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LYMO perform Ain't No Mountain High Enough 

Check out the YouTube clip to see some of QEGS students performing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' as part of the Lincolnshire Youth Metropole Orchestra.


Abi Burford's (L6H) amazing drawing of her horse

It’s been tough, but the results are in. 40 entries in total, from students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12. There were entries in all but one category, and some were more popular than others. No-one tackled the ‘moving things by vacuum cleaner’. Sad. But, what was entered was fab. RACHEL QUARTON (8P) wins a prize for most entries, with 3, and here are the rest.

In the writing challenge, Miss Hobbs had to decide between very strong entries, and declared JESS DODWELL (9H) the winner – it contained the word ‘unequivocally’; what more can be said!? There was close competition in the toilet-roll keepy-uppy challenge to keep Mr Cope on his toes: the winner was ARCHIE CARDER (8W), who managed 10. Loads of pet-trick entries, from rabbits to horses, but the shortest, and simplest, and the winner, was ELIZABETH KIRBY (10DF), who managed to get a cat to obey a command – surely one of the most difficult tasks known to humanity. The pencil-drawing competition was keen, too: Miss Brinsley judged these entries, and it was great to see that some drew upon the theme of friendship as the thing that was most missed during lockdown. ABI BURFORD’S (L6H) amazing drawing of her horse was judged the best, but only after some lengthy agonizing and deliberations. There were some quirky entries in the ‘demonstrate a scientific theory’ category, including a creation of a tan/sin/cos graph out of pasta, but the winner was JACOB SOWDEN (8CR), whose proof of rocket power went off with an, ahem, bang.

The sporting trick category was where much skill was demonstrated, from gymnastics to cricket. But, for sheer potential-to-go-wrong danger, the winner was BEN TURNER (7F), with a daring display using what was described as a ‘6-foot bo-stick’. How no-one lost body parts remains a mystery. In a similar vein, we come to the home-made obstacle course. This was definitely the most creative task and involved a range of apparatus, from wheelbarrows to washing lines, one student undertaking the task on her hands, and one father channelling his best John Motson. Yet, for sheer daftness, and the fact that it involved a bucket of water being thrown over her head, the winner was MADELEINE DAWSON (8W). The entries for the stop-start animation were of a real quality, using Lego or home-made drawings, and the one that stood out as being closest to meeting the criteria was made by GRACE TWILTON (7MS). That leaves the magic trick. Three entries; minds blown. One involved a playing card simply appearing out of nowhere, but the winner was WOODY PRESTON (7B) – who performed a coin trick called the Matrix.

So, that’s the lot. Well done to all the winners, and to : Ava Chinery, Amelie Thorpe, Morgan Dickeson, Maggie Ward, Scott Read, Lily Alexander, Yasmin Barsby, Amelie Millns, Lila Bremner, Will Dixon, Ed Dixon, Jasmine Bontoft, Aleesha Ashgar, Harry Brindle, James West, Andrew Short, Verity Street, and Lucy Parkinson – who all drew/wrote/made things to enter as well. Special thanks to the Parents’ Association, who supported the venture and sponsored the prizes.

Bruno Mars' Runaway Baby performed by Horncastle MAT Jazz Band is now on YouTube. It's a fun performance featuring pets, go karts, lawnmowers, plus cameo appearances from teachers at Horncastle Education Trust schools, and much more!

Horncastle MAT Jazz Band


Jazz band virtual performance of Rolling in the Deep

For those of you who haven't seen this on social media, here is the link to the QEGS & Banovallum performance of Rolling in the Deep, recorded during lockdown.

Mrs Wilkinson in PPE working at the hospital This is Mrs Wilkinson, a staff member from QEGS, whilst school is closed, she is working non-stop at the hospital to try and beat this dreadful virus! QEGS would like to say thank you, we are proud of you and will be clapping for you on Thursday!

Sheku Kanneh-Mason at Royal Concert HallSHEKU KANNEH-MASON
Second Album Launch – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Friday 10 January 2020

It’s not every day you get to be in the presence of a musician who has performed at a royal wedding, at the BBC Proms 3 times and the BAFTAs twice, not to mention who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List at the age of 20!  

On Friday 10 January, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the launch of cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s second Album, ‘Elgar’ at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.  It was held in the intimate setting of the foyer with the limited tickets selling out within 15 minutes of release.  I first became a fan of Sheku’s when he won BBC Young Musician of the Year 4 years ago and have seen him perform live four times.  He is a great inspiration to me, both as a musician and as a young person.   

The event began with a small concert featuring 3 pieces from the new album:

Scarborough Fair (trad.) in which Sheku was accompanied by one of his younger sister’s, Jeneba, on piano.

Prelude (Bloch), accompanied by his elder brother, Braimah, on violin.

Spring Song (Bridge), again accompanied by sister, Jeneba. 

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