Telegraph good news Friday: Children get a buzz from new King Edward’s Birmingham outreach programme and Bolton School sax quartet progresses to world final

The Telegraph, 22.05.15, in the latest of the series of Good News Friday columns, HMC member schools King Edward's, Birmingham and Bolton School feature.

2. Children get a buzz from new outreach programme

Beekeeping and seed planting were the lessons of the day for Year 6 pupils from Tiverton Academy, as the children took part in a new outreach initiative between Winterbourne House and Garden and King Edward’s School.

The ‘Nature Day’ gave the primary schoolchildren the opportunity to learn about horticulture and beekeeping, while also receiving an academic session at King Edward’s School.

The children visited the hot houses in the Botanic Garden to see a variety of fruits and plants before planting their own seeds to take home. They were then given a demonstration on beekeeping which included seeing a cross-section of the hive and the queen bee.

Tom Arbuthnott, director of Outreach at King Edward’s School, said: “Through offering a range of activities and sharing our resources, teachers and facilities with primary schools, we can help challenge their brightest children and raise their levels of aspiration.

"Whether or not those children ultimately attend this school as students, we hope it provides them with an opportunity to extend their learning and realise their potential.”

6. Sax quartet progresses to world final

Pupils from Bolton School are set to jet off to Strasbourg, France, in order to compete in the final eight of an international saxophone competition.

The group, known as the NAMAHAZO Quartet, comprises four students, Year 13 pupils Matthew Hotham and Harriet Gribbin, Year 11 pupil Zoe Stirzaker and 19 year old former pupil Natasha Lomas.

The competition has been organised by SaxOpen and the Strasbourg Conservatoire and Académie Supérieure de Musique and the finals will take place from 7-9 July as part of the SaxOpen World Saxophone Congress and Festival.

Fiona Berry, music teacher at the school, said: "To gain their place in the semi-final round of the competition the quartet had to submit a video which included a performance of two pieces. These pieces were chosen from a set repertoire list and would challenge any professional level quartet.

"Their achievement is all the more remarkable as musicians had to be under the age of 35 and entrants could apply from around the world. As you can imagine they are elated at the news."

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