Buskaid Concert

In December the children from our two bands were lucky enough to be able to see a performance by the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble. What an inspiration that was! These young people from impoverished backgrounds have overcome great odds to become polished and dynamic musicians. In the words of Helen Clark – “The commitment of these players and their supporters has taken them from... > Read more

Added: 28 Dec 2007
Papatoetoe West School 2007

Papatoetoe West School 2007

The two wind bands at Papatoetoe West School, under the dedicated guidance of Heather Keys, have had a busy and successful year. Public performance has been an important part of their programme, with concerts at neighbouring schools as well as their own. A highlight was the Band Festival at King’s School, where the Year 6 group joined forces with several other schools for the day,... > Read more

Added: 15 Dec 2007


Two Year 6 Band members were successful in receiving Endeavour Scholarships to take effect in 2008. These scholarships are for Maori/Pacific Island students who pass a rigorous testing process, and are high achievers in academic, sports and/or cultural activities. Candace will attend St Cuthbert’s School, and Daniel will be going to King’s School. Warmest congratulations to... > Read more

Added: 10 Dec 2007

New Schools for 2008

Two new schools are joining the programme next year. Heather will be starting a Year 5 wind instrument group at Puhinui School. These children were introduced to the instruments by the Papatoetoe West band early in December, so they were able to make their choices before the holidays. The Trust is extending its programme at Papatoetoe East School, where a team of three teachers, led by... > Read more

Added: 8 Dec 2007
Graduation of First Band

Graduation of First Band

To commemorate the end of their 2 years’ tuition, Heather presented Graduation Medals to the Year 6 Band at their final concert. On this occasion both bands performed several demanding items together, and displayed great panache with their Big Band swing movements! Some comments from the audience: “It gives you goosebumps to watch them. A wonderful performance.”... > Read more

Added: 2 Dec 2007

New Teachers

Rachel and David Snelling and Lyn Insley have all taught string instruments at St Mary’s School for several years. During this time they have been developing their own methodology for teaching strings, so that their approach is attuned to the needs of their pupils. A group of their students gave a short recital at a seminar before the Buskaid concert, and they were impressive with... > Read more

Added: 11 Nov 2007