St Peter's 13-18
Pupils and staff at St Peter’s School, York, have remained virtually connected during lockdown through the power of music.
Almost 200 children have continued to practice their skills, with over 1,900 music lessons delivered virtually over the summer term.
The youngest pupils in the school, aged 2-8, have enjoyed Zoom singalongs every week since lockdown began, with one singalong per week for Nursery and Reception and another for children in years 2 and 3. There has been a weekly Zoom singalong for the whole school every Friday, which has given the children the chance to sing many of their favourite songs.
To support the younger pupils, children from 8-13 also held a guitar masterclass for pupils aged 2-8 earlier this term, teaching them new skills and playing together virtually.
In addition to their music lessons, pupils have had the opportunity to perform virtually, via a series of Zoom concerts.
Three virtual concerts have been held for pupils aged 5-8 with 30 children taking part, many of whom were performing for the first time. There have also been 14 Virtualosity concerts for pupils aged 8-13, with 97 different performers (including 10 members of staff) and 164 live performances in total.
Furthermore, there have been three 6-2-7 virtual concerts for pupils aged 13-18, with around 50 pupils involved. The performances were recorded during lockdown and published on YouTube on Tuesday evenings at 6pm for pupils and staff to enjoy.
The pupils have continued to celebrate the joy of music this week, with three special events to mark the end of the summer term. On Tuesday evening at 7pm, a virtual ‘Cabaret’ performance was streamed on YouTube, featuring solo performances from Upper Sixth pupils. This was followed by the final Virtualosity concert at 1pm on Wednesday lunchtime, and the Year 3s have been learning three songs for their special end of year assembly on Friday.