Incredible £100,000 grant for Treloar’s
June 7, 2021 / 9:53 am
We are thrilled to have been awarded a £100,000 grant from Constable Educational Trust towards refurbishing our “Florence Treloar” Hall and dream of creating a fully accessible Communication and Performing Arts Hall for our students.
Faris Aranki Trustee of Constable Educational Trust said “We are delighted to be supporting Treloar’s to revitalise the “Florence Treloar” Hall.
“The wonderful students, staff and their guests deserve a modern hall that will not only allow them the opportunity to continue their fine tradition of excellent productions, but will also offer numerous other possibilities that an outdated Hall simply cannot. The Constable Educational Trust is proud to be a lead sponsor and we look forward to sharing in the joy of the new Hall when it is completed.”
At Treloar’s, all our students are encouraged to take part in communication and performing arts activities as they are hugely important to their education and help boost their employability, confidence and life skills – our Hall can play a vital part in this.
Why the Florence Treloar Hall is no longer fit for purpose
Sadly though, our current “Florence Treloar” Hall lacks the high-tech equipment that is required to back up the technologies that our students use. It also makes simple tasks like entering and exiting the Hall, getting students on and off the stage, utilising the sound system and controlling the temperature extremely challenging. There are now just too many barriers preventing our students from utilising the Hall.
A significant refurbishment would transform our performance space, enabling our students to take part in communication activities, music and performing arts, including those who rely on their voice output communication devices.
We are so excited to have received this grant and to be able to refurbish the Hall. Music Director Jocelyn Watkins said;
“We work very hard to ensure all our students have opportunities to perform and show off their skills and talents to others, whether it is in a weekly assembly, Christmas show or summer musical production. Currently we adapt our way of working to suit the equipment we have; it will be wonderful to have the “Florence Treloar” Hall adapted to work for the specific needs of our students, and provide them a space to really shine!”
An example of the extraordinary talent of Treloar’s students can be seen in their performance of the fugue from Mahler’s 1st Symphony. The fugue is built up of many short musical patterns, 60 students were involved and each performed one or more of these sections to create the whole piece. Many of the students in the video are using Clarion technology; this is an expressive technological instrument created and licensed by Open Orchestras. It can be used on iPads, eye gaze technology or smart navigation (where the students use body movements to control their playing).