Music Camp 2016
Well done to Aliza, Odhran, Juliette and Tanatswa who attended the 2 day Music Camp, at Ilam Hall.
The children had lots of fun developing a range of musical skills through an intensive programme of music classes, games and team challenges in the hostel and its grounds.
Outdoor musical games
Outdoor musical games
The final monster orchestra
Juliette said, “I really enjoyed music camp because I found things challenging but in music camp they explained it and now I find it easy.”
Odhran said, “I enjoyed the part where we all gathered in the hall because we sounded so good together.”
Aliza said, “I loved the way all the instruments got together and got to share the things that they had been learning.”
Tanatswa said, “I really loved the big concert at the end because we all made beautiful harmony.”
Year 6 enjoyed their three day stay in Castleton last week where they took part in roman seige battles; walked across the valley to the Blue John Mine and took part in a tour of the mine. They also worked in teams on a jumblies orienteering style activity, an egg rocket launch and indivudally at archery in the hostel grounds. The children also spent free time playing outdoors at the hostel and had a party in the hostel on the final night. Despite the rain and mud, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and behaved exceptionally well!
Y4 and Y5 children have all returned thoroughly tired but happy from the residential at Kingswood Adventure Centre in Doncaster. While there, we were treated to a wide range of adventurous and daring activities, including problem solving activities, archery, fencing and the terrifying, Leap of Faith! We even had a bonfire, roasted marshmallows, told jokes and riddles, and had a cup of hot chocolate to warm us up in the evenings.
Well done to all involved. Until next year!
Well done to all involved. Until next year!
Mr Whyte's Group
Mrs Hodgkinson's Group
Miss Postolan and Mrs Moss' Group
Whole Group Activities
The Briars 2015
A group of Year 6 children had a wonderful time during their residential to The Briars. Set in the Derbyshire Dales, The Briars is a residential youth centre for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham.
Morning prayer; play; confidence building; developing friendships; long walks in the beautiful countryside and taking a shared role in the organisation of mass were just a few of the activities carried out.
Over the course of the weekend, the children were encouraged to express themselves freely and openly in an informal but very educational setting.
“I was inspired at the Briars by how the leaders explained things. It was funny but respectful. I learnt how to be a good role-model to others by supporting their faith. I felt closer to God during morning prayer. It was special because I don’t normally pray that way”. Kashell, Year 6
Music Camp 2015
Mrs Hayes would like to say well done to all the Year 5 children who attended the 2 day Music Camp, at Ilam Hall. They were a credit to our school; they were well behaved and worked hard, whilst having lots of fun at the same time.
The aim of the camp was for children to:
The children developed these skills through an intensive programme of music classes, games and team challenges in the Hostel and its grounds. The activities included:
Outdoor rhythmic notation challenges (Photo 1)
Instrumental groups (Pic 2, 3, 4)
Rhythmic and pitch notation classes (pic 5)
Outdoor pitch team games (pic 6)
Outdoor call and response competition
Musical orienteering (pic 7 and 8)
Monster band performance (Pic 9)
“My favourite part was when we did the Monster Band. The Monster Band is a big band where everyone comes together and we perform pieces of music. It was the best music experience ever.” Hamish Malcolm
“My favourite music experience was the Monster Band we did at the end of music camp. I liked it because it took a lot of work to develop our music skills and in every lesson we learned something new.” Bethan Cope
My favourite part of music camp was the Night Walk. It was so creepy but I wanted to go again. We heard the Phantom Trumpeter in the woods.” Dominika Trotz
Kingswood - Year 4 and 5 2014
Children from Year 4 and 5 visited Kingswood’s Dearne Valley site in Doncaster for the first time this May after enjoyable visits to their other site at Rotherham for the past 3 years. We took part in a wide variety of exciting and adventurous activities, some of which we’ve never tried before.
For some of the children, this was their first time away from home but they all managed well (a few dodgy bed-making skills aside) and their behaviour really was impeccable, demonstrating fantastic manners and teamwork in true St. Mary’s style!
The photos will allow you a glimpse into the bravery of the children who each had a go at climbing, high all aboard, low ropes, laser and nightline as well as enjoying a campfire, scrapheap challenge and creating their very own movie momentum of their stay.
Music Camp 2014
Over 100 children from schools across the city joined a group of Year 5 children from St. Mary’s to take part in the wonderful opportunity to study music and practice their instrumental skills.
We set off early on Wednesday morning for two fun packed days at Ilam Hall, set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
As soon as we arrived we began practicing our instruments and learning how to read music. We took part in a variety of activities which helped the children to embed their knowledge and skills in music.
The activities were fun and practical and accumulated in a musical orientation exercise set in the grounds of the hall where children had to work together and use the skills they had learned to solve music clues and tasks.
At the end of our second day all the instrument groups came together and performed, as a small orchestra, the pieces of music they had been learning which included Africa by Toto.
They sounded truly amazing!
All the children who attended made a commitment to continue to learn their instrument and join the Area Band.
The children worked very hard and thoroughly enjoyed this enriching experience and there is no doubt that they all made fantastic progress in such a short time.
“I found it interesting and fun to read music.” Kashell
“Before Music Camp I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be good at playing my trumpet. But, my confidence grew and I loved it!” Emily
“I enjoyed performing as part of an orchestra.” Zara
“I enjoyed working as part of a team and collecting musical notes as points. My team won at the end of the camp.” Courteney
“I was very familiar with some of the things we were learning, but Music camp really helped me to improve my music skills.” Eliana
“I really enjoyed playing as an orchestra. It made me feel like a real musician.” Molly