The St George Children with Disabilities Fund helps with the funding of a music program at St George School. Music provides enormous benefits for all children, but the impact can be particularly profound in children with disabilities.
The music therapy program that is conducted at St George Special School by Josh Oslack is an amazing program for all the students. My son Matthew has attended the school since he was 5 years of age and the music program has given him the ability to communicate via the music and the instruments. Matthew is non-verbal and the program encourages him to develop these social and communication skills. (Such as making eye contact and taking turns). Over the years his skills have improved due to this program.
Instead of using words, he can use a range of musical activities – singing, playing instruments, improvising, song writing and listening to music. Matthew loves and enjoys these weekly sessions. Matthew’s eyes light up when Josh and his team arrive.
Josh also plays a key role in the school events, e.g. Christmas concert, it is so important for us as parents to watch our children joy and happiness at these events.
As a parent of son of severe disabilities I appreciate that Matthew has programs like music therapy available at his school as this takes off enormous pressure for us to obtain music therapy after school hours when we already are time poor. We are very grateful that Garry Morris through the St George Children with disabilities Fund supports this program yearly. This program offers Matthew and his peers’ unmeasurable benefits. We would be devastated if the program was no longer available. We thank you for the ongoing funding for this very important program.Fay
Thank you to The St George Children with Disabilities Fund for contributing to the music therapy program our daughter is involved in. It's a fun environment that's helps so many areas of learning and function. Physically by reaching for and playing instruments, mentally by concentrating and turn taking and emotionally by building a rapport and trust with teacher and fellow classmates.
Our daughter looks forward to Wednesday's sessions. It's evident by her smile that it doesn't feel like therapy to her.Parents of Angel Rose
It’s wonderful to see the student’s responding so enthusiastically to the music therapy program. Student’s vocalising, moving to the rhythm, happy, smiling faces, this is enjoyment while learning in action.Janelle Ferguson, Teacher
Josh’s love of music inspires the students to engage in the lessons. His ability to play a broad variety of instruments enables students to experience different music Genres. The teenage girls think he is awesome eye candy (jokes). A talented musician and singer.Leah Ponzi, Teacher
Our students with significant learning needs love music therapy. They engage, participate and actively move and groove to a variety of curriculum inspirations. Josh provides innovative and relevant learning experiences and makes appropriate adaptations for every student’s needs.Caroline Cas, Assistant Principal
Music Therapy with Josh provides opportunities for our students to be creative, expressive and motivated through music. Josh familiarises himself with the specific needs of our students and plans his music sessions according to their needs, interests and abilities. This enables all our students to be active participants in the sessions. Most of all music is fun and fun equals happiness and learning.Ana-lucia Mowle, Assistant Principal
St George School has been fortunate to have had the support of St George Children with Disabilities Fund to implement a music therapy program for our students who have multiple and significant learning needs including complex medical needs. The program not only supports our students’ engagement in learning but it is also provides an opportunity for our students to shine and enjoy life. The program is able to run with the support the Fund.Diana Murphy, Principal