Students shine at Gala Dinner

Nov. 17, 2015 Back to news index

Earlier this month three Treloar School students were the stars of the show at the annual Mansion House gala dinner in London. Amy, Henry and Mike gave sparkling performances which included solos from each student as well as enthusiastic audience participation by the 250 guests present.

The students were helped to prepare for the event by Jocelyn Watkins, Head of Music at the School. Jocelyn has prepared students for this event for a number of years and always enjoys taking them to perform in such an amazing venue, “the students always get such a great reception at Mansion House and it is a wonderful opportunity for them to show off their talents. Henry, Amy and Mike were fabulous and took singing solos to such a large audience in their stride. They should be proud of themselves and for representing the School so well.”

“The audience really enjoyed joining in with our three part Makaton signing song, something we’ll try and do again! Overall it was a truly lovely event and we feel fortunate to be able to be part of this special gala dinner.”

Also lending a hand and helping to contribute to the success of the Gala Dinner were the textiles students from M8 – Alex, Jemimah, Pete, Emily and Jack. The class designed and made an array of bright, bespoke patch work cushions and a selection of tie-dye silk scarves for guests to buy.

Anne Edward, parent of a Treloar School student, was the keynote speaker and received a standing ovation from guests after her speech on her son’s transition through the school.

The annual event, hosted this year by The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London Alderman Alan Yarrow, raised a record breaking net profit of £54,000. This money will help fund the purchase of various pieces of equipment and support a number of projects at Treloar’s including the BELONG project, which aims to assist parents of disabled children from birth upwards to pre-school age to plan for their children’s futures and ensure they can access the support and guidance they need.

Students shine at Gala Dinner