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Winterfold had its most successful day at the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival this week. This Festival has been running for approximately 30 years and is a wonderful showcase of the best talent in the County and beyond. WInterfold entered a large contingent into the competition and seemed to fill many of the classes, which shows how strong music must be at Winterfold.
We had a long string of wins. Larry R won Under 10 Brass and George D won Under 14 Wind. Winterfold won first, second and third place in the Musical Theatre class, with Bessy H taking the trophy. Eleanor W won the String class and Isla C, the Under 14 Singing class.
Sadly, the choirs will be unable to compete this Saturday, due to the understandable cancellation and won’t be performing in the Winners’ Concert at Huntington Hall.
Music at Winterfold this term has been one of the most successful and ambitious on record. Sadly, it now has to be put on hold. it is a very tough time now for musicians all over the world. Let us hope we can return next year and repeat the successes and sheer pleasure that the children have brought us with their music in the first two terms of this year.
Sing-It is a concept that we came up with here at WInterfold many years ago. it allows us to welcome children from local primary schools to come and take part in a day of song and music making. This year’s event took place on Friday 13th March and we welcomed children from Belbroughton C.E Primary and Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary to join our own Year 3 and 4 children. Thoroughout the day, the pupils were treated to singing lessons by our Vocal Coach Mrs Richardson.
After a day of vocal coaching and a lovely lunch, Sing-It culminated in a wonderful concert at the end of the day, where pupils performed Wishy Washy Washerwoman, Count on Me by Bruno Mars and a lively rendition of The Lion Sleeps Tonight, acccompanied by the School’s house band The Groove Diggers to give our visitors a real ‘ensemble’ experience.
On a beautiful spring day in March, pupils, staff, parents and governors assembled for the Opening Ceremony of our newly created Outdoor Learning environment, Forest School.
The ribbon was cut by TV’s Michael Collie, known from BBC Midlands Today and Countryfile, in particular. Michael is also a parent of four girls who came to Winterfold, before going on to Bromsgrove School.
Speaking with his hands covered in mud, Michael said “It’s brilliant to see the children at Winterfold just enjoying nature and the environment – they’ve been showing me what they can do simply with mud and there’s a lot of it about!
“I love the fact that an old bomb crater, which has been covered in undergrowth for years, has now been re-discovered and turned into a fantastic natural water environment, for plants, animals and pupils to enjoy.
As he cut the ribbon with Reception pupil Grace McNaughton – picked because she was wearing the dirtiest wellies, Michael Collie joked with the children that he thought the hide that had been built, was for children to hide from the teachers. “They soon corrected me,” he said, “and told me it was to go birdwatching – thank goodness for that!”
Michael talked about his time on Countryfile, when he filmed all over the UK and abroad, going to places that were “wet, windy, muddy, sunny, snowy, blizzarding and wonderful”. He urged the pupils to enjoy and care for the environment, noting that perhaps we hadn’t always done that well so far.
Looking back on his reasons for sending his daughters to Winterfold School, he commented “This sums up what Winterfold is all about – letting children take risks, within reason, and have fun. This is a school that spends money on the things that matter and creates a brilliant environment in the classroom and outside – and the result is the confident and shining, happy, slightly muddy faces I’ve seen today.”
After visiting the new shelter, which will be an outdoor classroom, Michael Collie, together with the Chair of Governors Paul West, Governor Geoff Strong and Mrs Strong, guests and the Friends of Winterfold committee had a tour of the new site which has been put back to nature. The Friends of Winterfold have funded a bird hide, tool shed and the new Forest School suits for the children. Plans are afoot to plant a herb garden, vegetable patch and an orchard.
The pond is already well established, with flora and fauna in abundance. A jetty has been built so that the children can enjoy lessons in pond dipping.
Headmistress Denise Toms said “Our new Forest School is an outstanding facility for our young pupils to explore the outdoors and enhance their learning and development. We look forward to taking groups of children to explore the Forest School area with pond, orchard, bird hide, shelter and fire pit. We aim to motivate, inspire and give the children a positive outdoor experience”.
We were delighted to once again be invited guests at the Warwickshire Schools’ Orienteering Championships, which this year were held at the beautiful Ryton Pools Country Park. Our team of twenty-one runners competed on both White and Yellow courses against runners from twelve other schools and youth groups.
Using maps and compasses, they needed to find the controls and the finish in as fast a time as possible. Our team did extremely well, with six individuals or pairs achieving medals in four different age classes. Added to that, all of our runners completed the course, achieving points towards our team total.
We are delighted to announce that we were crowned champions for the second year in a row. Mr Cotterill would like to give a special mention to Leo, this year’s team captain. The team is now looking forward to the West Midlands Championships and as ever, they welcome anyone who is interested in taking part.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Pamper & Prosecco Evening at Winterfold later today.
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, there is availability on the door, so please come along with your friends and family and enjoy a wonderful evening of relaxation and pampering!
Congratulations to our resident house band The Groove Diggers who were invited to perform for dignitories at The Mayor’s Ball, Kidderminster Town Hall on Friday 6th March.
Thank you to all of the schools who joined us on Friday 7th March for the Worcestershire Catholic Schools’ U11 & U9 Football tournament. We were blessed with incredible weather on the day and all of the games were played in good spirit.