The theme this year was using our 'Power for Good'. Mr Cook and Mrs Bowditch held assemblies based upon this theme and teachers made this a focus of their discussions and circle-times this week.
Some classes wrote poems and created posters against bullying. The school council discussed ways to stand up to bullies.
During the week commencing the 27th February, the acclaimed ‘ISingPop’ organisation visited St Bartholomew’s Primary Academy to teach children various values through catchy pop songs. They recorded a CD with the children and finished the week with a community concert.
Rosie, the energetic and dynamic representative of the team, taught the whole school the super songs; how to sing; and dance moves to accompany the songs. She worked as the voice coach - helping the children to find their inner voices. The songs were taught line by line and then dance moves were added to improve the performance. Rosie was supported by two other members of the team, David and Mark (both sound engineers).
From the Monday through to the Wednesday, the children in each year group were introduced to seven songs; each song representing a different value:
If this don’t make you jump – Happiness
Only love – Sacrificial love
Show me the way – Guidance
Imagine this – Freedom
I lift my hands – Thankfulness
Friends for life – Friendship
Stars – Appreciation
There was a good balance of slow and steady songs to up-beat and fast tempo songs suiting everyone’s taste in music.
On Thursday morning, with rehearsal and practice complete, the children entered the hall with beaming faces, knowing that they were about to become ‘pop stars’ and record their very own CD. Mr Cook, the Headteacher, joined the Year 5/6 final song during recording. He commented, ‘This was a very moving occasion. I am extremely proud of the pupils.’
On Friday the finale was ready. The pupils headed down to St Bartholomew’s church to bring the week to an amazing end with two simply stunning concerts to the community. Parents were over-whelmed with emotion as they took in the incredible efforts of the children. One parent was heard commenting, ‘This memory will stay with me forever,’ and Cheuk Tse, a Year 6 pupil said, ‘The performances were spectacular!’