The Trust’s objective is to invest in a four year course of study for band instruments, from Year 5 to Year 8 inclusive, and 5 years for strings starting in Year 4. The participating children learn the basics of reading music, playing an orchestral instrument and performing as a group.
Eight primary schools are currently enrolled in the programme. Wind instruments are taught to selected Year 5 and 6 pupils at Papatoetoe West, Puhinui and Papatoetoe North Schools, and string instruments to Year 4 to 6 pupils at Papatoetoe East, South and Central Schools, as well as Bailey Road School and Stanhope Road School in Penrose.
The Tironui programme continues for Years 7 and 8 at Papatoetoe Intermediate, Bailey Road and Stanhope Road Schools.