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Testimonials 2016

Dear Jim.

Another outstanding two day workshop. We measure our school year by the number of sleeps until your next visit. Thank you so much and see you next year!

Gareth Thomas, Guildford Grove Primary School.
January 2016

Dear Jim

It was an absolute pleasure for Simon and me to watch the happiness and sense of togetherness that you created in your morning assembly performance as the whole school clapped, sang and drummed along with you. Fantastic! It goes without saying that the children also loved their individual drumming workshops. Thank you very much and we hope to see you again next year.

Amanda Trevor-Roberts, Trevor-Roberts Prep School Ltd
March 2016

Hello Jim,

You were awesome! Everyone loved you. Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop.

The Towers Prep School, Upper Beeding, West Sussex
April 2016

Dear Jim,

Thank you for an amazing day!!! All teachers have given me great feedback. Thank you so so much for enriching our lives.

Louisa Gallagher, Mile Oak Primary, Portslade.
April 2016

Hi Jim,

I hope you are well and enjoying the glorious weather! I'm just sending you thing email to once again thank you for the amazing workshops you put on for us last week. The school as had an excitable buzz ever since and all the stuff have had nothing but great things to say about it and the way you were with the children. So much so our Head teacher really wants us to look into having one of your workshop again next year!

We have taken lots of ideas and learning back to early years this week, revamping our music area to reflect your sessions for independent learning, all of them now seem to be able to keep a beat! Horray!

Many thanks and I shall be in contact soon to book another workshop no doubt!!

Jo Felgate, Ranlegh Primary School, Ipswich
May 2016

Hi Jim,

Just wanted to repeat again how absolutely brilliant your workshops day was! EVERY single member of staff said how fantastic the day was - just the best and we would definitely like to have you back! The Deputy was very keen to have you come to her new school, and another staff member who is leaving asked for your details too. I am on a music course on Friday with the Norfolk music advisor and will pass your details to her, as the music advisors always want recommendations for both peri teachers and your kind of workshops.

Thank you, thank you, Debby & Grove/King's Park
April 2016

Hi Jim

Just to say a massive thank you for our fabulous steel pan & samba workshops on Tuesday - we all had a fabulous time! The children loved EVERYTHING you did & I've had so many requests to do it again! Teachers in the surrounding classrooms also commented on how "good" the music sounded - some didn't realise it was actually the children playing!

Thanks again, just such a brilliant day!

Best wishes, Emma, Westdene Primary School, Brighton.
June 2016

Thank you so much Jim for a fantastic day! The children absolutely LOVED it and we were all very impressed by your ability to engage them so utterly in what you were doing. Nursery came out of the show itching to get back in for their workshops and had a renewed enthusiasm for the music area. You gave us lots of ideas too for how we might share those instruments with them (and made me want to join a steel band!).

I hope you enjoyed your day with us - and we will hope to see you back again next year. Thank you again.

Abi Johns, Lead Teacher, Nursery, Avenue Primary Academy, Avenue Road, Sutton.

Hi Jim

I just wanted to email to say thank you for such a terrific day. You engaged all our young people regardless of the level of their disability and your lovely calm manner but high level of playing impressed us all! The concert was a lovely end to the day. I look forward to further sessions in the future. Many staff and pupils have already come up to me to say how good you were and how much they enjoyed their sessions.

Have a lovely summer,

Best wishes, Kirstie Byrne, Music Teacher, Marjorie McClure Special School, Kent.

Hi Jim!

We watched the videos of your workshops today. The children sat mesmerised and silent - I don't think they could quite believe how amazing it sounded! I've had loads of really positive comments from parents, several of whom have seen previous performances with older siblings, and they said it was the best one yet! Thank you so much for challenging and inspiring them - I always love observing the children's reaction to your workshops but yesterday was even more amazing than usual!

Clare Farrell, Deputy Head, Ropley CE Primary, Hants.
September 2015

Isle Of Wight Tour February 2016 (for Southampton Music Hub)

St Mary's Primary school, Ryde

This morning we had Jim Bernadin in doing the World Music assembly and workshops and I feel I have to email you to say how fantastic it was! All the children and staff loved the assembly, and the classes doing the workshops gained so much from playing the instruments and working as a team to make music. I have had so many lovely comments about the morning from staff - many wishing that they could have taken part in workshops with their classes as well! I did thank Jim very much for coming to our school personally, but I wanted to let you know how brilliant it was for the children. Please make sure Jim knows that we thought it was great. I shall be looking for other opportunities to have him back if I see them!

Brading Primary School

I am emailing to thank you for organising our superb music workshop with Jim Bernardin. The children thoroughly enjoyed their workshops today. Please pass on my sincere thanks to Jim and I would certainly recommend his workshops to other schools.

Godshill PrimarySchool

I just wanted to say thank you and feedback about the workshop we had yesterday with Jim.

The children at Godshill had a fabulous afternoon playing the steel drums, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as did I!

The workshops were well organised and Jim communicated brilliantly with all the pupils, regardless of their ability. For me, it was a joy to see the expression on their faces.

Once again I would like to say thank you for making this opportunity available to us.