We’ve had the usual busy but productive start to the TMT school year. The timetables for each programme are now set, with the band programme being the usual jigsaw puzzle as I juggle tutor availability, school spaces and school timetables. Albert Lee has started very well in the role of Resource Coordinator, having quickly obtained a handle on procedures for both programmes. He... > Read more
Coming from a non-musical family, we had no plans or ideas of introducing playing an instrument to Kirstin. However she came home from school excited about the possibility of joining the Tironui Music Programme so we agreed that we would support her in her new endeavour, even though we were unsure of how it would all work and how we could possibly help. Over the last 2 years she has... > Read more
Natalie Tantrum, violin/viola tutor and the String Team Leader at Papatoetoe South School, shared a heart warming story at the end of Term 1. She introduced an arrangement of the Samoan song Savalivaliwhich PSS students know and love. Natalie wished to help one student who, although gifted, was struggling to stay engaged in the programme: I told her I’d brought something along... > Read more
Success by first Scholarship studentIpolani Magalei, our first Scholarship recipient in 2016, delighted herself and family, her teacher Robin Snape, and the Tironui Trust, when she passed her ABRSM Grade 3 cello exam with Distinction in 2017. This year she continues her lessons and is working towards ABRSM Grade 4. Warmest congratulations to Ipolani for your hard work and success.
At the annual showcase concert, scholarships were awarded to five outstanding Year 8 students to enable them to continue their instrumental studies as they leave the Tironui fold and move on to secondary school. As well as displaying musical ability and perseverance, all have the full and ongoing support of their families as their lessons will be outside school hours.... > Read more
On Tuesday 21 November students at Bailey Road School and Papatoetoe Central School were treated to performances by the Year 8 string orchestra from St Mary's College. At Bailey Road, students from Years 3 and 4 attended and those who have been learning a string instrument this year were very keen to share their knowledge with their year group. At Papatoetoe Central School, string... > Read more
Letter from Principal Jody Hayes
Bailey Road School have been very privleged in being offered the amazing opportunity to be recipients of the Tironui Trust this year. We are thrilled to be included in this extremely valuable programme, to enrich the lives of some of our students. The model that builds over several years is one that I feel is excellent as it allows systems and routines to be established with a smaller... > Read more
Two groups of Tironui students played in the foyer of the Vodafone Events Centre before this concert. The Intermediate String Extension group performed two pieces before joining the APO in a performance of Poi E. The audience was impressed with their poise and professionalism. The Intermediate Jazz band, accompanied by tutors on saxophone and keyboard, played several items in the... > Read more
Twelve students from the Papatoetoe Intermediate Concert Band attended the Honours Band Festival at King's School over two days in August, culminating in a massed performance by over 300 students at Auckland Town Hall. Our students were highly motivated by this, with those who will still be at the school in 2018 being very keen to attend again. Several conductors commented that our... > Read more
Eight members of the NZ Symphony Orchestra formed an ensemble and played for string students from Papatoetoe Central and East Schools. The concert included a performance of Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring with the Papatoetoe East students singing the chorale. Additionally, one of our violin students was selected to play the second violin part in the ensemble performance of... > Read more
Visit from NZ String Quartet August 2017
Thanks to Helene, Gillian, Rolf and Monique of the New Zealand String Quartet for their inspirational performance at Papatoetoe South School in August. They brought 50 minutes of joy to these young people - they were transfixed. Thanks also to Christine Argyle, NZSQ Manager, who commented that they considered the Tironui Trust to be a special part of the NZSQ family.
We’re already into the third week of Term 2 and all teams are certainly very busy indeed. Highlights for 2017 so far include the fantastic concert band performance at Papatoetoe Intermediate at the end of Term 1, excitement from Stanhope Road students on receiving their instruments in Week 2 of Term 2, and a most enjoyable visit from Baradene College students at Papatoetoe... > Read more
Much to the regret of all at the Tironui Trust, Loata will be leaving us at the end of 2016 to take up a full-time teaching position. Loata is not just an outstanding violinist in her own right, but she has very special skills as both teacher and conductor, and has been part of the strings team since 2012. We will all greatly miss her. We wish her all the best in her new role,... > Read more
Our first grant, the Lyn Insley Scholarship, was awarded to Year 8 cellist Ipolani Magalei for outstanding musicianship and leadership. This will enable Ipolani to continue learning with a private tutor while at secondary school. Congratulations, Ipolani! Lyn Insley was the violin teacher in our original team of string tutors, and was a driving force for the Tironui Trust until... > Read more