Summer Music Exam Results

We have had a few music exam results in the last few dates that are very pleasing and can’t wait until September to share! Huge congratulations to:

  • Freya A – grade 6 piano, merit
  • Pip J – grade 6 singing
  • Hattie T – grade 5 trumpet, merit
  • Fran J – grade 5 music theory
  • Gracie F – grade 5 music theory
  • Caitlin M – grade 5 music theory
  • Antonia V – grade 5 music theory
  • Lucas H – grade 3 violin, merit
  • Annabelle L – grade 2 music theory
  • Patrick B – grade 1 trombone, distinction
  • Siddharth B – grade 1 music theory, distinction
  • Henry B – grade 1 electric guitar

Parents, please help your child to practise over the summer holidays. It is a great chance for them to have unpressurised time to play and explore new pieces. It is also important that children don’t lose the muscles, dexterity and confidence that they have built up. It can be very demoralising to have backwards in standard once September comes around. Consider making practice charts with rewards, using games like drawing names of pieces/scales out of a hat and setting a challenge to learn to play/sing Dad’s/Granny’s/Aunty Jane’s favourite piece. See if your child can teach you something! Don’t let holidays be a barrier to musical development – take the instrument (most are portable) or find an app that means that some type of practice can take place.

If anyone is still considering music lessons for their child, please contact me on lashwin@stoneygateschool.co.uk. We have teachers covering violin, flute, clarinet, guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, singing, drums and ukulele.

Mrs Ashwin

Mr Ashwin is an Ironman!

He stormed around the course in 13 hours 23 minutes, in 736th place out of 1900! Including a 4 hour 15 minute marathon, for you keen runners out there!

His legs are a little shaky today . . . full report to follow in the coming days, with photos . . .

Mrs Ashwin

Taster Term of Guitar/Ukulele Lessons on Offer

GUITAR AND UKULELE TASTER TERMS AT STONEYGATE SCHOOL

From September 2015 we are offering ‘Taster Terms’ on both acoustic guitar and ukulele. Over the course of a term your child will be taught the essentials of playing including:-

  • proper posture
  • alternate picking technique
  • correct left hand fretting technique
  • basic of music reading and notation

By the end of the term both the teacher and parent will be in a position to judge the child’s ability and their attitude to the all-important practice which must take place between lessons for progress to be achieved.

Our guitar and ukulele teacher, Mr James, is very experienced in teaching beginners and encourages the child to play the music they wish to play. Lessons will be on an one-to-one basis and will last for 30 minutes. The school can loan the appropriate instrument for the duration of the Taster Term.

Please contact Mr James directly for more information: rdjamesguitar@gmail.com.

UKMT Maths Challenge Certificates

Congratulations go to all the winners of Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates in the UKMT Individual Junior Maths Challenge.  They were presented during the assemblies this morning.
 These were: Kezia, Charlotte, Annie, Hattie G, Hattie S, Miles, Caitlin G, Philip, George, Georgina, Caitlin M, Molly and Freya
  

  

 

Caitlin won a Silver Award and was Best in Year 7. Kesia won a Gold Award and was best in Year 8. She also gained entry into the prestigious UKMT Kangeroo competition.