APO Open Day October 2012
On Saturday 13th our string teachers took twenty plus pupils to play with the APO. David Kay gave an excellent introduction including talking about the Trust. The Edge always have a noticeboard advising what is on and again the Tironui Trust was mentioned. As usual the children were smartly dressed and well behaved.
I felt our string students played really well at the Showcase concert. They are really into performing now! When I mentioned they have a chance to play with the APO they chorused, "Fantastic!" Rehearsals are already under way. Plans are coming together for Term 4. We hope to get our PEP group to play some Christmas songs that the whole school can sing. We are also... > Read more
The children were very pleased to be able to play at a concert in front of a large audience, family and other schools. They have put a lot of time and effort into practising for the concert, and I have been reminding them that we were going to play for the Trust who has given them this chance to learn a musical instrument. Our long term goal is to further the children's passion in... > Read more
I did have a surprise at the Showcase concert in the last piece, Happy Blues. My live-wire bassist Dontae, who only began this year, played a completely new part that he had made up based on the funky cello part!! This involved jumping around the fingerboard like a jazz pro! I will have to give him some solos in the future - if not he will make up his own!! Little Reenay the... > Read more
Three string groups entered the competitions this year. They included Tui Road Strings from Papatoetoe East Primary, Tironui Strings at PI from Papatoetoe Intermediate, and Four Friends from Papatoetoe Intermediate. All the groups received certificates or awards – Tui Rd Strings got certificates for encouragement, with the judges’ comments, “Novel idea to... > Read more
In early September all the wind and string ensembles of the Tironui Trust presented their fourth Showcase concert, enabling them to display their progress in making music as part of a group. The hour-long programme included a wide variety of musical items, including Bach, Mozart, marches, jazz and folk dance. The groups played to a large audience of special guests including local... > Read more
Term 2 (Lyn Insley) Papatoetoe East Primary and Papatoetoe Intermediate Our new year 5's are all keen and eager as usual. The organisation of this at Papatoetoe East is up to the usual high standards. One bass player left the school but we gained Donte, an eager beaver who has already caught up. Papatoetoe Intermediate pupil numbers depend on who moves there from... > Read more
Term 2 (Jillian Christoff) Papatoetoe West and Puhinui Primaries 2012 has seen many important and exciting changes for the Trust's wind programme. The most notable would definitely be the appointment of specialised tutoring staff. After I interviewed potential candidates, we are very lucky to welcome Sheryl Steele and Kathryn Stevenson. Sheryl has many skills and has been... > Read more
2011 has been a year of changes for TMT. In March our wind teacher Heather Revell left us unexpectedly, and for some months it seemed that it would be impossible to fill the gap created. Her enthusiasm and drive as well as her ability to teach a whole class of wind instruments simultaneously was a hard act to follow. But in July we discovered that we had a hidden treasure already... > Read more
In early May 2010, the strings group from Papatoetoe Intermediate, along with pupils from several other schools, took part in this all day workshop at the Otara Arts and Music Centre. The three string players who conducted the workshop were not only charismatic people but excellent players, the violinist having graduated from Guildhall London. They focused on how to make a simple backing... > Read more
In 2010 TMT will take another step in its long term plan for a four year programme, when we begin third year classes for our students who will be in Year 7. Teaching will be based at Papatoetoe Intermediate, with some children travelling there from Kedgley Intermediate. The class will consist of two groups of previous TMT children, one playing strings and one of wind instruments, and will be... > Read more
TMT schools have joined Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Partnership with Schools for 2010. It will include visits to the schools by players of trombone (Tim Sutton), bassoon (Tom Greaves) and viola (Anne Draffin), and the children will also have entry to some concerts by the APO ..... Photo shows the second year trombone players accompanying Tim Sutton at Puhinui School.
This was held in Puhinui School’s wonderful Performance Centre to a large and appreciative audience including Mayor Len Brown, Deputy Mayor Gary Troupe and Sir John Walker. The teachers did an amazing job to bring together about 120 first and second year learners in a concert full of vitality, skill and variety. Email from Hannah Cone, Education Co-ordinator of APO: “ Well... > Read more
Rachel Snelling has unfortunately decided to withdraw from teaching the Tironui cellos and basses owing to overcommitment in other areas. However she is keen to help when she can, and she has found a very able replacement in Robyn Snape, a colleague for many years. Lyn Insley will take over as team coordinator. We wish Robyn many happy years of involvement with TMT, and hope to see Rachel... > Read more
In August the 2nd year string orchestra from Papatoetoe East Primary won a gold medal at the Lewis Eady Junior Music Competition. The children had never competed musically before so this win was a huge thrill for them, the teachers and the staff of PEP, who have been wonderfully supportive. In the last two terms the children have also played at the Deaf Unit of Papatoetoe East Primary, and... > Read more