Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:39

30 Years Family Fun Day

Saturday 9th May was the first of our 30th Anniversary celebrations, our Family Fun Day. The day started in glorious sunshine with a wonderful dance show with children ranging from beginners as young as 5 years through to some of LVAC's most experienced dancers who have been with us for many years. We were treated to a superb tap number from the Primary tap class lead by Mariam Elakama and Georgia Millburn dancing to 'Make Some Noise', followed by some fantastic solos including Ballet and Tap numbers. It was lovely to see some Bollywood from ex-pupil Shona Shah and from three current Grove Pupils Sophia Shaikh, Rushita Bhatta and Anjali Kumar. The Dance Show ended with a contemporary number performed at the MK Festival earlier this year. It was wonderful to see them all the dancers enjoying themselves.

With a short break for children and parents to enjoy the entertainment and food the rain arrived and everyone ran for cover. This didn't stop the Music performance getting started; a little rain doesn't stop Grove children from performing! We were treated to a Trumpet Solo from Joshua Cosby, Singing from LVAC pupils Emily Loveday and Abbie North and violin solos from Hana Iguchi and Khush Shah. Danielle Trzeciak-Hicks sung 'I see the light' with confidence and poise. Everyone was wowed by the exceptional piano skills of Emily Garwood who put on a great performance despite having chilly hands. The music solos concluded with a performance from singing teacher and Soprano Emily Haig, a very inspirational performance for our young singers. The Music show concluded with performances from The Grove School choir with the parents now braving the rain to join in!

With the rain nearly stopped the children all enjoyed the climbing wall, inflatable assault course and of course the ice cream! Meanwhile a team of Grove staff dried the marquee floor to prepare for the final display, the Gymnastics. The Grove School now has over 40 children taking part in gymnastics and it was wonderful to see the progression from the lunchtime club through to the Squad members. The display opened with a Trampette and springboard display from our lunchtime club, some children only recently joined the club and they have learnt a lot in a very short time. The Squad teams followed on the Trampette and Spring Board and we were amazed as Charlotte Ingram performed a half twist with perfection followed by Jocelyn Shih performing a straight front somersault! We then all held our breath as Charlotte perform a somersault over 3 other gymnasts and Jocelyn somersaulted over Hana Iguchi who was holding a straddle leaver. Following the Trampette display we were treated to the U9 medal winners group sequence beautifully performing in sync with each other. This was followed by individual floor routines from children who have been competing with the school this year many of whom have brought home a tally of medals! The show ended with the U11 group sequence another exceptional display of talent.

The day ended once again in glorious sunshine as the last few children had their faces painted and enjoyed the end of the entertainment. Everyone had a fantastic day and it was lovey to see so many talented Grove and LVAC pupils enjoying sharing their talents with us. It was wonderful to be joined by parents and pupils from the last 30 years to celebrate with us, everyone left with beaming smiles. We look forward to the next 30 years! Charlotte Lancaster

"Thanks so much for a fantastic family fun day to celebrate your birthday! It's so wonderful to see all of our children performing with such pride and confidence, they all grow in stature each day. Even the stormy showers couldn't deter our steely kids, the show went on unabated. They are and continue to be our inspiration! Thank you and here's to another 30 years!" Katherine Millburn (Parent)

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