At the end of term, the proud Mummy moments at school were coming thick and fast – we had the school rugby tournament and the general knowledge quiz, not to mention the school concert and my daughter’s class assembly.
Every year, the school puts on a concert for everyone in the school who plays an instrument or sings to show what they can do. It doesn’t matter if they’ve only been playing a few months or if they’re really accomplished, they all get chance to take part. It really is remarkable how many kids at our school do either play an instrument or sing in the choir.
The kids were all dressed up smartly (not in school uniform), which was lovely.
There were keyboards, wind instruments, the samba band and ukeleles. And there was my kids.
First up, my daughter sang with the choir. It was really entertaining. They no longer had the discipline of learning lots of long songs for Young Voices and could take it easy and do something fun. They sang with such enthusiasm as they sang a funny song about a dog. Then it was on to a mash up of Michael Finnegan and This Old Man (He Played One), which was essentially a few lines of both songs sung simultaneously and faster and faster and louder and louder. It grew more and more entertaining and more and more funny (in a good way!) with each line. They finished off with Believe, one of their Young Voices song, which has beautiful and poignant lyrics about believing in yourself (PLEASE don’t let them sing it at the leavers’ assembly, I will be in BITS!).
When it came to the violins, a group of beginners played first. Then it was my son’s best friend, who played a beautiful solo. Finally, it was my daughter and a boy in her year playing a duet. It’s pretty amazing that she is already equal second best in the school at violin, despite only being in year 4. I’m no expert, but their duet sounded perfect to me. She’d practised a fair bit and it showed. They played with a kind of quiet confidence which was lovely to see.
Finally the year 5 and 6 guitar group played. My son is one of four year 6 boys to play guitar. The teacher said he would miss them all when they go and they’ve been a great group. (Sob!) Again, I recognised the tune from his practise at home. I’ll be honest, he doesn’t practise much, but he seems to pick it up well and can play the piece without the music. They played Tequila and had to shout the word at regular intervals in the piece. At the end, they shouted extra loud, stood up and thrust their guitars in the air to rapturous applause. It was a suitably triumphant ending to an entertaining evening and my son’s last primary school music concert.
The next day, my daughter had her class assembly. Every class does one assembly a year, which they perform for the rest of the school and their parents. How they do it is completely up to the class, but it’s usually about what they’ve been learning recently and includes a mixture of talking, showing artwork, acting, singing etc.
My daughter’s class were given their lines on the Friday before and told to have them learned by the following Monday. All of the children had two or three lines, but my daughter’s were more like paragraphs than lines. On Saturday morning she was worried she would never know them by Monday. By Saturday afternoon she had them nailed! On Monday she was one of a handful of kids to get house points for actually knowing their lines on time.
The assembly was a whistle-stop tour of their learning, taking in London, Julius Caesar and the Romans and – er – the digestive system. It shouldn’t have worked, but it did. The kids all delivered their lines clearly and they got a few laughs in the right places when talking about, you guessed it, the digestive system.
When you see them standing up there looking so confident and grown up, it’s amazing. My daughter is still my baby. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how grown up she really is.
It was a lovely week of school events and I was very proud of my kids.
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