Emily Rising with Year 3

On Friday 27th September, Year 3 visited the recently refurbished and reopened Hat Factory to see the wonderful play by Little Angel Theatre, Emily Rising.

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The story follows a 10 year old girl called Emily who wakes up one day to find that her feet no longer touch the ground! Told by a talented cast of puppeteers who also provide the voices for the characters, it made for a memorable experience.

After seeing the amazing performance the children had a lot of thoughts about the play! We managed to capture some of these immediately afterwards on post-it notes to use for the following week when we had some guests who came to work with children.

In these workshops the children worked on writing a review of Emily Rising and talked about what they thought of the characters and the story. There are some pictures below from the day.

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Young Voices 2019

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Last week we returned to the Genting Arena in Birmingham for Young Voices 2019.

Young Voices make up the largest children’s choirs in the world. Schools across the country learn the same material and then come together in some of the biggest venues in the UK to perform. Our night in Birmingham saw 6,500 children perform to around 10,000 people!

The choir have been preparing for the event since September learning 10 songs, 3 of them lengthy medleys, with accompanying dance moves. As well as this the children performed alongside other artists, including Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet!

Watch our video from the day below.

St Matthew’s Magazine

I recently started work on the first edition of St Matthew’s Magazine with a group of very enthusiastic young journalists.

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Armed with their official Press Team access badges and inquisitive natures, they set out to report on all of the exciting activity that is happening across the school. We worked together to plan, design and write all of its content.

We are really proud of our first edition, and hope it’s the first of many!

You can see the whole of Issue 1 by clicking the front cover below.

Magazine Issue 1

Grove Theatre Fundraiser

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On Sunday the St Matthew’s Choir took part in ‘Let Your Spirit Fly’, a fundraiser concert at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable raising money for the children’s wards at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

The day featured 7 schools from Luton and Dunstable all singing individually and then finally together for the finale, singing a song written especially for the event.

Over £3000 was raised, so a HUGE well done to everyone involved. Especially our Year 3 choir members who had only been to two rehearsals before performing in front of hundreds of people!

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‘A Christmas Carol’ Production

Over the past 6 weeks, Year 5 have been working on their production of the classic Charles Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Every child in Year 5 had a hand in the show and split off in to four groups. The actors, choir, costume department and set department. Below is a documentary about the making of the show, and finally some pictures from the performances.

Year 5, you should be very proud of yourselves!!

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Into Film Festival 2016

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Last year we took 3 year groups to the Into Film Festival, this year we took 6! Around 720 St Matthew’s pupils walked down to the cinema for showings put on by Into Film. Below are the films each saw, and links to some Into Film resources.

Everyone had a great time, and were able to think a little deeper about film and what it does for us. Below is a little taster of what the festival is all about.

Stockwood Discovery Centre Film

A few weeks ago we volunteered to provide some budding filmmakers, actors and actresses to help Stockwood Discovery Centre make a promotional film. The film is being made to help new visitors know what to expect when they come to the Centre. The children did great in front of the camera, speaking confidently and showing what a day at Stockwood can look like.

Here is the film!

Here are some pictures of the shoot!

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