This project aims to provide sound, lighting and projector equipment for our school as the existing equipment is old, unreliable and no longer fit for purpose.
Our school educates over 500 children, aged from 2 to 11 years old in an old Victorian building in the centre of Harrogate. The AV equipment is located in the school hall and provides the focal point for all activity.
The AV equipment is used every day for school assemblies, curriculum activities, year group plays, after school clubs and the much loved early years Nativity.
This AV Equipment Project will help teachers deliver the proven benefits associated with the performing arts. Such benefits provide skills for life, building self confidence, imagination, communication, co-operation, and providing much fun and laughter along the way.
The aim of this project is to replace the equipment we have today. We have an old class room projector, a small pull down screen and a small portable PA speaker. We have 4 good quality speakers, but no amplifier, cables or microphones to use them. We have no lighting, and the projector screen can not be used as a screen for our plays. We therefore rely on the goodwill of other schools locally, and arrange to borrow their equipment for performances where possible.
Our children work so hard, they desperately need the equipment to work so that they can practice and achieve to the best of their ability.
At Western, each child in the school, from Nursery to Year 6 will be involved in at least one performance for parents every year. It's the highlight of the school year, and anyone who has attended one will know the sheer joy they bring to both the pupils and local community alike.
In addition to the school curriculum, Western Primary offers a full range of extra-curricular activities and clubs in the hall. We have two school choirs, a dance club and a drama group who practice after school every week and hold performances both in school and for the general public at various times throughout the year.
The local community have been very supportive, and during 2017 Western children were invited to perform in the 1940's Day in Valley Gardens, on stage to switch on the Harrogate Christmas Lights, performed an Easter Concert for the elderly residents of the Adelphi home next door, and even released their own Christmas single to raise money for the school playground!
The PTA also make use of this equipment to host school discos, movie nights, and quiz nights in the school hall. In addition, the school clubs perform at the PTA Summer & Christmas fairs, enjoyed by pupils, families and our thriving local community. These occasions provide an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the school.
As such, we believe this project is worthy of your consideration, as each donation will make a huge difference to the lives of our children. Every child at Western, from the toddlers in nursery to the Year 6 pupils preparing to move to the next level of their education, will benefit from the enhanced technology as it plays a fundamental part in the day to day lives of their education.