Ulster Carpet Mills and Ceara School
13 Apr 2017
Ulster Carpets support the Ulster Orchestra Music Room Project
When first stepping into Ceara School, it was immediately evident that it is a cheerful and warm environment with an emphasis on education beyond the traditional school subjects. Ceara School is a fully integrated school and teaches children from age four upwards with a range of challenges which make learning more difficult. Janet Warwick, the teacher in charge of Class 18 (the Leavers Class) explained that teaching her pupils social skills which can be used beyond school is vital as they prepare to leave education at the end of the School Year. This is why projects such as the 'Music Room', run by the Ulster Orchestra and supported by Ulster Carpets, are so important.
The Music Room is a community engagement project, run by the Ulster Orchestra and this set of workshops in Ceara School has been supported and enhanced by Ulster Carpets sponsorships. Partnered through Arts & Business NI, Ulster Carpets financial support along with the Ulster Orchestras contribution has enabled the Orchestra to enlist the services of a specialist trainer, Eve Harrison, from Jessie's Fund. Eve has led this first series of interactive workshops and equipped teachers, classroom assistants and the Ulster Orchestra players with the skills required to continue the workshops beyond the initial three-month programme.
The pupils worked alongside the Ulster Orchestra players and Eve to create a soundtrack to a short film. The pupils very much led the process, using their imaginations and creativity to direct the players as to the sounds they wanted to create. The Leavers Class put on a fantastic performance on the 29th March in front of teachers, pupils and guests from the Ulster Orchestra, Arts & Business NI and Ulster Carpets. The hard work and determination of the pupils was evident in the flawless performance!
Ulster Carpets and Arts & Business NI were delighted to support this wonderful project, the workshops have not only delivered a lot of fun and new experiences for Class 18 - but have also left behind a tangible benefit to both the Ceara School and the Ulster Orchestra players who will continue the Music Room Project.
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