Concert goes ahead despite petition

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Peckover Primary School is finalising details for an end-of-year singing concert on Monday despite a petition being started against the children singing a song in an Eastern European language.

A small number of parents are unhappy about the multi-lingual concert, which will see the children singing in different languages including Lithuanian. They claim their children were upset about having to learn a Lithuanian song and did not know what it meant.

However the school have rebutted those claims and said children have spent time learning about the songs and the meaning of the foreign lyrics.

A statement from the school said: “Peckover School are holding a singing concert. We are holding the concert at our local secondary school, Thomas Clarkson Academy, which has a hall big enough to be able to include our parents in what will be an end of year celebration. This continues the good work that the school already does with the children and families of Wisbech.

“The children have spent time learning the words and understanding what they mean with the help of our excellent teaching staff and language and music specialists. We have made sure that children understand what they are singing about and that they learn to appreciate other cultures. Children have been keen and enthusiastic to take part in this inclusive community event.

“We have made alternative arrangements for pupils of parents not wishing their child to take part in the concert to remain at Peckover Primary School, for the hour during which the concert takes place.”

The event will be supported by the presence of Wisbech Mayor Sam Hoy and was made possible by a grant from Cambridgeshire County Council’s cultural fund.