On Friday 23rd February our Year 4&5 children took part in the Southern J Rock Challenge event. Our children showed true professional dedication in their rehearsal sessions; working really hard to perfect their routines. Rock Challenge has the unique ability to pull all staff, governors, parents and grandparents together to produce an amazing extra curricula experience, one that we are all jointly proud of; set, costumes and lighting are also part of this. We are immensely proud of all the children who took part, not only for the performance but their impeccable conduct throughout the entire day. Entitled ‘Mystical Alliance’ the children told the story, through dance and drama, of 3 children who entered an enchanted land powered by a magical stone.
Some of the outstanding comments from the judges were: ‘an amazing piece of dance art’; ‘visually stunning’ and ‘highly entertaining’. Numerous awards were won by our Wellow School’s youngest ever entrants. At the end of the evening students, staff and volunteers were all delighted when Wellow School secured 1st place! They now qualify for the Southern Regional final at Portsmouth Guildhall on 25th April at Portsmouth Guildhall.
We have also received some amazing comments from our own parents and from staff from other schools performing on the night.
“We’re all utterly thrilled that Wellow won the J Rock Challenge heat on Friday night. The props, the set, the music, the choreography, the costumes and the concept were beyond brilliant and the whole effect was completely stunning. The children have worked so hard and we’re incredibly proud of them. But we’re equally proud of all the grown-ups who took the performance from page to stage. Without your enthusiasm, commitment, patience and talent, our children wouldn’t have had the wonderful, memorable experience that is Rock Challenge. Huge thanks to each and every one of you for being absolutely awesome!”
“I teach at St Anne’s Secondary school but my children attend Bitterne Manor Primary School – I volunteer for them and lead their J Rock entry, we competed against Wellow last Friday. Firstly, congratulations on the win! We were in awe of your piece!
“After our rehearsal on Friday we were told that 2 x staircases from our set broke some rules – a hand rail was not high enough. Your man saved the day, offering to help build some new rails for us and completely removing the stress of the challenge! So many thanks, true J Rock spirit at work, Good Luck at Finals”.
Wellow Young Reporters Review ‘The Snowman’ at The Mayflower Theatre
On Friday last week Alex, Louis, Joey, Alica, Lauren and Ellie from our Year 3 class went along to see a performance of ‘The Snowman’ at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to be ‘Primary Reporters’. Here is an extract from their special report:-
Did you wish for snow this winter? Did you dream of making snow angels or perhaps having a snowball fight with your friends? Did you long to go sledging or to make a snowman?
We have been so jealous of the many places in the country who have had powdery, fluffy snow this winter. Especially when we had only frozen icy windscreens on our cars and a little sleet and frost. But, just when we thought we might have to wait another whole year for the chance of snow, we were invited to review an amazing, marvellous production at the Mayflower. A production filled with snow! We went to see ‘The Snowman.’
The full report is on the Mayflower blog at http://mayflower.org.uk/blog/wellow-school-primary-reporters-review-the-snowman/ .
On Wednesday 26th April Wellow and 9 other schools went to compete in the final of Rock Challenge at the Portsmouth Guildhall. They had already competed and placed 1st in their heats and were now in the southern finals. Wellow’s theme was ‘SS Mendi, the Ship History Forgot’, the children told the story, through dance and drama, of the terrible tragedy that took place 100 years ago in Southampton waters. Earlier in the day all the schools’ rehearsed in front of each other and then each school voted for their favourite performance. This very special Award for Performers’ Choice was won by Wellow; this meant a great deal to our children as it was recognition from all the other schools and children taking part in Rock Challenge! Before our performance the children were thrilled to hear that we had already won 3 special awards ‘Award for Healthy Lifestyle’, ‘Award for School Community Support’ and the ‘Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement’. Other awards we won included ‘Excellence for Drama’, ‘Excellence for Concept’, ‘Excellence for Choreography’ and ‘Excellence for Lighting’ plus many more. It was a long but superb day supported by all involved and after several hours of performances the results were in! Wellow placed 3rd overall!!! An amazing result for our school! We are immensely proud of all the children involved in this year’s Rock Challenge and would like to thank all the parents for supporting their children throughout this wonderful experience. Well done Wellow, another truly magnificent performance! Thank you to parents, staff and all volunteers involved in costumes, hair and make-up, dance etc.
SS Mendi Honoured in a local Ceremony attended by pupils from Wellow School…
Rock Challenge Winners!!
For the fifth time we took part in the Southern J Rock Challenge event on Friday 17th February. Several months of preparation during curriculum PE/dance lessons prepared all of the Year 5 children for their eight minute performance, supported by most of the children in Year 6 and several children from Years 3 & 4. Our children showed true professional dedication by coming to school for weekend workshops to rehearse and perfect their routine. Rock Challenge has the unique ability to pull all staff, governors, parents and grandparents together to produce an amazing extra curricula experience, one that we are all jointly proud of; set, costumes and lighting are also part of this. We are immensely proud of all the children who took part, not only for the performance but their impeccable conduct throughout the entire day. Entitled ‘SS Mendi – the Ship History Forgot’ the children told the story, through dance and drama, of the terrible tragedy that took place 100 years ago in Southampton waters. The story starts with scenes of war, followed by the bright and colourful tribes of South Africa with the British Army recruiting South African men to support the War effort in Europe – then tragedy strikes when fog drifts across Southampton waters just off the Isle of Wight and the SS Mendi collided with another ship resulting in over 600 South African men perishing at sea.
Winners of numerous awards including ‘Excellence for Choreography, Visual Enhancement, Concept, Performance Skill & Stage Crew (Stage Crew being made up of 5 children from Year 6)’ ensured Wellow Primary School secured 1st place on the night. We now go through to the Junior Final on 26th April at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Schools Report in the Daily Echo
Primary Reporters visit The Mayflower, Southampton!
Poems to Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday
The Rotary Club of Romsey Test invited children from schools in Romsey and the Surrounding villages to submit poems for the “Poems for the Queen’s 90th Birthday” Competition. 195 poems were submitted and a special booklet was compiled to include the winning entries from each school and was sent to The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Toby from our Year 4 class had his winning poem entry included in the booklet.
Science Lessons at Paultons Park
A Remembrance Thank You Remembrance Celebrations
A Royal Thank You
All the children at Wellow School received a Royal thank you from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their kind handmade cards sent on the occasion of the birth of their daughter, Princess Charlotte.
St Margaret’s Church, 800th Anniversary Celebration
Science Project – Growing Space Seeds Writing Competition Winners
School Report in the Romsey Adverister