On Monday, Year 1 and Year 2 experienced a hands-on Indonesian Gamelan music workshop with expert Mr Hamilton, exploring the amazing sonic world of these traditional Javan and Balinese instruments. Sir Francis Drake was the first westerner to hear these musical instruments and described them in his journals as ‘which though it were of a very strange kind, yet the sound was pleasant and delightful’. The sounds coming from the Hall on Monday were very pleasant indeed – what a great experience for our budding young musicians. Using their gamels, the children played numbered patterns on metallophones, which did not include the allegedly cursed number 4! Each student had a go at striking a pitched gong, which Indonesians believed sent specific messages to God. The children learnt so much from the exciting session, and their behaviour was top notch!

Mr Nicklin and Mrs Happ