Wheelchair Basketball On Thursday we welcomed Nat Pattinson from Cumbria Wheelchair Sports into school. At only 22 years old Nat has had a truly inspirational journey in life. The day began with an assembly led by Nat. It was humbling to hear his story and to be in the presence of someone who has clearly demonstrated incredible courage and determination in life. Amongst other sporting achievements and titles Nat is currently one of the top 12 wheelchair basket ball players in the World and he took the time to visit us in Orton School which we think is amazing! Following the assembly Nat ran workshops throughout the day giving all the children (and some of the staff!) an opportunity to have a go manoeuvring a wheelchair and then playing wheelchair basketball. Everyone had such a lot of fun and it was extremely competitive! Thank you so much to Nat and Laura for coming to visit Orton school you are both an inspiration.
For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children's choir concerts in the world. Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert and we believe passionately in inspiring the next generation to find their love for music.
Each night, between 5,000-8,000 children perform as a single choir to a sold-out audience of family and friends.
Our music is specially selected to create a diverse musical repertoire all with the intention to introduce children to the widest possible spectrum of music. By providing a diverse range of musical styles children will learn, enjoy, and gain a fuller understanding of music and what it means to sing together. We also aspire to connect families through music and to share in the learning experience when children practice at home.
For some of the music, we provide a simple selection of dance moves that are learned and performed whilst singing the songs. Children and teachers particularly enjoy the combination of dancing and singing, adding a fun, electric atmosphere to the concert.
Nothing can prepare you for the sound of thousands of children singing together. With a full 7-piece live band made up of some of the UK’s leading musicians, backing singers, and the internationally acclaimed conductor David Lawrence – it makes for one of the most exciting and memorable musical experiences you can imagine.
2018 will be our largest concert tour to date with over 150,000 children taking part! For a full list of concert dates and venues, please check out our 2018 Season.
In 2015 West Cumbria Rivers Trust launched an exciting competition for children in West Cumbria to keep them busy over the summer holidays. They were seeking budding young artists to draw pictures of river related plants, flowers, bugs and beasties. The 10 best pictures were to be made into transfers and stuck on their new van for all to see as they drove around West Cumbria!
A walk along the local river to look at wildlife for inspiration. Maybe being lucky enough to see an otter, a heron catching fish or the blue flash of a kingfisher. Dragon flies, butterflies, mayflies and bees flying around and a few common plants, such as meadowsweet and yellow flag iris may have also been seen.
Two of the winning designs were sisters from Orton School.
On a recent outing in the Lakes one of the designs was spotted on the side of one of the vans, so naturally the 'artist' snapped up the chance to grab a photo.
Watch this space...hopefully we will soon find the van with the other winning design!
Astral Circus came into school on Monday14th December 2015
to deliver a series of workshops with the children.
“Circus arts are an ideal catalyst to promote health and exercise, spatial and self-awareness, confidence and give a wonderful feeling of well-being and achievement."
is a qualified and experienced teacher and practitioner of the performing arts.
Each class had an hour long workshop in which they were introduced
to a variety of circus skills.
On Tuesday 15th, after Christmas Dinner, the children will perform a selection of their new skills to the rest of the school!
Wear it Pink
This year we collected donations of tinned food, flour, rice and fruit and vegetables
to take to Town View Hostel in Kendal.
The centre was very grateful for our donation.
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