Yes we are still quiet. However, one large funding bid has been submitted awaiting a decision another will be submitted within the next week or so and two more are in the pipeline. We hope to be active again in the new year.
Yes it has been a long time but as you know there have been turbulent times in education on Portland meaning big changes. When we return we will be bigger and stronger so watch this space as they say.
At a recent B Side retrospective on the work of Joe Stevens I happened to meet up with David Oates who did a great sound art project with our young people as part of the cultural Olympiad. Hear they are:
I’m sure we all have our favourite summer music that we just have to listen to when the weather is good. For me it just has to be the album ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac as it has been with me since my teenage years and will always remind me of long summer days, it just has that feel.
We regard this as a very important piece of work to assess the musical needs of the Weymouth and Portland community. As a result of this survey we will target work where a need is demonstrated and try to offer what the community have requested.
Portland Rocks would like to offer music tuition on a range of instruments across the Weymouth and Portland area at affordable prices to both adults and children. In addition we would like to offer opportunities for group music making. The lessons/activities would take place outside school hours, late afternoon, early evening at a venue or venues to be decided.
In order for us to assess the likely demand please take time to fill in our survey (takes just a few minutes). We would like to collect some basic information such as which instrument you would like to play, what you think is a reasonable cost and anything in particular you feel we should offer that is not offered locally. We also offer you the chance to leave contact details so we can keep you up to date with developments.
The survey can be found here. Thank you for your time.
The English Baccalaureate, or Ebacc, is a standard which maintains that English, maths, science, a language and a humanity define a good education. The exclusion of art, music, drama and other expressive subjects is limiting, short sighted and cruel. Creativity must be at the heart of our schools.