Inspired By Classical Music

Our kindergarten, prep and grade 7 students got quite a treat when we got a visit by Mr. Sam West, the violinist from London, of Jamaican parentage. Sam West is well known and respected within the UK music scene – especially for his work as a vocal trainer to contemporary singers. His vocal work is varied and involves coaching. Sam’s formal training began with violin lessons, in 1974 at the age of 12. He progressed quickly, culminating in a valuable period of full time study at The Royal College of Music, London. At the same time, Sam could often be found playing the piano and organ in churches, and directing church choirs. His ‘classical’ training, and gospel background, has allowed him to view music broadly, and work with a wide range of artists of various styles.

Our 2012 Outameni Experience

As part of our academic program, our 7th and 8th grade social students along with grade 12 Caribbean studies students, recently took a field trip to the Outameni Experience, a local attraction documenting the culture, history and traditions of Jamaica. About twenty of the students from Teamwork school participated with three teachers and were taken on a two hour tour highlighting the different cultural groups that came to Jamaica and helped to formed the culture we now know as our own.