Bracknell schools' concert celebrates 2012By Laura Herbert
April 02, 2012
Schoolchildren from across the borough came together for a concert in honour of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Twenty-six schools joined in, including Fox Hill Primary, Sandy Lane Primary, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Wooden Hill Primary and Crown Wood Primary.
Around 1,000 children took part in two performances of A Sporting Chance in front of family and friends at Bracknell Leisure Centre in Bagshot Road on Sunday evening.
Organiser Lynne Beck said: “The singing was absolutely fantastic, the dancers were beautiful and the banners looked lovely.
“The children all really enjoyed it. It was very uplifting for them and the parents enjoyed seeing their children perform. The children don’t get the opportunity to perform in a large group like this very often.
“The choir sang all the way through, singing 10 songs, and we had nine dance performances in each production. In between the singing and dancing the children stood up and delivered poems and prose they wrote themselves that either linked with the songs, or were about the Olympic and Paralympic values."
Lynne continued: "We chose the Olympics as we knew it would mean something to the children.
“It is the Titanic anniversary this year and we were looking at that but the Olympics are going to be such a big event and it is nice for the children to celebrate it in their own way.”
Every school that took part created a flag from countries around the world, which was displayed during the concert, and included the name of the school and ‘welcome’ written in their chosen country’s language.
Lynne added: “For the grand finale all the children ran on to the stage with the flags and waved them.
“The children are due to take part in an Olympic Torch Relay in May and we hope to use the flags from this production.”
Schools from around the borough get together every year for the annual carol concert, but following the successful of this event Lynne said she hopes to organise more large school productions.
She said: “We are hoping, if we can get the funding, to do another one on a different theme in 2014 and run it every two years.”