Hillview School for Girls – Primary Arts Festival
On Friday 5 July 2019 we celebrated the Performing Arts in our annual Primary Festival of the Arts at Tonbridge Castle. 500 primary school children from 11 local schools took part throughout the day, in performance categories, live on stage, with full technical back-up. The quality and sound of the children who performed was outstanding with the judges being overwhelmed by the quality of the performances and the enthusiasm of the children. It was lovely to see so many students enthusiastic and passionate about the Arts.
Workshops in Art ran throughout the day and all children learnt and took part in a whole-festival finale showing they were ‘happy’.
Participating primary schools were: Pembury, Cranbrook CoE, Royal Rise, Goudhurst & Kilndown, Greenfields Community, Slade, The Wells Free, This is Us Youth Dance Company (Bishops Down), Long Mead Community, Valley Invicta (Kingshill), Brenchley & Matfield and Amherst.
Winners on the day were:
Choir Lower Key Stage 2 – Amherst Primary
Choir Upper Key Stage 2 – Brenchley & Matfield
Contemporary Dance, Upper Key Stage 2 – Greenfields Community
Contemporary Dance, Lower Key Stage 2 – Wells Free
Traditional Dance, both Key Stages – Pembury
Song from a Musical, Lower Key Stage 2 – Wells Free
Song from a Musical, Upper Key Stage 2 –Long Mead
A Musical in 5 Minutes, Upper Key Stage 2 – Brenchley & Matfield
Performance Poetry – Wells Free
Art, ‘My World’ Upper Key Stage 2 – Long Mead
Art, ‘My World’ Lower Key Stage 2 – Wells Free
Art, special mention: ‘Jasper Land’ – Valley Invicta
Headteacher, Hilary Burkett said, “We were again able to join the Tonbridge Music Weekend and give an opportunity for local children to showcase their talents and love for performance. The standards of singing, dancing and acting were incredibly high and whilst we offered winners of each section, any school could have won, they were all fantastic.
It’s so important to celebrate the Arts. For many students, this is the area where they excel, grow confidence and develop resilience. In a time when the Arts are disappearing from the curriculum for many students, they won’t from Hillview and we will continue to ensure that both our own and students of other local schools are able to showcase their talents and develop a love and passion for all things creative.
I would like to thank Tiger Music, Thomson Snell & Passmore, Career Teachers, Showtime Performing Arts and Dino Golf for sponsoring the event and giving opportunities to so many children.
A lot of people worked very hard to make this a reality: Andy Brett for his support, Mrs Linda Stephenson for her work through the planning stage, Miss Hannah Rotchell for her support on the day and teaching 500 children the dance moves, Mr & Mrs Pledge for their help in the Arts tent making banners and flags and judging the Art competition. As always, we were supported by some wonderful Hillview students, for the ongoing support from Mrs Sue Bishop Chair of Governors and the Mayoress & her Escort who helped judge and Tom Tugendhat for opening the event. Our greatest thanks go to the primary school teachers who continue to develop the love and passion for the Arts in their schools and the hours of rehearsing that had obviously occurred – we’ll hopefully see you again next year!”
Photographs of the event taken by professional photographer, Sarah Clark, will be available to purchase on line from Monday 15 July via www.sarahclarkphotography.co.uk – go to the School section of Client Galleries and enter the Hillview area and use the password: Perform19