Croydon Conservatives help expand innovative education programme in Addiscombe
11/02/2018 21:39:00......Posted by Joseph Lee
Students who go to school in New Addington and Addiscombe will soon be working with the prestigious “White Hut Studios in Education”, thanks to Conservative Councillors who stepped in to support with a new pot of funding. White Hut Studios in Education are a local music organisation, who will be ramping up the scale of its work and helping young people hit the educational high notes.
White Hut Studios in Education, based in New Addington, has a proven track record of educating young people through music, using rhythm and rhyme to support what they do. They use high level mentoring skills throughout sessions to enhance working with not only gifted and talented children, but also those that are hardest to reach, often coming from very vulnerable circumstances. It was started to inspire young people to write their thoughts, use their imagination and build songs, working as part of a team or as an individual, increasing their knowledge of music whilst learning by having fun, but more importantly, to build up confidence, perseverance, self discipline and much more.
Recently, the organisation has won funding from a group of Conservative councillors and candidates so that they can engage with schools in the New Addington and Addiscombe communities.
In a joint statement, Cllr Jeet Bains and Joseph Lee (candidates for Addiscombe East) and Tony Pearson and Mark Johnson (candidates for New Addington South) said:
“The education of young people should be among the highest priorities of any politician and we’re always excited by new and innovative approaches that engage each and every youngster in the borough. When it comes to projects we are keen to support, the work of White Hut Studios strikes all the right notes. We hope and believe that this will make a transformative difference to the lives of students who find the combination of creativity, learning and fun an irresistible mash up.”
The activities of White Hut Studios in Education usually take place in a workshop format. Each workshop gives young people the opportunity to learn the process of songwriting, recording vocals and music production, from start to finish. White Hut Studios in Education also offer African culture workshops, where children get to write and record Afrobeat music. All workshops are tailor made according to the age group of the children and the number of young people in the session.
The team at White Hut Studios in Education work closely with SENCOS and family liaison officers within schools and other places, gaining valuable insight on the progress and impact of the activities, and remain consistent by following up with schools and other institutes even when sessions have cone to an end.
“We at White Hut Studios in Education believe in the youth and we also believe in community, we know that the society in which we live can be stronger and better and we want to be the change we want to see. Myself, Miriam, I am a director and operate as a top end mentor. With well over ten years experience of working in this field, it is my delight to work with young people in New Addington and Addiscombe, helping forge new relationships, and turning negative vibes into positive ones. My co-director Silvastone who built our state of the art music studio in the Heart of New Addington, is an international recording artist and producer, and has a whirlpool of experience within this industry. He is well respected by youth in the area and has a great rapport with them. We are very pleased with the support we have recently received from some of the Conservative councillors and candidates and are sure, that when we all do something, a lot can happen!”
Schools interested in working with White Hut Studios in Education should contact Davidson on 07868716736.
In total, £3000 has been contributed by Conservative councillors.