Above: Junior School Christmas Celebration

What better way to celebrate the festive season than with a round-up of the myriad of musical activities across school this Autumn. I’m delighted to introduce two articles written by three of our very own Westbourne writers, something there’ll be more of next term – watch this space… Meanwhile, read on for features including the Junior and Senior Informal concerts; the enchanting Year 3 and Year 4 performance of Whizz Wham; Honky, Tonky Donkey from Years 1 and 2;  a super-cute EYFS Christmas Performance; the whole school carol concert (with a difference) and an atmospheric Junior School Christmas Celebration.

It’s time to wrap up the term and wish you all a wonderful, happy and healthy Christmas!

Miss Harper, Westbourne Website Editor

Junior School Christmas Celebration

For our next piece I’m delighted to welcome Year 6 writers, Stelios & Yangyi who have written this review.

Before 4 o’clock on Monday 6th December 2021, parents began to enter the church. At 4 o’clock, Junior School – Y3,4,5,6 – were on the podium waiting for the concert to start. The Reverend, Beth, made an announcement and a prayer. Then the first song began: Happy Christmas (War is Over). After that, the Year 5 ukuleles, flute, piano and singers stayed on the podium and performed Feliz Navidad.

After a wonderful performance from Year 5, some brief readings and a solo, Year 6 pupils took to the stage with Santa Claus is Coming to Town. There were ukuleles, piano, guitar, glockenspiels, singers and last but not least drums. Some more readings later, the Year 4 pupils sang a cheesy classic, Merry Christmas Everyone.

Next, there were even more readings and solos, and then the Junior School Choir from (Y3-6) performed two Christmas Family Classics. Shortly after the Choir, there were yet again more readings and solos. At second to last, Year 3 carolled Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.

And finally, the songs ended with a famous and cheery song, I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday. Just before the very end of the concert, Mr Hicks – The Headmaster of Westbourne School – made a very heartfelt Christmas announcement.

by Stelios & Yangyi, Year 6 L

 

 

 

Christmas carol concert will go on!

Normally Westbourne’s Music Department celebrates Christmas with a much-anticipated gathering at one of its cathedrals, consisting of ensemble and solo performances along with readings from students. This year has been different.

Covid-19 might have made us change our plans, but we still found ways to celebrate. Instead of our usual live performances, the school’s orchestra recorded their pieces, which were later sent out for the entirety of the school to view during assemblies. The orchestra, made up of students from across all of the school, performed ‘Silent Night’ and ‘The First Noel’.

To make up for the missed gathering at St Marie's, the Music Department organised a series of performances to take place outside of Ashdell Grove on the last Thursday of term. Both the senior and junior choir presented their songs to the school during this meeting. The Junior School choir encouraged the rest of the students to join in singing with them through their rendition of ‘Sparkle And Shine’, from ‘Nativity!’

Senior School choir members performed ‘Into The Unknown’, before a range of carols were sung. The event was a huge success; a great way for school students to end the Autumn term. Whilst Christmas celebrations this year were different, Westbourne’s festive spirit wasn’t affected!
By Nell Lidster, Year 7

EYFS Christmas Performance

For the last week of term, EYFS children performed ‘A Snowman at Sunset’. They did a fantastic job learning the new songs and it was great to welcome our parents and carers to watch.

Honky Tonky Donkey

In the last week of term, Year 1 and Year 2 charmed us all with Honky Tonky Donkey a delightful take on the Christmas story.

Honky Tonky, the world's only one-man band donkey, is struggling with writer's block. Looking for inspiration, he is delighted when Mary and Joseph ask for his help on their journey to Bethlehem. Surely he will find inspiration there! And with the arrival of a new-born baby, not to mention angels, shepherds and kings, Honky Tonky soon finds he has plenty to write about. Pupils sang seven toe-tapping songs and each child had a line to learn. Well done to Raphe and Indu who had a verse of their own to sing. Indu, Year 2 pupil said: "I love the play because you get to dress up, sing and learn your own lines." Bear, Year 2 pupil added: "I like being Mary. You can't have a Nativity without Mary."

Wiz Wham Alakazam with Year 3 and 4

Step inside Sun Castle, a busy, bustling, magical place, where wizards of every race, creed, colour and temperament live and work happily together. Well, for the most part. But when the sun suddenly goes out, and the Ice Creatures begin to surface, they realise that they are facing a challenge of life-changing proportions...

This was the magical world created by Year 3 and Year 4 in Wiz Wham Alakazam, their special performance of the term. Well done to Ashleigh Steadman for your role as lighting technician extraordinaire. Cap off to Chief Wizard James Hind for your excellent delivery of all your lines and commanding tone.

Junior and Senior Informal Concerts

This term featured two informal concerts, for Junior and Senior School. The informal concerts are a chance for any pupils of any age and standard to perform in a relaxed atmosphere. It gives a brilliant opportunity for the pupils to build up their confidence when performing in a small, relaxed atmosphere.

The Junior School event, in September involved Stelios Oikonomou, Ollie Rees-Oxley, Nael Maghoo, Aahana Seelam, Theo Goulding, Zachary Dearing, Aleksander Acimov, Jack Glew, Remi Gideon, Cheng-Xi Ma, Ava-Mae Lowrie, Fred Unsworth and Alfie Rees-Oxley The Senior School in October involved Harry Carter, Angel Dusauzay, Mimi and Aurora Mountain, Jack Corbett, Laila Clayton, Theo Drake Proctor and Jasmin Rai.

A special mention to Mimi and Aurora for their standout performance. They performed a song called Ocean Eyes with Mimi singing and Aurora playing piano, which was full of expression and emotion.

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