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 Manager's Report Term 2 2017

  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 East School where they toured Year 6 sectional rehearsals. I subsequently attended the Baradene concert at the end of Term 1, the proceeds of which are to be donated to Tironui Music Trust.

The decision to combine wind students at Papatoetoe Intermediate into one concert band has worked out very well.  This is a lovely big sound with students really empowering and motivating each other. 

It was great to catch up with Felix Nicholls, a former Papatoetoe Intermediate student who played violin in Octave Up last year and is now attending One Tree Hill College. Felix continues to learn violin and is also in the college choir run by Terence Maskell. He says he really misses us all!

Several students at Papatoetoe High School are TMT graduates, and we hope to hear how they are progressing musically since leaving primary school.

A story from Ms Tantrum

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

Added: 1 May 2018

Success by first Scholarship student

Ipolani 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.
Added: 1 May 2018

2017 Scholarships

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

Added: 22 Mar 2018

Visit from St Mary's College string Orchestra

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

Added: 27 Nov 2017

Bailey Road School

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

Added: 27 Nov 2017
APO Family Classics Concert

APO Family Classics Concert

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

Added: 28 Oct 2017
Honours Band Festival 2017

Honours Band Festival 2017

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

Added: 28 Oct 2017
NZSO Chamber group perform for Tironui students September 2017

NZSO Chamber group perform for Tironui students September 2017

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

Added: 28 Oct 2017
Visit from NZ String Quartet August 2017

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.

Added: 28 Oct 2017

Loata Mahe

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

Added: 29 Nov 2016

The Lyn Insley Scholarship

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

Added: 29 Nov 2016

New Schools for 2017

2017 will see the inclusion of two new schools into the Tironui programme.  These are Bailey Road School and Stanhope Road School in Mt Wellington.  They are both full primary schools, so the students will be able to complete the full 4 or 5 year course with no change of school.  The Tironui Board warmly welcomes these two schools into the fold.
Added: 29 Nov 2016

2016 Showcase Concert

This year more than 430 children were involved in the annual concert, so to accommodate them all it was held in the Sir Woolf Fisher Arena at the Vodafone Events Centre.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our Manager, Catherine Blomfield, and a large team of tutors, teachers and school support staff, it was a huge success. One member of the audience wrote: It was an amazing,... > Read more

Added: 29 Nov 2016
IBBY Conference in Auckland August 2016

IBBY Conference in Auckland August 2016

Tironui students play for international delegates

Tironui senior students were delighted to be invited to play at the Gala night of the International Board on Books for Young People Congress in August. About 450 delegates from 60 countries attended this event in the Aotea Centre. Two Tironui groups were selected - our string ensemble from Octave Up, and our best wind players who provided a fanfare for the occasion. Natalie Tantrum... > Read more

Added: 17 Sep 2016
NZ String Quartet visit to String Ensemble August 2016

NZ String Quartet visit to String Ensemble August 2016

Report by TMT Manager Catherine Blomfield: In 2015 the NZSQ visited Papatoetoe Intermediate School to deliver a workshop to around 120 students from four schools in the Papatoetoe area in South Auckland. All students were learning to play a string instrument. With a newly formed string extension group of 12 players at Papatoetoe Intermediate School... > Read more

Added: 17 Sep 2016