After many a Friday lunchtime YV practice sessions, the time had finally arrived for forty children across KS2, plus enthusiastic members of staff, to head off down the M1 to Sheffield. Armed with plastic carrier bags filled to the brim with teatime goodies and enough water to sink a battleship, not forgetting our trusty school banner, we headed off to join a 5000 strong school choir at Sheffield Arena on a cold, damp winters day. A last minute sing-a-long to our well used YV CD seemed a good idea at the time but I’m not too sure the Dewhirst bus driver shared our thoughts as he hastily switched it off as we entered the Arena car park!
We arrived by 1pm and like intrepid explorers Mrs Bedell and myself led from the front to find our seats with forty excited children and staff following behind. Inside, the arena was overwhelming compared to the safety of our practice session classroom. However nothing fazes our children who were soon busily chatting to the surrounding children from other Yorkshire schools. A rather long 2 hour rehearsal passed, followed by teatime with numerous visits to the toilet. Perhaps it was the nerves? Perhaps it was the drinks? Who knows, but as 7pm arrived toilet stops were stopped.
Parents started to swarm like ants into the auditorium below, searching for their seats and their children. Our school banner hung triumphantly from a nearby railing hoping to give parents a clue to where we were. Then the moment we had waited for was only minutes away. The lights dimmed. The suspense built. Suddenly YV 2016 burst into action! A sea of white T-shirts jumped out of their seats in unison to loudly sing ‘Transport of Delight’ Our previously sombre looking children, who had sat through the rehearsal looking a little fed up suddenly transformed into happy, smiling children buzzing with energy and pride. We sang our hearts out and danced our legs tired from 7 till 9 to our very own favourites ‘Pop Medley’ and ‘Lightning Tree’ plus lots, lots more. We challenged parents to ‘Funk It Up’ and’ Mexican Waved’ to our hearts content. We simply had a blast!
All too soon it was over for another year. Tired and exhausted we made our weary way back to the coach for one last head count before setting off back up the M1 for home! A long day, a late night, but Blakehill YV 2016 you did us proud! You were fantastic and represented our school magnificently!
Thank you for all your hard work and we hope to see some of you next year.
Mrs Marsden & Mrs Bedell
Young Voices Co-ordinators