September 2010 Recipients
A $3,500 grant to Tirohia School in Paeroa is music to the students’ ears. The funds will be used to purchase three keyboards and accessories for the school’s music programme.
Tirohia School currently runs an elective programme where students can choose to learn the keyboard. A music teacher visits the school each week bringing with her keyboards borrowed from the local church.
The teacher has noticed how much the students have benefitted from the lessons. They’ve not only developed their music skills but their concentration and co-ordination also.
“Our keyboard programme not only provides students with enjoyment but also helps them develop new skills. Most students don’t have access to keyboards at home so this grant will help significantly in providing new opportunities,” says Rachel Barker, Tirohia School. “It will also mean we can offer more formal one-on-one keyboard tuition to our students.”