School sings its way to the top

College in running for top national awards

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A PRIMARY school that places singing at the heart of its pupils’ lives has won an award.

Newbridge Juniors, in North End, is now the proud recipient of Portsmouth Music Service’s Gold Sing Up Award.

Claire Stevens, headteacher, said she was delighted with the accolade that ‘rubber-stamped’ what the school did on a daily basis.

She said: ‘We believe singing is a wonderful way of celebrating diversity of languages and culture.

‘Education at primary schools level is not just about English, maths and science.

‘It is about the bigger picture which includes art, drama, dance and music.’

Patrick Nicholls, from Portsmouth Music Service, applauded the school’s ‘phenomenal range of singing activities’ which include singing in several languages, in the playground, in school performances, and also the participation of teachers and headteacher.

He said: ‘This is a very well deserved award for an enthusiastic singing school.

‘Everyone clearly enjoys singing at Newbridge Junior School and there are a huge range of vocal opportunities.’