15-year old Gustav Burton, a Year 10 student at Felsted School, will participate in the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior Championship’s 2018 season to raise money for UK registered charity and international NGO, the Sparkle Foundation. Sparkle Malawi will use all money raised by Gus to contribute to the construction of two new classrooms, an office and toilets for the children and staff of the Sparkle Foundation and the project in Malawi. Gus comments: ‘Every penny we raise – and we hope to raise £15,000 in sponsorship – will be donated to the Sparkle Foundation. We’ve even named my race car Sparkle Car!’
Pupils from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett held their first Music Makers’ Concert which was a great opportunity for all children in pre-prep to showcase their musical talents. A packed audience was treated to the delights of Do Your Ears Hang Low and We Can Play on the Big Bass Drum by Kindergarten 2 and Reception children. It was lovely to see the younger children enjoying themselves on stage, singing and playing their instruments with confidence. There were star performances by select prep pupils, the girls’ harmony choir and the Groove Diggers to help with the younger pupils’ aspirations to grow as musicians and continue their musical journey.
ST MARY’S COLCHESTER
The impact of happiness, security and welfare was emphasised to Lower School pupils at St Mary’s Colchester throughout a whole day devoted to Wellbeing on 7 February. Pupils aged 4 to 11 took part in yoga sessions, heard talks about feelings and emotions as well as addressing the importance of personal safety through demonstrations, quizzes and e-safety information sessions. ‘The school’s mantra is “happy girls are high achievers”, so our Wellbeing Day intended to explain to the pupils what that really means,’ said Director of the Lower School, Mrs Emma Stanhope. ‘Our aim is to make sure the girls know how to look after themselves, physically and emotionally. Today helped them to understand the three key topics – health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.’
King’s Rochester pupil Edward Hyde received gracious compliments from the cast of Tosca as the Royal Opera House’s revival of the Puccini classic continues to wow audiences. Cast as Shepherd Boy, Edward shares the stage with acclaimed opera stars Angela Georgiou, Gerald Finley, Joseph Calleja, Aled Hall and Daniel Ettinger in Johnathan Kent’s passionate thriller, a cast Edward was eager to meet and work with. Georgiou said that his ‘singing had been exquisite’, Calleja that ‘it was an honour to listen to him’ and Findlay and Ettinger both telling him that ‘this was just the beginning!’ This is Edward’s second production at the Royal Opera House in the last six months and he has fitted rehearsals in with his school work and performances at Mansion House, The Royal Albert Hall and Rochester Cathedral.
Three St Benedict’s pupils are celebrating their remarkable achievement having been accepted into the National Youth Boys’ Choir, following recent auditions attended by hundreds of young singers from all over the UK. Toby Moore, 13, Mark Maalouf, 12, and Artie Hair, 10 are all choristers in the Ealing Abbey Choir, and sing in several other choirs at St Benedict’s. They will attend two National Youth Choir residential courses later this year, joining up to 150 singers of the same age. The director of music at St Benedict’s, Chris Eastwood, said: ‘I am delighted that Mark, Artie and Toby have been offered places in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. This is a great testament to their talent and hard work over a number of years. I am sure they will have a wonderful time as part of a world-renowned institution.’