Five years ago when our Rotary Club asked Headteacher, Liz Holliday, how we might help St Peter’s Primary School, the first thing that she asked for was a shield for a Rotary Recital Competition. Each child in the School learns and recites to their class a poem of their choice. Finalists from each year recite their poems in front of the entire school, parents and six judges. Two Headingey Rotary Members, Chris Walbank and Steve Bates are governors of the School and with fellow Rotarian, Colette Crossen provided three of the judges.
The event ends takes place on the last morning of the Spring Half Term and is integrated into a choral concert: an exciting celebration of pupil talent. This year was no exception with choirs from across the school in full-throated part-singing led by Mr John Roberston and accompanied on the piano by Dr Simon Lindley. I spoke to Simon afterwards and he was delighted with the judges’ decision to award the cup for Key Stage 2 to choir stalwart, Ara Baki from Class 5. Winner of the cup for Key Stage 1 was Alice Mason from Class 2.
Presenting the prizes, Chris Walbank said how difficult it had been to select winners among an entry of such a high standard. Many of the competitors are reciting in their second language but the level of clarity, self-confidence and projection that they achieve is quite remarkable. We ended the morning with presentations of prizes and the school song: “You are my brother, you are my friend!” It is a privilege for us to join in that song for we are really proud of the fine work that St Peter’s achieves.