10 string students from Papatoetoe Intermediate have been selected to attend chamber music workshops run by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra throughout 2015. These involve children from Sistema Aotearoa and Tironui Trust programmes playing alongside members of the APO. This is an excellent opportunity to bring students from the two programmes together; to provide them with mentoring from... > Read more
We welcome four versatile new teachers to our team this year:
Natalie Tantrum teaches trumpet and trombone, as well as the violin, and conducts both a string ensemble and a wind band.
Mei Fong Edgar and Alison Salmons both teach violin and viola and assist with the string ensembles.
Nanae Saga is Assistant Band Conductor at Papatoetoe Intermediate.
Feedback from the APOPS string ensemble who ran a workshop with the Tironui string students in November
“The Tironui Trust students were very easy and fun to work with, they listened carefully to everything that they were asked to do and played with great energy and very good ensemble. Overall a very enjoyable experience.” Charmian Keay “Speaking specifically for the cellos, I was really impressed at their unwavering concentration, even after a 50 minute fairly intense... > Read more
The increasing administrative workload of our constantly expanding programme has been eased with the appointment of Joanne Wieland as Auckland Administrator. Her primary focus is to develop sound management that will ensure our activities are well run and that our systems provide a solid platform for future growth. Barrie Turner has given invaluable teaching support in the band programme,... > Read more
The result of three terms of hard work was displayed to an admiring audience of whanau, friends and supporters at the annual Tironui Showcase concert in September. This year the massed ensembles of wind and string instruments, totaling 300 children, took up a large part of Papatoetoe Intermediate hall. The strings and wind bands played separately, and each group performed impressively... > Read more
As on all other occasions, this was a highly successful and stimulating visit, with plenty of interaction between the quartet and strings students. Some comments from the Quartet: Gillian Ansell (viola): I was so impressed that there are so many violists - I had about 30 in my little class, which we ran after we played to the kids. Wonderful that so many have started viola... > Read more
Visit from NZ Navy BandIn Term 3 all our band students had the chance to attend a concert by the NZ Navy Band. This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to be inspired by professional musicians and to see the possibilities available to them if they continue with their music. Many had not seen or heard a live performance by a concert band before.
On 6th June the two bands at Papatoetoe West School gave their first concert at the school assembly. The Year 5 children performed Rolling Along, Hot Cross Buns and Go Tell Aunt Rodie, and the Year 6 band played When the Saints, Ode to Joy, Hard Rock Blues and Let’s Rock. Sahil and Nyapoch were able MC’s, and the school provided an appreciative audience. Thankyou to Yvette for... > Read more
The first term has gone by in a flash. We now have just over 50 very fortunate students learning a string instrument. The 24 year 6 students who are continuing their learning journey that started last year are the experts now! There are 27 very keen students from year 5 who have just completed their first term. They are enthusiastic about this wonderful opportunity and always remember... > Read more
Last week we here at Papatoetoe East had a visit from the Papatoetoe Intermediate Strings Orchestra. They are all former pupils of East (bar 1 girl) and all began their Orchestra journey in Year 5. We were excited to have them come and play for us and the audience was much appreciative of their wonderful sounds. The orchestra had to give two concerts so all the... > Read more
Gift from Papakura Civic Orchestra The Trust was recently surprised and delighted to receive an unexpected offer of assistance. Recently the Papakura Civic Orchestra, which went into recess some years ago, offered us a number of instruments they owned and had no further use for and a sizable cheque as a contribution to our work. This has been gratefully accepted. Support from APO... > Read more
Our 8 teachers will be tutoring 300 students at 6 schools, an increase of 100 over last year. Papatoetoe North Primary School has joined our stable of participating schools, commencing with an elementary Band programme. The following list shows the distribution of our teaching in South Auckland. Band Instruments (five teachers) Papatoetoe West Primary: 50 students... > Read more
Unfortunately we have not been able to source comprehensive information on how our students progress with their music when they leave Intermediate School. The limited feedback we do get indicates that a great number continue playing and some become proficient enough to sit for NCEA qualifications. The photo shows Deijah Tuigamala (year 10, tenor sax) and Tuputala Auvele (year 12, baritone... > Read more
The strings teachers have had an exciting but busy start to the year, with the introduction of a new Year 5 string group at Papatoetoe Central School. The team now works at three neighbouring schools - Papatoetoe Intermediate, Papatoetoe East Primary and Papatoetoe Central School, meaning that the children can sometimes present items for each other or make music together - always lots of fun... > Read more
When Peter Hubscher left Montana Wines, he and his wife set up a school music programme that is helping to change the world, one child at a time. Loata Mahe is frowning. “That was a little bit flat,” she announces. “Try again.” She raises her conductor’s baton and the two dozen or so young string players assembled in a semicircle around her launch... > Read more