School in tune

Members of the woodwind ensemble play at Monifieth High School's Christmas Concert.
Members of the woodwind ensemble play at Monifieth High School's Christmas Concert.

Monifieth High School’s Christmas Concert featured pipers, brass, woodwind and string ensembles, soloists and the school choir.

There were three new additions to the programme. The first was an S4 class performance of the ‘Christmas Bolero’. This was to showcase the learning and teaching of the new National courses. It was also a true reflection of what goes on within the music classroom.

The second was a performance from two invited primary associated schools, who performed on their own and as part of a joint schools’ choir. “A brilliant transition opportunity” was a response of one of the primary teachers and primary pupils said themselves that they had gained confidence when they are performing.

The final addition was a sneak preview of the school show ‘We Will Rock You’, with the opening number ‘Radio GAGA’. The audience loved the performance. The show will run for three nights from June 18 to 20 inclusive, so be sure to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

The evening also marked the opening of the Christmas Art Exhibition. The theme was the artistic journey pupils take from their first marks on the P7 mural with their parents and carers, through their senior course work and into the next stage of their learning at college or university.

It included work by former pupils now studying art as part of their future careers. Visitors at the opening evening were able to sign the visitors’ book.

The gallery will be opening as a Facebook site in the near future. The gallery team of pupils will be putting on exhibitions in the future and are hoping to attract other exhibitors. Some initial interest in the project has been shown by V & A Dundee, the Cooper Gallery and the McManus Gallery creative team.

Staff and pupils at Monifieth High School felt that the concert and exhibition were major successes and a true reflection of the talented pupils at the school.

Headteacher Mrs McInally commented on the tremendous talents of the young people in the school community. She said they should be very proud of their achievements.