St Margaret's Shine at Devizes Eistedfodd

The Devizes Eisteddfod is always an important event in the St Margaret’s calendar. Performance, music and the arts form a key part of the school curriculum and the pupils at St Margaret’s have been busy with their preparations in the lead-up to the event.

The event gives children the opportunity to perform and receive constructive feedback on a musical or creative arts piece.

The school was well-represented by children from across the Prep school in music, speech and drama, creative writing, poetry, handwriting and art. They came away with an impressive 15 Distinctions, 20 Commendations and 3 Merits, as well as a number of cup winners, who won their group, as did the school’s Chamber Choir, who won both the U11 Choir Plaque as well as the School Music Presentation Cup.

Mrs Gibbin, Head of Performing Arts explains: "At St Margaret’s, the creative and expressive arts are an important part of our programme designed to make pupils creative and confident. We are a partner school for the Devizes Eisteddfod and value very much the opportunities it provides for our children to experience live performance for an audience and learn from a professional adjudicator. The Creative Arts classes are also a big success for our entrants, who love having constructive feedback from the judges. Above all, taking part in the festival is great fun!"

A special well done to those pupils who won their group :

Class C1 Choir (11 & Under) - Distinction - Under 11 Choir Plaque
St Margaret's Chamber Choir

Class C2 School Music Presentation (11 & Under) - Distinction - School Music Presentation Cup
St Margaret's Chamber Choir

Class V1 Vocal Solo (9 & under) – Junior Vocal Solo Cup
Sophie Ballentyne – Distinction 

Class S2 String Solo (Grades 1 & 2) 
Shiya Wang - Distinction 

Class S3 String Solo (Grades 3 & 4) 
Sophie Ballentyne - Distinction - Junior String Solo Cup

Class S12 String Duet (11 & under) 
Sophie Ballentyne & Phoebe Ballentyne - Commended 

Class G1 Classical Guitar Solo (Preparatory/Initial)
Freddie Finlayson – Commended
Class G2 Classical Guitar/Ukulele Solo (Grades 1 & 2)
Benjamin Wright – Commended
Class P1 Piano Solo (Preparatory/Initial Grade)
Anoushka Van Kuffeler - Distinction 

MO2 Monologue (9 & under)
Matilda James - Distinction 

PR1 Prose Reading (9 & under)
Eleanor Marnane - Commended