The beat goes on thanks to pupils’ gift

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAULA HULBURT

‘‘Ross is great with our stu­dents and we are lucky to have him avail­able to us for this sort of work with our kids.’’

They have sawed, sanded and drilled their way into the mu­si­cal record of their school.

Six pupils at May­field School have cre­ated two hand­crafted Ca­jon drums, or beat boxes, as part of the Cham­pi­ons Group pro­gramme run by the Marl­bor­ough Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust.

Un­der the guid­ance of men­tor Ross Ban­bury, the team spent two terms learn­ing new life skills.

The hands-on project was ‘‘a lot of fun’’, Ross says.

‘‘We de­cided to build two beat boxes, which would be given to the school at the con­clu­sion of the course.

‘‘Along the way they would learn life skills through the build­ing project, mak­ing it a hands-on learn­ing time,’’ he says.

The wooden boxes, also known as Ca­jon drums, can be played like a drum with cut outs at the front let­ting the sound out.

Ross says the boys did most of the work them­selves, while he of­fered ad­vice and help as needed.

‘‘We prac­ticed the ‘be­gin with the end in mind’ with our plan­ning and worked to­gether as a group, tak­ing turns and fol­low­ing in­struc­tions to gain a team re­sult.

‘‘It was a lot of fun and we gave our beat boxes to the school for all the chil­dren to use and en­joy,’’ Ross says.

The boxes were gifted to the school at as­sem­bly on Fri­day.

Prin­ci­pal David Nott tried the boxes out for size, giv­ing an im­promptu per- for­mance to the de­light of pupils.

‘‘We iden­ti­fied this group of boys as a group who would ben­e­fit from work­ing to­gether with Ross, on a project to de­velop their skills in work­ing as a team, fol­low­ing in­struc­tions, tak­ing turns, sup­port­ing each other, and work­ing to­wards a goal.

‘‘The boys re­late re­ally well to Ross, and they en­joyed the chance to be shown how to use ma­te­ri­als and hand tools, and craft some­thing to­gether.

‘‘Ross is great with our stu­dents and we are lucky to have him avail­able to us for this sort of work with our kids.

‘‘The boys, with Ross’s sup­port and guid­ance, and cord­less drill, made two beau­ti­ful Ca­jon Drums which we now have in our mu­si­cal in­stru­ment col­lec­tion, to be used and en­joyed by all stu­dents,’’ he says.


May­field School pupils, back from left, Ed­ward Wikit­era, Ryan Straw­ford, Hec­tar Farmer, Isa­iah Meechang, front from left, Eli Gare and Char­lie Dun­can have worked along­side Ross Ban­bury, back cen­tre, to cre­ate hand­crafted beat boxes.

David Nott, prin­ci­pal of May­field School

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