Music at Skippers
Music plays an extremely important part of Skippers life. All classes from Kindergarten to Year 8 have Music lessons as part of their curriculum and music workshops by visiting groups or visits to concerts such as the Glyndebourne for Schools performances supplement the programme. In addition, pupils in Years 1 to 3 learn to play the Recorder as a whole class activity and many pupils choose to learn another musical instrument as a result.
A new innovation from September 2015 is that pupils in Year 4 will learn to play the Ukulele in class. Pupils are actively encouraged to take part, and perform, in many areas outside the curriculum and all pupils have the opportunity to take part in a staged performance annually.
All pupils in Years 1 and 2 sing in the Junior Choir and pupils in Years 3 and 4 have a weekly class singing lesson. For pupils in Years 5 to 8, there is a Senior Choir with a Concert Choir for our more experienced singers.
The choirs have opportunities to sing in many events, both in and out of school. In the past year, they have performed for the older members of the local community at Christmas events, been to a Choral Day at Bede’s Senior School and ‘Sing’ at Eastbourne College. The Young Voices concert at the O2 arena has proved extremely popular and some of the senior students will take part in the 10th Anniversary concert in January 2016.
There are opportunities for pupils to learn a wide range of musical instruments, including Piano, Violin, Keyboard, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Guitar, and Vocal Training. Pupils can also study Music Theory to support their instrumental lessons. In discussion with parents, pupils are entered for external Music exams when their teachers feel that they are fully prepared.
We have a School Orchestra which is quite individual in its mix of instruments. Pupils are encouraged, and are keen, to take part in our Performing Arts Concerts and Concert Assemblies.
The Music Department is also involved in raising money for charity from certain events, including Practice-a-Thon for the Clic Sargent charity which raises money for children with cancer.
We are proud of our achievements in Music and many pupils gain Music Scholarships to Senior schools. See our results.