Greenfields Community School in The Meadows has launched its new outdoor stage in style with a musical extravaganza for the whole community.
Performers from Greenfields Community School, The Nottingham Emmanuel School, Welbeck Primary and the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra played to a packed audience of friends and families.
Organiser and Teacher at the school, Jess Bowering said that the event was the perfect way to introduce the new resource to the community. “I am so pleased with how the opening went. The whole idea behind the stage is that it is a community resource, and that it should be all Meadows children that get to benefit from it.
The range and quality of the performances was outstanding, from samba, clarinets and singing, to dohl drumming, piano and jazz.
It represented such diverse musical skills and talents! It was wonderful to showcase some of the youngest children at Greenfields doing their Brazilian samba, but it was also fantastic for us to watch the older children from Emmanuel and the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra, giving the primary schools a glimpse of what could be to come for our pupils.”
The stage will now be open for use by the other schools in the Meadows, local nurseries and the AMC Gardens after school club. Paid for with a £10,000 National Lottery grant and built using sustainable materials by local firm BeestonJones, the new stage fits in well with the award winning grounds at the Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ school.
Jess Bowering says the stage will now help to develop children’s drama and musical skills and build links between schools in and around the Meadows area. “We have already had a phone call asking us to host the ‘Big Sing’ in March next year and we can’t wait!
We are also very much looking forward to inviting the Meadows schools to use the stage whenever they need to.” The school also hosts an annual ‘Greenfields’ Got Talent’, so 2017 promises to be a strictly outdoor affair for the school.
Jane Storey, Teacher of Music at The Nottingham Emmanuel School said that she relished the opportunities that the shared stage can offer. “It was a privilege to be invited to perform at the opening celebration of the outdoor stage. The whole afternoon was a great success and we look forward to our next visit.”
Emmanuel student Sky Henson (Year 11) performed a solo and said she was a little nervous before going on stage. “I have performed a few times before but still felt anxious waiting to go on. The children were dancing and clapping during my song and it made me feel like I was doing OK. I think all of the Emmanuel students have represented our school well and that all of the performances today by the other children were really fantastic!”