Mu­sic given boost with grants

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Pau­ata­hanui School and the Welling­ton Male Voice Choir have re­ceived much­needed fund­ing from the first round of 2015 Mazda Foun­da­tion grants.

The school re­ceived $ 1483.25 to buy five xy­lo­phones.

The in­stru­ments were de­liv­ered last week and it was hoped they en­cour­aged pupils to ex­plore their mu­si­cal abil­i­ties, said John Kelle­her, the teacher in charge of mu­sic at the school.

‘‘The school bud­get only al­lows for so much, and if it wasn’t for the grant we wouldn’t have been able to do this,’’ Kelle­her said.

Pau­ata­hanui School has about 180 pupils en­rolled and Kelle­her said all would even­tu­ally get a chance to use the new in­stru­ments.

‘‘Be­cause of the grant, we could also up­grade and re­place some of the other in­stru­ments.’’

Sarah Daly, another teacher, said the xy­lo­phones would en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity and mu­si­cal learn­ing.

The Welling­ton Male Voice Choir has been a part of the lo­cal Porirua com­mu­nity for more than 50 years, and re­ceived a grant of $ 2610 to buy uni­forms.

The Mazda Foun­da­tion is funded through a con­tri­bu­tion from the sale of ev­ery new Mazda in New Zealand.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Ka­ley Lawrence, left, Jae­len Waller, Kasey Walker, Max Gray and Cameron Duli­gall test out Pau­ata­hanui School’s new xy­lo­phones.

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