Pupils enjoy a taste of handbell ringing.

The Alton Handbell Ringers were asked to introduce handbells to the children at  Hollinsclough Primary Academy back in December 2018.

We were delighted to agree, and a project was devised which would consist of the whole school accessing 10 hours of tuition.

The first group consisted of the youngest children (including the Nursery aged children), who learned to play small colour coded bells. They were very good, learning about rhythm, tone and musical notation. We played simple tunes and chords.

The older children played two sets of belleplates, and read harder notation which involved counting and numbers…much as the AHR Handbell Team do.

Both groups achieved a lot, working hard and with enthusiasm.

We aimed towards the presentation of an Easter Service at Longnor Church, when children from the school in Longnor, parents and other villagers came to listen to the final production.

There was also one occasion when a larger team of Handbell Ringers visited to play to the children. I think they were impressed!

Each week, different members of the AHR Team went along to help, so many people were involved. I think however, that all would agree …team members, children and staff… that the project was useful and extremely enjoyable for us all. We hope that we have left a lasting legacy of the love of music and handbells with the pupils.

Lynne 23.7.19

Children’s views:

From: Principal <headteacher@hollinsclough.staffs.sch.uk>

Date: 16 July 2019 at 12:02:08 BST

Morning Wendy,

We asked the children who enjoyed the bell sessions, and all put their hands up.  Wish I could have bottled their response for you!

Comments included:

Oliver S -  ‘it was fun to take part and fascinating to hear about their jobs in the Church’.

Will R – ‘it would be great if all the family could join in too, and take part’.

Oliver R – ‘ it was really fun.’.

Indi – ‘I think it was inspiring.  It was generous of them to give up their time, wasn’t it?’

Charlie – ‘I enjoyed doing it and want them to come back’.

Mrs O (with Bethan agreeing) – ‘What was also great was that it was an alternative way of learning maths’.

Many, many thanks for all your hard work, it was very much appreciated by us all. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you in return.

Kind regards,

Janette Mountford-Lees