Story: Snaira Sadiqui
Byron Wood primary school has been working hard to get their silver ‘sing up’ award, no easy feat with such strict criteria. Recently the school has held several ‘Strictly Come Singing’ competitions between the year groups with parents invited to attend.
Tuesday 7th December 2010 saw their first ever X Factor style ‘sing up’ with their very own judges Mr Carter, Mrs Ashton and special guest, Mr Cox, from Sheffield Cathedral. Years 3 through to 6 took part along with the choir who sang Christmas songs. The KS2 staff performed ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ but Mr Elgy, despite an Oscar worthy performance, could not do enough to pursued the judges.
On Wednesday 15th December 2010 the choir sang at The Lime Tree residential home. This is the third consecutive year the children have gone out to sing for the community. The staff took a hamper full of Christmas goodies for residents to enjoy.
In the KS1 competition the sunflower room children, singing a cappella of the French classic ‘etoile de noel’, were victorious. The judges included Mary Heyler, Head of the Sheffield Music Service and Mr Cassin. Parents turned out to support their children for a final ‘sing up’ outside school on the last day of term. One of the parents’s summed up everyone’s thoughts: “What a lovely way to end the term!”
Mr Carter thanked Mrs Stroud and congratulated all the children, “If you hadn’t sung with such gusto and enthusiasm we wouldn’t have had a competition at all. You should feel very proud of your effort"