A Lesson in Jazz
Last Friday three of our budding trumpet players Sylvester Green, Ned and Theo Shaw attended an educational hour ‘Jazz for young people’ at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.
Wynton Marsalis is the artistic director at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Centre orchestra. He was in Wellington to perform in the NZ Arts Festival. This master trumpet player is widely considered to be the best current trumpet player in the world in both Jazz and classical music. Winner of nine Grammy Awards. The boys and their families were also lucky enough to attend the Friday night concert.
A chance meeting in the hotel lobby enabled Sylvester and his family to an invitation backstage. He was invited into Wynton Marsalis dressing room and played his jazz piece ‘ Daybreak ‘ and was given inspirational coaching.
Many students, parents and staff have taken part in events or activities over the last couple of weeks that are worthy of note.
To Niamh Manning, Ciaran Manning, Sidney Orchard, Indie Scholes, Henry Scholes for winning their Mount Maunganui Surf Club Nippers Overall Achievement for their age groups and also to Jude Tarr and Ollie Jacobs who came second.
A wee story by Sidney Orchard from Room 16. We had to win most of our races to win the trophy - some of the races were beach flags, we had to do relay tag and we did relay races on our paddle boards. At first we felt very nervous but in the end it was lots of fun and really cool.
To Renee Carey & Henry Scholes for winning their age group in the OceanKids 200m event. Henry and Renee have now been invited to an all expenses paid, end of season training camp in Auckland with top New Zealand swimmers and coaches.
To Mrs Warnock (Room 1 Teacher) who has been training very hard and ran her first Offroad Half Marathon at the TECT All Terrain Park on Saturday 12 March.
To the school community for raising $800 for Fiji.
To our amazing PTA who give tirelessly of their time to make sure our children and community get the oportunity to experience such great events. A special thank you to Mel Gash who led the organisation of the Outdoor Adventure Day.
Here is some feedback from the Adventure Day. What a great day! I just wanted to say that in my very short time as a St Mary’s Mum, I am absolutely staggered by the kindness of the kids at the school. Today I saw children sharing their bake sale plates, sharing out their money and cheering each other along. Three times now on my short walk from the car to the class I have seen the older children racing to the little ones aid when they are hurt or sad and looking out for each other. Such a lovely ethos!
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