School Children Record CD To Raise Money For Hospice
As part of their Easter celebrations, the children at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Leeds, have recorded a CD of Easter music, which in titled 'Passion'. Chris Whitwood, the Year 5 class teacher, composed the cycle of songs, which tells the story of Jesus' life leading up to the Passion.
Each class performed a song that tells a different part of the story. It begins with the Nativity (Year 5); gives thanks for Jesus' teachings (Nursery and Reception); Palm Sunday (Year 1 and 2); the Last Supper (Year 3 and 4); the Crucifixion (Year 5); and culminates with a whole school celebration of the Resurrection (led by Year 6).
The songs were recorded live by Ben Atkinson of Tall Lime, Lincoln, and have been professionally produced to create the Easter album.
Julie McGrath, head teacher of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School said,
'Mr. Whitwood has been with us at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School since September to cover a maternity break. He is creative and enthusiastic and we feel very lucky to have had him as part of our team. We are thrilled with the CD, the children and teachers have worked hard and have taken the task very seriously. They love singing with the guitar and are especially proud to have their own music to sing. Parents and families were invited to a concert to share the music. Thank you Mr. Whitwood!!'
CDs of this recording have been sold to children and parents and all profits will go to St Gemma's Hospice.
The charity was chosen in memory of Janet Whalley, a former teacher at Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School, who taught Chris when he was in Reception. Since retiring in 2003, Janet played an active role in the local community, particularly as a parishioner at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Sherburn in Elmet. She passed away at St Gemma's Hospice in January this year.
For more information about the CD and St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School contact Julie.McGrath@beeston-st-francisassisi.leeds.sch.uk or to make a donation contact St Gemma's Hospice (www.St-Gemma.co.uk). CDs are now available to purchase for £3 at St. Gemma's Hospice Shop, Town Street, Beeston.
School Children Record CD To Raise Money For Hospice, 3rd April 2016, 20:32 PM