14 primary schools in East Grinstead performed the 'Rhythms of Rio' at their area sports day in June 2016, lead by Ollie Heath.
This is what the organisers had to say:
"You were brilliantl! Thank you so much for coming, the kids loved it and so did the staff!"
Suzanne Currie - June 2016 (PE Teacher and SSCo at Sackville School)
"Thank you Ollie - I have spoken to a number of parents and kids and they genuinely loved it!"
Steve Hill - June 2016 (East Grinstead Youth Sport Development Officer and Head of PE at Imberhorne School)
Here is a range of testimonials about Ollie's music themed workshops
over the past few years:
"Every now and then you feel your school come together as one. Ollie’s workshops did that for us at North Heath. We had 420 pupils and 30 staff engaged in meaningful, creative learning provided by a teacher at the top of his game. We’d recommend a day in the company of Ollie without reservation. Truly inspirational."
M Gildea, Headteacher, North Heath Community Primary School Horsham, March 2016
"I first started going to Ollies drumming workshops when I was 4 years old. I enjoyed it so much I continued to go to holiday workshops and after school clubs until I got to high school where I carried on drumming and am now at a grade 5 level. Ollies workshops really helped my confidence to grow and improve and as I continue learning with him I developed as a person and really discovered my passion for music. His musical teaching techniques really clicked with me and had me in awe as i learnt to not just drums but also my human rights. Learning social skills through body percussion have really come in useful in later life! Without Ollie's workshops I would not be the person I am today."
Morgan Moutney-James, Aged 16, January 2015
"I just wanted to let you know that all staff are raving about their Rhythm and Rhyme workshops. All the children really enjoyed themselves and the staff too. Children who can be difficult to engage impressed their teachers with their interest and enthusiasm. They are saying it's the best workshop we've had in a long time.Thanks so much Ollie - I hope you'll want to come back again - I know you do lots of different workshops."
Jane Ansell Oaks Primary, Hillingdon, January 2015
"32 attended the session from 25 different schools. 31 attendees rated the session as outstanding and one as good. Comments made included : Excellent! Really exciting and fun, Practical - filled with lots of ideas to take back to the classroom, Interactive & enjoyable with some great ideas, Wow!, It was EPIC!"
Teresa Farrow, CPD Lead Central Bedfordshire Teaching School Partnership, January 2015
"A kinaesthetic, multi-sensory, creative approach that will ignite a deep love for learning. In these workshops participants create music with drums, junk, their body and voice whilst joyously assimilating the crux of the curriculum."
Charlotte Bartlett, SL for RE, Heathfield CC, 2014
“The Primary School PE Co-ordinators were totally engaged and bowled over by the energy and quality on show. It was great to see how Ollie’s passion for music and learning could be tailor made for all types of curriculum demands.”
Steve Hill (East Grinstead Youth Sport Development Officer and Head of PE at Imberhorne School) September 2014
"Amazing!!!! I still remember everything I learnt from when I was 8! "
Kelly Cellini (Aged 21) September 2014
"I really like your narrations and the music and it was also the best part of my day!"
Charlie White (Aged 9) September 2014
“Ollie’s Rhythm Master workshops aim to promote self-belief in children whilst teaching the rhythmic arts. It was a fantastic way to start the musical year and the children were buzzing with the pace and dynamism of Ollie's sixty-minute workshops throughout the day."
Mark Travers (Head of Hurst Prep Music) September 2014
“Thank you for an incredible workshop Ollie. You were amazing. All the children loved the sessions. It was inspiring, the sound was incredible and the children clearly loved it. We will certainly be getting you back as often as possible!”
Jaqui Mariott (Head of Cheam School) April 2014
"Ollie had the children in the palm of his hand from the moment they walked into the hall. His adapted beat box vocals amused the children having been made personal to our school. Looking round the hall there were beaming faces and participation everywhere (from adults and children alike!) Fun was had by all and the children were talking about this for the rest of the day."
Nicola Woods (Head at Leechpool Primary- Horsham) 2013
“...250 deputy heads were shaken out of their post-lunch slump. It was a definite highlight of the conference.”
Pam Langmead (EPHA Manager) 2013
“Ollie’s skill, energy and ideas made the kids both excited and enthusiastic about maths.”
Alex Wingham (Deputy Head of St. Martins School) 2013
“I have never seen so many children and staff transfixed at any one time! Ollie is an incredibly talented musician who brings the curriculum bang up to date with an approach to music that our children can completely bond with and relate to. Engagement, enthusiasm and involvement are the key to Ollie’s success – he had the whole school working as a team within 15 minutes! An absolute must for any school!"
James Crump - Head Teacher (Heron Way School - Horsham) 2013
"Ollie's sessions were full of energy, creativity and enthusiasm. He inspired all children, regardless of ability to create exciting rhythms within the context of values. The children felt energized and full of confidence after a wonderful day."
Simon Cannon - Deputy Head (Greenway School - Horsham) 2013
“What a brilliant session. We were all (children and staff) enthralled. A contemporary approach to the anti-bullying message so valued by the school. We would recommend this to all schools. Thank you.”
Alison White - Deputy-Head (Hertford Junior School -Brighton)
"Motivational and brilliant! Fits in fantastically with school ethos and PHSCE.”
Andy Pinnock - Music Co-ordinator- St. Luke’s Junior School(Brighton)
“What I really like about it is the fact that it not only encouraged the children to be active but it promotes the skills of listening, teamwork,, perseverance and much more. A must for every class in every school.”
Nicola Shattock - Deputy Head - Surrey Square Juniors (London)
“The best assembly I have ever seen!”
Teresa Day - Deputy Head - Leechpool Primary School
“First class! Thank you for inspiring us. Staff welcomed the refreshing change from the 3R's!”
Andy Bartron - Deputy Head - Windmills Junior School (Hassocks)
“Excellent! Terrific to work so effectively with 450 children aged 4-11. All really engaged and thoroughly enjoying the experience.”
Jim Pearson - Head Teacher - North lancing School (North Lancing)
“A fantastic way to put across delicate issues about bullying. The children were really motivated and inspired. I am sure they will use the catchy action against bullying phrases in the playground!”
Kaye (Deputy Head) - Crawley Down Village C of E School
“An excellent assembly! I've never seen so many children totally involved!”
Clare Harrison - Class Teacher- Langley Primary School (Crawley)
“Excellent way of encouraging team work - co-operation skills. Getting children to think beyond the obvious. Promoting good behaviour for learning. We would like to expose many more students to these sessions.”
S.G. Smith - Assistant Head - Littlehampton School
“I think today was the bestest day of my life!”
My age is 8 and I am a boy! The Mill Primary School (Crawley)
“Brilliant! I cannot praise you enough.”
Mrs Kirsty Bentley Music Coordinator - Leechpool Primary School (Crawley)
"It’s Wow factor with vision immediate results and long term benefits...I am still seeing the effects of Ollie’s work with us 3 years later.”
Jessica Naish - Project Director of Sherman Theatre - Cardiff
“I feel enlivened!”
Jennie Lawes - Aloe Vera
“Great fun! MAde me awake and smile lots.”
Virginia Keefe - Palmeira Practice
“Very enjoyable and effective.”
Graham Maheux - The Utility Warehouse
“Brilliant! Great energy and pace. Brought everyone in. Huge fun! Well worth while and we’re all working better together already!”
Alistair Sawday - Alistair Sawday Publications
“It was a good wake up call, gave energy and refocused us all in the morning.”
Jason Matthews - Perfect Print