Pupils sing at Royal Albert Hall

Last Tuesday 19 pupils and 3 teachers from The Leverton Junior School in Waltham Abbey joined a massed choir to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

The concert, in aid of the Barnardo’s charity, brought together over 1,500 pupils from 40 schools to sing a range of numbers from an old time musical melody to pop favourites ‘Tragedy’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’

The pupils had been practising the songs for the past couple of months and spent all day Tuesday practising with the conductor, Susannah Edom.  The show was performed to a full house and presented by former Blue Peter presenter, Zoe Salmon.

Music Curriculum Leader Leah Whitaker said “It was a once in a lifetime experience for the children.  The dedication shown was amazing.  Everyone left The Royal Albert hall with a buzz.”

Year five pupil Sophie Burling added: “I was really shocked how big The Royal Albert Hall was.  We practised all day and at the last minute we had to put actions to the words.  I really enjoyed the performance.  I thought it was a fantastic day and I would do it again.”

World Book Day Activities

An author who has roots in the Waltham Abbey area worked with a local school to help celebrate World Book Day.

Tracey Rolfe who originates from Waltham Abbey is the author of two books, The White Witch of Spiton and the Serpent of Anata and The White Witch of Spiton and the Book of Dreams.  She visited The Leverton Junior School to read extracts from her books followed by a question and answer session with children in years five and six.  Afterwards, she worked with children in the school’s Gifted and Talented Club and the school’s Poetry Club.

The visit organised by the school’s Literacy Curriculum Leader, Claire Campbell, was part of a week of activities to celebrate World Book Day.  Each day the children have been split up into smaller groups and have studied a book or author in more detail.

On World Book Day itself, the whole school took part in ‘Read to a Million Kids’. Videos were made of authors who read their own book.  These videos were made available to watch on the internet and shown during the school’s daily assembly.

Claire Campbell said “The children have been really enjoying out book week.  Tracey Rolfe has really inspired the children and many of them are eager to get stuck into reading her books.”

Friday 8 January – school open until 2.00pm

School is open today, but will be closing at 2.00pm.  Children should be collected at this time from the back of the school.  Parents of those children who walk home unaccompanied should telephone the office after 11.00am to give their permission.  Thank you.