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Nursery Places Still Available

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We currently have Nursery places available NOW.

Please contact the School office for further information or visit the Nursery page on the website for more details.

Cake Competition & Mufti Day

Its time to get creative in the kitchen and bake something on a “spring” theme.
The Friends of St Andrew’s (PTA) have organised an Easter Cake Competition.
Prizes will be awarded for following categories:
• teachers
• parents
• key stage 1
• key stage 2
Big cakes, cup cakes, biscuits or tray bakes can be entered – with everything to be sold in a cake sale after school.

Friday 28th March is also a Mufti Day!
Wear home clothes for the day and bring £1 to go towards the Easter Egg raffle.

Take One Song – the inside story (part two)

So this morning, it was the turn of the whole-school choir to have their first full rehearsal (and watching Years Two to Six funnel into the hall, it was obvious that this was indeed a full rehearsal).

All of the children have been practicing their songs in class in groups of twenty-or-so with their teachers, but today was a group of around one hundred pupils, in front of Mr Bowers. In his own words, Mr Bowers ‘doesn’t do big groups’ but – of course – he coped admirably and soon had the guys well under control, rubbing their jaws, swirling their tongues, hissing, buzzing and whooping as they warmed-up their little voices ready for a big sing.

I have to say, I wouldn’t fancy trying to manage this choir because they are a big group. Incidentally, it’s not that common for a whole school choir to put on a performance such as this, which just serves to underline the size of this project and the work involved. Nevertheless, whilst sat facing this sea of faces, I found myself very much looking forward to the moment they began. And begin they did.

Immediately I was impressed by the simple warm-up ‘Numbers Song’. Granted, perhaps I was listening with biased ears, but nonetheless, my expectations were now running high for ‘Jazz Man’. And it didn’t disappoint. As the first few lines rang out, I found myself thinking on to next month when this group get themselves into the Abbey and all those little voices rise up to fill that exalted space (shivers down the spine). Yes, work is still required, I shan’t deny it, but that’s why we’re rehearsing isn’t it? I cannot wait to hear the next round.

Again, don’t forget to tell your friends and family about the afternoon concert in Bath Abbey on Friday the 22nd of November. Times are still to be 100% confirmed, but it’s most likely to be 1pm till 3pm. Also remember it’s free of charge, so invite as many people as you want. To find out more about the wider Friday Afternoons project, you can visit the Friday Afternoons website

Gareth Eynon (reception & year4 dad)

School Choir Trip to Braunschweig

Mr Bower’s choir trip to Braunschweig (4th to the 7th of June) was a fantastic experience!!

The choir gave several performances – some planned, some “flash mob” style – the best of which was an evening concert in Braunschweig Cathedral. The choir sang a collection of their songs and was joined by the cathedral children’s choir for 2 additional songs.  The choirs were given a standing ovation for their performance. The first in living memory!

Follow what happened on the choir’s Tumblr page:

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The children visited a primary school in Braunschweig, a castle, a forest school and a science museum. They were welcomed by the mayor of Braunschweig and the local press took photos. The choir was on the front page of the Braunschweig newspaper on Thursday!

The choir’s tour to Germany originated from an anonymous donation left in the Braunschweiger Dom. See the Bath Chronicle article for more details.

The wider story, concerning the “Robin Hood of Braunschwieg” has been covered by the BBC: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17256891

Whole School CD Recording

On Sunday 24th February, St Andrew’s recorded a music CD at Hayesfield School’s new West Wing.

The children in each class had practiced a song, which they recorded during short sessions (from late morning till mid-afternoon).

Songs were also recorded by Mr Bower’s choir and the whole school  singing together.

The orchestra played the Blue Danube for the CD – you can see the recording session on Youtube by clicking the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD-TaYUhtqE

Many thanks to the all the teachers, to Maria Foster and Chrissa Hopper who helped everything run smoothly.

We’re looking forward to the result!

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