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An Evening to Celebrate the Work of Michael Morpurgo

On Monday the 20th June, Year 6 pupils at Belmont School presented a wonderful evening of expressive arts to celebrate the work of Michael Morpurgo. This included drama, dance and movement, singing, music and martial arts. There was also a ‘movie trailer’ which the pupils had acted in and filmed and informative power point presentation, all led by the pupils themselves.

The evening was the culmination of many months of preparation with pupils raising over £5,000 for the Charity Farms for City Children of which Michael Murpurgo is patron. To raise this huge sum the pupils completed a read-a-thon and a sponsored swim. The pupils also entered a number of exciting competions including a photographic competition, a lost chapter competition, a graphic novel competition, an interview and poetry all inspired by the writing of Morpurgo. There were many paintings, clay models and various artisitic interpretations on display, where children had brought his stories to life through their own creative work.

Michael Morpurgo was unable to attend the production, due to prior engagements in New York where ‘War Horse’ on Broadway had just won a number of Toni awards. However, Michael did find the time to send the pupils of Belmont these words of support and encouragement and thanks. Part of the letter he wrote to the children is that:

‘One of the great frustrations in life is that you can’t be in two places at once. I am working on a solution to this at the moment and will let you know how I get on!’

The evening was a great success and Year 6 should not only be proud of their wonderful performance and the excellent and diverse array of artistic and English skills on dislay but, most importantly, raising such a substantial amount of money for charity.