School is buzzing with the joy of music

January 02 2020

PUPILS and staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary in Kingswood have taken part in a week of singing, dancing and creating music.

Students laid a poppy wreath on the war memorial at Kingswood Trinity Church

Executive headteacher Rita McLoughlin said the event had brought a "wonderful buzz" to the school.

“Pupils worked together on a series of projects such as learning ceilidh dance reels or making junk orchestral instruments together," she said.

"The challenge to staff was too see how many areas of the curriculum could be taught through music.” 

She added that the music enrichment week had mental health benefits. 

“This year, Our Lady of Lourdes is working towards achieving the Mental Health School award, and we enjoyed ourselves a great deal this week; encouraging our children to sing, loud and proud, as part of a group, whilst not being inhibited by negative perceptions that ‘I can’t sing’ or ‘I’m no good’.” 

Sport can also have a positive impact on mood, and OLOL’s sports enrichment programme resulted in the children trying activities they may never have tried before. This included trying their hands at Indo Boarding – which is indoor surfing on a giant roll – agility activities, forest schools’ projects and even a Strictly Come Dancing day. To bring more joy to the playground, new marking have also been laid down. 

Other projects that the primary school have worked on this year include European Day of Languages, Anti-Bullying Week, Road Safety Week, National Apple Day and National Teachers and Teaching Assistants Day. In this instance, children presented their teachers and teaching assistants with ‘thank you’ cupcakes, honouring them for their hard work. The children received them too on World Children Day. 

Most recently, Our Lady of Lourdes paid their respects with a Remembrance Service and marked the day with a two minutes’ silence, mirrored by the rest of the country. The Year 6 students made a poppy wreath full of prayers and intentions,  laying it on the war memorial in Kingswood church. 

“We have all recently become members of our Kingswood Library, and you will see us doing our weekly litter pick-up around the streets of Kingswood,” Ms McLoughlin said.