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The 4T boys have been preparing for an assembly item, which has a Performing Arts and Wellbeing focus. Here is a reflection of their journey this term, written by the boys:

You might be aware from our 'Smoke On The Water' performance a few weeks ago us 4T boys are passionate about music! So, for our Performing Arts assembly, we wanted to take the opportunity to inquire into how music can connect people and encourage communities to come together. This coincided with the release of this year’s Music: Count Us In Song, ‘We Are’. We loved the song so much, we wanted to see how many people we could bring together to share and celebrate the joy of music. We set ourselves a massive challenge – to be able to accompany the Junior School boys in singing the song whilst we played on our instruments.

We engaged the help of our incredible instrumental teachers – Mr Spence, Mrs Wright, Miss Moss, Miss Li, Miss Mikajlo and Mrs Olivieri, to name a few and began rehearsing in Performing Arts. Many of us put in a lot of extra practice time at home too. Unfortunately, we had to miss a few rehearsals and realised we might not be ready in time for the Assembly. However, this taught us an important lesson too – sometimes plans need to change and it’s important to be adaptive and flexible. That’s show business! So, we decided to switch our focus to singing and asked our teachers to accompany us instead. They are professional musicians after all, and we are so lucky to be able to perform with them.

We know we feel good when we sing but we discovered that it’s a scientifically proven fact that singing boosts your wellbeing. Just ask Mr Hindle! Health benefits include increased oxygenation in the bloodstream, a rise in ‘feel-good’ hormones known as endorphins and a big boost to your immune system. There are also social benefits. When people sing together they feel an increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour which is what we lads are all about.

So, we hope you’ll be able to join us in some whole school singing on Friday 20 September. 


Miss Phoebe Samson
Performing Arts Teacher