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