More Music News
This week our year 3 classes completed their violin lessons with a performance to parents/carers. What an amazing sound a whole class of violins playing together! I think you’ll agree that the level of concentration and pride shown on the faces of the children make these activities so worthwhile. If your child would like to have violin lessons next year a letter will go out to all of year 4 via Parent Mail at the beginning of next term.
On Friday 12th July our Key Stage Choir performed in the annual concert at St Ambrose.
A big ‘well done’ to all the children of Key Stage 2 choir who were amazingly focussed at our rehearsal and performed with confidence at the concert on Friday evening. A special mention to Maria who did an incredible job as the soloist in A Million Dreams.
Sports Day 2019
We held 4 Sports Days this week – starting with Reception on Tuesday morning and followed by a combined Sports Day for Years 1 and 2. On Wednesday we held our Year 3/4 and 5/6 Sports Days.
The sun was shining, Years 6 pupils were serving parents and carers with cream teas and the children had a brilliant time. Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to support and cheer on the children – and to those parents who were brave enough to enter the parent races!! Special thanks to Mr May and Miss Jarvis for organising the Sports Day events.
The final results will be in this week’s newsletter.
Below are some of our favourite photos of the days.
Choir Concert – Tuesday 2nd July 2019
On Tuesday evening the Key Stage 2 Choir took part in The Bristol Schools’ Summer Sing at the University of the West of England.
They were impeccably well behaved and worked extremely hard all day to rehearse with 500 children from other Bristol schools. They sang songs in two parts from across the world and the resulting sound was amazing! At the concert we heard an incredible young violinist and singer who transported us with their spellbinding performances.
It was Sabrina’s birthday and she was lucky enough to have everyone, performers and audience alike, singing her a very tuneful ‘happy birthday’. Anna also had a special spot playing the drums in the song Babenthandaza, and Leia led one of the warm-ups at the rehearsal.
What a talented bunch our singers are!
May Day Celebrations 2019
Wednesday 1st May saw our annual May Day Celebrations, with singing and dancing from the whole school.
The May Day event started when a tree was planted in the school grounds in memory of James Eadie, a pupil who sadly died. James would have been 30 this year and it has been an Air Balloon tradition ever since. We hope it will be a tradition that continues for many years to come.
Many of you will remember the staff ‘Flash Mob’ from last year and this year our fabulous staff didn’t disappoint with another call from Mr Browse of “Air Balloon Assemble” leading to another unique staff performance…maybe this is a new tradition that will also continue for many years to come!
Thank you to all the children who were brilliantly behaved throughout the afternoon, for all their amazing singing, dancing and enthusiasm. We’d also like to thank all the parents and carers who came along to watch.
Here are a few photos of our May Day afternoon:
On Sunday 28th April, our Year 2/3 and Yr 5/6 dance groups performed at the annual Stages Dance festival – held this year at the Anson Rooms. The children were amazing – Year 2/3 danced to “Believe” and Years 5/6 danced to “Come Alive” from The Greatest Showman.
Special thanks to Miss Andrews and Miss Jarvis for their choreography and for all the time they have given up to coach the dancers (not to mention getting up very early on a Sunday morning to get the children to the venue!). Thanks also to Mrs Szost and Miss Cooper who gave up their Sunday morning to accompany the children to Stages.
We also have a video of our KS2 performance:
Spring Competitions 2019
On Thursday, we held our annual KS2 Spring competitions – decorate a hard-boiled egg, make a flower arrangement, create a Spring garden or make a card. As usual, we saw some very creative designs in all categories and judging was again, very difficult.
Congratulations to all of our winners – each won an Easter Egg.
World Book Day 2019
We’ve had a fantastic World Book Day. Staff dressed as characters from Harry Potter and the children came dressed as in huge range of their favourite book characters.
The Stratos Galley Staff pulled out all of the stops with their Harry Potter Themed lunch Menu – we had Slitherin Snake Sausage Roll, Hagrid’s Vegan Pie, Pensieve Jelly and Veritaserum Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frogs!! Professor Sprout’s Veggie Garden Salad Bar even came served in flower pots!
Here are some of our favourite photos from the day!
We had lots of fantastic entries for our Art Competition. Our winning entries can be seen on the Home Page of the website but we also wanted to share all of the entries we received, as they were all fantastic.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to paint, draw and sketch their ideas of what Air Balloon means to them.
Local Schools History and Geography Project
We were very fortunate to have 4 of our pupils invited to join some of the other local schools for a local history and geography project on 22nd January. Chester Park School hosted the event to allow some of our children to work with others from Two Mile Hill, Chester Park, St Joseph’s, St Patrick’s and Summerhill Infant on this exciting learning opportunity.
The children looked at maps of our local area and compared them to the same area in the 1900’s. They checked to see if their houses existed, if the schools had been built yet and what other things were in the area – including lots of green spaces (where there are now house), quarries and train tracks.
The children had a fantastic time and we’re very grateful to Chester Park for hosting this community education event – we hope it will be the first of many.
Well done to the children of key stage 2 choir who performed brilliantly before Christmas at St George’s, Bristol. You looked sparkly and sounded amazing! Their final performance of the term was at Carol’s Around the Tree on Tuesday 18th December.
In January there will be a choir starting for children in years 1 & 2.
It will be on Monday’s from 3.20-4pm. If you would like to reserve a place, please ask for a letter at the office.
The band were invited to play in an orchestral workshop last term. They played alongside 80 other primary school children from Bristol schools, led by the international conductor Jonathan Lo. It was an amazing experience, at times responding to the smallest of hand movements. I must admit, when the music arrived in my in-box I was somewhat daunted, playing in 5 beats to a bar is not easy! However, the children rose the occasion and I was incredibly proud of them. The pieces included Mission Impossible, a medley from West Side Story and Simple Gifts.
On Tuesday members of the band took part in a primary orchestra workshop at Bristol University. They worked alongside trainee music teachers to rehearse and then perform 3 pieces: Finlandia, The Force Awakens and the Moana song How Far I’ll Go. If your child plays an instrument and would like to join the school band there will be places available in September. This activity runs for an hour after school on Fridays and is free of charge.