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Extra-Curricular Activities

Birstwith Choir at Young Voices Sheffield 2020

Mrs Paxton's choir put on a fantastic show at Sheffield arena; joining another 4900 children from around the North East to sing alonside The Shires, Rooti and the much loved Tony Hadley.  The children were amazing- not only with their wonderful singing and excellent dance moves which were supported by Urban Strides, but their behaviour and energy for the whole day was exemplory.  They did the school very proud and hopefully, the memories will stay with them for a long time... maybe we will see some of our own choir headlining Young Voices in the future! Well done everyone and a huge thank you to Mrs Paxton for all the time and effort you have put into enabling such a successful experience for the children. 

Gardening Club and Birstwith in Bloom

The gardening club has been very busy over the last couple of terms and the vegetables that were planted some time ago are now beginning to fruit and the children will soon be able to enjoy eating their harvest.  Today, the children spent the afternoon working hard getting the school grounds ready for The Birstwith in Bloom judging which is due on the last day of term! The children selected wellies, chose plants and planted thier wellies as well as planters which they then hung up around the school.  The plants have really lifted the appearacnce of the school and made it feel really summery... Thanks to the children for working so well together, the BIB for their continued support and the Friends of Birstwith that supplied the plants and compost.  

Harrogate Christmas Concert

Mrs Paxton's Choir teamed up with a huge range of schools from Harrogate to put on the most tremendous performance to get everyone warmed up for Christmas.  The Choir had been practising for many months as a school and alongside their group of schools which included- Saltergate, Coppice, Dacre Braithwaite and Belmont Grosvenor.  One of the group rehearsals was hosted by Birstwith where all the schools visited our school and practised their songs for the big performance.  These rehearsals were led by Marilynne Davies and Bryan Western -Two highly accomplished conductors.  

The choir spent the whole of Saturday afternoon practising at the Harrogate Convention Centre where they went through their performance and enjoyed other groups of schools practise their medley. As the evening set in, the Convention Centre filled and the children took their places for the main event.  Tilly had been selected to sing an opening solo for the first verse of 'Once in Royal David's City', which she did with aplomb and from then on, the school put on an excellent performance.  They sang with confidence and clarity and did the school proud.  Mrs Paxton even conducted the school's group in their section which she did with true professionalism.  Well done and thank-you all of you for taking part and giving up so much of your time for such a fantastic event.  All the money raised will be used to support the Harrogate Homeless Project. 

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