All the lads and lasses there

First, middle and high school students from the Ponteland Partnership of Schools during the North East sing-a-long at the Sage Gateshead

First, middle and high school students from the Ponteland Partnership of Schools during the North East sing-a-long at the Sage Gateshead

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HUNDREDS of lads and lasses from Ponteland united for a traditional North East sing-along at The Sage Gateshead.

Young singers and musicians came together to mark the launch of the Ponteland Partnership of Schools’ joint vision of how they will improve the school experience for children.

The stage and choir stalls were crammed with enthusiastic and talented youngsters of all ages, plus a few grown-up volunteers, for an evening that thrilled a packed hall.

Songs such as The Keel Row, Wor Geordie’s Lost His Penka, The Lambton Worm and Water of Tyne, plus two written by Lindisfarne and another from Jimmy Nail, delighted the audience.

Then everyone joined in for The Blaydon Races in a show that prompted two standing ovations.

Senior staff at Belsay First, Darras Hall First, Heddon on the Wall St Andrew’s First, Ponteland First, Middle and High, Richard Coates Middle, Stamfordham First and Whalton First schools have developed their One Vision statement with the help of parents, pupils and governors.

It is based on respect, challenge, quality teaching and learning and co-operation across the age ranges, and is the cornerstone of their joint efforts towards ensuring excellence at every stage of local youngsters’ education.