Grove pupils hail Music Hall visit a success

ONCE again Grove Academy has reached the end of a very successful RAGBAG collection.

This collection takes place once per term and encourages pupils and staff to donate clothing and other garments to be donated to the homeless people of the local shelters. Dawson House collected the highest number, leading to a well-deserved victory, with a grand total of 39 bags. Commiserations to Orchar House who were just one bag away from a joint victory with Dawson.

Thursday, November 3, was a musical day for 49 pupils of Grove Academy as they climbed aboard a bus bound for Aberdeen and the magnificent Music Hall where the renowned Royal Scottish national Orchestra played a specially crafted educational concert.

On arrival in Aberdeen, the Grove pupils joined pupils from secondary schools throughout Scotland to hear the orchestra play well known works by Beethoven, Vaughn Williams, Schoenberg, Shostakovich and Mahler. Each piece was systematically dissected and examined in a fresh and user-friendly manner by presenter and musical educator Paul Rissman – a helping hand for many Grove pupils soon to sit exams in music!

The concert was thoroughly enjoyed by all the pupils who voted overwhelmingly for Shostakovich’s 5th symphony as being their favourite piece. This was perhaps due to the bold, triumphant nature of the music. One pupil remarked “I didn’t know orchestras could be so loud!”

The concert is an annual feature on the calendar of the RSNO and hopefully Grove pupils will enjoy this wonderful experience for many years to come.

Last term Grove’s Scripture Union organised a collection and raised funds for the charity Blythswood Christmas Shoebox Appeal. They asked register classes to try and put together a box for a certain age and gender to gain house points.

The group also organised a cupcake sale and raised £116 towards transport costs. By the end of the term there were 17 completed boxes and many additional items which could be added to other boxes.

The house which contributed the most boxes was Orchar. The boxes have been delivered along with the money to a distribution centre and will soon be on their way to places where people would not normally receive anything for Christmas.