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Ballard Arts – Music Tour to Barcelona 2017

July 19, 2017
Ballard Montserrat Abbey performance

Ballard Arts – Music Tour to Barcelona 2017

Over thirty of Ballard School’s Music students, including Ballard School Alumni headed off for their Music tour of Barcelona, Spain just after the end of our summer term.

Our last Music tour was to Austria in 2014.

For photos from the trip to Austria do see our blog posts below.

 

 

Austria Music Tour 2014

Austria Music Tour 2014

Do see some of the blogs from that trip here with Day three and blog four.

Music Tour 2017

The channel crossing and bus trip to Spain mainly involved quite a lot of sleep (for some!) and the group were very ready for their first full day in Blanes, Costa Brava! Some went into the pool, others relaxed by playing volleyball!

On the evening of Day 2 our group had an opportunity to practice for their two performances on Day 3; Montserrat Abbey in the morning followed by an outdoor concert at Vilassar de Mar in the early evening.

See some of the practice photos below.

Ballard Barcelona Music tour

Ballard Barcelona Music tour

Preparing for the two concerts in Costa Brava

Day three

Ballard Arts (Music) performed twice with their first performance at the iconic Montserrat Abbey.

Mrs G writes:

Our amazing pupils have pulled of a stunning performance in Montserrat Abbey. A stunning venue and packed with people listening. We are now back on the tour bus and making our way to our next venue – the show band outdoor performance in Vilassar de Mar 🎺🎷🥁

In Montserrat Abbey there were upwards of 1000 people listening!

Ballard Montserrat Abbey performance

Performing in the iconic Montserrat Abbey with upwards of 1000 people listening.

Show band in Vilassar de Mar

The show band performed to a packed town square in Vilassar de Mar.

Ballard Barelona Vilassar de Mar music

Our Show Band perform in Vilassar de Mar town square,

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Performing in Vilassar de Mar town square

Feedback from the team is suitably summed up in the quote below!

The show band were AWESOME! A wonderful end to a fantastic day of contrasting performances. Back to the hotel to unload then get some well earned rest.

Day four

A sightseeing day with trips into Barcelona including to Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.

Day five

The third performance for Ballard Arts (Music) was in the Catedral de Barcelona.

As well as photos from the event we have a video over on our YouTube channel of their rendition of ‘Pie Jesu’.

The cathedral is awe inspiring and it was a privilege to be able to be part of their afternoon concert programme.

Ballard Barcelona tour cathedral

The awe inspiring venue for our final performance of our Music tour.

The day concluded with a lovely tapas meal before another ‘chill’ day and then the trip back to Ballard, New Milton, Hampshire and the UK begins!

Mrs G again:

The kids have been amazing. So professional and committed, a wonderful team to work with and a credit to the school.

Learn more about Ballard Arts

For more about our Performing Arts options at Ballard do see our website.

We offer Music from Pre-Prep to GCSE. Read more on Ballard Music here.

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

 

No more tears? – Headmaster’s Blog – Wednesday 19th July 2017

July 19, 2017
Ballard school speech day

No more tears?

I am writing as the Summer Term 2017 has just concluded. This week we have enjoyed a super series of celebrations in our Speech Day, had a necessary (and actually rather enjoyable) staff INSET day to tidy up after the academic year just passing and to prepare for the new one (schools are perpetual cycles of new life) and then a most positive Governors’ meeting looking at facility enhancement.

My reference to tears thus requires some explanation! We can, of course, shed tears (actually or metaphorically) in a variety of contexts – and these may be tears of sorrow, of joy, regret, frustration, pain, empathy – even anger. I am sure there were tears of joy for many pupils as they reached the summer holidays and perhaps even for parents whose youngest has finished at Ballard and thus the school fees are over! The tears I want to mention, however, were those shed at Speech Day: real, genuine and heartfelt.

Almost all of us were moved emotionally by the Senior Choir’s rendition of ‘Fly to Paradise’ by Eric Whitacre. Even within the rather metallic environment of a Sports’ Hall (where our ceremonies took place) it was still possible to feel transported by the soaring voices and the haunting music. If you are not familiar with this piece of music do search for it on You Tube. (I might also add, that the Director of Music was especially moved to tears after the gathering when she received a personal letter of thanks and appreciation from the composer arranged by one of her Year 11 musicians.)

Ballard Speech day flight to paradise

Ballard Senior choir performed Eric Whitacre’s ‘Flight to Paradise’ at our Speech Day 2017

We were most moved, however, by the speeches delivered by our Head Girl and Head Boy. It wasn’t just the content – the memories, the humour, the confessions and the appreciation – but it was also the fact that for each of them (and eight others of their cohort) the journey at Ballard had begun in the Nursery some 14 years ago and they were about to ‘fly the nest’. Tears literally flowed from these two fine young people and there was hardly a dry eye amongst the crowd in the hall. These were certainly tears of emotion but they were also expressions of gratitude, belonging and of promise: thanks for days past and the promise of a bright future ‘tomorrow’.

Ballard school speech day

Gathering for a formal photo in front of the Ballard entrance, complete with ducks and a Ballard bear!

Alastair Reid (a somewhat emotional and thankful Headmaster)

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

Year 8 Trip 2017 – Longleat– Blog 5

July 7, 2017
Ballard Longleat group

Year 8 Trip 2017 – Longleat

The #BallardTripsWeek for Year 8 has a jam-packed itinerary:

Monday- Warwick Castle and Stratford theatre – see blog one

Tuesday- Stratford- Shakespeare’s birthplace and theatre workshop – see blog two

Wednesday- Wyedean activity centre – see blog three

Thursday- The Big Pit and historical village – see blog four

Friday- Longleat and then home!

Today we visited Longleat, where as part of the visit our Year 8s had a talk on endangered species. This was included an interactive part!

 

A great group shot to end the photos from our trip to Longleat.

Ballard Longleat group

Posing for the camera one last time, but what’s that behind you?!

Thank you to all who made #BallardTripsWeek such a success 🙂

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

Year 7 Trip 2017 – Bude – Blog 6

July 7, 2017
Ballard Bude trip

Year 7 Trip 2017 – Bude – Blog 6

Missed the last blogs from Bude? Read blog one, blog two blog three blog four and blog five.

An update from Mr S:

Load the fridges, empty the washing machines… we’re coming home!

Have a look at some of the photos from our last day in Bude.

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

Year 7 Trip 2017 – Bude – Blog 5

July 6, 2017
Ballard Bude Body boarding

Year 7 Trip 2017 – Bude – Blog 5

Missed the last blogs from Bude? Read blog one, blog two blog three  and blog four.

An update from Mr S:

10.20pm – Sorry parents I’m getting later by the day!😳

Epic day today.

The whole team went body boarding this morning followed by team building this afternoon.

Ballard Bude Body boarding

Preparing for the body boarding

Ballard Bude Body boarding

Instruction time!

This evening was the premium event of the week – awards night!

Talent competition results

Last night saw Molly WIN the talent competition, with Maisey in second and Amelia and Neysa in third place. Given there are 350 students on site and we’ve brought less than 40 that’s an impressive clean sweep!

Also, could I belatedly announce second place in the fancy dress was also won by a Ballardian – well done Barnaby, aka Willy Wonka.

Pictures galore to make up for the late night blog. 😁

Mr S

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

Year 8 Trip 2017 – Cardiff – Blog 4

July 6, 2017

Year 8 Trip 2017 – Cardiff

The #BallardTripsWeek for Year 8 has a jam-packed itinerary:

Monday- Warwick Castle and Stratford theatre – see blog one

Tuesday- Stratford- Shakespeare’s birthplace and theatre workshop – see blog two

Wednesday- Wyedean activity centre – see blog three

Thursday- The Big Pit and historical village

Friday- Longleat and then home!

Today was another good day in glorious sunshine.

We visited the Museum of Welsh life.

Ballard Museum of Welsh Life

We had a brilliant time exploring the Museum of Welsh Life

We then headed into ‘The Big pit’

Ballard The Big Pit

Heading into The Big Pit

Loving Ballard Life!

Ballard Museum of Welsh Life

Loving Ballard Life!

This evening it was over to the students for ‘Year 8s Got Talent’

Ballard Year 8s Got Talent

We finished the evening off with a talent contest

8.50pm: There will be some more photos to follow

Tomorrow we are off to Longleat, and then we make the trip back to New Milton #BallardTripsWeek

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

Year 6 Trip 2017 – #BallardNormandie – Blog 4

July 6, 2017

BallardNormandie – Blog four

Missed our other BallardNormandie blogs for 2017? See blog one hereblog two and blog three.

The plan for our Ballard Year 6 Trip to Normandy, France today is as follows:

AM: Leave for Ste Mère Église
PM: Travel to Cherbourg

We start with a photo from yesterday evening.

Some of the children wanted to have a photo of the sunset – and Mont St Michel in the background – can you spot it there?

Ballard Normandie Mont St Michel

A beautiful sunset, posing in PJs and with Mont St Michel in the background!

This morning  was…a slow start for all!

We decided to make a detour by Pointe du Hoc (a WW2 site) because the weather is glorious!

Ballard Normandie D-Day landings

At the Pointe du Hoc – An american Ranger Monument. Learning about the D-Day landings

La Pointe du Hoc was made famous in the movie “The longest day”. We went here to learn more about the D-Day landings and make the most of the clear visibility.

Ballard Normandie WW2 site

Barbed wire, bomb craters and bunkers in this WW2 site

We also visited the church in Sainte -Mère. We learnt about John Steele, the American paratrooper who got caught on the church tower in Sainte -Mère Église, the first town liberated by the Allied Forces on 6th June 1944.

He hung there for 2 hours pretending to be dead before being taken prisoner.

Ballard Normandie church

The church tower in Sainte -Mère Église,

We then went to St Mère Église for a picnic and…ice-cream!

 

A final photo from the team!

Ballard Normandie end of week

An extraordinary trip and fabulous children, cheers!

8.30pm – Currently in Sway, home soon!

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

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