Today has been one of my ‘Top Ten’ moments as a Teacher/Headteacher.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to accompany Year 5 and Year 6 to St Albans Cathedral. They have had visiting singing teachers at school for the last 10 weeks and the whole experience culminated in a performance at the Abbey.
We arrived at 2pm, entered the main part of the Cathedral and were shown to our seats. The children were very excited, yet they understood the magnitude of the task ahead and of the venue, so were exceptionally behaved. The music teacher who had worked with the children met us and explained the order of the afternoon and very quickly the children were stood at the front of the main room and were singing away happily.
The first thing I noticed was that over 100 children sound quite superb, especially with the acoustics of the Abbey. I was blown away by the quality and professionalism of the children, who took it very seriously. The songs they had been taught were all in different languages and it was if they were fluent!
There were two other schools at the Abbey, who then took their turn to rehearse. Our children were so respectful and quietly listened, whilst also tucking in to their snacks!
The children then went on a tour of the Cathedral, which was very interesting and brought back some memories for some of the children who had visited previously.
As the time approached 4pm the children headed back to the main room, where they prepared for the performance. They rehearsed the two songs they would be singing with the other schools and again, I was left lost for words. The volume and clarity of over 200 children was stunning!
Many of children were very excited to see family members turn up in advance of the performance. I was really impressed with the sheer number of parents and other family members at the Abbey, so thank you for your support!
The children sang with one of the other schools to begin the performance and I think that the audience were as impressed as I had been earlier. Our children then sat to the side of the main stage and let the other two schools perform their songs, which were very good. Both Year 5 and 6 were impeccably behaved and enjoyed listening to the other schools.
Then came our turn! The children headed to the stage looking confident and happy. They started singing and (even though I may be biased) they were amazing!
The children from all three schools finished with a beautiful song, supported by the organ and the Abbey’s own choir (which was very impressive). The sound was unreal and you could tell by the look on the children’s faces, they were very proud to be there.
The main reason I am writing this is because I felt I needed to share how utterly proud I am of your children. They were a credit to school and to you and your family. I have said many times that I am a proud Headteacher, but today surpassed anything I have felt previously. Thank you to all the staff who came, the parent helpers, the music teachers, the children and you, for turning up to listen.
The level of importance I place on activities like this is substantial, as these are the activities that ‘make’ children. These are the activities that the children will recount to their own children, which is surely what it is all about.
Anyway, enough of this, I am off to stitch together the photos and videos I took today, so check back soon!