Pupils at world’s largest children’s choir event at the O2
In February, pupils from Amberley Primary School participated in the Young Voices event at the internationally famous O2 arena in London. The O2 Arena is the world’s busiest music arena, even surpassing New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children’s choir concerts in the world. Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert and the organisation believes passionately in inspiring the next generation to find their love for music.
Our pupils were delighted to play an important part in such a prestigious event and to be part of a choir of nearly 8000 children. Attendance at the Young Voices event was made possible by Amberley School’s Pupil Enrichment Programme (PEP) which provides funding for attendance at cultural events outside of the normal curriculum.
Nothing can prepare you for the sound of thousands of children singing together. With a live band made up of some of the UK’s leading musicians, backing singers, and the internationally acclaimed conductor David Lawrence – it makes for one of the most exciting and memorable musical experiences you can imagine.
The aim of the concerts is to inspire a love of music and create memories for the children that will last a lifetime. As you can imagine, for pupils from a small rural school in the heart of the South Downs to participate in such an event was a huge thrill and I simply can’t describe it anywhere near as well as Brooke in Amberley’s Oak Class:
“On Friday, 1st of February, we went to the O2 in London to perform in a choir of 7,877 Children! First, we went into a MASSIVE hall with loads of children inside, we were sat very high up and we were scared we would fall!
There were also three very famous special guests who came and performed solos and sang with us. Those special guests were: Tom Hadley, Beau Dermott and Sharlene Hector.
It was fun during rehearsals in the morning and afternoon , but the night performance was absolutely amazing! All the little torches we had made a huge difference when all 7,877 were shining. It was the best night of my life I had so much fun learning the songs but the best part was performing them with my friends! We were so tired after though! I loved the O2 it was the best night of my life.” By Brooke (Oak Class) Amberley C of E Primary School.
Ray Jackson, Chair of Governors
Find out more at www.amberley.w-sussex.sch.uk
Arundel C of E Primary
Indoor Athletics Success
We are very fortunate to have such talented, hardworking pupils at ACE who always perform to the best of their ability. This was certainly the case when our fabulous indoor athletics team took part in the Southern Area Partnership Indoor Athletics Finals. We won many of our races and every single member of the team tried their very best and put in an outstanding performance. The teams also showed true ACE values in their sportsmanship and by making the effort to thank all of the officials for their hard work. We were the smallest school to compete but still achieved 5th place overall, which out of 75 schools is an amazing achievement.
Year 4 visit Ford Materials Recycling Facility
On Thursday 17th January, Phoenix class visited Ford Materials Recycling Facility. The children spent the morning learning about what we can and cannot recycle. Top tips were given about how we can make a difference to the future of our planet. The children also had the wonderful opportunity of going out onto the platform to watch and understand how the tonnes of recycling are sorted each week. Technology certain plays its part but it’s the hard work of the Viridor staff to ensure a smooth process! Already the children have been sharing their new knowledge with their families – together we can certainly make a difference.
Feast Update – Cake Sale
Our Year 6 children have been continuing to work with FEAST (For Education and Social Transformation), an aid project in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. As part of this, four of our Feast ambassadors worked with Charles Smiles, the treasurer at FEAST, to put on a cake sale at school to raise much needed funds. The sale was a great success with an impressive £66.42 being raised. Charles made the following comments about the cake sale and the work put in by the children involved: “The four Ambassadors came up with the idea and set the whole event up on the day with a minimum amount of supervision.
When it came to selling the cakes, taking of money and giving change they did a splendid job without any adult input. The rain held off so we had the benefit of the Tuk Tuk on display with flashing coloured lights and Indian music being played. Once again the work ethic and input from the four Ambassadors was integral to the success of the event and they deserve a huge ‘pat on the back’ for a job well done.” Thank you to Charles for working alongside our children to ensure the cake sale was a success, and to all those who supported the event.