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The music personal development sessions always have a lot going on and they spend a lot of time rehearsing for the end of term performances.

There are two school bands – Jazz Band and Soul Band as well as Glee Club. The bands performed at the Christmas Concert and Glee Club sang at the carol service in St Mary’s Church, Old Malton.


Christmas Concert


Glee Club at the Carol Service

The musicians also performed at the KS4 Celebration Evening.

I was lucky enough to go along to listen in to some of their rehearsing. There were three singers and about 10 music performers.



Yr 10 Isaac Rice on guitar

One of the biggest gigs coming up this year is that they are playing the main stage on Friday night at Staxtonbury Festival in July, just before they go on their music trip to Barcelona.

The music department have already been on trips to Normandy, the Loire Valley and Lake Garda in Italy playing to audiences in different venues.

I asked Mr Taylor what the best thing about the music department was.

He said: “We all get on together and the students all work hard and have fun making music.”

Year 13 student Ryan Perry said: “The best thing about the music department is the brilliant opportunities we have to get involved in different bands and work behind the scenes when we have events such as the concerts and the school show.”


Yr 13 Ryan Perry conducting

Not only do the bands perform at school, they also perform at outside events like the Malton Food Festival which took place in December.

Ryan’s favourite instrument is the base guitar. This is what they told me, but why not go along to one of their concerts yourself to see what you think!

By Ben Coyle, Year 7


Getting into the Christmas spirit at Malton School


There are two main events happening at Malton School for Christmas. One is the annual Malton School Christmas concert which is held in the West Wing hall.

There will be a wide range of performances and different varieties of acts including songs from the Glee Club, music from the Soul and Jazz bands. This year there will also be comedy acts and dance performances for entertainment.



The Sixth Formers will be helping out with all these acts and working with everyone else to get the performance to its highest standards.

Every year the Sixth Form also put on a traditional Christmas panto sketch.

The Christmas Concert takes place on December 7th at 7pm. Tickets are available to buy from West Wing reception.

The next event that takes place is the Christmas Carol Service which is held at St Mary’s Priory Church, Old Malton, on December 13th at 7pm.


This carol service will include traditional Christmas carols and there will be some mince pies and mulled wine for those hoping to get in to the Christmas spirit.

By Toby Spence, Year 8

Thoughts on Remembrance Day


Remembrance Day is commemorated every year on November 11th to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France. It marked the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the ‘Eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ in 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations and coincides with Veterans’ Day.

In recent years, Remembrance Sunday has become increasingly recognised and many people now attend the 11am ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. The event is organised by the Royal British Legion, a charity dedicated to preserving the memory of those who served in the First World War, as well as veterans of all the following wars involving British and Commonwealth troops.

In cities, towns and villages, poppy wreaths and wooden crosses are laid across graves and memorial statues to commemorate fallen soldiers. Servicemen and women stand in silence for two minutes. The poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ is read out in many places. To read the full poem, visit this website

At Malton School we always sell poppies to remember the tragic losses in the wars. One of our students played the Last Post at 11am. This year it was Isaac Rice, year 10. It was heard by students in their classrooms after our two minutes’ silence.


During the wars several former students went to fight in the war and died so remembering those who have lost their lives in war is something that is very dear to our school.

By Lily Thompson, Year 9

All that Jazz


Every Wednesday Mr Taylor, our music teacher, holds rehearsals for the Jazz Band. The band practices different tunes that can be played at all sorts of concerts that take place at Malton School.

The band also plays at events in Malton including the Christmas Food Festival.

The forthcoming Malton School Christmas Concert is on Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm and it is one of the times that the Jazz Band perform. The other music bands like Glee Club and Soul Band also perform at this event as well as comedy acts and dance performances.

Tickets are available from West Wing Reception for the Christmas Concert.

By Ana Whitehead, Year 8

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir



The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir are amazing!


The Pearl of Africa are a group from Uganda, which is in East Africa. They perform to schools and live theatres, to raise money for people in their country to go to school and have food. They dance, sing and bang on bongos! The year 7s and glee club were lucky enough to have a great day with the whole of the choir doing fun and amazing activities.

The different activities were crafts, drumming and two sessions of singing and dancing in the West Wing Gym.


In crafts we made beaded wristbands, using a pattern. In drumming we learnt how to play African Drums, and in singing and dancing we  sang one of the traditional songs and learnt  a traditional dance. It was a great day full of fun activities!


Here are some of our year 7s making beads!

A little story of what your money to the choir does

The Pearl of Africa children’s choir raise money for children’s education and food in Uganda, where they live. In Uganda they need money to send their children to school and money for a simple thing like an egg. They don’t often have eggs in Uganda, so having an egg is a rare treat! It’s a really filling and tasty meal for them. They raise lots of money every year and lots of people in Uganda get a lovely meal of an egg!

Thanks for reading, and you can find information about The Pearl of Africa including information about their next performances on their website at

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