On Monday 4th February we took 42 excited choir members to the 02 Arena in London to the Young Voices concert. For many it was their first experience being inside such an amazing venue and once they were fed and watered it was time to settle down to rehearsals. The children’s energy and enthusiasm was contagious and after a couple of hours of singing their hearts out and dancing too there was some down time and an opportunity for tea! All the adults on the trip agreed that watching the children so engaged alongside nearly 9,000 other choir members was just spine tingling at times. The choice of songs were impressive ranging from Coldplay Viva La Vida, a Moana Mashup, Any Dream Do will Do to The Greatest Showman….something there for everyone.
The children changed into their Young Voices t-shirts, lit their torches and put on glow stick necklaces and watched as thousands of parents, family and friends filled the arena ready for the concert to start. There were many highlights which included some of our children signing to ‘Fight Song’ which was sung by Beau Dermott from Britain’s Got Talent (she later replied to a tweet we put on our feed saying how impressed she was). Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet performed, much to the delight of the adults! The children loved the Moana Mashup and a particular favourite was when the parents were invited to get up and dance alongside the children.
It really was a spectacle, a real carnival of colour with the lighting and the voices of so many children coming together was beautiful. The evening came to a close with a medley everyone was looking forward to performing, there was an introduction by Hugh Jackman who said he was sad he was unable to attend the concert in person but led the children into singing songs from The Greatest Showman. What a way to end a very special day and one we are sure many won’t forget!
On Thursday 31st January, our much-anticipated art exhibition – Blue Planet - opened at The Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable.
Herne Bay Junior School proudly displayed their art work alongside a number of schools, as part of the CACOT (Coastal Alliance Co-operative Trust) Art Group. The gallery is filled with a glorious feast of colour and activities - and our artwork looks amazing, for sure! The theme shared throughout the exhibition – Save Our SEAS and OCEANS from PLASTIC – is one our children are passionate about.
It was wonderful to see the coverage the school received on the ITV Meridian News on Sunday evening showing Lake and the other finalists at the ITV Studios in Maidstone. It covered Lake being interviewed as well as recording his voiceover for the animation that is being made about the Pudding Pans discovered off the coast of Herne Bay. This was all made possible by Sandra Porter from the Seaside Museum who was the brainchild behind the project and Phil Gomm from UCA Rochester who is producing the animation with his students.
Following on from the audition process that took place in school in December looking for the ‘Voice of Marcus’ for the Pudding Pan animation, eight excited children (all audition finalists)made their way to the ITV Studios in Maidstone today. They were invited to have a tour of the studios and then for Lake, the voice of Marcus, to record his voiceover.
Once inside the studios the group were taken to a base room with Mrs Amos, Mrs Prichard, Phil Gomm from UCA Rochester and Sandra Porter from The Seaside Museum. The group were met by Simon, who runs a TV Production and Media course who settled them in and explained the agenda for the day. Lake was taken into the brand new sound booth which had only just been completed to see where his voiceover would be recorded. Whilst in there ITV News contacted Mrs Amos to say they were sending a reporter down to cover the story for Meridian News! Derek, the reporter arrived and was ready to film and then interview Lake who was raring to go. As Lake couldn’t be recorded doing the ‘actual’ voiceover recording, a mock-up was set up and Lake performed with the enthusiasm that secured his place as the voice of Marcus.
On Wednesday night children and families packed the King’s Hall for our annual Music Extravaganza. It was a magical night which showcased the amazing talent of so many children. A big thank you must go to Mr Miles who put the event together.
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