The Arts at Arahoe
Including Music (Singing), Music (Instruments), Visual Arts and Performing Arts
Music - Singing
APPA (Auckland Primary Principals Association) Choir
Mrs Sadgrove auditions students in Term 1 who are keen to sing in the APPA Choir Festival which is held annually at the Town Hall in November. These students need to be able to sing in tune and hold their parts when singing in a massed choir. It is a very memorable experience for the children who are fortunate to be involved. They rehearse both at school on Tuesday lunchtime and out of school with the other ten schools involved. The children rehearse hard and are exposed to a variety of songs which can be challenging but also rewarding when learnt and sung with the other schools. It’s a great experience for any budding young vocalist who can look forward to performing at such an amazing venue as the Auckland City Town Hall.
Kool Kids Choir
Mrs Sadgrove takes a Kool Kids Choir every Monday in the music room. These students come from the Ara Pakeke Syndicate (Years 3 - 4) and are very passionate about singing. Their enthusiasm is uplifting and they often have suggestions for songs they’d like to sing as well as create dance moves to enhance the songs. When the opportunities arise, the choir sings at assemblies, both syndicate and whole school.
Rest Home Choir
Every year our Rest Home Choir visits two of our local rest homes in Term 4 to entertain our elderly residents. These include Crestwood Rest home on Golf Rd and Glenburn Rest home on Astley Ave, both of which are in walking distance. This usually happens around late November early December. Mrs Sadgrove conducts this choir and chooses students from Ara Pakeke and Ara Tuakana who enjoy singing and can hold a tune. They also tend to be children who have empathy with older people and want to share their joy of music with them. Rehearsals start in Term 4 and the song repertoire includes war medleys, some cultural songs and songs from the 50’s & 60's. We also include dance items from individual children as the residents enjoy the vitality of the young children. We could not do these visits without the wonderful support of our parents who accompany the choir as they walk to these local rest homes.
In Term 4, Mrs Sadgrove creates an all comers Christmas Choir with students from Ara Teina, Ara Pakeke and Ara Tuakana. They rehearse one lunch time per week. The children who haven’t been in choirs all year often enjoy participating in this choir. The repertoire includes Christmas carols and modern Christmas songs. It is a fun choir and often attracts children who love dressing up in the Christmas spirit to spread some Christmas cheer, especially on our Family Night when they perform to their whanau and friends.
Music - Instrumental
Arahoe School Band 2018 (Thursdays after-school)
Mr Matt Moncur, Miss Connolly and Mrs Sadgrove are the tutors working with our school band. These teachers all offer musical experience having performed in bands themselves as guitarists, keyboard players and vocalists. At the beginning of each year, auditions are held to find new members. The band rehearses every Thursday after school in the music room. The music they play is generally pop/rock chosen by both the teachers and students. The teachers try to find songs that feature individual instruments that are simple but still provide a challenge and appeal to the students. Our whole school assemblies start with our National Anthem which is led by the school band. They also perform at our annual Family Evening and Graduation which is held in Term 4.
Guitar Group (Wednesday lunchtimes)
Students from Years 3 - 6 can opt into the Wednesday lunchtime Guitar Group at the beginning of the year. Facilitated by Mr Moncur, the learning covers the basics of guitar including chords, strumming and an introduction to reading tablature. The content is predominantly student-driven, and these budding guitarists are encouraged to further their own learning at home through YouTube and by connecting with other musicians. As the group develops proficiency there are opportunities to perform and showcase songs at syndicate and whole-school assemblies. Members of this group often go on to audition for the guitarist roles in the school band.
Ukulele Groups (Monday lunchtimes)
There are two Monday lunchtime Ukulele Groups led by Mrs Dymock-Johnson and Mr Moncur. Students of all ages can join the groups at the beginning of each year, which cater for beginner to intermediate abilities. Ukulele is a great introduction to playing a stringed instrument, however students who love the light, bright sound of the ukulele will continue playing through to the end of their time at Arahoe. This year the groups are working towards participating alongside other schools in the Kiwileles massed children's ukulele orchestra in November. It is a great incentive to put in extra practice and get songs sounding polished.
There are two Stepping Up Visual Art Groups at Arahoe School and one Lunchtime Art Group. Our Stepping Up Visual Art groups (for gifted and talented) consist of one group for Year 5 students and one group for Year 6 students. Both groups work on Fridays with our specialist art teacher, Miss Read. The students in these groups have demonstrated a level of artistic ability and talent that makes it possible for them to be extended in this area. In addition to our Stepping Up Art groups, every Friday we run a Lunchtime Art Group for Year 4 students (maximum of 12) who wish to voluntarily participate in a range of creative art activities of their choice. These activities include painting, drawing and printmaking and occasionally exploring working with clay.
Arahoe School has a number of performing arts groups including Kapa Haka, Pasifika (dance), Bolly Hop, Mandarin Dance and Mandarin Drama.
For more information about these cultural performing arts, please visit our Cultural page here.