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Pupils at Oakham School enjoy rugby, singing and storytelling

Pictured, from left, Tim Juggins, former New Zealand player Scott Hamilton, Oren Patel-Champion, Henry Conen, Alex Haynes, Freddie Hay, Barney Carr, Leicester Tigers player Thomas Waldrom, Jonathan Becker, James Stables, Joe Rigby, Harry Johnson, Tom Home, Francis Tufail-Smith, front, Leon Patel-Champion and Peter Davies.

Pictured, from left, Tim Juggins, former New Zealand player Scott Hamilton, Oren Patel-Champion, Henry Conen, Alex Haynes, Freddie Hay, Barney Carr, Leicester Tigers player Thomas Waldrom, Jonathan Becker, James Stables, Joe Rigby, Harry Johnson, Tom Home, Francis Tufail-Smith, front, Leon Patel-Champion and Peter Davies.

Pupils at Oakham School have been having fun taking part in range of activities including an annual singing competition, a rugby masterclass and storytelling.

Young singers showed off their vocal talents to a panel of world-renowned singers in the school’s annual English Song Competition earlier this month.

Almost 100 solo singers aged 10 to 18 took part and a winner and runner-up was selected from each group.

Professional singers Susan Bickley and Roderick Williams judged the contest.

The school’s director of music Peter Davis said: “They were hugely impressed by the singing and vocal tuition at Oakham. They particularly praised the pupils’ enthusiasm and confidence. They also offered great encouragement and advice in their comments, and Roderick even treated the senior singers to an impromptu masterclass in the art of performance.”

Charlotte Senescall, 17, was judged overall winner. Livvie Carrell, also 17, took the runner-up title for the second year running, while 12-year-old Beth Whitlock was named most promising young singer.

Former New Zealand rugby player Scott Hamilton and England international Thomas Waldrom visited the school to put the Senior Sevens Squad through their paces.

During the session, the pair, who both play for Leicester Tigers, focused on moving the ball into space and width on attack. Scott and Thomas were very impressed with the boys’ work ethic.

School coach and double European cup winning Leicester Tigers centre, Glenn Gelderbloom, was impressed with the session that Scott and Thomas ran.

He said: “The boys really benefited from their expertise and their valuable words of advice. They are now looking forward to putting some of their new skills into action.”

At the end of the session, Thomas presented Freddie Hay with an England memento for his determined attitude throughout the training - Thomas’ personal waterproof England shirt.

Teachers have been enchanting pupils with well-known stories and narrating their own true tales during National Storytelling Week.

The week-long event featured teachers recounting some thrilling tales; both works of fiction and true stories.

Famous stories that were read to pupils included a tale from Alexander McCall Smith, and ‘How the elephant got its trunk’ from the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.

The school’s younger pupils were delighted with the tales, both real and fictional, and all were reminded of the magic that resides in the art of storytelling.

 

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