School welcomes back choir from Uganda

Pupils at St Mary's CofE Middle School in Belford with members of the Pearl of Africa children's choir.
Pupils at St Mary's CofE Middle School in Belford with members of the Pearl of Africa children's choir.

A north Northumberland middle school recently played host to a children’s choir from Africa for a day of music, dance and fund-raising.

St Mary’s C of E Middle School in Belford was treated to a return visit from the Pearl of Africa children’s choir.

Pupils at St Mary's CofE Middle School in Belford with members of the Pearl of Africa children's choir.

Pupils at St Mary's CofE Middle School in Belford with members of the Pearl of Africa children's choir.

The Pearl of Africa Child Care charity aims ‘to improve the health, education and welfare of people suffering through disease, war and poverty in Uganda’.

The children’s choir raises funds through visiting and performing in UK schools and St Mary’s is proud to have already raised more than £1,000 so far this year.

The choir, all aged eight to 18, from Kamuzinda, spent the day teaching pupils dance, songs, drumming and craft-making in what was a fabulous cultural learning opportunity for the pupils.

St Mary’s also held a non-uniform day, cake sale and raffle to support the charity.

In the evening, the school hall was filled to capacity for the concert, where jewellery, drums and crafts were also on sale.

Tony Palmer, headteacher at St Mary’s, said: “We were delighted to welcome the choir back. Their visits are always very happy occasions and hugely popular with the whole community, as can be seen by the amount raised.”

Amy, a Year 7 pupil, added: “It’s brilliant because the choir actually asked to come back to our school again this year as they enjoyed it so much last time. We have loads of fun and it’s really interesting too.’”