Pi­ano a boost for school

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Sher­wood School has been filled with the sound of mu­sic since the ar­rival of a brand new pi­ano do­nated to the school.

In mid-2017, Huawei New Zealand made a com­mit­ment to do­nate pi­anos to 100 pri­mary schools through­out New Zealand.

Sher­wood prin­ci­pal Chris­tine Mor­ri­son was thrilled by the ar­rival of her school’s pi­ano, which co­in­ci­den­tally ar­rived the day be­fore the term 2 stu­dent mu­sic con­cert was held last month.

“It is over­whelm­ing to think that a large in­ter­na­tional tech­nol­ogy com­pany like Huawei is mak­ing a gen­er­ous and sub­stan­tial do­na­tion to a small school in ru­ral New Zealand” she said.

“Who knows what the im­pact and long-term ben­e­fits this pi­ano will bring to our stu­dents, both cur­rent and in years to come, we may dis­cover some hid­den tal­ent that the whole world may en­joy”.

Mor­ri­son said hav­ing a pi­ano now meant her pupils could now learn an­other in­stru­ment on top of the vi­o­lin, gui­tar, and ukulele lessons al­ready of­fered at the school.

She said the pi­ano added a real sense of cel­e­bra­tion to the mu­sic con­cert that was en­joyed by par­ents, grand­par­ents and mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Huawei New Zealand Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Af­fairs Andrew Bowa­ter said the 100 Pi­anos Project was about in­spir­ing the imag­i­na­tions and cre­ativ­ity of young New Zealan­ders.

“Mu­sic is a great way for kids to be cre­ative while also help­ing with their learn­ing.

“There is so much tech­nol­ogy in today’s world, but it is still so im­por­tant that we ex­pose the next gen­er­a­tion to mu­sic and the op­por­tu­ni­ties it can open up.”

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SHER­WOOD School pupils and mu­sic teacher Gine Din­gle play­ing on the new pi­ano do­nated by Huawei.

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