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     Bay School Festival Choir


Every year, six local schools form a massed choir and perform in the Bay Schools Festival.

These schools include Arahoe Primary, Blockhouse Bay Primary, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, Chaucer Primary, New Lynn Primary and St. Dominics (Full Primary) however this year, sadly St Dominics are unable to participate and we welcome back Glen Avon School for our 2014 Festival.

The Festival is a great celebration of music performed by an enthusiastic group of children representing their schools, involved in singing, dancing, and playing instruments.

Mrs Michelle Sadgrove has conducted the Bay Schools Festival Choir since 2002 having a study break in 2007 to resume back as co-conductor with Tamsyn Chan from BBI and Kath Pithams from BBPrimary in 2008.  From 2010-2012  a new conductor,  Melody Casse from Blockhouse Bay Primary co-conducted with Mrs. Sadgrove. Last year (2013) Mrs Sadgrove went back to being sole conductor and will conduct the festival once again this year.

The Bay Schools Festival is currently being held at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School Hall. It is held in the third term often in the last week of August. Performance nights are always on Tuesday and Wednesday. (See dates below!)

Mrs. Michelle Sadgrove auditions children for this choir early in Term One every year. Due to the limited space at our performance venue, (Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School Hall) only 30 children can be chosen for this choir. Year 5 & 6 children are given priority when auditioning for this choir so they can have the opportunity to be part of a massed choir before leaving Arahoe School.

Practices at Arahoe School with Mrs. Michelle Sadgrove and Mrs. Park

WhenEvery Tuesday (lunchtime)   Time:  12.00pm-12.45pm

Where:  Music Room

Practices at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate: Terms 2 & 3

NB: The choir shares a bus with New Lynn Primary to BBI in the morning and returns before lunch. These practices are extra. The choir continues practicing at school every Tuesday.

Term Two practice dates at BBI (2014)

Friday 16th May,   Friday 23rdMay,  Friday 13th June,  Friday 27th June,  Wednesday 2nd July

Term Three practice, dress rehearsal and evening performance dates at BBI (2014)

Thursday 31st August,  Friday 8th August,  Friday 15th August,  Monday 18th August (Dress rehearsal 9:00am-1:00pm) Tuesday 19th August (Performance night 1) Wednesday 20th August (Performance night 2)

NB:  All practice times are from 9:30am-11:30am (except for Dress Rehearsal)

See the latest notice below! 

Bay Schools Festival Choir Newsletter to Parents/Guardians 2014

     Festival Venue: Blockhouse Bay Intermediate Hall,  Bolton Street, Blockhouse Bay

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Your child is in our Bay Schools Festival Choir and has been involved in numerous practices over the past three terms. We have travelled to Blockhouse Bay Intermediate for rehearsals and the children are really looking forward to performing in the Festival which is happening on Tuesday evening, the 19th of August and Wednesday evening the 20th of August at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School.

We have a dress rehearsal on Monday morning 18th August. The concert starts at 7.30pm and the children are asked to be at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate at 7.00pm, The concerts will finish at approximately 9.15pm and we ask parents to come into BBI and pick your child up from the classroom allocated to our school. If possible, it is a good idea to car pool with other parents and share the driving over the two nights. Please come and see me if you have any queries.  

TICKETS: We hope to receive our tickets by the end of this week!  I will let the children know as soon as they arrive at the office

School Phone no: 827-2710

Michelle Sadgrove   Mobile: 021 -642-611

# PERFORMANCE DATES (Tuesday Evening 19th and Wednesday Evening  20th of August. Children are expected to be at BOTH Performances)

# WHERE (<st1:placename w:st="on">Blockhouse <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bay <st1:placename w:st="on">Intermediate <st1:placetype w:st="on">School, <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Bolton Street, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Blockhouse <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bay.)

# TIME All children must arrive at 7.00pm and meet in the classroom (I will notify you of the Room no.)

# CONCERT TIME (Starts at 7.30pm and finishes at approx. 9.15pm)

# COST of TICKETS / PROGRAMME   $7.00  Adult  $4.00 Child (Send money with your form to the school office with your child or come and purchase them yourself.) You will receive the tickets in the form of a programme. We have been allocated 85 tickets for each night so get your orders in quick as the office staff will be giving tickets on a FIRST IN FIRST SERVED BASIS. I will request more if needed, but there are no guarantees.

            # UNIFORMS children wear their school uniform, Girls wear skorts please and boys wear shorts

# SHOES need to be clean, preferably WHITE running style shoes or sneakers.

            # SOCKS need to be white.  (No stockings or tights)           

            # HAIR needs to be tidy, and girls will be given blue ribbons.

                Please do not wear any other colours. NO visible jewellery or necklaces please.

            # ARAHOE ITEM. Our school item this year is going to be performed by the Arahoe Festival Choir

                They will be performing “Roar” by Katy Perry

Thankyou for your support! See you at the concert! Michelle Sadgrove

Circle your answers on the first slip below and return as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 6th August

Return this slip to Mrs Sadgrove (Music Room) asap

My child ………………………………………………………………. will / will not be attending the concert.  

I need transport for my child   yes   /    no

I can provide transport if necessary for …………… child  /   children    on    Tues  /  Wed 

Signed by Parent/Guardian …………………………………………… (please return as soon as possible)

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Return this slip with the money to the Office Staff at school a.s.a.p.

I need ……….Adult tickets …………Child tickets for Tuesday Night

I need………..Adult tickets ………….Child tickets for Wednesday Night

Name of child………………………………………………… Room…………………..

Please find enclosed $……………………….. (Please if paying by cheque, make it out to Arahoe School)