Youngsters hit the high notes for Children in Need

Children from Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson
Children from Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson

Musical youngsters from Morpeth’s middle schools came together to celebrate and fund-raise for charity.

More than 40 members of the Chantry and Newminster Joint Choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children in Need last Friday.

Antonia Willoughby from Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson

Antonia Willoughby from Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson

The children spent all afternoon singing a variety of songs, including a specially-written piece by pupil Kate Johnstone.

Entitled The Pudsey Song, young Kate created a call and response song, which included the words “Children in Need, donate indeed”.

Schoolmate Patrick Crofts had also specially decorated his wheelchair for the event.

The children sang throughout the afternoon to a number of songs under the instruction of Ms Jones, the curriculum leader of creative arts at the school.

Patrick Crofts decorated his Wheelchair for the Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson

Patrick Crofts decorated his Wheelchair for the Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson

Each student had filled out sponsorship forms to take part in the event and it is hoped that the youngsters will have collectively raised more than £200.

Ms Jones said: “We did a sponsored sing for Children in Need so the children collected sponsorship to sing all afternoon.

“One of the children wrote their very own song for the event. There was no audience, just a sing-a-thon for us. That’s three hours of singing.

“I think we’ve raised hundreds of pounds. The kids love Children in Need and they all dressed up. We even had a visit from Pudsey so it’s been very exciting.

Lottie Glover-Stewart, Alexandra Buckland and Elisa Swalwell from Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson

Lottie Glover-Stewart, Alexandra Buckland and Elisa Swalwell from Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson

“I think the spirit of Children in Need and the sing gives pupils confidence and they’re really enthusiastic about singing so it’s been a very nice event to put on.”

The students also took part in a special performance on Saturday at the Sanderson Arcade Christmas lights switch-on event.

The joint school choir is just one of many extra-curricular activities organised across the Three Rivers Learning Trust.

All three schools have strong Student Voice sections and earlier this year, the Chantry and Newminster Choir and the KEVI choirs performed at a concert in the Riverside Leisure Centre.

Ms Jones from Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson

Ms Jones from Chantry and Newminster Middle School's joint choir took part in a sponsored sing-a-thon for Children In Need. Picture by Michael Pearson