School on song with platinum prize

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A SCHOOL’S commitment to getting its pupils to embrace the joys of singing has seen it land a rare national award.

Kirton Primary School is one of only 62 schools in the country to earn the title of Platinum Singing School as part of the Sing Up Awards, which are designed to reward schools who encourage all of their pupils to sing regularly.

Colette Vinter, music leader at the school, said: “Sing Up has given us a much stronger link and a sense of belonging within the community, we sing in churches, people’s homes, open days and lots of events throughout the year.

“Singing is something that every child in our school realises they can do, and they do it well, we think it is one of our strengths within the school. It makes us all feel proud including children, teaching staff, and the whole community, and it gives us the confidence to sing more and more.”

Platinum is the top of three levels for the awards and can only be entered through nomination – with schools able to enter themselves for silver and gold.

Kirton Primary School’s award was endorsed by Kate Witney, vocal co-ordinator at Lincolnshire Music Service, who said: “Singing opportunities at Kirton are planned both within the curriculum and outside it, working with other schools and the wider community.

“Singing is at the heart of the school, amongst pupils as well as staff, who play a full part in all singing assemblies. All children are engaged and their enjoyment of singing is clear.”

The school received a certificate, plaque and banner marking their achievements and will be allowed to use the Sing Up logo on their letterheads.