News Headlines January - December 2010
Priorís Court School, Hermitage warmly welcomed professional musicians from the Orchestra of St John for the eleventh time last Friday for a highly acclaimed Music for Autism concert. The performances expose students to high quality, professionally performed music in a safe environment where they are free to enjoy and react to the music in whichever way they feel.
Priorís Court School opened its gates on 4th July to welcome in the local community for an afternoon of art workshops, music and dance performances and an insight into the work of this renowned specialist school.
Dame Stephanie Shirley will be joining Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs this Sunday, 23rd May at 11.15am and repeated Friday 28th May at 9am.
Walking, running, skipping or scooting, pupils at Priorís Court School were joined by their families and staff for a sponsored Walkathon last Friday to raise money for the School.
Taking a break from their usual lessons and activities, pupils from Priorís Court School will be joined by pupils from the Castle School this Friday to enjoy a performance by a professional vocal quartet in a Music for Autism concert.
Pupils from Priorís Court School took some time out from their usual activities on Monday to enjoy a magical, fun-filled day of creative theatre, music and art culminating in performances of Michael Rosenís Bear Hunt, thanks to Thrift, a Newbury-based company who aim to harness the power of the arts to make learning irresistible.
Despite the difficulties caused by the current extreme weather conditions sufficient staff have managed to reach Prior's Court to keep the School open.
Many staff are doing extra shifts and have had to sleep on-site in order to provide the 24 hour staffing cover required to meet the students' needs. Head of HR Marian Shannon praised the staff for rising to the challenge; "As always our staff have responded to the crisis with huge commitment and determination. They are doing everything they can - working above and beyond the call of duty - to keep the school open.Staff are in touch with parents and we are monitoring the situation carefully. Although we have not been able to open the education block due to staffing, most of the residential houses are open and students there are warm and busy doing trampolining, construction activities, enjoying a makeshift cinema, using the bouncy castle in the gym and of course having a great time in the snow."
Staff wishing to check on travel information or arrangements for overnight accommodation should contact Prior's Court main reception or the Duty Manager.