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Our Father we have gathered,

to thank you for this day.

For learning and adventure,

For happiness and play.

For springtime daisies golden,

For mist and sun and sky.

For memories of Laddsworth,

Where we learned to "AIM HIGH"

 

 

For our days here we thank you,

For friends and family,

Their courage and devotion,

their love and loyalty.

For country lanes and village,

Where happy days go by,

For memories of Laddsworth,

Where we learned to "AIM HIGH"

Cultural

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Introduction

It is a privilege to be the music educator at Laddsworth, where each child receives an hour of music education each week. It is in this setting that it is possible to discover the special talents and abilities of the children, and use them in creative ways. The children are so talented, and at this age, so open and excited to perform and share what they can do.

Details of the various cultural categories are on the menu alongside.

Click play below for an Irish Blessing:

Music Vision

Music Curriculum & Instruments

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Music Curriculum

Our music curriculum covers many aspects, including: musical theory and composition; drama; tuned and non-tuned percussion accompaniment of classical and popular music; reading of music notation and playing the recorder; different genre's of music including world and African styles, opera, instruments of the orchestra, famous music composers past and present, songs from around the world, interactive drumming, to name a few.

Music concepts for the most part are taught through games, and revised through fun activities, such as 'The Amazing Race', Music Notation Twister, 10 pin bowling quiz etc.

In addition, the children learn dancing in many forms, for example: ballroom and latin dancing, country dancing, movement, ribbon dancing, heritage dances, hip-hop and other fun dances like the Macarena.

Musical Instruments

Musical talent is identified early and parents are encouraged and facilitated in enrolling their children in extra-curricular tuition in various instruments. Currently at the school we have children who play the drums, saxophone, clarinet, flute, fife, cello, violin, piano and guitar. The children participate in the Royal Schools and Trinity College exams as well as perform in the annual eisteddfod.

There are currently also two guitar clubs at the school, one for Junior Primary and the other for Senior Primary.

Playing Instruments Piano

Choirs

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Choirs

The Junior Choir has a very enthusiastic membership of about 60 choristers from Grade 2 and 3. In this choir the children learn the basics of voice intonation, and to sing in harmonies. The focus of the repertoire is Disney, or popular music and gospel music. The Junior Choir sings at school assemblies, Grandparents Day, the Autumns Festival as well as bi-annually at the Quarry Christmas Service.

The Laddsworth Senior Choir is known for its excellent tone, strong harmonies and exciting repertoire. Several of its members have gone on to the Drakensberg Boys Choir over the years and it has strong representation in the Pietermaritzburg Childrens Choir. The choir performs for many events, such as: The Annual Choir festival held by the SA Teachers Association; Cordwalles Choir Festival; Grandparent's Day; Prize Giving; Carol Concert; as well as other special concerts with other choirs such as, The Drakensberg Boys Choir and Pietermaritzburg Childrens' Choir. We also enjoy going on cultural outings together. For example we have been to a Wednesday Drakensberg Boys Choir concert.

This year we went to the Playhouse for a tremendous concert called 'Harmony the Music of Life' by the BYU university from America.

In addition we have a Chamber Choir, which sings the more complex repertoire, in three to four part harmonies.

Choir stands

Speech & Drama

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Speech & Drama

The Senior Primary and Junior Primary phases alternate yearly in preparing for and performing speech, music and drama theme programs. The quality of these theme programs is extremely high. An example, of this is that we obtained a AAA+ for one theme program. Most theme programs obtain an A+ rating.