At St Matthew's the purpose of the Performing Arts is to
challenge, create and collaborate!
With our range of offer including weekly Dance and Music lessons with subject specialists, whole school Drama performances throughout the year, extra-curricular activities, and the opportunity for our children to achieve Arts Award, the Performing Arts is key to delivering our school mission statement as we work together to develop the whole person.
Year 4 enjoyed putting all they had learnt about the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons into a play and performing it for their parents at the end of the day.
A Celebration of our Music Curriculum
Today we had a celebration of all the things we have learnt in Music this term. Each class performed, as well as the choir and the band. It's amazing to see how much talent we have at St Matthew's.
Year 4 Singing at the Poppy Centre
Class 4F have been learning all about 'Music Hall' and went along to The Poppy Centre to sing some of the songs they'd learnt. Everyone at the centre was delighted with the children's singing and gave them a huge round of applause. The children had loads of fun and even helped out with a game of Bingo!
World Book Day
Our fantastic Drama club created some amazing storybook characters for World Book Day in preparation for their performance of Revolting Children at St. John Bosco.
Year 2 impressed the whole school with their rendition of the traditional Zulu hymn "Siyahamba" in assembly. They've been working on their perfomrance skills as well as their vocal skills; well done everyone!
Hands of Friendship
Year 6 and our fantastic choir impressed Liverpool's Lord Mayor and poet Levi Tafari with their amazing performances at a Hands of Friendship celebration. The children also received an anthology containing their very own poems!
Christmas Number One...here we come!
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our choir’s very own Christmas single, The Gift of Peace. This beautiful song is available to buy NOW on iTunes, Amazon and other digital stores. We’re raising funds for charity, as well as school, so if you can, please pick up a copy and get us to number one!
Primary Choir of the Year
Congratulations to our wonderful choir who won the Student Voice award at St. John Bosco's Primary Choir of the Year Competition. Their beautiful rendition of Where are you Christmas? was absolutely fantastic. Well done to all those involved.
Primary Dance Festival
Congratulations to our wonderful Gifted and Talented dancers who won St. John Bosco’s Primary Dance Festival with their amazing Calm before the Storm performance.
Year 2 have been learning how to sing in rounds in Music.
Everyone at St. Matthew's had a wonderful time at the very first Matt Fest. We were all treated to a host of amazing musical performances throughout the day, including a Bugsy sing-a-long led by our brilliant Choir. We're all really looking forward to next year's Matt Fest already!!!
Key Stage Two Dance Competition
Congratulations to Class 4F for swooping to victory in the very first Key Stage Two Dance competition held at St. John Bosco! Their powerfully fierce Hakka dance, which they performed using only their voices for accompaniment, was a worthy winner. Thank you to all the parents who came to support the children; we'll see you same time next year!
This page will give you a snapshot of some of the great work we do, but don't just take our word for it, here's what our children think about the Performing Arts.
I love Music because it's fun. I am saving up for an electric guitar. I feel proud of myself when I learn music so I can be a DJ when I'm older. Year 1
I love songs so I can give it a go. Music makes me feel proud because I love the music. I like using the iPad too. Year 2
I like that we can make our own songs and not just listen to others. I like Music because my songs are really good when I make them. Year 2
Music calms me down when I get angry. I like when we make music, I made a song which gave me more strength in myself. Year 3
Music gives me confidence to sing in front of people. I made a tune with my instruments which made me feel peaceful and happy. When we started, I didn't think I could do it, but I stuck with it which made me feel proud of myself. Year 3
Music is peaceful, this calms me and gives me confidence. Year 4
Music isn't always peaceful, loudness makes me feel like I can do it. I feel proud that I can learn more about instruments and how to use them. Year 4
Music gives me more confidence because you have to stand in front of an audience. I am proud that I write my own music, which helps me understand other music. Year 5
Creating and composing your own music is fun. I have a sense of pride when performing because I don't usually like doing it, but I have learnt how to do it within my Music lessons. Year 5
I like Drama because you learn new skills and it helps you bond with your friends. Year 5
What I like about Drama is that you get to be free and express your feelings. Also there is nobody judging you, so you can be silly and have fun. Year 6
Music makes me feel I can perform on my own in front of the class. You can make your own beats. I feel proud and accomplished. Year 6
King Arthur and Arabian Nights
Reception to Year 5 had a real treat on Monday morning when they enjoyed performances from the Manchester Actors Company. From King Arthur to the Arabian Nights there were thrills and excitement a-plenty!
High School Musical Rehersals
Some of our Year 4 and 5 pupils have begun rehersals for a perperformance of 'High School Musical' at St John Bosco. They are all really excited and have mastered a lot of the moves already.
Well done to our amazing Drama club who all worked so hard on St. John Bosco’s production of Revolting Children, the story of Matilda. Each and every child put 100% into the rehearsals and shone on the big night.
Key Stage Two have loved using Garage Band to compose and edit their own musical compositions! Good work everybody!
Congratulations to our group of budding artists from Year 5 and 6 who have successfully completed Arts Award Explore! They all engaged with a variety of Art projects, including dancing, painting and performing to clinch the award. Well done to all involved for your hard work and commitment, it's really paid off!
Children from Years 4, 5 & 6 were treated to a fantastic performance of Annie at St. John Bosco as a reward for all of their hard work this term. The children loved it and are looking forward to getting a chance to perform in our big, summer production next year!
The Poppy Centre
Our wonderful choir had fun spreading some Christmas cheer at The Poppy Centre. Everybody enjoyed a festive sing-a-long and the children loved the chance to chat to people from St Matthew's wider community.
In My Life
Year 6 representatives were lucky enough to visit the beautiful Central Library to attend the launch of In My Life, a city-wide diary writing competition. We were treated to readings from Frank Cottrell-Boyce and a re-worked version of Cinderella. We even had time to take a look at their fantastic Harry Potter exhibition.
We're sure you'll agree that this year's end of year production was the best yet!!! Full of drama, laughter and, of course, SPLURGE, our whole school production had it all. Well done to EVERYBODY involved; staff, parents, pupils...it really is a team effort!
Gifted and Talented Music
Our Gifted and Talented group have all worked extremely hard to perform in a concert alongside other local schools, Formby Band and The Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London. The concert took place in the beautiful SFX Church on Salisbury Street. It proved to be a wonderful opportunity for the children to perform on their own and as part of the larger group. They also helped raise £700 for Zoe's Place.
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Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
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