Thanks to a generous donation from Jarrow Masonic Lodge (Gyrwy), Year 3/4 will have brand new penny whistles for their lessons with Kenny next year. This means that we can continue to deliver musical experiences in performance which benefits the children’s confidence and concentration skills.
What a fantastic Sports Day we had this year and no-one can deny how hard everyone tried. We had some excellent challenges; frisbee, skipping, football and an obstacle course to name a few. It was great to see so much team work and how our older children cheered on their younger friends in their first sports day. We later enjoyed a lovely ice lolly in the sun. Well done to everyone involved!!
Our KS2 Level 1 (Large) team were thrilled to be placed 3rd at the National Competition in Manchester this weekend.
The months of training paid off when the squad of 20 produced one of the most technically challenging routines in the section. Travelling support from parents, friends and Balco added to the success of the day.
Congratulations to Ashleigh who was chosen as our “Cheerleader of the Week” because she embodies the spirit of cheerleading in the way that she works as a team member and always thinks of others!
Many, many thanks to Kimberley for her tireless work to make our squad the very best it can be by constantly striving to improve. Special thanks also to Mrs Dunn for her support with after-school clubs and banner making!
Another term of successful gymnastics coaching from Mr Gilmore resulted in everyone making good progress and our teams doing exceptionally well at the Gymnastic Tournament at South Tyneside Gymnastics Club. Our Year 5 team were runners-up: just 0.1 points behind the eventual winners and highest scoring team of the morning was a superb (if slightly frustrating!) result! Year 6 were triumphant and beat off some stiff competition to come first. A great morning’s work from everyone and Mr Gilmore’s win bonus continues to mount up!!
Our KS2 choir members have been lucky enough to be involved in a programme that started in 2003 working with Sunderland Local Authority Primary Schools. The programme now works with schools throughout Durham, South Tyneside and Sunderland, with around 800 children taking part each year.
The Cathedral Choristers, together with our Director of Music Outreach, James Randle, work with up to eight primary schools from the region each term culminating in a very special concert, where all participating schools have the chance to sing together in the magnificent Cathedral in front of a packed audience of family and friends.
As well as experiencing the joy of singing and a real sense of achievement, participating in music in this way has also been shown to boost children’s confidence and encourage positive social skills. James also works with the teachers from each school, helping them develop choral leadership skills to enable the singing to continue to flourish beyond each music outreach concert.
The aim of the Music Outreach Programme is to encourage a lifelong love of music starting at a young age. The musicianship training used is based on the Kodály method, an approach to music learning developed in Hungary in the 20th century by composer Zoltán Kodály.
We couldn’t be prouder of our choir members: they sounded stunning! A truly memory forming day! Thank-you to family and friends who travelled and supported the children. Thank-you also to Mr Reader and Mr Miller for the extra practices and support! Well done everyone!