He aha te mea nui o te o? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world? People, people, people!

The Fairfield Kapahaka group is open to all students in the school. There are opportunities for all students to participate, learn and lead different aspects of Maori culture: Waiata (songs), Haka, Te reo Maori (Maori language) and Tikanga (Custom, protocol, tradition). Throughout the year there are many opportunities to perform with the highlight being the ‘Polyfest’ held in term 3. Ana Pene and Kopua Waititi are our tutors from Manawa Enterprises and they take our Kapahaka group on a Thursday morning from 9.00-10.30am. Go to their webpage and log in to the Fairfield School guest area by entering the password meretuahiahi.


Forte is an auditioned choir for children in Years 5-8. The group meet two to three times a week (before school and during lunchtimes) and enjoy singing a wide repertoire of songs. Forte has a reputation as one of Dunedin’s very best children’s choirs. They are often invited to sing at community events in both Dunedin and Mosgiel.

Music Performance Group

This group performs outside of school at least once per term and is made up of the three major components outlined below. One of the highlight performances each year is in the Meridian Mall. The group entertains the crowds for 45 minutes on a Friday lunchtime, usually in June or July. They also entertain in Rest Homes, and enjoy playing to their peers at the end-of-term Cultural Assemblies.

Marimba Band

The Marimba Band is for Year 8 pupils. There are 3 marimbas to play and 8 children are chosen each year to be in the band. These children more often than not continue into High School with a love for Music and learn a variety of instruments. The Marimba Band rehearse before school once a week.

Recorder Ensemble

The Recorder Ensemble is for anyone who loves to play the recorder, and has the ability to play music that is a little more challenging than the music played in class lessons. There is a strong emphasis to play in harmony and children are taught to listen well and keep in time. The Recorder Ensemble rehearse once a week during a lunchtime.

Ukulele Jam

Year 6 children have the option of extra ukulele tuition during music time so they can attend the Ukulele Jam. This is an incredibly popular event run by Music Education Otago. It is held over two mornings and more than 1000 children come together to sing and play songs we have learned.

Marrzipan Drama

Marrzipan Drama runs sessions at Fairfield School on Mondays at lunchtime in Room 8 but other days or times may be available. Classes have a maximum of 9 Fairfield students per 45 minute lesson and aim to increase confidence and public speaking ability in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Students perform every term and receive an end of term report. To secure your child’s space or for more information, please email, call 021 026 45487, or visit the website

Junior Choir

Fairfield Junior Choir is very popular amongst the Yr1-6 group of children. The choir aims to give younger children at our school the experience of performance. Children discover the pleasure of singing and developing their vocal chords in an encouraging, fun environment. They participate in the ‘Kids for Kids’ choir every 2 years and the end-of-term Cultural Assemblies. The choir is led by Jo Cook-Bonney with assistance from Debbie Garth.

Wearable Arts

Our Year 8 students present a ‘Wearable Arts Evening’ in term 4. The students design and create their own costumes, write their own scripts and plan and host the performance. Entertainment between the categories is also provided by our Year 8 students who may dance (ballet,hip hop, jazz) or perform (guitar solo, sing). Guests judges present certificates and prizes on the night to the winners. It is a show that celebrates the amazing creativity and talent of our Year 8 students.

Rock Band

There is nothing else like rocking it out on stage with friends in a Rock Band and that’s what 10 or so students get to do every year. The Fairfield School Rock Band takes gifted musical children and gives them the opportunity to perform together. The band consists of a very talented drummer, a bass player, two or three guitarists, a keyboardist, and vocalists. They perform songs such as Michael Jackson’s Beat It,  CCR’s Proud Mary to the latest music from Sia or Lady Gaga. The Rock Band tours around Dunedin and the South Island, performing at schools, market days, and various events.

This is something that very few primary schools around the world can offer in their schools. It is taken by a professional musician Anthony Breese, who also teaches guitar at the school. 

School Production

Our school production is held every second year at the Regent Theatre. Every child at Fairfield School is involved in this event. Children take on a variety of roles; on stage, lighting, sound and other aspects of stagecraft. We value the experience and confidence this public performance provides our children.

The 2016 production is called 'The BookCASE'.

The BookCASE 2016

Eight original Disney classics are stolen from Walt Disney's home by Dr. Edward Vil (Dr E.vil) and his two side kicks, Spud and Conrad. They have stolen these particular books hoping to rid the world of the 'Happily Ever Afters'. Dr. Evil has invented a machine known as the Suckinator 2000 that is able to suck the words right off the pages! To solve the case Walt has requested the help of Sherlock Roams, Briana Jones (related to Indiana Jones) and Laura the Explorer (a second cousin of Dora's). Will the hero's save the day and will children all around the world continue to love their Disney classics?

The BookCASE will be held at the Regent Theatre on Thursday 8 September 2016.

Stars on Stage

Stars on Stage is a celebration of the Arts for Primary and Intermediate children from the Otago region. It is an event that is held every 2 years in Dunedin. Each school performs a 6-8 minute item on the stage at the Regent Theatre. In 2015 Fairfield School's theme was 'Mary Poppins'. A group of 30 middle to senior children took the opportunity to shine on stage alongside their friends.

We are already looking forward to Stars on Stage 2017!

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