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Teddy Bears' Picnic at Sheffield High was a feast of singing!

As the culmination of a programme to bring more music to local primary schools, Sheffield High school recently played host to over 200 pupils from local schools who enjoyed a Teddy Bears’ Picnic singing fest.

The event was organised by Sheffield High’s Co-ordinator of Music Outreach, Clare Wallace, who works with the Sheffield Regional Music Hub to develop links with the local community. Clare, who is also Head of German at the school, is a keen cello player and she organises performances for Sheffield High’s music ensembles outside school, many of which are in support of charitable causes.

As well as pupils from Sheffield High School itself, the other schools involved in the programme which ran in collaboration with Cathedral Sing! were Hunters Bar Infant School, Springfield School and Westways Primary School.

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic was a joint workshop where the pupils practised songs they had already learned – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Swinging on Swings, Rupert the Bear, Grizzly Bear, Teddy Bear Rock ‘n’ Roll and of course Teddy Bears’ Picnic! As well as a large number of local Year 2 pupils at the ‘picnic’, there were naturally many much-loved teddy bears in attendance who had the times of their lives, joining in the singing and rocking in the aisles! The singing extravaganza was followed by a picnic lunch and the bears (and pupils!) enjoyed a well-earned lunch!

The event ran smoothly thanks to the tremendous help provided by a team of sixth form helpers from the High School and also from the two other leaders of the singing project – Charlotte Vivian and Georgina Jordan. Charlotte, from Cathedral Sing! has led fortnightly workshops at Hunters Bar Infant School during the spring term. Georgina works part-time in the Infant Department at the High School. She had previously worked for some time for Music Box, providing educational workshops for young children and also at Music in the Round and has brought to the school a wealth of experience of organising music projects for young children. Georgina made fortnightly visits to Springfield School and Clare herself visited Westways School.

”Just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for a fantastic day. We all really enjoyed taking part in the performance and I feel our children really benefited from the experience. We are performing for our Year 1s and then again for our foundation stage and also at the Salvation Army Citadel. We are the talk of Hunters Bar! Your hard work has paid off, it was fab!” Hanna Hamed, Music Co-ordinator, Hunters Bar Infant School

”It was a huge success and the children loved it. I always looked forward to each fortnightly session. It would be great if we could do it again next year. We certainly hope to continue with our singing sessions and hopefully get Year 1 involved too – we are going to perform for them in assembly tomorrow. The project has boosted children and staff enthusiasm for singing and has placed singing as a more structured entity within the school day.” Jacki Rowley, Music Co-ordinator, Westways Primary School

”The event was led with so much skill and organised with care for every detail. The children obviously loved every minute of it. You are a true champion of music and I want to thank you for playing your part in ensuring that every child in the city enjoys a high quality music education.” Mary Heyler, Head of Sheffield Music Service.

SHINE Project

Two of the local primary schools who took part in this programme have also taken part in Sheffield High School’s SHINE project. SHINE – Support and Help in Education – has a focus on social mobility through education with a mission is to support additional educational initiatives which encourage children and young people to raise their achievement levels. You can read more about Sheffield High School’s SHINE project on our SHINE@SheffieldHigh page

Sheffield Music Education Hub

The Sheffield Music Education Hub was established following a successful bid to the Arts Council by Sheffield City Council to form a Music Education Hub for children and young people in Sheffield. It comprises the Sheffield Music Service, music organisations, schools, teachers, parents and young people who work together to provide the very best opportunities including musical ensembles, singing, instrumental lessons and progression routes for those who want to achieve excellence in music.

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