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January 2017

Gallions Primary School bring festive spirit to the Porsche Centre East London

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For the first time ever the Gallions Winter Concert took place outside of the school because we were invited to perform in the showroom of the Porsche Centre East London. In total over one hundred children from Years 3-4 and staff were involved. We heard performances from Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Senior Choir, Bass Attack, the Four Vs (a violin and viola quartet). Our fantastic guest soloist Cleo is a past pupil of Gallions and is now studying at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.

We were honoured to welcome the wonderful Sheila Hancock as a guest in our audience and she drew the winning ticket in our raffle. The Porsche Centre East London generously offered a raffle prize (a half day Porsche driving experience for two people at Silverstone) with all proceeds going to the Music Trust.

Musical Rumpus – Catch a Sea Star

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On Wednesday 9th November Musical Rumpus visited Gallions Primary School.  Musical Rumpus is run by Spitalfields Music and is an award-winning, interactive, multi-sensory opera adventure for babies aged 0-2.5 years and their parents. The performance took place in the main hall. Twenty five babies and their parents/ carers went on a journey with Lyra and her dog, discovering a magical underwater kingdom. The music (from J.S. Bach’s ‘Coffee’ ‘Peasant’ and hunting’ Cantatas) was both sublime to listen to and made accessible for everyone in the room. Musical Rumpus engages children through sights, sounds and textures, aiding their creative, physical and emotional development. The children were encouraged to enter the play-area throughout the performance and there were lots of opportunities for parents to join in the music making as well. Alongside parents with older children at the school and local young families, some Gallions staff on maternity leave brought their babies along. Experiences like Musical Rumpus help to encourage parent-child bonding and research shows that exposure to live music supports the cognitive and social development of very young children. We hope to host another performance in 2017.

Visitors from Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam, Israel

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On Thursday 20th and Friday 21st Carmella Ferber (Headteacher) and Raida aiashe-khatib (3rd Grade Teacher) visited Gallions. The visit was instigated by John Ward who visited Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam in May 2016. Our visitors experienced a mixture of music, P4C (Philosophy for Children) and classroom teaching. They also observed musicianship for Years 3 and 4, a selection of strings lessons. On the Friday we had our half term concert, before which Carmella and Raida led a dove decorating workshop with R&B class (Year 3). The creations were taken back to the School for Peace and given to pupils in Raida’s class (also Year 3).  We would like to nurture our relationship with the School for Peace and are planning a Skype call between R&B class and Raida’s class in Israel.

Come and join Concert Club!

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This is an initiative to encourage parents to attend concerts with their children. Whenever the school is offered or made aware of free or reduced priced tickets members of the Concert Club receive an email inviting them to come along. So far this academic year Gallions pupils and parents have attended the following concerts:

Sunday 4th September – Chineke Orchestra and Chineke Junior Orchestra It was particularly special to watch Sheku Kanneh-Mason as soloist in the Haydn cello concerto in C. Two ex-Gallions pupils were performing with the Chineke Juniors: Cleo Onyewumbu and Abigail Ogunjuyigbe.

Wednesday 26th October 1pm – Mozart Explored at St John’s Smith Square featuring Mozart Piano Concerto No. 13 in C.

Friday 28th October 3:30pm— Newham Philharmonic Orchestra at Lister Community School performing Beethoven Symphony No. 6

Tuesday 6th December 6:30pm – NewYVC Winter Warmer Concert (Newham Young Voice Collective) gave a festive concert at Stratford Circus.

A small number of children attended a lunch time recital at Clifford Chance on Tuesday 4th October. This concert was given by Elliot Gresty (clarinet) & Alison Rhind (piano) and the programme included: Brahms Sonata in F minor, Op.120 No.1; Wiener  Peregi Verbunk and Messager  Solo de Concourse.