May 18, 2015
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, they are really starting to grow as musicians; they have already made great progress in just one term. The Year 5s are a small but enthusiastic group of children. I’m looking forward to some great music this year!
Puhinui School – (by Barrie Turner – Percussion Tutor and Band Mentor)
The Puhinui School Band has regular school assembly performances and received great support from the School Principal and staff. The School Band members were also greatly encouraged by the joint rehearsal that they had with the Papatoetoe west School Band and also the Tironui Concert. The school has a dedicated Band room.
Papatoetoe West – (Barrie Turner)
Ramona Debenham took over as Liaison Teacher this year and is doing an outstanding job. Our tutors have appreciated her communication with them on the Tironui programme. Pap West has always been a very supportive school and this continues to be the case.
Papatoetoe South – (by Loata Mahe – Violin Tutor and Conductor)
This school is super organised. They have provided three huge teaching spaces with whiteboards and markers. Storage room is very safe and students are very talented. School support is incredible.
Papatoetoe East (Strings)
The string programme here goes from strength to strength with 25 students in each of Year 5 and Year 6. Our tutors appreciate the enthusiasm and constant support they receive from the class teachers and administration.
Papatoetoe Central (Strings)
The year began rather slowly for our tutors here because of timetabling issues, but these have since been resolved and the students are now settled into their routine, with pleasing results. The class teachers are fully supportive of the programme.
70 Year 7 and 8 students take part in Tironui wind or string tuition, with many more interested! Clashes with the very busy timetable of an Intermediate school have hindered the start of the programme this year, but with Catherine Blomfield now iiasing closely with the school we hope that all outstanding problems will be quickly resolved.