King's Hawford

21 October

Weekly School Assembly – The Power of Music (21.10.20)

This week, Mr Roberts hosted our school assembly, which was broadcast via Teams for all our school children to watch in their year group bubbles. This week’s theme was music, and specifically the power of music: how it can make us feel, how it can motivate us and trigger special memories.

The assembly was kicked off with a song, in true King’s Hawford style, with Mr Roberts playing one of his favourite songs, ‘Live Forever‘ by Oasis. It was all-sing, all-dancing as Mr Roberts, armed with a microphone, then interviewed some familiar faces to ask why they liked to listen to music, what genres of music they listen to and their favourite songs.

It turns out, our teachers are an eclectic bunch, with music tastes ranging from classical, pop, rock, hip hop, musicals and everything in-between. Some teachers even treated our children to a rendition of their favourite songs, with some being a lot more comfortable on the microphone than others!

Our teachers favourite songs are:

  • B*Witched – C’est La Vie
  • Otis Redding – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Scarborough Fair
  • Anthem, from the musical, Chess
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • The Beatles – Hey Jude
  • Nat King Cole – L.O.V.E
  • Bob Marley – Is This Love?
  • Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
  • Baby Shark
  • Four Tops – Reach Out (I’ll Be There)

After speaking to the teachers and support staff, Mr Roberts pointed out that everyone he spoke to said music made them happy. We then examined the positive effects listening to music has on the human brain, which includes increasing motivation, reducing stress, helping you sleep better, strengthening memory skills and raising academic performance. This is why music is such an important part of life at King’s Hawford!

We then asked children what their favourite songs were, with the below tunes coming out on top:

  • Frozen 2 – Into the Unknown
  • The Greatest Showman – From Now On
  • Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
  • Peppa Pig theme tune
  • George Ezra – Shotgun
  • DJ Khalid – I’m the One

The special assembly was ended with a prayer to show thanks and appreciation for music, followed by a song Mr Roberts sings to his children, ‘Let it Be’ by The Beatles. May the rest of your week be as music-filled as ours and join us again next week for our school assembly write-up!