The amazing sound of the RHSB senior choir filled the RUH atrium this week for a lunchtime recital to help their Forever Friends Appeal raise much-valued funds for a great cause.
On a rainy Monday the girls certainly brightened up the day for patients, visitors and employees at the hospital with many simply stopping in their tracks to listen and pay compliments.
Particularly at this festive time of year, it is clear that music really does bring joy and cheer to all and my heartfelt thanks to the choir and Mr Bradbury for giving up yet more of their time at this incredibly busy time for them.
We have delivered hockey and netball sessions to Combe Down primary and to St Marys RC primary year 5 classes this term with our final sessions this week being the always popular ‘game day’. The children were all intent on victory and realising the silky skills they had been taught by Miss Humphrys (netball) and Miss Easter (hockey) over the 6 weeks, were all important when it came to edging a victory.
We were impressed by the input and focus and it was lovely to have some of the girls clearly keen for more so we will look forward to hosting a festival in the summer term, when all of our primaries will come together and our supersonic Bath University students will continue their wider experience of PE teaching and sports coaching, throughout their placement year at the Royal High School.
Our link as a school with Stratton House (where our sixth form have historically volunteered) has been consolidated this term. Having met the inspirational Sarah Crockett, activities co-ordinator
at Stratton we visited today for the first time with year 6 girls who have been studying World War II as their theme. The year 6’s fresh from PE sang their hearts out and entertained the residents with a range of Christmas songs from classics such as ‘Away in a Manger’ to the lesser known but toe-tapping ‘Mele Kalikimaka’. Our Junior School’s version of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with actions saw the residents join in on the actions and the ever popular ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ saw not only residents swaying along with the younger singers, but also lyrics being distributed so that everyone could join in!
Following the performance the girls gamely then set about moving around the home, taking ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’ through the corridors to reach the residents less able to move which in itself was a true honour as we saw first-hand, a 100th birthday card from the Queen, written to one of the residents, Dorothy. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and heart- warming afternoon. With many thanks to Mrs Millard and Mrs Sharples for their organisation and good company.
Separately to today’s visit one of our 6thform girls Minnie Karanjavala showed impressive initiative and organisational skills to set-up a weekly ‘Games and Cards’ club at Stratton this term which has, without doubt, engaged residents who very much look forward to this regular activity with a keen group of RHS 6th form students.
‘We have been there for an hour every Wednesday evening, playing a variety of games and activities. Cards, scrabble, quizzes, ludo, tiddlywinks, UNO and all sorts of games have been in the mix, we even got round to icing the windows on a gingerbread ‘Harrods’ as a raffle prize for the home’s very own Christmas fair where a number of the girls volunteered.
We’ve all had a lovely term getting to know the residents and are keen to return in the New Year!’