GALLERY: March pupils express themselves with funky instruments in school’s new music area

Westwood Community School new music area with recycled instruments .

Westwood Community School new music area with recycled instruments . - Credit: Archant

PUPILS have been playing pipes with flip flops and banging out tunes on metal containers at a March primary school.

Westwood Community School new music area with recycled instruments .

Westwood Community School new music area with recycled instruments . - Credit: Archant

Westwood Community Junior School opened a new outdoor music area last week with funky instruments made out of recycled material.

Westwood Community School new music area with recycled instruments .

Westwood Community School new music area with recycled instruments . - Credit: Archant

The school’s year six children have been working with students from Neale-Wade Community College, March, to design murals for the area and paint the walls.

They raised £1,000 through monthly cake sales, which paid for four instruments for the area.

Helen Sidaway, Westwood school’s music coordinator, said: “The site used to be a swimming pool but it got vandalised so often it got too expensive to maintain.


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“The area then became paving slabs, which was boring, so we decided to put in completely recycled junk instruments for the pupils to enjoy.

“The children absolutely love it. They are very excited about the instruments.”

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Mrs Sidaway said there were no plans to set up a school band, but did not rule it out in the future.

She said: “It would be nice if the children got used to playing instruments and have fun with it before we set up something like that. There are no plans to put together a band just at this minute.”

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