Extra Curricular

September Collective Residency with Yr 7 & 8.

October Music was provided for the annual Prize Giving event. Lunchtime concert showcasing the school's talents and providing performance experience.

November - Yr 7 Gambia Day involved drumming sessions. The entire of Yr 7 were taken off timetable for the day.

Ensemble Day to give students in schools the chance to work with professionals.

Children In Need lunchtime Concert to raise money for a worthy cause and provide performance experience.

Evening of Entertainment, a showcase to an audience of 250.

Now That's What I Call Commonweal CD, a compilation of original material by students and staff.

Rock School 40 students attend on a regular basis and have played at Riffs Bar and the Furnace. Also at a special needs concert at the Citifaith building in the centre of Swindon.

Christmas Concerts were held at Bath Road Methodist Church, Lethbridge School, Cheriton Nursing Home and our own annual school concerts.

Concert Band Made up of brass and woodwind players (occasionally adding strings) and meets on a Monday after school. Approximately 20 members that regularly attend which is augmented by staff and ex-students at Christmas time. Conducted by Alison Sutcliffe.

Junior Band Open to all instrumentalists at key stage 3 in preparation for concert band and string group. Rehearsals take place on a Thursday lunchtime and are overseen by Helen Clements.

Junior Choir Open to key stage 3 singers (mainly year 7). Rehearsals on a Monday lunchtime with Helen Clements.

Senior Choir Open to all vocalists and rehearsed on a Tuesday Lunchtime with Alison Sutcliffe and Helen Clements.

Chamber Choir Put together for special events such as Carol service and the tour to Paris. Made up of selected members of the senior choir.

Flute choir Run by Jen Bamford – flute teacher, on a Monday lunchtime. Open to all flautists.

String group Run by Mrs Sutcliffe on Friday lunchtimes in 08. Open to all string players in both KS3 and KS4.

Karaoke club Set up in response to questionnaires. Friday lunchtimes.

January the music department organised a trip to see Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra On the evening of Thursday January 18 th. 49 students from across the year groups went to see the BSO play at the Coulston Hall in Bristol. The concert included Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man, Joan Tower – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman no 1 and Beethoven – Piano concerto no 5 (Emperor).

The trip linked to the GCSE area of study, ’orchestral landmarks’ and ‘music for special events.’ “The trip was hugely successful and our students behaved impeccably.” Commented Alison Sutcliffe, head of music.

Music Competition.Over a 100 students took part in this fantastic competition which was broken down into three categories, an X -Factor style singing contest, Classical Brit's and Battle of the Bands.

Now That’s What I Call Commonweal Vol Two Following the success of our first album we are currently advertising for students, staff and parents to perform an original track for release in May 2007.This will be recorded by our in-house technician Nick Weaver. If you would like to take part please contact Nick Weaver or Mrs Sutcliffe tel 01793 612727.

Reggae Project. This was aimed at the whole of Yr 9 and was part of our Artsmark Gold commitment to global citizenship.

KS2, KS3 & KS4 Spring Concert Yet another fantastic concert showcasing the talents of Commonweal and featuring students from Lethbridge Primary School.

'Now That's What I Call Commonweal Vol 2 21 tracks staring the legendary Justin Hayward, students past present and future. Released 20th June 2007.

Family Singing Workshop students from Commonweal and our feeder schools.

Old Town Festival despite the rain the rock bands weathered the storm for yet another fantastic performance.

Summer Celebrations the crowds just loved the music!