Year 2 children read aloud some of the best and worst Christmas cracker jokes of 2020. Get ready to laugh and groan along with us.
John Lennon is one of Miss Simmonds’ musical heroes, and who better to bring this wonderful song, ‘Happy Christmas (War is Over)’ to life than the brilliant Year 5 classes. In a year unlike no other, the lyrics are particularly poignant and the message clear – ‘A very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear’.
Pupils in Year 8 present this half term’s Eco Show podcast
Year 4 Ensembles
With our music teacher Miss Simmonds, Year 4 have been learning to rehearse and perform as part of a musical ensemble this term. Miss Simmonds has been struck by the wonderful musical ability of all of the children and, when thinking of a suitable Christmas piece for them to perform, she was inspired to compose ‘Waiting for Christmas’, which highlights the vocal and instrumental talents of this lovely year group.
Our Senior instrumental ensemble is playing ‘Star of Bethlehem’ by John Williams. It’s one of his beautifully, haunting tunes from the classic Christmas movie, ‘Home Alone’. In the absence of a full school orchestra this term, this ensemble was put together especially for this occasion and features our music scholars in Years 7 and 8, along with some help from some promising musicians in Year 6.
Junior Choir – This is the Year 4 choir performing ‘Believe’ from the Polar Express and the Year 5 choir are singing “Sing it high, Sing it low”. Junior choir is open to anyone who would like to join in Year 4 or 5 and as with all our choirs this term, they have been rehearsing in year group bubbles. It’s been great to see so many of our keen singers joining in with some extra singing in their lunchtime rehearsals.
Jennifer in Year 7 produced her own Christmas truce radio broadcast for her History project on World War 1.
Year 6 children have been creating their own sound effects in their drama classes. Can you guess which sounds are either a haunted house, rain or a spooky castle?
Thank you to the parents who sent in questions for Jonny Timms, who will become Walhampton’s new Head in January 2021. In this short recording, Jonny hopes you will get a sense of his vision to use Walhampton’s strong ethos and spectacular location as a foundation to build on the outstanding all-round education it offers.
You can also watch this as a video here.
Songs, stories and music-making inspired by the gods and goddesses of Viking mythology. Introduced by Mrs Simmonds and performed by children in year 4,