St Margaret's Prep Calne enjoy Mini Eisteddfod

Talented pupils at St Margaret's Prep, Calne were able to enjoy their moment in the spotlight despite Wiltshire’s biggest music and drama festival becoming a casualty of Covid.

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11th December 2020 — Devizes Eisteddfod attracts hundreds of children from schools across the county every autumn but this year it was unable to go ahead because of coronavirus restrictions.

Hilary Gibbin, Head of Performing arts at St Margaret’s decided the school would stage its own mini version of the event and record the children’s performances for parents to enjoy.

She said: “We had a total of 95 entries in a wide range of classes for the St Margaret’s Mini Eisteddfod, including singing, instrument playing, drama and recitals. All the things you would usually expect at Devizes Eisteddfod apart from the dancing. The children performed in their bubbles over a period of a week. There was no judging, but it was a real celebration of music and drama.”

Families were able to enjoy seeing their children perform via the parent portal on the school’s website.

About St Margaret's Preparatory School

St Margaret's Prep is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, sharing a 28-acre campus with St Mary's Calne. We moved to our current premises in 1940 and have gradually grown to what we are today – a happy and vibrant school of 180 pupils with broadly equal numbers of boys and girls. At St Margaret’s, we believe our duty is to prepare the children in our care to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world; to equip them with the life skills and attributes that will allow them to flourish in their senior schools and beyond.

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