Music & Drama

"St Christopher’s School enjoys a rich tradition in music &  drama in its    varied disciplines. Music and Drama at St Christopher’s School develops children’s self  esteem, confidence and learning skills, providing opportunities for self-  expression, enjoyment, team building and co-operation"

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Date What have we done in Music & Drama at St Christopher's School? Say Cheese!!
24th January 2017

Pupils today enjoyed drama sessions with Kic Theatre's inimitable Ian Crosher. Focusing on the area of 'British Values' pupils from all years enjoyed 45 minute sessions on the following topics:

EYFS & Year 1: Celebrating Differences

Year 2: Celebrating Differences: 

Year 3: Voting and the Democratic Process

Year 4: Voting and the Democratic Process

Year 5: Law and the Criminal Process

Year 6: Law and the Criminal Process

 

Spring 2017

St Christopher's School pupils were 'walking in the air' after seeing the production of 'The Snowman' at the Marlowe Theatre. 

On a beautiful, frosty morning pupils made their way to the Marlowe Theatre to enjoy a fantastic production based on Raymond Briggs' much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking In The Air. 

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning? 

It was an enchanting live show and the perfect end to the recent winter weather!

More information on our local theatre can be found at http://www.marlowetheatre.com/

A copy of 'The Snowman' can be found in all good bookshops including: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-snowman/raymond-briggs/9780723275534

Autumn 2016

On 7th December 2016 pupils, parents and staff came together for our annual Carol Concert at St Edmund's Chapel. 

It was an excellent afternoon, allowing the school community to appreciate personal musical endeavour as well as enjoying festive cheer at the end of a busy term at St Christopher's School. 

The full programme can be found on our letters home page.

Autumn 2016 The whole school visited the impresive Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury for the annual Panto. Dick Whittington was the show this year, and what a performance it was, with the usual hi-jinks associated with the Panto tradition as well as effects (including the use of 3-D glasses) bringing the event right up to date. A brilliant opportunity for the pupils to see a professional show.
Autumn 2016  Mrs Claire Beddow comes into school as part of our alliance with LAMDA Drama Schools. Our budding actors and actresses impressed in their recent examinations and received certificates in our school Friday Awards Assembly. As ever we are very proud of our pupils!
Autumn 2016 St Christopher's School pupils took part in excellent KIC Theatre drama sessions during Autumn Term 2016, looking at the topic of Safety expanding what has been learnt in the classroom and investigating the topic into the practical realms of the dramatic arts.
Summer 2016

Year 6 are busy rehearsing for 'Five go to Otter Island' throughout the Summer Term 2016. We have one performance on 1st July 2016 at 6.45pm (tickets available in the school office). Year 6 and Mrs Ward look forward to seeing you there. 

24th June 2016

On Friday 24th June, St Christopher's School pupils experienced the amazing role playing system at Kidzania in London. Here children travelled the city looking for jobs to take part in. From Firefighter to Formula One Mechanic and Pilot to working in the world of confectionary with Cadbury, pupils got to experience the worlds biggest role playing sandbox. Imagine delving into a dressing up box without the bottom and you are half way there! 

16th June 2016 St Christopher's School children, Mrs Ward and Mrs Nelson were invited by Kent College to take part in a Schools Orchestral Festival for young musicians from local primary and prep schools.

Schools from all over South East Kent descended upon Kent College allowing children to meet like-minded musicians and be part of and have experience in a full orchestra. The orchestra then performed their work in front of an audience of parents that afternoon.

By taking part in this day the children had the opportunity to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence in line with our schools aim of reaching a child's full potential.

30th April 2016

Five of our school violinists joined Miss Hakanen for a violin concert at St Peter's Methodist Church to showcase their talents to the members of the public. It was an excellent event and gave pupils an opportunity to perform in front of a new audience building confidence and gaining important experience for the future. 

Miss Hakanen has vast experience herself. She is a member of the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin conducted by John Wilson. Locally Miss Hakanen plays regularly with the Kent Concert Orchestra and the Festival Chamber Orchestra. 

We are very fortunate to have Miss Hakanen with us at St Christopher's School and the pupils continue to benefit massively from her expertise.

11th April 2016 St Christopher's School pupils joined 9 other local schools for the Canterbury Big Sing at the Marlowe Theatre. Since January pupils have taken part in weekly rehearsels in preparation and ,on the evening of 11th April, performed to a full house at the Marlowe Theatre. It was a wonderful experience for the pupils to perform in a professional theatre. (Photos: Top: Dan Tomkinson directs over 300 pupils during afternoon rehearsels Bottom: St Christopher's School pupils prepare to sing on the big stage)
22nd March 2016

Parents, Staff and Pupils joined together for another fantastic concert on 22nd March. The concert is an opportunity for the school community to celebrate the musical achievements of pupils and it is great to see children showing such dedication to their chosen craft be it steel pans or strings and everything in between.

Thank you to Mrs Ward for her dedication in putting the event together!

A full programme of the event is available at /parents/lettershome/

23rd February 2016 Pupils are currently rehearsing for the Canterbury 'Big Sing!' at the Marlowe Theatre. More information and tickets can be purchased from www.marlowetheatre.com/page/3145/The-Canterbury-Big-Sing/1066
2nd November 2015 On Monday afternoons Mrs Claire Beddow comes into school as part of our alliance with LAMDA Drama Schools. Six of our budding actors and actresses impressed in their examinations with four merits and 2 distinctions. As ever we are very proud of our pupils and they will be justly rewarded in our weekly Friday awards assembly!
23rd October 2015 Year 6 visited the pianos that have magically appeared in Canterbury today. Lilford Gallery and Luke Jerram have displayed 10 pianos (decorated by local artists and community groups) that are available until 31st October allowing passers-by (musically inclined or otherwise) to tinker on the keys - from Beethoven's to Biebers…everyone can enjoy the piano. Our budding musicians delighted onlookers with renditions of Your Song (Elton John) and I Am Sailing (Rod Stewart). 
6th July 2015 Pupils throughout the school took part in the Musical Extravaganza to showcase to parents and peers what they have learnt throughout the year in their chosen musical discipline.  From steel pans, drums and guitars to violins, cellos and trumpets, all aspects of the musical spectrum were covered!
3rd & 4th July 2015 Year 6 prepared (with a little help from a large cohort from Key Stage 2) the annual school production. Mrs Ward chose The Wizard of Oz and after weeks of hard work and endeavour, the children delivered their performances on 3rd and 4th July in the specially erected marquee.
11th June 2015

Nine St Christopher's School children, Mrs Ward and Mrs Nelson enjoyed an Orchestra Day at Kent College. We sent representatives from the following sections: 3 for Strings, 2 for Woodwind, 2 for Percussion and 2 for Brass.

Schools from all over South East Kent descended upon Kent College allowing children to meet like-minded musicians and be part of and have experience in a full orchestra. The orchestra then performed their work in front of an audience that afternoon. 

By taking part in this day the children had the opportunity to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence in line with our schools aim of reaching a child's full potential.

14th May 2015 Violin students of Elina Hakanen went to St Peter's Methodist Church (Canterbury) to perform for a charity event for the Nepal Earthquake victims. The event was a huge success. On a personal level, each child experienced performing in front of a crowd boosting their self-esteem and self-confidence and was an excellent extra-curricular opportunity.
11th March 2015 St Christopher's pupils made their own C.D!! A day of intensive recording using various instruments results in our very own C.D. They are available to order in the school office for £5. This gave our pupils an insight into the recording process aswell as the satisfaction of owning and cherishing their work for years to come!
11th March 2015 The Kentish Piano Trio came to St Christopher's School to give a demonstration of their music for our school assembly. An excellent opportunity for children to see what dedication and hardwork within a musical discipline can deliver!!   

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