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 performed at Emmanuel Baptist church Christmas Tree Festival, right next to the tree St Mary’s had decorated.
The choir enjoyed performing at The United Reform Church in Swanage. They were given a very warm welcome.
Thirty children from years 5 and 6 enjoyed joining together with a group of pupils from St Mark’s School for an afternoon of singing at St Mary’s Parish Church. David Fawcett led them through a singing workshop and the children then took part in a service of Compline which parents came to share.
Pupils from Years 4,5 & 6 shared an amazing day with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In a range of workshops they played in an ‘air orchestra’; learnt a chorus from Carmen and played violins, guitars and percussion instruments in an orchestra. They then showed off all their new skills performing in a concert with the BSO – a brilliant day. Many thanks must go to the BSO; to Mrs Buckle and all the other volunteers and contributors who made it such a special day.