Musikscool has just facilitated its biggest gig yet! For the fourth time is has run an event at Wellington College on behalf of the charity DEBRA, working with the whole of the Lower 6th year (200 pupils).
“This was a very challenging event to pull off” says the event leader, Mike Ponting. “Keeping everyone engaged throughout the whole day, and co-ordinating all the activity between the groups when the campus itself is so large, was quite a task. I’ve never walked (or should I say run) so far in a day’s work! And that’s coming from someone who goes trekking in the Himalayas on Leadership training events!”
This year we were asked to focus on Leadership and to give feedback and suggestions on how the pupils responded to the daunting task of raising £10,000 and creating a five track music album in one day. Katy Granville-Chapman, who heads Wellington’s leadership curriculum, feels the day delivered what she had hoped it would.
“At Wellington, we find that learning leadership through real experiences is highly effective and has much more impact than just discussing leadership in a classroom. Musikscool was a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience a real-world problem – how to make as much money as possible for an incredible charity given the many constraints of achieving this in 24hours and within a school environment. Huge thanks to all of the Musikscool team for such a fun and rewarding day.”
Ruth McBain, Regional Fundraiser for DEBRA, supported us with a team from the charity.
“Most impressive was the professional input of the young people. They were excellent ambassadors for DEBRA, quickly grasping the key focus of the work of the charity and what it means for those living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Equally impressive was the motivational drive, enthusiasm and flair of the Musikscool team – as always a pleasure to work with both Wellington College and Musikscool!”
Here’s what we think is one of the best tracks we have heard (actually, we think it’s sensational!), with a video made by the pupils during the day. It gives a real sense of what the day was about, as well as how much can be achieved when teams are so committed.
If you would like to donate and to hear the whole album, please visit this Just Giving page. Once you’ve donated you will be sent the link so that you can download the whole album. Or you can buy it on iTunes. Thank you.