Saturday, 21 March 2009

'Have we forgotten about Dynamite?' Ági Pálinkás, Petö trained Conductor writes…

"It was no accident that I visited Priory (Burnham) last Friday.I used to be part of the Conductive Education project called Dynamite, which is set in the Becon awarded mainstream primary school:Priory. As I took part in its early stage, I will always feel emotionally connected to this school and feel so proud of its pioneering example and its miriculous growth over the last five and a half years.

The Dynamite project was dreamt up by an enthusiastic group of parents, designed by an innovative and resourceful conductor team and it has been delivered by a senior conductor team and the supportive staff of Priory.

Today, even as I speak, with step by step, day by day progress, Priory's multi-disiplinary team is transforming itself into a trans-disciplinary team as a result of their relationship and mutual understanding.

Dynamite was the first conductive project based inside a mainstream school. It started in September 2003 with six boys and an adapt and courageous senior conductor Zsuzsa Szabo.Over a few months to January 2004 the numbers of the Dynamite children grew to 20 and a second conductor joined the team as well;.. the lucky 'me'.
The second senior conductor, Anita has joined to the Dynamite team in April 2004. By 2006 September the LEA acknowledged the need for Conductive Education and has agreed to financially cover the salary of the senior conductor as the biggest break through of this project.

I could write so much about the ex Dynamite, which has no name any more (children often refer to it as 'The Wooden Spoon Room Thing') as it has merged into and become part of this very special primary school, Priory in a small village called Burnham.

Today there is a conductive class, where the conductive principles are used every day. The rest of the children (with motor disorder, who can benefit from conductive education) receive conductive education sessions and classroom support by the conductors (two fabulous seniors!!) and their conductor assistants.

I need to gain more information about its current stage as well, but please,(please!!!) if anyone wishes to know more about this wonderful project contact:

It would be so-so sad if this wonderful success story is being over-looked."

Ági Pálinkás

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