Great Ballard Pupils sing for residents at Claremont Lodge Nursing Home

Pupils from Great Ballard School choir visited Claremont Lodge Nursing Home and performed for the residents. The occasion was enjoyed by all generations and it was magical to see the spirits of the residents lifted as they listened to the music.

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13th May 2019 — On Friday 10th May, pupils from Great Ballard visited the residents at Claremont Lodge Nursing Home. The choir sang beautifully with lovely big smiles on their faces clearly enjoying the performance. Songs included work from their repertoire for future concerts such as 'Together As One' and 'Voice For Peace'. They also led the guests in some communal singing. Popular hymns such as 'Be Still For the Presence of the Lord', 'Make Me A channel of Your Peace', and 'He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands' were all sung with enthusiasm from both sides of the room and it was wonderful to see the spirits of the residents lifted through the music.

In addition, there were three very impressive and confident solo performances from Eva, Issy, and Milly on the clarinet. Following a very special request from Peggy, we then all enjoyed an amazing solo Italian performance from Mr Larley.

After the concert the children had an opportunity to chat and introduce themselves to the residents, which could have been a little daunting for them, however Zoe led the choir and made the first move to have a lovely conversation with Grace and Peggy. Once the ice was broken the rest of the children followed suit, confidently introducing themselves and chatting to residents, getting them to play games.

It really was quite magical to see how our delightful children were, both with their exceptional singing and also showing kindness and considerate behaviour. The special occasion was enjoyed by all generations and feedback from all the residents included “ what smart and well-presented children”, “beautiful singing” and “the children are a credit to your school for their excellent behaviour”.

One of the residents, Anne, who sadly can’t speak as she’s had a stroke was really moved by the performance, her face lit up and her whole body moved in time to the music.

Little Ballard Nursery will be next to visit with their regular Early Years intergenerational trips.

About Great Ballard

Great Ballard is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 to 13. It is situated in the magnificent Eartham House set in idyllic parkland just 10 minutes from Chichester.

Our children enjoy a vibrant and genuinely all round education that is exciting, challenging and stimulating. Academic study is central to what we do and we expect all our pupils to adopt a healthy work ethic, but we also believe that to truly educate we must celebrate the creative, physical, and spiritual, as much as the intellectual.

Our aim is to nurture happy, accomplished, and well rounded children. We value self confidence, but not arrogance, and applaud gentleness and humility. We appreciate unaffected good manners and embrace traditional values. We respect individuality and recognise success, but most essentially quality of character is regarded equally as highly as achievement.

We understand that parents have a choice of a number of independent schools in West Sussex, and each is unique. How do you know if Great Ballard is right for you? We think the only way to assess what we're all about is to come and see us. We are confident you will be able to appreciate how much we care about each and every one of our children and their individual needs. Our classes are small so we can give everyone the attention they deserve.

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