Show Goes Live via Internet

 Families and friends can watch the latest school show by Newington primary pupils from anywhere in the world.

A concert celebrating the values of the school in song was streamed live via the Internet and it is available on demand via the Newington community primary Facebook site.

Music teacher Warwick Eldred said: “It was a ground-breaking moment for our school performances. Our main hall holds around 200 people safely and we know from demand that there are many more who want to see our shows and concerts.

“So we experimented with our technology and decided to stream a show live for the first time.”

Head teacher Cliff Stokes said: “We are keen to encompass technology in all parts of school life and using the Internet as a platform for a live performance of a show was a logical step.

“It means that people unable to attend for whatever reason don’t miss out – and friends and relatives who do not live in the area or who may be housebound can celebrate our school stage productions either in real time as it happens, or on catch-up at a time to suit them via our Facebook and website platforms.”

The show featured songs written by Mr Eldred and teaching colleague Hannah Beech. They began writing together when they created the official school song called A Future Bright for All with the chorus “a school that is built on celebration, ambition, achievement and aspiration.”

Mr Eldred said: “We enjoyed writing that song and have since created more that reflect life in and around our school community. These songs, accompanied live by keyboard and guitar, promote our school values and were the basis for the show.”

The next production is a Hollywood style Oscars night with songs from major musicals. It will be staged, and streamed, in February.



**For more information, contact Head Teacher Cliff Stokes on 01843 593412.