On Monday 10 October Sidcot was visited by a group of young musicians from Kenya known as The Singing Children of Africa.
After meeting some of our students, they gave us a taster of their talents, performing two songs in assembly. They then attended classroom lessons with our Junior, Third Form and Fourth Form students. The school day ended with a football match played on the school's artificial pitch.
However, the highlight of the day was in the evening, when the visitors gave a performance in the Meeting House. They performed a variety of songs in both Swahili and English, each complemented with traditional Kenyan dancing and dressed in their brightly-coloured costumes.
After their first number they had the audience in the palm of their hands; their joy and infectious enthusiasm filling every inch of the Meeting House.
They were joined mid-concert by our newly formed Year 6 & Third Form choir, led by Beth Collins, who sang like never before - clearly inspired by the wall of sound provided by the Kenyan children.
The final song was rewarded by a truly justified standing ovation.
It was a huge privilege to have been joined by these inspirational children and to have been part of their lives, if only for a few hours. Our students have learned about the Kenyan culture and the quality of education available in Kenya. They have also made new friends - there is already talk of wanting to correspond with their Kenyan buddies.
In return, the visitors commented on how Sidcot was one of the best schools they had visited on the eight-week tour, how friendly the staff and students were, and how wonderful the buildings, grounds and especially the food were!
The evening concert raised over £500 for the charity Educate the Kids along with several enquiries into sponsoring Kenyan children, which will hopefully come to fruition.
If you would like to see The Singing Children of Africa perform again, they will be giving a series of 15-minute concerts at The Mall, Bristol from 11am this Saturday 15 October.
If you would like further information on 'Educate the Kids' or would like to apply to sponsor a child, please visit www.educatethekids.com
We look forward to their next visit.
Director of Music