Clas­sic work by pupils

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Stu­dents from Sun­ny­dene School hit all the right notes when they took to the stage at the Auck­land Spe­cial School’s Mu­sic Fes­ti­val last month.

Chil­dren of all ages per­formed clas­sic songs Bad Moon Ris­ing and Hand Jive in the show at the Lo­gan Camp­bell Cen­tre in Green­lane.

They played ukele­les and gui­tars while singing and danc­ing through­out the per­for­mance.

Spe­cial schools from around Auck­land took part in the fes­ti­val, which gives chil­dren with spe­cial needs the chance to be in­volved in a mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

Stu­dent Christina Newcombe, 14, en­joyed per­form­ing.

“It was re­ally scary but it was good fun,” she says. “We had to prac­tise a lot.” This year’s spe­cial schools mu­sic fes­ti­val was or­gan­ised by Asha Peppiatt of the Mt Rich­mond Spe­cial School.

Ms Pep­piat is hop­ing to re­vive the fes­ti­vals, which pre­vi­ously ran on the North Shore but have not been held for a while.

Around 1500 stu­dents from 11 spe­cial schools in Auck­land took part, per­form­ing to a range of dif­fer­ent styles of mu­sic.

Ms Peppiatt says the day was a great suc­cess.

“We wanted it to be as ex­cit­ing, colour­ful and loud as pos­si­ble and it was fab­u­lous,” she says.

“It was very suc­cess­ful and very en­ter­tain­ing and the kids had a huge say in what hap­pened.”

She says the fes­ti­val was a chance for stu­dents to in­ter­act with their peers and have fun.

“Mu­sic is a way that spe­cial-needs kids ex­press them­selves and this was a plat­form to show­case their abil­i­ties,” she says.

“Their per­for­mances eas­ily matched that of any main­stream school.”


Proud per­form­ers: Sun­ny­dene spe­cial school stu­dents Christina Newcombe, 14, Paula Sy­mon, 16, and Celina Nooroto, 15, per­formed in the Auck­land spe­cial schools mu­sic fes­ti­val.

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