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Dear Parent/Carer,





I am writing to clarify some of the final arrangements for the Christmas carol concerts this year. A more details letter was sent out to parents on the 14th November.


On the day of the concert there will be a morning rehearsal for all the children taking part. This includes all the children in years 3 and 4 along with the whole school orchestra, choir and brass band (including those in years 5 and 6). The children will walk to the church shortly after morning registration, accompanied by teachers and teaching assistants. There will then be a full run through of the concert, following which the children will return to school with their teachers in time for lunch as normal.


For the afternoon concert children will again walk to the church with staff members. However after the concert children may be taken home directly from the church by those parents attending the afternoon performance. However, to ensure the safety of the children please inform a member of staff if you are taking your child home with you. All other children will return to school with staff members ready to be collected at the end of the school day by parents as usual. Please be aware that we may be a few minutes late returning to school that afternoon as we will be walking back with the children from the church.


Please note there will be NO CHOIR after school that day and there will also be no choir the following week. Choir rehearsals will re-start after the Christmas holidays on Tuesday 9th January.


For the evening concert children and families should arrive together between 6.45 and 6.55 pm. Children should be dressed smartly in full school uniform for both the afternoon and evening performances. Children playing instruments must remember to bring them to school for the rehearsal on Tuesday morning. They will then be kept safely in the church until after the evening performance.


I hope this clarifies any queries you may have relating to the Christmas concerts. For any further details, please refer to the letter sent to you on the 14th December. We very much look forward to seeing you at our Christmas concert.



Yours sincerely,

Sian Signature001

Sian Kilpatrick (Headteacher)


Dear Parents,


Christmas Carol Concert tickets


Just a quick reminder to parents of children participating in our carol concert on Tuesday 5th December to obtain your tickets as soon as possible in order not to be disappointed.  The evening performance is particularly popular and tends to sell out first.  Please see the recent letter sent out on the 14th November, and also on this music room site for full information.


With best wishes,


Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher



Here are the final arrangements for our Christmas carol concerts.


Children and families to arrive together between 6.45 - 6.55pm (for the evening performance) and from 1.30pm for parents attending the afternoon concert. Entry is by ticket at the door and we would be grateful if you do not arrive earlier than these times.


If possible, please walk to the church or park in surrounding streets so that staff carrying music stands, instruments etc. can park in the church car park.


Children must leave their coats with parents and go straight to their places.


All the children in years 3 and 4 will be performing, as well as the school choir, some members of the school orchestra, recorder group and brass band.  The choir, orchestra and brass band includes children from years 5 and 6, but no other children from these year groups will be involved in this concert due to limited numbers.  There will be readings, instrumental music, a variety of Christmas songs, solo and small group performances and traditional carols included in the concert.


All children will need to look as smart as possible, in correct school uniform, with school sweatshirts in preference to fleeces please.


Please remember that we are guests of St. Saviours and ensure that your child is supervised at all times before and after the concert. The children should not run around the church after the concert.


Black school shoes to be worn at both concerts (or black trainers if no school shoes).


We ask you not to bring pre-school children, babies or toddlers.  The children will be reading in church and it would be difficult to hear them over the noise.


We are able to allocate one afternoon and one evening ticket per family, maximum two tickets. Space is limited and numbers are calculated on strict fire evacuation regulations.  If your child is participating in the concert, and you would like to attend, please do not hesitate to obtain your tickets as they tend to sell out fast, particularly for the evening performance.


We will be having a retiring collection at the end of the concert; the proceeds will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital as two children at Bernards Heath Junior School are currently receiving treatment there.


We expect all Yr 3 and 4 children to participate in the concerts unless there is a valid reason not to (eg religious reasons or exceptional circumstances).  The children will be performing at both the afternoon and the evening concerts and are expected to come for both, even if their parents can only attend the afternoon.  Please write to or phone the school if your child is unable to attend.


We look forward to seeing you at this very special and traditional event in the life of the school.


Yours sincerely,


Sian Kilpatrick (Headteacher)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the music room!  This is my first posting on this new site and I would firstly like to thank all those parents who came to our Harvest assembly last Thursday afternoon.  It was wonderful to see so many of you joining in a few of the songs with the children.  All the pupils sang beautifully at the assembly and the year 6 readers, Oscar, Evie and Ruby, read out loudly and clearly.


I will shortly be posting information here about our Christmas Carol Concert which is taking place at St. Saviour's Church in Sandpit Lane on Tuesday 5th December and as usual there will be an afternoon and evening performance.  This concert includes readings, instrumental music and singing by children from years 3 and 4, although older members of the choir may also take part, so long as the numbers permitted in the church are not exceeded. 


Senior members of the choir will be invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday 11th March 2018.  As many schools in Hertfordshire take part in this exciting gala each school is limited to taking 20 pupils.  Children in the school choir in years 5 and 6 are given priority for this performance and I will be sending out letters with full details of the performance to children who are eligible to take part as soon as I receive confirmation of our participation from the organisers of the event. As this concert is extremely popular please complete the application form as soon as you receive it to ensure your child's place.  Please also note that any child offered a place must be willing to learn all the lyrics from memory as no word sheets are allowed at the performance.


Also later in March (date to be confirmed) up to 35 members of the school choir, members of the school orchestra who have reached the required standard, and Mrs. Pevy's recorder group will be offered a chance to perform in the St. Albans Primary Schools Music Festival which is held annually at the Alban Arena in St. Albans.  There is no age limit for this and all the children in the school choir will be sent a letter offering them the opportunity to take part in due course.  However, places will be offered on a first come, first served basis and as this is again a very popular event, please reply to the letter without delay to ensure your child's place. I will write with full details about this festival as soon as I have received the necessary information from the organisers, but please note that all the singers must be willing to learn all the songs from memory as no word sheets are allowed on stage at the performance. 


Finally, if your child is interested in joining the school choir it is held after school from 3.30 to 4.15pm every Tuesday.  I am also very happy to consider any child for the school orchestra (every Tuesday lunchtime) and/or brass band (Wednesdays at break), whether they have instrumental lessons at school or elsewhere in the community.  An audition will be required for the orchestra and brass band as an approximate level of Grade 1 or above is preferred.  If your child would like to join either of these music clubs please complete the school's club form.


I hope your child will enjoy music here.  Please do not hesitate to contact  me if you have any queries.


With best wishes,


Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher