Mini Me Concert

On Tuesday 5th March, our Brass players entertained parents with an excellent repertoire of music.  Some of our pupils have only been playing for one term and this was their first concert in front of a live audience, others have been playing for a few years.  One of our tuba players has recently won the Grade 4/5 category at the Dudley Music Festival. Congratulations everyone.

 

The Birth of a Planet

On Thursday 28th February, Years 6, 7 and 8 pupils attended an event entitled The Birth of a Planet at the Lapworth Museum, University of Birmingham.

The children explored the evolution of our planet and life on Earth, guided by one of the Museum’s inspirational curators.  They also learned more about plate tectonics and put their learning from the classroom into practice by making models of the different plate boundaries.

Following the visit to the Lapworth Museum, the group were fortunate to visit the University’s Barber Institute of Fine Art.  With works by Renoir, Van Gogh, Gainsborough, Matisse, Degas, Monet and Manet to name but a few, this gave the children an insight into classical art.  The galleries are arranged in chronological order starting with works by Botticelli and ending with contemporary artists.

The children produced some wonderful sketches of their own and learned more about each art period, as well as the main artists associated with each style.

Orchestra in a Day

On Thursday 28th February, over eighty-five children from Winterfold, Bromsgrove Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Schools sat together to learn and perform orchestral favourites in Routh Hall.

Our young musicians performed a selection of the BBC Ten Pieces, including Finlandia and In the Hall of the Mountain King.

There were also some incredible performances from Bromsgrove’s Music Competition winners. It was particularly wonderful to see so many ex-Winterfold pupils demonstrating their talent on the day.

 

 

Music for Youth

On Thursday 28th February, four of our pupils travelled to the CBSO Centre, Birmingham to perform at The Music for Youth Regional Festival, the UK’s largest youth music festival.

The Regional Festivals are a fantastic chance for young musicians to perform and share their music, listen to performances from other groups, meet other musicians and gain expert advice from professional musicians.

Congratulations to our percussion group Stick in Time, who performed one of their own compositions with real confidence and flair.

 

Discovery Trail at the Lapworth Museum

Year 6 pupils explored the past 3.5 billion years on Tuesday 26th February when they travelled to Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham.

Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day and acquired great insight into how the Earth formed and changed through time, and how life on earth developed and evolved.

Ski Trip to Fiesch, Switzerland

Another fun-filled ski trip took place over half term to Fiesch in Switzerland.  Sixteen very excited children took to the slopes and enjoyed a thrilling week of adventure. For the fourth year running, the group was able to stay in the superb Hotel Jungfrau, which is ideally situated next to the nursery slopes in Fiescheralp, with unrivalled views of the Matterhorn and the Southern Alps. This stunning location is absolutely breathtaking and we feel extremely privileged to be able to stay in such a wonderful place.

The weather was unbelievable, with clear blue skies for the entire week and temperatures which resembled Easter skiing rather than February! They were wonderful conditions to ski in, however, it is a little worrying to see this type of weather so early in the season and the concerns regarding global warming certainly became real to all of us.

The unrivalled attention and support given by our instructors enabled our group to make superb progress over the week. Our beginners, who had already experienced some sessions at the Snowdome before they left, were seen cruising around the mountain by the end of the week, enjoying the thrill of speed. Likewise, our other two groups managed to polish up their parallel turns and get some real mileage under their belts. On the last morning, there was a ski safari over to the next village of Betmeralp.  This enabled all of the children to ski together as one big group for a couple of hours. It was great to see everyone enjoying each other’s company, regardless of age, or ability and having some great fun on the slopes with their instructors.

As the hotel was situated at the top of the mountain, evenings were spent relaxing in the hotel and sledging outside the front door on the nursery slopes.  The traditional Kamikaze, Joker and Angel awards were presented every evening after dinner and on Thursday evening, there was the traditional pizza night.  On Thursday, there was a presentation evening during which the instructors awarded the certificates of achievement to the children in their ski groups.

Once again, the ski group was joined by a small group of parents who stayed in a neighbouring hotel and it was lovely to have their support and comradery throughout the week.  Thank you everyone for making this such a great trip.

There will be a Ski Social Evening soon which will be open to all parents and children from Years 4-8. Please do come along, enjoy a drink and a nibble, look at the photos and videos and find out more information about next year’s trip.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Blists Hill Victorian Town

On 12th February, Year 5 spent a fantastic day at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge. Sitting nicely at the end of their learning topic on the Victorians, the children had the opportunity to experience what life might have been like in the 1890s.

Dressed in Victorian costume, our pupils experienced aspects of a child’s life at school which included tasters of maths, literacy and geography lessons. They took part in a drill lesson in the school yard and learned about the disciplined routine the children would have been subject to.  Our left handed children struggled a little with the Victorian insistence of writing with their right hand!

After lunch, the Victorian town was explored, with visits to the Grocer, Chemist, Baker, Printer and last, but not least, the Sweet Shop.

An excellent day was had by all and the pupils were a credit to Winterfold.