Congratulations to the members of the school choir who sang at the Arts Choir Spring Concert last Saturday. A delightful evening with beautiful singing was enjoyed by all. Well done and thank you Mr Fawcett.
Many thanks to Purbeck Youth Music and Robb from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Joe from English National Opera for a brilliant session of listening to and trying out brass instruments. Visit Purbeck Youth Music to find out about instruments and lessons at St Mary’s , or collect a form from the school office.
The children have been learning how to hold the violin and bow. They have also become familiar with the names of the strings and how to make a sound with the bow. They know the parts of the violin and have been practising Bobby Shafto, Drunken Sailor and Row your Boat.
Each week they take part in a small group led by Karen Dando.
Congratulations to our students who participated in Swanage Rotary’s Young Musician competition that was held virtually this year. Sixteen youngsters aged 8 – 18 entered by submitting recordings to the adjudicators.
St Mary’s Primary School students who entered were as follows:
SUZANNE LEJEUNE – Piano. 1st place. KS1/2 Instrumental category
ALFIE YEW – Piano. 2nd place. KS1/2 Instrumental category
LILY FAWCETT – Violin. Highly Commended. KS1/2 Instrumental category
ALVIN YEW – Piano. Highly Commended. KS1/2 Instrumental category
In recognition of a commitment to providing a high-quality music education for all children and young people St Mary’s has been awarded the Music Mark for 2020-2021.
At the Christmas fair the school choir entertained parents with a selection of carols and Christmas songs. Many thanks to the Friends of St Mary’s for organising the event.
Over the last half term, Years 5 and 6 have been working together, with award-winning composer David Fawcett, to write lyrics and compose music for two new songs. Year 5 used our school motto – Be loving and truthful – and the Gospel values as themes for their lyrics while year 6 used Pope Francis’ letter to the world, Laudato Si, as their inspiration.
You can listen to the songs here:
Year 5: Be Loving and Truthful
Year 6: It Starts With Just One Feeling
Thank you to everyone who came to our Carol Service at St Edward’s. It was a lovely service which the children led with great confidence. The band, made up from staff and pupils, provided accompaniment to the congregational carols whilst David Fawcett played piano for all the musical items.
Years 5 and 6 premiered the school songs which they have been writing in their music lessons with David Fawcett – the year 5 song, Be loving and Truthful, is linked to our school motto and Gospel values whilst the year 6 song used Laudato Si (the Pope’s letter to the world) as their inspiration.
Thank you also for your generous donations for Nakirebe Primary School in Uganda – just over £160.
The choir enjoyed performing at The United Reform Church in Swanage. They were given a very warm welcome.