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Neston schools sing out for International friendship

Published: 16th March 2011 09:53

Two local schools, Woodfall Primary and Neston High School, are proving that friendship really is worth singing about.

Matt BakerFreelance composer Matt Baker worked with the
schools on their Anthem.

As a result of funding from the British Council for a Global Curriculum Project, the two schools have been working together with their partner schools in Cape Town (St James' Primary and Bergvliet High School) to write an anthem celebrating their friendship.

The work put in by students has been brought together by freelance composer and Artistic Director of Theatre in the Quarter, Matt Baker (pictured right) who has been teaching the students the anthem prior to them working with The Harlequin Project based at Chester University to record their debut CD.

Teachers from both schools, together with a party of five students from Neston High School, travelled to Cape Town during the recent half term holiday and presented the anthem at the International Afritwin Project Conference where it was greeted with great enthusiasm by the assembled audience of Headteachers and senior staff from across the Western Cape.

Mrs Judy Gilmour, Assistant Headteacher at Neston High School said: "We have all been working together for a number of years now and this is the third year running that staff from the schools have been able to visit each other to develop curriculum activities which enable the students and staff to better understand the similarities and differences between us.

Neston High and Woodfall Primary Schools perform their Friends Together anthemNeston High and Woodfall Primary Schools perform their Friends
Together anthem

"This year, for the first time, we have been able to send five Sixth Form students from Neston High School as ambassadors. They have all had a truly wonderful time and have come back full of ideas of how we can further develop our links with these schools. We are looking forward to welcoming staff and students from Cape Town at the end of the month."

Ms Emma McConville, International Co-ordinator at Woodfall Primary School, who was amongst the party who visited Cape Town, expressed her delight that all year 5 pupils at Woodfall were involved in the recording the anthem together with the year 7 choir from Neston High (Only 7s Aloud). She expressed her delight at the finished result by saying: "What better way of building friendships between our schools than by having an anthem? Each time it is sung it will remind everyone of our friends in other schools 6000 miles away."


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