Busy weekend for our young artists

Lord Mayor’s Parade and Anglia Square – a love story.  Over 85 of our kids and their families were involved in two big arts events this weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, despite clouds and rain, 80 of our kids turned up on Newmarket Road ready to play their full part in the wonderful Lord Mayor’s Celebration Weekend parade.  Ocean-themed digital soundscapes were created live; an indefatigable samba band led from the front; dancers locked in well rehearsed formation, and ranks of puppeteers represented the beauty of our oceans and what could happen if we don’t look after them!  The awesome tower costume presided over our parade chapter to gasps of awe, wonder and a little trepidation from the crowded pavements.  Thanks to all involved for making it such a huge success. Coming second was the icing on the cake!

On Sunday evening, 7 children from Year 6 joined The Common Lot for their new show Anglia Square – A Love Story.  The children performed their original song Anglia Square Despair – written with Duncan and Charlie – to members of the public as part of the ‘walk about performance spots’ that made up the middle section of the show, before joining the cast for the moving finale at the heart of Anglia Square itself as the sun set.  We will be performing again on Thursday night.  Please join us – you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks to all children, staff and families who have supported our school’s contributions to this weekend’s celebrations.

Here is a selection of images. More will be added as they come in!

 

Getting ready for the parade – Saturday afternoon

Views from the parade

Anglia Square – A Love Story.  Sunday night

Lord Mayor’s Parade – last day of preparations

Costumes, props and puppets have been allocated, named and boxed up and ready to be loaded into the van.  The tower has been disassembled and the batteries are on charge.  Final rehearsal on the playground to synch up the digital soundscapes, samba, dance and processing puppets.  It was hot, heavy work but it looked amazing. Simply can’t wait for tomorrow.

For those of you joining us arrive on Newmarket Road from 3.15pm.  We are number 21 in the procession so look out for the numbers on the pavement or ask a steward.  Labelled water bottles, sun cream and hats, and don’t forget your tees and costumes.  See you there.

 

Lord Mayor’s parade – final preparations

Maple class working on the coral netting to cover the sound system; dance rehearsals; samba and digital; Ray on tower technicals and deconstruction.  We have our first full dress parade rehearsal tomorrow. Thursday is a flex day for adjustments and Friday is final rehearsal and pack up ready for the big day.  Can’t wait!

Lord Mayor’s parade workshops day 8

Year 5 and Maple class enjoy a morning making sea creature puppets; the dancers make their costumes; the samba band rehearses with our digital soundscapers.  There was a wonderful atmosphere around school today.  Purposeful, creative, engaged. Sports Day tomorrow and then back to workshops on Monday as we move into our final week of preparations for the big day.

Lord Mayor’s parade workshops day 7

Year 4 made sea creature puppets; the dancers and samba band met for the first time and started to coordinate their routines; costumes were created and refined; finishing touches were applied to the mighty tower costume.  10 days to go!

 

Lord Mayor’s parade workshops day 5

Full steam ahead today. Ray was back leading the group working on the tower costume.  Holly was in to work with the musicians to create headdresses for their costumes.  Emma and Zara were back in to continue work on the large turtle puppet and the mutant shark creature.  Alysha and her dance group developed new routines and practiced moving round the playground.  Really purposeful; really positive. Hard work, but fun and productive.  More of the same tomorrow with the addition of Marcus, Duda and Al to pick up the music rehearsals.  Enjoy the gallery.

Lord Mayor’s Parade workshops day 4

Just Samba and the digital music group today as they consolidated what they have learned this week and learned a few more tricks!  Monday sees the return of Ray (tower costume); Zara and Emma (puppets); Alysha (dance / movement) and Holly (costumes) for what promises to be another busy day.  Thanks to all those families who have returned permission slips for the parade. Deadline is Wednesday 26th June.