Fantastic news... in October 2019 we were nominated by the Richmond Music Trust to be a Music Mark School
Richmond Music Trust said...
"Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated."
Great value is placed on the positive impact that music can have on every aspect of learning at St Richard’s. Music is taught either as a discreet subject or alongside other subjects in every class. We are very proud of our musical heritage and use music as a way of celebrating our school community, expressing worship and emotions. Every day all children take part in collective worship. We also have our celebratory Rejoice assembly on a Friday afternoon and a singing assembly where children learn about different musical genres.
St Richard’s has a noble history of music at the school, dating back to the 1970’s when the choir shared a stage with Cilla Black and Sir Harry Secombe and appeared on BBC’s Pebble Mill and performed at the Royal Albert Hall. More recently, the choir performed at the O2 arena, the Albert Hall and sang as part of Marks & Spencer’s birthday celebration. Every year, without fail, the choir take part in the switching on of the Christmas lights in Richmond which is a hugely enjoyable event. The children very much enjoy performing and music plays a large part in our school life.
Many of our children choose to audition for a place in our highly prized Junior Choir, and go on to represent us at a huge variety of events including open days, school fairs, the Ham Fair, Ham House and many other local community functions. We also attend the annual borough singing festival and collaborate with other local schools performing on stage at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
All our children get an opportunity to learn how to play the recorder in Key Stage One. These lessons give the children a personal experience of learning an instrument and making music together. Staff also have the opportunity to observe and highlight children with particular musical talent.
Piano, Violin and classical guitar lessons are extremely popular. Lessons are taught during the school day either individually, as a pair or as a group. At present all our Year 4 children learn the guitar during the Spring Term. Some of the children then choose to continue to learn privately.
Richmond Music Trust delivers a range of high quality musical experiences including providing private music lessons which are available during school hours for children in Year 2 and upwards. Please apply directly to http://www.richmondmusictrust.org.uk/applynow
There is a remission scheme (70% off fees) for those in need. Anyone who has Free School Meals is eligible (and other benefits also qualify) details can be found at http://www.richmondmusictrust.org.uk/feesremissionscheme