Category Archives: Juniors & Infants

Students perform in Junior assembly

The Juniors have been hard at work in assemblies practising their song for the end of term carol service but this week they had a real treat – live performances from their very own Natalie in year 3 and Will in year 11 (preparing for his GCSE music controlled assessment in performance).  Will played a Red Hot Chilli Peppers number on electric guitar whilst Natalie aired a Hungarian Dance – one of her grade 3 violin pieces. At a time when performing arts are being increasingly squeezed out by Government directives and creativity is being sidelined in favour of learning The Facts,  it is safe to say that they are alive and well at Sancton Wood – long may this be the case!

Here are some highlights from the assembly:

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Mary’s Knitting

Previewed briefly at the Variety Show last week, the Infant Nativity play, promised to be a real treat for parents and three performances later we can safely say it lived up to all expectations. They looked lovely in their costumes, they sang with enthusiasm, the stars and angels danced beautifully and Joseph’s recurring refrain of ‘oh dear, oh dear’ caused many a chuckle.  In short, they all did a brilliant job under the guiding hand of Mrs Byrom, ably supported by the rest of the Infant and Nursery staff. Here are a few highlights:

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Variety Show 2014

The Variety Show saw a wonderful array of music and drama performed by students from across the school. Infants, Juniors and Seniors were all well represented, as were staff and parents too.

Year 2 enchanted the audience with a medley of songs from their Nativity Play and the Junior Choir made their debut with great enthusiasm.yr2 Senior drama included a funny but poignantly realistic portrayal of teenage angst by students from Year 9,  whilst a Year 11  riveted the audience with her GCSE monologue about a young woman’s acute suffering from agoraphobia.

Staff and parents were involved in Minstrels who performed the perennially popular Pink Panther theme tune as well as Sancton Wood Singers who re-lived their youth singing Abba’s ‘Super Trooper’. Some of the instrumental teaching staff formed an impromptu ensemble for the evening and there was even a sneak prevservants1iew of the staff panto, soon to hit the school stage.

The grand finale saw four Year 9 soloists backed by Sancton Wood Singers in a heartfelt rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody (the students chose this piece) with our GCSE musician on lead guitar and the redoubtable Mr Parker on bass.

You can view some highlights from the evening below:

We’re already looking forward to the summer event! In the meantime the next stop is the Infant Nativity, closely  followed by the staff Panto and the end of term carol service.

Come & Play Day

There was a real buzz across the Junior School for the Come & Play Day when children had the opportunity to get up close and personal to a range of musical instruments. Our team of visiting instrumental teachers led small group workshop sessions on guitar, flute, clarinet, sax, drums, violin, cello and electric guitar. Even some staff couldn’t resist the chance to have a go!

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Summer Arts Celebration

One of the high points of the summer term – an evening of music, drama and art held in Emmanuel United Reformed Church involving Infants, Juniors and Seniors, as well as staff and parents. There was a wide range of solos and group performances, as well as a preview of the Year 5 & 6 production of Macbeth and appearances from Minstrels and Sancton Wood Singers.