Music key to learning at Durham Road School


Students Lilijanna Daly and Ava Neville play the piano for principal Sonya Barrett, Pauline Christidis, who donated the piano and Cr Dan Bull. Picture: David Baylis        d456179
Students Lilijanna Daly and Ava Neville play the piano for principal Sonya Barrett, Pauline Christidis, who donated the piano and Cr Dan Bull. Picture: David Baylis        d456179

A DONATED piano will bring “joy and pleasure” to students at Bayswater education support-focused Durham Road School.

A quick comment at a board meeting about replacing an old piano and subsequent tour of the school led to Bayswater Councillor Dan Bull seeking a donation.

He enlisted the help of local musician Wendy Tait, who then contacted friend Pauline Christidis who donated the 1930s instrument.

Acting co-principal Sonya Barrett said it would replace a piano “on its last legs” and be used as part of play programs as well as at recess and lunchtime.

She said the piano provided “sensory play” for students aged four to 18, with intellectual and physical disabilities, and was accessible for wheelchairs.

Ms Barrett said it also taught students about direct cause and effect and their impact on the environment.

The old piano will be moved to the school’s upper playground, kitted out with “touchy feely” materials, to create a “sensory piano” that engaged other senses as well.

Ascot resident Ms Christidis, who bought the piano seven years ago, said it was originally in a South Perth house in the 1930s.

“The kids get so much out of it, here it’s going to be loved,” she said.