Pinehurst Primary and St Cyprian’s School join Parklands School which has been a supporter for many years. This is all about youth supporting youth.

For Pinehurst, says Ina O’Reilly, the head of music, “It’s simply that “we love making music.”

The school sees developing music skills just part of the picture, exposing learners to conversations about performers, music and musicians, seeking out performance  opportunities such as schools’ assemblies, concerts, Eisteddfods and attending CPO dress rehearsals.

This past July, for instance, after a concert they hosted with Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory and Micklefield Girls schools for which a nominal entrance fee was charged, they had agreed that anything left over after covering costs which be donated to CPO youth projects.

With the other schools in agreement, R2940 was donated.

Says Ms O’Reilly: “We will certainly do this again!  Every day we experience the value that music adds to children’s development. We are currently growing our own music department, and if we can assist in a small way to make it possible for even just one more child to benefit from music tuition/involvement, we do it with great joy!”

Students at St Cyrprian’s School in Oranjezicht ran a Civvies Day  to raise funds for arts initiatives in Cape Town.  During its Arts Week, students came to school for a day dressed as their favourite artist and funds raised were donated to music, art and drama Organisations.  Since the St Cyprian’s Orchestral Programme is at the heart of its Music Department – students sometimes attend the CPO’s open dress rehearsals, especially works are appropriate to where they are in music, he students decided to recognize “the wonderful work the CPO is doing in the promotion of music and the benefit of music education to children” says Annamarie Gelderblom,  the Preparatory School’s Head of  Music,” so the music share of funds was donated to the Masidlale Project”.  Thank you, St Cyprians … we are hearing whispers that that might not be last we will hear of you!

Grade 7 St Cyprian’s strings players Tamsin Chemaly, Jenna Chemaly, Lethu Khanyile, Amber Isherwood and Selma Thomas with Masidlale’s eduction manager Odile Burden and uouth development and education co-ordinator Marvin Weavers. Odile and Marvin were invited to speak at assembly to the student about the CPO’s youth programmes.

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