around the world on that day to sing together was really exciting, and extra special as it was not long after this that schools had to close and events like this had to come to a temporary halt due to covid-19 restrictions.

Sing Up Day 2020 Digichoir - Theres a power in the music.mp4

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In September 2020 we took part in an exciting webcast arranged through VNET (Viscount Nelson Education Network).

Our Year 5 and Year 6 children were inspired to hear Chris Lubbe talk about his experience of Aparthied and his work as Nelson Mandela's bodyguard. Chris's remarkable story resonated with many of our school aims and values, as he reminded us  that:

  • Our words matter

  • Forgiveness is the key to freedom

  • We need to appreciate what we have and the education that we have. It helps us to read and learn about other people.

  • You can make a change. Nobody is too small.

  • We need to reach out, be kind and connect with others.

  • Important to show respect for all.

  • We should all try to become the best that we can be.

  • We need to learn to reach out to others and work together as human beings.

  • We must never give up!