Music donation hits the right note at St Michael’s

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News - 1 December

Students at St Michael’s CE Primary School will soon be putting to the test the old adage that playing musical instruments has a beneficial impact on children’s learning ability, following a generous £1K grant from a local educational fund The Cathy and Maurice Dalton Educational Trust.

The grant will enable the school to purchase new glockenspiels and other musical instruments to replace their current dilapidated ones which are damaged or otherwise past their best.

“Combining the best of the old with the new instruments will mean that a whole class will now be able to have a music lesson at the same time”, explained Sara Williamson, St Michael’s Headteacher.

The new instruments will allow each child in a class to have exclusive use of an instrument during a music lesson, something that has not previously been possible.

The Trust has made a number of donations to Tenterden’s primary schools in the past. as well as to some individual pupils.

Last year the Trust funded the purchase of laptop computers which St Michael’s school loaned to pupils who did not have access to a computer at home and thereby enabled them to participate in the school’s home tuition initiative during the lockdown.

“We would like to do more to help youngsters in Tenterden to get a good start in life - the primary years are so important” commented Maurice Dalton, Chairman of the Trustees. “We would like to take this opportunity to remind all of the primary schools in the area - Tenterden, Rolvenden and St Michael’s – that we are here to help.”

St Michael’s has recently started using a well-established music scheme called Charanga. “The children love it and it is helping to raise the profile of music in the school”, commented Head of Music Alyssa Phillips. Charanga teaches children to play along with well-known songs, reading music as they go.

Photo shows: Year 4 students Jack, Scarlett and Frankie are eagerly awaiting their new glockenspiels with their class teacher and Head of Music Alyssa Phillips.