High note for young mu­sos

Rodney Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Young mu­si­cians are ready to make their mark on the mu­sic world.

Kaipara Col­lege alone is home to a grow­ing group of song­writ­ers, with seven of its stu­dents con­tribut­ing six of the 10 songs recorded on a CD cel­e­brat­ing the Maori new year Matariki.

The song­writ­ing con­test, or­gan­ised by the Play It Strange Trust, pro­motes mod­ern per­for­mance mu­sic in New Zealand sec­ondary schools. The trust is run by for­mer Split Enz mem­ber Mike Chunn.

Kaipara Col­lege was Play It Strange’s New Zealand School of the Year in both 2008 and 2010.

The stu­dents are pre­par­ing en­tries for this year’s competition, along with two smaller com­pe­ti­tions – Peace Songs and Launch Your Lyrics.

Other Rod­ney-Hi­bis­cus Coast schools keen to launch mu­si­cal ca­reers are pre­par­ing en­tries for the an­nual Smoke­free Rock­quest competition.

Five bands from Rod­ney Col­lege com­peted in the first leg of the Smoke­free Rock­quest event in North­land.

Three bands, For­bid­den Ob­ses­sion, Rock­a­sy­lum, The Unem­ployed and two sets of singer-song­writ­ers Mandy and Nor­ton Tain­gahue, and Libby Camp­bell, took to the stage dur­ing the week­end.

Mandy and Nor­ton have since been se­lected for the next step.

Mu­si­cians from Orewa and Whanga­paraoa col­leges are pre­par­ing for their turn. They will be per­form­ing at North Shore’s Bruce Ma­son Cen­tre on July 9 and 10.

The an­nual Smoke­free Rock­quest con­cert is a na­tion­wide, live, orig­i­nal mu­sic and youth event.

It aims to mo­ti­vate young mu­si­cians to prove their abil­ity and re­alise the heights they can achieve in their mu­sic ca­reers.

Top re­gional bands will com­pete in the na­tional fi­nals at Claude­lands Arena, Hamil­ton, on Septem­ber 17.

Visit www. smoke­free­rock­quest. co. nz for in­for­ma­tion.

A warm wel­come was ex­tended by Mahu­rangi Chris­tian School to new prin­ci­pal He­len Pearson.

She was the school’s acting prin­ci­pal be­fore re­plac­ing Paul Mon­a­han, who left at the end of term one.

Mrs Pearson was the found­ing prin­ci­pal of KingsWay School, and was also the found­ing di­rec­tor of Laid­law Col­lege School of Ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘She brings to the school a wealth of ed­u­ca­tional knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ Mahu­rangi Chris­tian School board of trustees chair­man Carl Becker says.

She has also worked as a cur­ricu­lum de­vel­oper and ed­u­ca­tional con­sul­tant. A cur­ricu­lum which she de­signed for Chris­tian and Catholic schools is used in about 40 schools in New Zealand and over­seas.

Mrs Pearson, who home­schooled her five chil­dren through their pri­mary years, says she looks for­ward to putting her ex­pe­ri­ence to good use at the school.

She says she is pas­sion­ate about iden­ti­fy­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the unique as­pects of each child, and will use ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to help them set and achieve their goals.

‘‘ This will lead them to­wards real life ap­pli­ca­tion of think­ing skills, faith and char­ac­ter,’’ Mrs Pearson says.

‘‘I work with a won­der­ful team, and I be­lieve this is an ex­cit­ing phase for the school.’’

Orewa North Pri­mary chil­dren learnt the im­por­tance of iron in their diet over a meal of burg­ers.

Iron Brion, the rap dancing mas­cot of Beef and Lamb New Zealand, vis­ited the chil­dren on Tues­day to spread the mes­sage of healthy eat­ing.

The chil­dren were taught the four food groups, the im­por­tance of start­ing their day with break­fast, and the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

They also learnt how an iron-filled diet will help with their con­cen­tra­tion and en­ergy lev­els.

Spot prizes were given to those who cor­rectly an­swered Iron Brion’s quizzes.

He was de­vel­oped be­cause young New Zealand chil­dren have sur­pris­ingly low rates of iron, Beef and Lamb New Zealand CEO Rod Slater says.

Iron Brion vis­its tens of thou­sands of pri­mary stu­dents ev­ery year. Teach­ers are pro­vided with a re­source kit around the im­por­tance of a bal­anced diet.

Orewa North chil­dren got stuck into a juicy beef and salad burger at the end of the show.

Visit www.rod­ney­times.co.nz to watch a short clip of the chil­dren do the boo­gie with Iron Brion.

Win­ning cos­tumes: Kauka­pakapa School’s book week char­ac­ter pa­rade was a suc­cess with many stu­dents dress­ing up as their favourite book char­ac­ter. The chil­dren were judged on orig­i­nal­ity and creativ­ity, rel­e­vance of cho­sen char­ac­ter, and the ef­fort bring­ing their char­ac­ter to life.

Yummy burg­ers: Orewa North Pri­mary chil­dren learnt about the four food groups with Iron Brion and his side­kicks, Sarah and Ollie, be­fore dig­ging into juicy burg­ers. Al­most 300 burg­ers were served to stu­dents and teach­ers. Iron Brion brings his mes­sage of healthy eat­ing to tens of thou­sands of pupils an­nu­ally.

Pas­sion­ate prin­ci­pal: He­len Pearson re­places Paul Mon­a­han as Mahu­rangi Chris­tian School’s new prin­ci­pal. She was pre­vi­ously the school’s acting prin­ci­pal. She looks for­ward to work­ing with staff, stu­dents and par­ents.

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