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Four students from the School’s Open Orchestra and a quintet of Lasham Festival Players recently performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D (played in key of C). Lasham Festival Players and Treloar students rehearsed during the day before performing to the rest of the school, parents and some external visitors.
Open Orchestra has supported students be able to perform on a musical instrument in a meaningful and expressive way. Clarion, the programme the students use, allows students to control pitch, tempo and dynamics as you would on a typical orchestral instrument.
Students had been working on this piece every week and it was wonderful to see everyone collaborating to achieve such a successful performance. Being able to participate in music should have no barriers and this performance demonstrates this.To view the video, go to https://youtu.be/pbtzp0TjOno.
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On 6 July the Treloar’s Parents Association hosted the annual Summer Fete. Comprised of 24 stalls, raffles and traditional fete games, the Fete raised over £900 which will be put toward the cost of student Christmas parties in the residential houses.
Following on from the Fete in the afternoon was School Sports Day which included the ever popular wheelchair racing. Despite the heat, students, parents and staff enjoyed the day. http://ow.ly/i/GSbdT
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Earlier this month as part of national Volunteering Week in the UK, Treloar’s held a lunch event to thank all its volunteers, both local and international, who give up their time to carry out such a wide range of support to Treloar’s. Volunteers at Treloar’s assist in the school and college classrooms, fundraising department, facilities team and on the residential houses, amongst other activities.
This year, for the first time, staff made nominations of volunteers for the Voluntary Helper of the Year award and congratulations is due to Michelle Simpson who was a worthy winner! Michelle was nominated for the support she has given Sixth Form class TFEJ over the last 2 years, especially during the performances of Antony & Cleopatra and The Tempest. Sixth Form teacher Jenny said "I do not know what I would do without Michelle and her positive rapport and understanding of the needs of our students is outstanding. She has a naturally calm and capable manner. Michelle came along to help out with no formal training but heaps of life experience and has made the most wonderful contribution, a very unassuming but special lady".
Principal Martin Ingram awarded certificates to Michelle and the other nominated volunteers, plus to our 10 international volunteers who have been volunteering full time with us since last September. They are now getting ready to leave Treloar’s at the end of term, having completed their gap year, and we will be welcoming 10 new volunteers from overseas this coming September. http://ow.ly/i/GltLX
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HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO visited Treloar School and College on Thursday 7 June to attend a thank you ‘brunch’ event for all Treloar’s Patrons.
Our patrons do a wonderful job of supporting and promoting Treloar's and this brunch event was held to thank them for their work and recognise the difference they make.
Upon arrival The Countess was welcomed formally by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson and Civic dignitaries from Hampshire County Council and East Hampshire District Council. School and College students gave her a real "Treloar's welcome", waving flags and cheering, with some dressing up as princesses in her honour. The Royal party all then proceeded to Treloar’s main hall to meet with our Patrons, Trustees & Governors.
Alistair Mackintosh, Chair of Trustees, lead proceedings, saying in his speech that “the support and commitment of our Patrons is greatly appreciated by all of our students, staff and Trustees at Treloar’s and we wanted to thank them in person for their generosity, kindness and dedication to the charity.”
Her Royal Highness responded: “Treloar’s has an incredible reputation and certainly one for trailblazing. A fantastic charity - I am proud to be a Patron. If it says it is going to do something it most certainly does it. You are surrounded by people who believe that given the opportunity its students can thrive. Thank you for your belief in Treloar’s and for the team effort you so obviously contribute to.”
Her Royal Highness had a tour of the new coach, taking time to get into the driver's seat for a while, and then proceeded to meet with guests and students to watch a boccia and curling demonstration. The Countess was invited to take part in a game of Boccia with School student Phoebe, which was enjoyed by all our guests. Once The Countess had departed, our honoured guests were invited to tour the campus and see the difference their support has made.
It was a lovely day and and wonderful way to say thank you to these special people.
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College student Joshua was tasked with creating a poster as part of the employability project he does in Photography every Friday morning. The task was to choose a photographic commission and he decided to do a disability awareness campaign poster. He wanted to do this because not many people in public are aware of the needs and issues disabled people face in everyday life. And by doing people will have a clearer idea and understand are needs a bit more.
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Amazing visit yesterday by poet Sophie Herxheimer, who will support Sixth Form students in preparing their contributions to the Winchester Poetry Festival 2018. This year's Festival themes are ‘Identity’ and ‘Place’. Sophie will visit again at the beginning of June to deliver poetry workshops to our students.
We look forward to working alongside Sophie on this project and to seeing the final outcomes!
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In case you missed it, ITV Meridian filmed the arrival of our new state-of-the-art coach. The piece featured on their news last Thursday (3 May). To view it, go to http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2018-05-08/disabled-students-given-passport-to-freedom-with-specially-designed-coach/
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As part of their work experience earlier this year, seven Treloar’s Photography and Media students worked with non-profit community arts organisation 104 Films to create a short film about the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory. The film tells the story of the Poppy Factory, which has been staffed by disabled people since its founding in 1921. The film can be viewed on the Voices of War and Peace WW1 Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2tPsFqcnCU&feature=youtu.be).
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CURRENT PARENTS/STUDENTS: WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Treloar's is working with the University of Gloucester on an exciting research project which will start on Monday 30 April. The study will look at the effects of adding leucine (an amino acid) into the diets of students with cerebral palsy. We are hoping to see whether leucine increases muscle strength, reduces muscle soreness and inflammation and also improves mood, sleep and general well-being .
We currently have 25 students taking part in the study but need more. If you are interested and would like more information please contact our dietitians on 01420 547400 X 6727. Thanks http://ow.ly/i/EOvRJ http://ow.ly/i/EOvRU http://ow.ly/i/EOvSa
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The sun was shining yesterday to herald the arrival of the new state-of-the-art addition to the Treloar’s fleet - a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, life-changing coach!
Until now if a class has wanted to go on a field trip, or practice their community skills in a local town, as many as three minibuses would be needed to transport 6 students in their wheelchairs, together with the necessary specialist equipment and support staff for their trip. This means that space is used on the minibuses very quickly, which is obviously a drain on the fleet resources for other classes and sometimes students were unfortunately missing out on important trips.
The new coach will make these situations a thing of the past. It is specially adapted to accommodate 11 electric wheelchairs, an additional 15 seats for teachers and support staff and ample undercarriage storage space for vital equipment. It caters for the needs of all the students with sensory lighting, hearing aid loops and Wi-Fi. The final design has central double doors with an internal lift, which is more beneficial for the students as they can be lifted in/out with dignity. There is also space to allow for a carer to be with them on the lift platform. There is a nurse-call button at each of the 11 wheelchair spaces. In the words of one student: “I’m so excited! We’ll be able to go on the bus all together – I’ll be able to travel with my friends.”
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