To celebrate the arts in schools and following on from the successful Hillfest 2017, Hillview School for Girls held its first Primary Arts Festival in the grounds of Tonbridge Castle on Friday 6 July. 358 primary school children from 12 local schools took part throughout the day, in six main performance categories, live on stage, with full technical back-up. The quality and sound of the children who performed was outstanding; their costumes amazing and their creativity inspiring.
Workshops in Drama and Art were running throughout the day.
Participating Primary Schools were: Amherst, Brenchley & Matfield, Loose, Greenfields, Bishops Down, Ryarsh, East Peckham, Mereworth, Cranbrook, Stocks Green, Pembury and Goudhurst & Kilndown.
Winners on the day were:
Dance – Upper Key Stage 2 – Loose Primary School
A Musical in 5 minutes – Ryarsh Primary School
Upper Key Stage 2 Choir – Brenchley & Matfield CoE Primary School
Lower Key Stage 2 Choir – Amherst Primary School
A Song from a Musical Upper Key Stage 2 – Goudhurst & Kilndown CoE Primary School
Mrs Burkett said:
“This year we were offered a fantastic opportunity by Andy Brett the organiser of The Tonbridge Music festival and we decided to pass this on to our local primary schools to showcase their Performing arts talents and boy were we impressed.
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 our own students and students of other local schools are able to showcase their talents and develop a love and passion for all things creative.
A lot of people worked very hard to make this a reality, Andy Brett for his offer and subsequent support, Miss Charly Pope for her work through the planning stage, Mrs Deborah Ellis for her support in the final week pulling everything together, Miss Jeanette Howard for hosting back to back drama sessions throughout the day and Mr & Mrs Pledge for their help in the Arts tent making banners and flags. As always we were supported by some wonderful Hillview students, in particular Leo Patel who compaired the entire event and thanks as always for the ongoing support from the Mayoress & her Escort who helped judge and Tom Tugendhat for opening the event”.