Spratton Win Global Canvas Art & Poetry Competition 2015 (20.3.15)Posted: 20th March 2015Spratton Hall entered the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Competition along with 2000 other schools from all around the world – and Spratton Hall was delighted to be awarded 1st place. The title was ‘We Can Heal Our World’ and this theme had to be interpreted by filling a wall space 6x6ft and a table 6ftx2ft using art, poetry, sculpture and words to create a mini-exhibition.
200 Spratton Hall pupils were involved in our piece making it truly collaborative, led by Mrs Julie Moreton, Head of Art at Spratton. The pupils shared thoughts and explored world issues surrounding environmental degradation from a global perspective. Pupils took control of the process, collating lists of ecological challenges, health, social and economic pressures that are borne in the developed and undeveloped world and also tackled the question of climate change and political will for change. The research and work culminated in a mixed media project which included their poetry, stories, words, drawings, paintings, plaster casts, ceramics, papier-mâché and cartography to express their determination to create a sustainable future where life can flourish in harmony with the environment.
We were one of 15 schools that were shortlisted to exhibit at the Natural History Museum on March 19th. 10 of our pupils travelled down to London with Mrs Moreton and they had an enjoyable morning putting up our exhibition and looking at the other entries. Two of our pupils, James Langham and Jessica Cressey-Jones gave a 3 minute presentation to the judges about Spratton Hall’s piece and we were delighted to be given first place.
A huge honour to be chosen to win from so many outstanding entries and a big endorsement of the hard work put into the exhibition by so many of our pupils. The prize of being given the adoption of an elephant for a year by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation will ensure that the thoughts and feelings raised during this project of ‘We Can Heal the World’ will stay fresh in the pupils’ minds.
Year 6 Drama: The A to Z of Poetry (17.3.15)Posted: 18th March 2015
The Year 6 Drama evening, ‘The A to Z of poetry’, showed what a talented year group Year 6 are. They produced a fantastic performance of drama, dance and music on Tuesday 17th March, ably led by six comperes who linked all the poems together. Each of the English sets performed an assortment of different types, styles and forms of poetry, as well as some poems involving the whole year group. The evening also included four songs from ‘Cats’, which showcased a range of musical talent. All the soloists sang beautifully and the songs were supported by some fine drumming and cello playing.
Congratulations to all for a wonderful evening.
Malvern Cross-Country Success (15.3.15)Posted: 18th March 2015
What a day Sunday was for Spratton Hall and cross-country. We took four teams off to the National Prep Schools’ Cross-Country Championships at Malvern College. 60 schools were competing with about 300 children in each race. We got there at 10.30 to walk the course and the first race was at 1pm. All the pupils ran exceptionally well. Our Senior girls team came 5th and our Junior girls came 9th whilst our Senior boys came 28th and our Junior boys came 17th. A fantastic achievement by them all but a special mention has to go to Molly Williams who came 1st in the Senior Race running a year early.
Regional Festival of Music for Youth (14.3.15)Posted: 18th March 2015
Jazz Band, Boys' Choir and the School Choir were all absolutely fantastic at the Regional Festival of Music for Youth on Saturday 14th March. Everybody that took part should be very proud of themselves for all their hard work and commitment, all the groups were a credit to the school. The Music Mentors gave excellent feedback.
'Nice and confident'
'You play with great energy and sparkle - Well Done!'
'You sing with huge energy'
'Your communication of the story of each song to your audience was wonderfully energised'
'Your sound is bright and sassy and every member of your group is fully engaged in the performance'
'Your excellent memorisation showed that you are all mutually supporting each other in performance. Huge fun!'
We also enjoyed listening to, and supporting, the musicians from other schools and music centres. We were certainly treated to a real range of instrumental groups and musical styles.
We now wait until the end of May to see if we have been selected to perform at the National Festival in Birmingham.
Uppingham School Orchestral Day (5.3.15)Posted: 16th March 2015
We had another wonderful day at Uppingham School on Thursday 5th March. Our instrumentalists all enjoyed sectional rehearsals with the teachers from Uppingham before joining together to form a mass orchestra of 347 with children from all the other prep schools. The day culminated in a concert to parents which everybody thoroughly enjoyed.
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