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Eisteddfod success for Adcote Glee Club

ADCOTE School is gaining a reputation for first class choral singing – claiming top prizes at the Oswestry Music Festival and now the Minsterley Eisteddfod, where its Glee Club and Adcote Pops choirs clinched first places at the weekend.

Enthusiastic input and leadership from former professional trumpet player and our new Music Coordinator Chris Bunn is clearly paying off, as the Glee Club won the KS3 and under section at the 55th Minsterley Eisteddfod on Saturday. Adcote Pops won the Singing Class with what judges described as a ‘flawless performance’.

Mr Bunn said: “The standard was high. Our girls gave fantastic performances, probably even better than Oswestry, which pleased me enormously. It was nail-biting waiting for the judging but it was another win for Adcote and lots more silverware to find room for in our trophy cabinet.”

The successes came after our girls’ winning performances at the Oswestry Music Festival last month (March), where Adcote choirs claimed all three top places in the 15 and Under section: Adcote Glee Club came in first place with an ‘outstanding’ from the judges, followed by Adcote Youth Choir and then Adcote Pops, in third place.

Around 250 competitors of all ages took part in 30 classes at the Minsterley Eisteddfod, in instrumental solos and groups, vocal solos and choral singing in all genres, judged by professional adjudicators. Forty-seven girls from Adcote took part.

We also claimed first and second places in the Musical Theatre category, thanks to outstanding performances by Freya Moxley (1st) and Hattie Candler (2nd).

Mr Bunn praised Hattie for her very brave performance later in the evening, taking on grown-ups, including an opera singer (!) and a sixty-year-old man in the individual vocal performance category.

He said: “When Hattie found out the candidate just before her had just gained a vocal scholarship to study singing in Cardiff, I watched as her face drained of all colour. but she turned to me and said, ‘I might have an advantage as my voice is so different’. What resilience. She then gave an outstanding performance and, although she didn’t place, it was an excellent experience for her.”

Adcote Youth choir also gave an excellent performance on the day, despite only having nine members of the choir there! Mr Bunn added that particular mention must go to Amelia Livermore and Katie Richards as the two of them valiantly held the alto part together.

Adcote Shine Media awards

We are excited to enter our school newspaper Adcotians for a UK Shine Media Award.

Adcotians is 100% student led and produced. It involves pupils from across the whole school, encompassing Upper and Lower Schools and our international community. Girls of 10 different nationalities, many of whom are non native speakers of English, contribute to each edition.
The editor Kate Barabash is Ukrainian and an inspirational driving force, running weekly editorial conferences and driving up standards.

The newspaper has wide-ranging coverage, including links to national and international news of the day and wholly relevant to school readership.

Adcotians includes a variety of article types – from in depth features, to news and news in brief, reviews and comment – ensuring a healthy balance between information and entertainment.
It also adopts a serious-minded approach to global issues and the impact on and relevance to teenagers today.

Shine (National) Media Award 2017

Mrs Rink’s nomination for Kateryna Barabash for a Shine (National) Media Award 2017

I am nominating Kateryna Barabash (Y13) as the most inspirational pupil. She took on the challenge of editing and producing Adcotians – our school newspaper – in January 2016 with no input from staff.

She brought together girls aged nine to 20-years-old and ten different nationalities: Ukrainian, Chinese, Polish, Nigerian, Moldovan, British, Belorussian, Russian, Indian and Turkish.
Kate, who comes from the Ukraine, arranged a weekly editorial conference, involving Lower School girls and Upper School.

This encouraged non native speakers, of all ages, to communicate more effectively in English and built their confidence, as they learned to see themselves as meaningful participators in British society.

Kate was a formidably well-organised and inspirational leader. She developed a schedule and handed out worksheets for planning and submitting articles. Kate also consistently drove up standards, producing a questionnaire to encourage suggestions for improvements. She sourced software for design herself, using Apple Pages. The progression from a scrappy new sheet to a beautiful and popular school newspaper was astonishing.

Kate clearly takes great pride in everything she does, but she was also selfless about allocating tasks and did not keep the best interviews for herself.

She was brilliant at assessing individual skills and allocating roles and assignments accordingly.

Through her own, unwavering enthusiasm for journalism, Kate also inspired the girls to work hard, to commit to the project and take pride in it and to submit articles to deadlines.

ISGA Five Piece – U11 Gym Success – Tormead School, Guildford

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3rd Place (Team), 6th Place Individual (Paige Johnson)

TEAM: Darcy, Paige, Romilly, Olivia and Isibeal

By Lisa Nixson

This is the biggest event of the gymnastics season with schools from all over Britain and the Netherlands and Brussels competing over three days.

We all travelled down Sat afternoon ready for an early start Sunday morning, so with hair expertly coiffured into place by Claudia and Mrs Fletcher and plenty of diamante gems and anything else that sparkled adorning the girls (bling was the order of the day, we would be noticed one way or another…not entirely my cup of tea as you can guess but I went with it!!)
We started with the group sequence a couple of the girls extremely nervous to begin with and I definitely at this stage wished I hadn’t had breakfast…but the music blared out and they were off giving a fine performance with no major mishaps and lots to be very proud of. 1 down four to go.

So with a break and time to get focused again, we warmed up in a relaxed manner and as we approached our first apparatus I was feeling confident. Voluntary Vault.. the girls run towards the vault jump on the springboard turn themselves upside down hands touch the vault propel themselves off to land on their feet with out losing body tension in a straight shape…not easy. But I can only describe each and every one of them as AWESOME the best vaults we have ever performed in competition.. with Darcy and Paige scoring 9.4 out of 9.5 a perfect start..
Onto set floor every girl does the same set of moves in the same order. One step out of place one tiny wobble can make a huge difference. Isibeal set them off with a brilliant routine and the others know the bar is set high. All safely through and a great job done.
Voluntary floors our best piece to date and no-one disappointed beautifully executed and and again Adcote are rocking it.

So one apparatus left Set Vault similar to the Voluntary vault except that instead of landing on your feet you land flat on your back holing a dish shape on a big pile of mats.. well kind of!!
so with a sneaky few smurf haribos inside us just for that bit of a sugar rush.. we are off and without exception all the girls vaulted with what I would say was a personnel best to date.. Fan.. bloody .. tastic ( sorry).

The long wait for the presentation 6.30 pm eventually comes around, whatever the outcome Adcote looked behaved and did the school name proud.

The results… 3rd place team and 6th place individual for Paige Johnson absolutely blown away..
Did I mention that I love my job?!

Oswestry Music Festival

The festival as a whole was a massive success and the standard this year was incredibly high, a fact commented on by all the adjudicators and clerks. Every single one of the girls who performed, conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism and was an absolute credit to the school. As one audience member said to me, “It’s such a pleasure to listen to these girls performing, but more than that, the way they behave says so much about the school. Thank you for bringing them.” It really does say so much about the school when members of the public notice things like that.

SO… Thursday was the day for the majority of the solo performances (and for me to run back and forth between venues) and we kicked off with the vocal classes. Emilia Blackwell and Ruby Allen were in a hotly contested class, but Emilia managed to achieve a merit and Ruby came second in the class with a highly commended! What a great way to start. This was then followed by a huge vocal solo class of 19 competitors in which Hattie Marsh and Poppy Wilson achieved a commended and Ruby Allen came second again with a fantastic distinction! Going on at the same time was the string class with Emilia Blackwell, Felicity Davies and Olivia Dyer all performing really strongly. Each of them scored a highly commended which was fantastic as they were up against really stiff competition from Ellesmere and others. This was then followed by Katie Richards who performed really well and gained a highly commended. Back over at the vocal classes, the music theatre was in full flow. This is possibly the most hotly contested class at this age vocally and the standard was breathtaking. These girls had been preparing for months!! Hattie Candler, Grace Parker, Freya Moxley and Emilia Blackwell all scored a commended, but were actually all within two or three points of the winner!
So ended day one.

Day two dawned bright and clear with only one class in the morning. This was the 15 and under musical theatre class, which was so large that it had to be split into two sections. In this class, if anything, the standard was even higher than I’d seen before! Representing Adcote in section one, we had Hattie Candler and Freya Moxley who were also the two youngest girls in the entire class, being 10 and 11. It was clear from the outset that both of them had used the previous day as a warmup as they put in simply stunning performances that truly brought a tear to my eye. It wasn’t just me who felt that way as, when the results came in, third place with a highly commended went to…Freya Moxley and First place with the first outstanding score of the festival went to…Hattie Candler!!!!! In the adjudicators own words, “This was a truly breathtaking performance in every way!” What a brilliant way to start the day. In the second section was Olivia Stone who sang beautifully and scored a highly commended. Then it was back to school to pick up the choirs and head back to the festival. The church was so packed when we got there that they struggled to find space for us inside, but find space they did eventually. In the 15 and under section we entered three choirs: Adcote Pops, Adcote Youth Choir and Adcote Glee Club. We were up against the might of Ellesmere College who’s name litters the trophy from recent years. All three choirs gave fantastically varied performances and then waited with baited breath for the adjudication. I must confess to slightly sweaty palms as we waited. Then it came. Third place…Adcote Pops, Second place…Adcote Youth Choir and First place with another outstanding score went to……Adcote Glee Club!!! A clean sweep for Adcote and another trophy for the cabinet. This was then followed by the 18 and under section in which Adcote Senior choir sang first. They gave two stunning performances and a special mention must go to Susanna. Hyaline and Aishling who accompanied them so well. They were then followed by Ellesmere College who were, to be honest, just one of the best choirs I have ever heard! They gave a performance of such skill and beauty that I was spellbound. I looked around as the final note faded away, expecting to see our girls looking disappointed and defeated. But no! As they finished, every single one of our girls roared their approval and admiration and gave the choir a standing ovation! I cannot express how proud I was of every single one of those girls for that truly spontaneous and selfless reaction. That is what sharing music is all about and is also what Adcote School engenders in its pupils. The result was almost irrelevant but we still came third with a highly commended.
And so ended day two.

Day three was Saturday and found me back in churches on the final day of the festival. In the vocal classes Seren Blackwell was very busy having back to back classes. In her first class she achieved a commended, but saved her best performance for last where she came in third place with a distinction. The final class of the festival for us was the 12 and under piano class. This was another massive class with 20 entrants including Amelia Livermore and Anabella Sussums-Lewis. Both girls had obviously prepared tirelessly and gave excellent performances. Amelia scored a highly commended, but Anabella rounded off the competition in style with yet another First Place and a distinction.

Thank you so much to all the staff who helped with the festival. Whether it was with logistics or in preparing the girls’ performances, thank you. A special mention must go to Mr Aston-Smith who has been a fantastic support and Mrs Emma Bouyac who has worked so hard to prepare all her pupils and was there at all three days of the festival.

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