Juilliard Music - Professional Development and Workshops
As previewed in last week’s Newsletter, our Juilliard consultant Brian Drye, who himself is a trombone player and true Jazz specialist, was online all week working with our cross-campus music teams. Our fledgeling musicians had a great feedback session with Mr Drye last Friday, and he expressed how impressed he was with all the children and staff he had seen and worked with throughout the week.
The week featured a session on creative repetition, which is often used in music practice to perfect skills. Brian had some insightful ideas on how to make practice not seem repetitive by taking advantage of all the different ways one could interpret and undertake musical pieces to be learnt and developed. He also had the opportunity to observe some lessons in Primary and High School and provide feedback to our teachers. Finally, this amazing jazz artist conducted sessions with both the High School Jazz Band and Primary Orchestra that was really enjoyed by all. The whole exercise proved that distance is no obstacle to bringing music to life (thanks to Zoom) and that no matter how far apart we are, music can still bring us together.
There is still much more to come, as this week there will be Juilliard specialists also visiting both Dance and Drama lessons and working closely with teachers across the school. The training and workshops emanating from these collaborations are sure to be an unforgettable experience for all involved.
Primary Counselling Workshop
Last Friday was one of the first PTG Coffee Mornings in which Ms Amy, our Head of Counselling, provided an overview of the wellbeing provisions and preventative programmes available in Primary School. It was also great chance to hear feedback on how students are managing the academic year so far in the face of such uncertain times. Ms Amy explained the digital citizenship curriculum and the anti-bullying initiatives which are vital parts of our wellbeing support programme. If you missed this event or would like to learn more about counselling services at St Andrews, please visit the section in Moodle called “STAtimetotalk”. In fact, if you click on the parents section, you will find all the recent workshop presentations.
Ms Amy also explained that at the end of the month there will be an in-depth discussion on Social Media and your child. This session will explore the current trends and research related to social media usage in our KS2 students. All Primary School parents are encouraged to attend in order to stay abreast of the technology students have at their fingertips - as we know children are always a few steps ahead of us in this regard! The workshop will run on Friday 27th November at 8:15 am in the Exam Room.