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Maintaining Progress

We accomplished our initial goal, but it's too much fun to stop....

After the two blocks were finished, about half of the children were keen to carry on, and so we converted to a lunchtime club for a maximum of 10 pupils (and Simon, with some reluctance, returned to the office).

They have currently divided into pairs and are working their way through Plain Hunt on their own, and marking up their own ‘cheat sheets’.  Progress is not fast in this way, but they rise to the challenge.  Even getting a few changes right gives them a great sense of accomplishment because they did it by themselves. This method also shows up the teacher, when she has missed out on explaining something.  Useful, if embarrassing.

At the end of March, the lunchtime club gave their first public performance during the school Easter service, ringing rounds  on 8 and on 10 at the entrance of the school as parents made their way to the hall, and also doing a short demonstration during the service itself.  Public performances of handbell ringing are nervewracking even for very experienced ringers, so they did very well.

At the end of May, we invited the club to come for part of our Scottish Handbell Day, and gave over three concurrent sessions to a plain hunting masterclass, with experienced ringers and just two children in each group.  Afterwards, the children who attended gave demonstrations to their parents.  As an experiment, it was one of our best, and only goes to show what good opportunities big handbell gatherings can offer. (Read about the successful handbell day in our handbells blog)

The lunchtime club is now aiming to ring for the school awards ceremony, and hoping to show off some plain hunting skills!

(PS. and we did, and they were fabulous - read our blog about the School Awards Ceremony)

Next: Trying it yourself

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