New outdoor musical instruments for Treloar’s students

Sept. 20, 2017, 3:32 p.m.

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The Mayoress of the City of London opening Treloar's 'Forte Forest'

On Tuesday 12 September, Wendy Parmley, the Lady Mayoress of the City of London, opened the ‘Forte Forest’, an area of campus which houses wonderful new outdoor musical instruments. The Lady Mayoress cut the ribbon with head girl Phoebe, before students, visitors and staff tried out their musical abilities.

This interesting and unique area will enhance Treloar’s outdoor space. The musical instruments have been carefully designed to encourage interaction, particularly by the disabled, bringing benefits for both motor skills and physiotherapy programmes. Mainstream schools will be encouraged to stop by when they visit Treloar’s to make music alongside Treloar’s students and learn more about disability and inclusion.

Jocelyn Watkins, Head of School Music, summed up the instruments’ impact: “We are delighted to have our new outdoor musical instrument area and Treloar’s students will benefit from the opportunities that these bring, both in exploring the world and expressing their emotions though such an immediate form of communication. We are truly grateful to all those who made this possible. The students have already been having a great time playing the instruments and, most importantly, having fun!”

The purchase of these instruments was made possible thanks to the generosity of our wonderful supporters, in particular The Friends of Treloar’s, Lucy & David Wernick and Tesco, through their Bags of Help community donations. We thank them all for their support.