Devizes Eisteddfod

On 11 and 12 November St Francis pupils were very busy competing in the annual Devizes Eisteddfod. Many pupils competed in music drama classes and all should be proud of their performances and for representing the school. Some pupils had submitted art and other creative work before the event. St Francis pupils were once again successful in their respective classes. There were eighteen First Place class medal winners and four cup winners (for Woodwind, Art, Handwriting and Choir). Well done to all our participants, and special congratulations to the four award winners:



Highlights in the music classes included: 

1st place and Outstanding performance of ‘Nature Boy’ on the Clarinet.
1st place and Distinction for a performance of ‘Boulevard Fanfarigoule’ on the Flute.
St Francis Woodwind teacher, Mrs Bellamy had much to be proud of in the woodwind classes as 2nd and 3rd places were also awarded to St Francis pupils.

Many of our pianists also performed, both solos and duets across a range of classes from beginners to Grades 3 and above. A performance of ‘I giorni’ in the piano repertoire Class 11 and under earned a 2nd place and a Distinction. In the piano duet class, two sets of St Francis pupils excelled, one pair awarded Outstanding for their performance and the others Class Winners for their Musical Theatre duet.

As Director of Music, I was extremely proud to take three choirs from St Francis School to compete in the choral classes. The Haybrook choir, of all pupils in Years 1 and 2 was awarded a Highly Commended for their performance of ‘Let’s Harvest’ and ‘I the Lord of Sea and Sky’. For the first time, we entered a Year 3 and 4 choir the Junior choir, and they achieved a Merit for their confident, musical performances. The Senior choir were awarded a Distinction for their performances of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen. The latter, a rather fitting piece of music performed the day after Cohen’s death was announced.

A busy weekend, but a huge amount to celebrate for the Music Department at St Francis School. Well done! – Becky Saunders, Director of Music



I was delighted that we had a record number of entries for the Devizes Eisteddfod Art competition and even more delighted at the phenomenal results that we achieved across the different categories. St Francis pupils did exceptionally well and they should all be very proud of their achievements. Well done to each and every one of you.

There were three St Francis Class Winner’s, two Outstanding Class Winners‘ awards and one overall winner of the Art Competition. – Jo Parkes, Head of Art



dev-eisted-2The LAMDA Department at St Francis had plenty to celebrate last week at Devizes Eisteddfod!  More than 50 of our children from Years 5-8 took part in the Duologue and Monologue Classes.
In Duo 1 there were more than 30 separate pairs competing for the two medals.  We were all utterly thrilled that places One, Two and Three were filled by St Francis winners!  
In the Duo 2 Class, two St Francis boys  took first place with their excellent comic acting in ‘The Rope’, a tale from Ancient Greece.  

Many congratulations to every one of the children who performed;it took great courage to act in front of so many people and we are proud of you all! – Helen Stokes, Head of LAMDA