At the end of a truly wonderful term, in which the children of Edenhurst have ACHIEVED so much: scholarships and entrance exam success; sporting achievements and musical performances to name a few. At the time of writing I am looking forward to my last Carol Service as Head of Edenhurst and I know the children will be INSPIRED by singing in St Giles Church.
The last week or so has been full of music: the wonderful Christmas Concert at The Potteries Forum Theatre; Carols by Candlelight with the St Cecilia Singers at St Peter’s, Caverswall; the Rhythm Time Christmas Specials for the Nursery children; and of course the Carol Service rehearsals.
All our choirs have therefore been in action: the Little People’s Choir; The Concert Choir; the Church Choir; and the Chamber Choir; not forgetting the Early Learners and Reception getting ready for their performance in church.
This has all put me in mind of the benefits of singing in a choir, which are many and various. In particular, there are positive physical outcomes and mental health benefits.
These are related to improved cardiovascular fitness (including lung function), as well as improved mood and general alertness, often allied to a feeling of being spiritually uplifted. Because singing involves many different areas of the brain acting together, there are often associated cognitive benefits, such as improvements in children’s reading ability that are linked to increased auditory discrimination that supports phonological development.
There are also social and psychosocial benefits, as singing in a collective can improve participants’ sense of belonging and of being socially included by engendering a positive and NURTURING sense of community. There are musical and cultural benefits too, as children gain skills, knowledge and understanding of the nature and place of music in their lives and the lives of others.
My thanks go to all staff for their outstanding work this term and in particular to Mrs. Sandra Jones for the enthusiasm and dedication she has brought to the music in this, her first term in the job. As a former Edenhurst teacher of many years said to me after the concert last week,
“Music at Edenhurst is alive and kicking.”
Very best wishes to all children, parents, families and friends for the Christmas break and a Happy New Year for 2018.