The Bayswater Children’s Centre (Chelsea Community Hospital School) joined the MiSST programme in February 2021. All students (aged between 12 and 18) have had a complex background leading to severe mental health conditions, and we have an absolute belief that music and the creative arts – including dance, poetry and painting – are the way to engage even the most reluctant student and to help them to be in touch with their positive emotions.
Quote from MiSST Teacher Patrick O'Callaghan
“It has been a delight to see how the MiSST programme has complemented our school's emphasis on cultivating wellbeing and positive mental health. Alongside students' aspiration to study for violin exams, they’re finding their study of the instrument to be an outlet for more challenging emotions, and a safe space to explore them.”
Quote from Head Teacher Janetter Steele
“The delivery of violins from MiSST to our school at Bayswater Children’s Centre was just so very exciting, the reverence with which our students carefully removed the violins from their cases and began to touch the instrument was enchanting. One student Suzie was tearful as she stroked the violin hardly believing that she would be able to pay and practice on such a beautiful instrument. She had previously been learning at her school, but this was removed from her when she was admitted to a Tier 4 mental health unit, and she never believed that she would have the opportunity to hold and play a violin again. A 12 year old who had survived a tragic accident was introduced to the violin through the MiSST provision, and she immediately asked to play the instrument. Having been in intensive care for 6 months, her fine motor skills were impacted, so she found it difficult to hold the violin and move the bow. However, the extraordinary, unexpected gift clearly lifted her spirits and despite the discomfort in her hands she persevered. This wonderful gift has accelerated and motivated all the students’ interest in music, and we are so very delighted and honoured to have been chosen as part of this project. Thank you MiSST.