29 September 2016

Rock School Team Official Meetings in Gracanica

This year’s summer school was a great success for all of us, but in order to keep up with that success, the Rock School team is working even harder for the future of the school. There are many obstacles and challenges that we are facing, so the team spent two days at Hotel Gracanica for a staff retreat, to plan the upcoming year.

At the first meeting, the team discussed organizational changes and new activities. Dafina introduced Milizza (from south Mitrovica) and Emir (from north Mitrovica) as new project coordinators, who have been working for a week at the Rock School office, already with good results.

The next important discussion was about hiring new teachers at the south branch, as well as including other genres besides rock. The team is looking for open-minded teachers who will be dedicated to their job. Other subjects covered included recruiting new students and extending the contracts of current. All these plans were organized in a shared Google calendar that Wendy put together.

The next discussion was about the mixed bands: which bands are still working together and which bands are not, creating new mixed bands, organizing workshops for them, and also planning this year’s spring camp in Skopje.

By the end of the second meeting, the team talked about n’Rock, a new youth center on the ground floor of the Rock School's south branch. The Rock School's north branch has had the KRIM club for a long time, and now students from the south (working with NGO Futja Ngjyre) created something similar, with only their creativity and almost zero budget (small financial support from Community Building Mitrovica helped them buy paint and supplies). A great opportunity to bring new people into the building and the school! Here is a look on what they have created:

In addition to five hours of meetings, the staff also found time to enjoy themselves and relax together, and we thank Hotel Gracanica for their hospitality, but also for this amazing view from the balconies:

Thanks for checking in, and stay tuned for our future activities!

16 September 2016

15 years of Community Building Mitrovica

CBM has celebrated 15 years of its existence on 15th of September at the Hotel Palace in Mitrovica, and they have teamed up with the Rock School for this event. Before getting into it, here is what you need to know about this organization:

Community Building Mitrovica (CBM) is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) operating in the field of peace and community building in the wider region of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo. The overall aim of CBM is to facilitate contact and dialogue between citizens in the whole of Mitrovica municipality. CBMs staff consists of devoted citizens – both Serbs and Albanians – who grew up in this region and want to restore the previous confidence and even friendship that war and politics have destroyed.” – taken from the official website of CBM. You can visit their website here: cbmitrovica.org

Our students – Dren, Jelena, Baton and Qendrim – have prepared a set list of songs that they would perform acoustically and have arrived at Hotel Palace for the sound check. When all the guests arrived later, the event started with a speech.

After the speeches, Jelena, Baton and Dren started the performance with a few songs from Sublime 6, and continued with some popular covers.

After singing seven songs, Jelena welcomed Qendrim to the stage so he could perform his set list of covers that varied from Guns ‘n’ Roses to Bob Marley, and Dren also had his own singing parts where he showed his singing abilities.

Congratulations to CBM on their amazing progress, and also to our students on their great performance!