Papatoetoe East School

Jun 18, 2009

Rachel and David Snelling and Lyn Insley are well into a year of activity with their two string groups. They are developing their own music tutor book for Year 5 pupils, as most books cater for older children.

The Year 6 orchestra performed for ERO recently. They played well and ERO was impressed that children of all ability were included, not just clever/talented ones. They were surprised to hear of the behaviour problems behind some of the children that are in the orchestra, and how this activity is developing their self esteem. Many of the school staff comment on one child in particular who has become noticeably more sociable and less aggressive since joining the orchestra.

The two orchestras are preparing for performances both within the school and in various events and venues.