West Lynn stars brighten up West Norfolk
Sometimes, the brightest stars are not those that are furthest away in the sky, but those that are a lot closer to the ground, and that is certainly the case at West Lynn Primary after our pupils took the top two prizes in the recent West Norfolk’s Got Talent contest.
The competition, encouraging pupils to show off their singing, dancing, playing and performing talents, was open to all students at schools in the West Norfolk Academies Trust, of which our school is a member, and our pupils shone.
The overall winner of the first prize of £100 worth of Amazon vouchers was Tom Doig, from Year 6.
“I’ve got my Grade 3 piano exam coming up in July and played two pieces, Prelude in C Minor by Bach and Innocence by Johann Friedrich Burgmuller, which is one of my exam pieces, as those are the two I like playing the most,” he said.
“I’ve played in local festivals before but not many competitions, and I thought I’d given it my best show, but I was still very surprised – and extremely happy – when I found out I’d won.”
Sisters Amelia and Elise King, from Years 4 and 1 respectively, secured second place with their poetry recitation.
“Last time we entered singing together and this time we decided to do a poem, called Animal Instinct by James Carter, from a book mum bought us,” said Amelia.
“It’s two characters having a conversation, so we decided to share the piece. Winning has certainly encouraged me to try out for more contests in the future – I’ve done ballet for a few years and been in school plays, so I like performing.”
“One of the biggest things we learned was the success of the Trust’s devotion to teaching instrumental music,” said Hayley Roberts, the West Norfolk Academy Trust’s Director of Engagement.
“We had a huge number of instrumentalist entrants, which means our musical investment is working. We take the arts very seriously at our schools, as we think they build key life skills like confidence and commitment.”
The competition had “kept students’ spirits up at a time when it was easy for them to be feeling low,” she added, and now everyone is back at school, the Trust wants to keep that spirit alive.
“As we speak we are working on end of year summer concerts which at one point we thought would never be possible,” she said.
“We are even trying to source a local ice cream van to join us at any of these events ,as they will of course be planned for outdoors. We want to go full pelt with providing musical opportunities. So many students want to take part, it's going to ensure the 2020-2021 academic year finishes with a bang!”