Arts Award certificates were presented to 60 pupils of Cavalry Primary School in March, after they took part in a Sing for your School project.
A special award ceremony was held on Tuesday 30 January at 2:30pm at the school – where students received their certificates from Head of Cambridgeshire Music Matthew Gunn.
The ‘Explore’ level award was presented to 49 pupils, with a further 11 awards presented to pupils receiving the ‘Discover’ level award.
The ceremony was followed by a showcase of musical performances, which included a performance by the Senior Choir and Concert Band.
The County Council’s Cambridgeshire Music team worked with partners to put together the 12- week county-wide Sing for your School project, which involved 38 schools writing their own songs. The project was funded by the Arts Council of England and Department for Education through Cambridgeshire Music.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Simon Bywater said, “Seeing all the great talent at the school is music to my ears. Congratulations to everyone who received their Arts Award.
“I would like to encourage more schools across Cambridgeshire to get involved, it’s a great opportunity for our students to explore other skills and unleash their creative ideas.”
Cavalry Primary School Deputy Head teacher, Sarah Edwards said, “It has been wonderful to see the children grow in confidence as performers throughout this inspiring project. We’re already making plans for this year’s Sing for Your School project!”
The Council’s Head of Cambridgeshire Music Matthew Gunn said, “Sing for your School is not only a great way of getting children and young people involved in song-writing and singing but also thinking creatively about writing lyrics and poems.
“It was great to hear from so many pupils and teachers about how they had enjoyed the process of creating their verses and choruses and the panel involved in listening to all the fantastic songs was impressed at what had been created.
“I’m delighted that so many children also went on to have their contributions recognised through the National Arts Award Scheme which shows them the value placed on their music-making and composing and hopefully will encourage them to take part in more arts activities both in and out of school.”
The Sing for your School panel was impressed with Cavalry school’s musical talents when they performed ‘Cavalry Is Rhythm’ at the grand finale at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge in March 2017 – which was written and recorded within the school.