High note for young musos
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.