Hundreds of pupils hit the high notes at Hillview festival
HILLVIEW SCHOOL held its first ever Primary Arts Festival in the grounds of Tonbridge Castle on Friday [July 6] as the opening event of the Tonbridge Music Weekend.
Twelve primary schools and a total of 358 pupils took part, and there were also workshops in drama and art running throughout the day.
The schools were: Amherst, Brenchley & Matfield, Loose, Greenfields, Bishops Down, Ryarsh, East Peckham, Mereworth, Cranbrook, Stocks Green, Pembury, Goudhurst & Kilndown.
Hillview’s Headteacher, Hilary Burkett, said: ‘This year we were offered a fantastic opportunity by Andy Brett, the organiser of the Tonbridge Music festival, and we decided to pass this on to our local primary schools to showcase their performing arts talents. Boy, were we impressed.’
She added: ‘It’s so important to celebrate the arts. For many students this is the area where they excel, grow confidence and develop resilience.
‘In a time when the arts are disappearing from the curriculum for many students, they won’t from Hillview and we will continue to ensure that our own students and students of other local schools are able to showcase their talents and develop a love and passion for all things creative.’
PICTURE: SING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING: Pupils from Ryarsh perform an Alice in Wonderland-themed ‘Musical in Five Minutes’
Primary Colours: The Winners
Dance, Upper Key Stage 2: Loose
A Musical in Five Minutes: Ryarsh
Choir, Upper Key Stage 2: Brenchley & Matfield
Choir, Lower Key Stage 2: Amherst
A Song from a Musical, Upper Key Stage 2: Goudhurst & Kilndown