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.
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
New Schools for 20172017 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.
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
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
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
Donation to the Tironui Music Trust
In March the Tironui Trust was very happy to receive the following letter: Dear Tironui Music Trust, We are delighted to let you know we have a donation to gift to The Tironui Music Trust to support your work in providing music education opportunities for children. The Gift Trust works with... > Read more
The Trust now has 12 tutors and two relievers working in our seven schools. This enables the children to learn in groups of 5 or 6 with specialist teachers for each instrument. With three new string classes - two at Papatoetoe South and one at Pap East - and increased numbers of students going through to Papatoetoe Intermediate (85 this year), the total number of... > Read more
As we approach the end of Term 1, I’m very pleased to report that the 2016 year is off to a fantastic start with all classes and ensembles (with the exception of bands at Papatoetoe North) underway and new tutors settling into the programme very well. There is a strong sense of cohesion and fellowship amongst tutors in each programme. A culture of seeking help and offering advice is... > Read more
The year has been so exciting and extremely full on with all the usual set up work. We are just about finished with testing and allocation of instruments all round, songs and new tunes are ringing through Papatoetoe! Lovely comment from a Year 6 double bass student, Anshu, as she walked into the Te Whare Ako space after the long summer break and said.. ... "Wow, I LOVE that... > Read more
This year’s concert was a whole wonderful new experience for all concerned. The Vodafone Events Centre was filled to capacity with an appreciative audience of 750 family and friends, and the children responded by excelling in their playing. Each school individually presented items, and the concert also included pieces by massed wind bands and string ensembles. A string... > Read more
It was with sadness that we learned that Lyn Insley had passed away at Easter. Lyn had been the leader of our strings group since the Tironui programme started, and despite her long illness she continued to support us in every way she could. She will be acutely missed by the other tutors, her students and the schools where she worked. Her drive, directness and passion in bringing love of... > Read more
Puhinui, Papatoetoe West and Papatoetoe North all have Year 5 and Year 6 wind and percussion students this year. Each school has two Bands, while Tironui students at Papatoetoe Intermediate make up a Junior and Advanced Band. Papatoetoe Central and Papatoetoe East continue with two years of string students each, with one ensemble at each school, while the Tironui programme has been... > Read more
Papatoetoe North School – (by Clare Bymolt – Band teacher) We have generally had a good start to the year here at Papatoetoe North. The Year 6s have been making very pleasing progress. They took a couple of weeks to settle back into the routine, but since then attendance at band and lessons has been great. Now that they have a grasp of the basics of playing their instrument,... > Read more
At the end of Term 1 we farewelled Joanne Weiland who was employed as our first Trust Administrator. We thank Joanne for all she did for the Trust through a difficult time of change and expansion, and we wish her well for the future. Catherine Blomfield has this term taken up the new role of Manager of the Trust. This role will be the public face of Tironui, and Catherine will be... > Read more