Yesterday afternoon Yr.6 welcomed over 20 members of the local community, plus some governors, to a tea party at the School. Individually designed invitations were made and delivered in recent weeks via the pupils and our Church.
After making all the advance preparations, excited and nervous pupils mingled freely with guests. With some encouragement, they were able to chat, learning about their lives and indeed the history of our School. Two former pupils and an ex-cleaner were among the gathering.
The children looked very smart, especially those who wore bow ties. After greeting guests at the gate, they showed them to tables and began to interact. Sandwiches, snacks and cakes were enjoyed by all, along with tea and squash. Many of the cakes had been made by Year 6 themselves, and some had also helped in the making of the sandwiches during the morning. One child was heard to say, “What a lot of work, I just thought parties happened!”
After about an hour the entertainment began. Five members of year 6 played piano, saxophone and flute, then all of the year group sang two songs we had rehearsed. Matthew gave a brilliant introduction to 'He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands', sharing our desire to show our faith because of God’s love for everyone. The second song was a three part round in tribute to Glenn Miller, one of the musicians were have been studying. Called 'Hey Mr Miller', they sang clearly and managed to sustain the three parts superbly. This was followed by the choir who also sang two songs. The first was a Russian folk song, 'Minka', written in typical Russian style getting faster as it went on. For the second number the choir were accompanied by Daisy and Kelvin on two djembe (African drums). Tinga Leyo is a rhythmical and happy song from the Caribbean about a donkey.
The entertainment concluded with songs from Miss Julia Burnett, a professional entertainer who had been part of the tea party last year. Julia sang several songs including a weather medley, but the highlight was when she took us back to the 1950s for an Alma Cogan medley. Julia moved about the hall, shaking hands with children and adults, and giving us a wonderful end to the afternoon.
Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and any spare food was wolfed down by the choir after the hall had been cleared. Several people gave a lot of help in order to make this event so successful and we thank them all. It gave our pupils a wonderful opportunity to interact with adults, prepare and run an event, but also to feel good that they had done something to show God’s love to our near neighbours. On leaving, Miss Burnett said what lovely polite children they were - so well done Year 6, you made us very proud.