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PUPILS at St Gabriel's Junior School sampled a taste of Italian culture during a recent school trip.A group of 25 pupils from Years 5 and 6 performed in the grand cathedrals of Sorrento and Amalfi as part of a four-day visit organised by music teacher...

PUPILS at St Gabriel's Junior School sampled a taste of Italian culture during a recent school trip.

A group of 25 pupils from Years 5 and 6 performed in the grand cathedrals of Sorrento and Amalfi as part of a four-day visit organised by music teacher Miranda Gunn, who was keen to provide an opportunity for the choir to take their performing skills on to a higher level.

Having discussed her ambitions with Italian teacher, Catherine Moriarty, the pair agreed to combine their interests and take the choir to sing in the country they had learned so much about during their year of studying Italian in Year Four. The itinerary also included a visit to nearby Pompeii, where the choir performed in the Roman amphitheatre, as well as a gelato making experience - along with a sampling of their efforts.

There was also the chance to practice their Italian during a shopping trip exploring the cobbled streets of Sorrento. Ms Gunn said: “The children sang beautifully in amazing locations and I was thrilled when they burst into song to entertain passengers on the plane to Italy – it really showed how much they love singing”.

The children were also encouraged to compose their own take on classical pieces after watching a BBC film. The compositions are completely pupil led, and represent how children can enjoy and appreciate classical music through their own creativity.

Head of Junior School, Peter Dove, said: “I am so proud of the way our pupils have taken on these challenges. It demonstrates the confidence and love of learning that we aim to develop in every child in the school.”

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