There are some exciting events coming up for the children in this half term. Please check the dates and times below if your child is involved:
Wednesday 14th June (NEXT WEEK!!) there is an instrumental concert in the school hall for the guitarists and violinists, a few of the drummers, other musicians and a special guest appearance from some golden oldies!!
Time: 6pm with refreshments from 5.30. Come and drop your child at 5.30 and then have a cup of tea and relax before the concert begins. There is a charge for refreshments with all profit going to the school.
The concert should last for about an hour, is very informal, and a great opportunity for the children to be stars!
Thursday 15th June - during the morning - the children who are learning the drum kit are going to take part in "Beat it!" an attempt at breaking the world record for the greatest number of djembe drummers. Look out for these children on the news or in the papers!
Friday 7th July - this is the last day of the Portsmouth Schools' Music Festival which is a celebration of music and the arts taking place over four nights in the Guildhall. On the Friday, some of the year 2 children and also the year 5-6 choir are rehearsing and then performing at the Guildhall - should be good! The concert in the evening begins at 6.30pm - come along and support the children. Tickets now available on the night. Details and pre-ordered tickets will be sent out to the children involved as soon as possible through school.
As always, thank you for your support and if you have any queries please come and see me in school on Tuesday or Friday - Mrs Golledge
DRUMMING WORKSHOPS - FREE DJEMBE DRUM WORKSHOPS are being offered to children and parents by staff from the Portsmouth Music Service.
May 20th, 3rd June, 10th June and the 17th of June - all Saturday mornings from 10.15 to 11.45. Attend one or more sessions.
Paulsgrove community Centre, Marsden Rd, PO6 4JB
Come and enjoy learning some new skills and have fun! :))
Other music news
Our children have had another very busy term musically with activities ranging from playing junk drums to creating a piece based on Beethoven's 5th! A special thank you however must go to the year 3 and 4 choir and to those children in year 2 who have all recently been involved in concerts in the city.
Last term, the year 3 and 4 choir sang in a performance of "The Mad Scientist" at the Guildhall - this was a great concert which combined schools from all over the city. The children had to learn eight songs which were quite technical, but they rose to the challenge and performed brilliantly.
Some of our year 2 children have also been stars last term. They performed a set of songs about space, again with children from all over the city, but this time at the Kings' Theatre. An extra bonus was that the children also had to play kazoos as part of their performance - I hope that the parents of these children continue to enjoy the playing now the children are able to take the instruments home!
There are a number of other musical opportunities coming up in the summer term, so I look forward to more performances in the near future. Thank you for all your support as parents - it is much appreciated.
INSTRUMENTAL LESSON NEWS
Instrumental lessons will start again after the Easter break on the SECOND week back.
The exception to this will be the TUESDAY GUITAR GROUP. As Mr Brown has had to cancel two lessons this term, he would like to make one of these up for you on the first day back - Tuesday 25th April. Any other missed lessons this term will be refunded on your next bill.
NB - all players - You will receive your last bill for instrumental lessons for this academic year at the beginning of the summer term.
As always, any questions please come and see Mrs Golledge.
Recent performances - well done to the year 6 choir children...the "veterans" who sang in the Mayor Making ceremony at the Guildhall last week. We are very proud of their talents and their commitment to the school.
Friday 24th June - year 3/4 choir in "Singathlon" at the New Theatre Royal. Concert begins at 6.30pm. Details to follow - look out for a letter in the near future.
Thursday 30th June - Portsmouth Schools' Music festival at the Guildhall. Rehearsals during the day and performance at 6.30pm. Year 5-6 choir AND some Year 2 children.
Information regarding the “Arts and Culture” passport
Some of the children at Westover Primary have already proved themselves to be very “arty” children! Many of our pupils have been busy collecting evidence of art events which they have attended – concerts/theatre visits/dance competitions/museum and gallery visits /music events - it has been amazing to see how much our children do both in and out of school. All similar events count as evidence towards the children gaining stamps for their ART AND CULTURE passport – a simple scheme endorsed by school to encourage participation in art activities. The scheme was initiated by the Portsmouth Music Hub last year and many children have already started their stage two passports having already gained their certificates for stage one. If your child is interested in starting a passport, please see Mrs Golledge. The new year 2 children will be bringing home more information in the near future. Any pupil can begin a passport at any time. So if your child is interested in the arts – this is very much for you! Enjoy!
For more information on the Portsmouth Music Service, click here.