Classic work by pupils
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.