Once again, we were all delighted by some wonderful performances from instrumentalists and singers across Years 4-7 on Thursday morning. Whether a beginner or more advanced player, every boy and girl who took part performed confidently, and with real passion and charisma. We have great musical talent and enthusiasm coming up the school, and can look forward to many more fine performances and concerts. As Paul Shiels commented, to see the progress which has been made from term to term with many of the children is just wonderful.
All those who had the privilege of attending the Senior School choral concert of Faure's Requiem will have been blown away by the powerful performance of this ambitious work. Many congratulations to Fiona Love, and the pupils who sang in this masterpiece.
YEAR 5 TO DUNDEE DISCOVERY
YEAR 6 TO VERDANT WORKS
As part of their 'Unit of Inquiry' into how human actions of the past impact on modern day life, Year 6 visited the Verdant Works in Dundee on Thursday. Before having a tour of the Works, the children explored the sorts of Christmas presents Victorian children might have expected. We found out that the poorest children would have been lucky to get some dried fruit and nuts and would have had to work on Christmas Day! After making Christmas cards inspired by Victorian and Modern day examples, Year 6 found out about the experiences of children working in the jute mills of Dundee. As well as seeing the processes involved in making jute, they learned about steam power and saw the Verdant Works steam engine in action (although powered now by electricity!) They also got to experience what it might have been like in a Victorian classroom – and decided the punishments were far too harsh!
YEAR 1 GET INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT
Year 1 have been getting into the Christmas spirit and writing invitations. Mrs. Fynn noticed the children were spending lots of time writing each other’s names and suggested they write some cards to their friends. Soon they were all writing invitations to their parties, and some of the class decided to be even more creative and make decorations and bracelets for their guests to wear. This is just another use for Year 1’s developing writing skills!
Year 7 INTERNATIONAL PROJECT: 'A BOOK MARKS OUR WORLD'.
This term we have started a new project centred on Literacy. We have twinned with a school in Northern Canada, Minahik Waskahigan School in Pinehouse, Saskatchewan. The school is in a remote northern village consisting mainly of Cree speaking people.