A group of Year 7 music students marked Dementia Awareness Week by joining care home residents in a drumming workshop.
The six students went to Manor Court
care home in Plymouth on 22 May 2014 to take part in the hour-long music
session led by Lorna Coulson, a dementia consultant, who
specifically invited students from the College to join the workshop.
"The session related to the honouring
of the elders through rhythm and song," explained music teacher Mr
"All of the children were very involved in the
session and played on numerous drums, including a large drum called Spirit Of
The Sound made from British Buffalo.
"All of the students represented the College
fantastically and engaged with the residents throughout the session."
Good afternoon I am sat in my office pondering after working
at Womanfest. https://www.womanfest.co.uk/woman-fest-2019.htmlI am still in stunned awe having had the most incredible time and having the honour of
meeting a beautiful First Peoples woman a descendant of Chief Micanopy of the Seminole people in "Florida" across the sacred fire one evening at
the event. Info on Chief Micanopy here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micanopy She challenged me from across the fire and so I invited her into our bell tent space for a ceremony and then connected and we cried and laughed and shared until 1:30am when she chose to sleep there among the drums. The next day I had planned a session on “how do we do
reconciliation” and was blown away when she took the session and told the small
group about the effect of colonisation and how her nation was all but wiped
out. Colonists had killed her ancestor Grandfather in a terrible way and she
could still visit the fort where he was held. The m…