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 from Manawa Enterprises takes our senior group of 80 plus ākonga on a Friday afternoon from 1.30-2.30pm. Go to their webpage and log in to the Fairfield School guest area by entering the password meretuahiahi. Kathryne Tofia is the teacher in charge of overseeing the planning and organising for this group.
Aimee Preedy, Year 5/6 teacher, is the tutor for our group of 80 plus junior school (Year 0-4) ākonga. They practice every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30-2.15pm.
Whānau need to register their tamariki to take part in kapahaka and can do so by contacting the teachers above.
Forte is an auditioned choir for children in Years 5-8. Year 5/6 teacher Tim Coates is the tutor, and Joel Dalloway from MuisiqHub is the accompanying pianist. The group meet weekly on a Wednesday morning (7.45-8.30am) 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.
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.
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 on a Wednesday (8.30-9.15am) and are tutored by Joel Dalloway from MusiqHub.
Year 6 children have the option of extra ukulele tuition during music time with Mr Coates 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.
The Fairfield School singing club is very popular amongst children across the school who just love singing and want to give it their all. The choir aims to give 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 end-of-term Cultural Assemblies. The Singing Club is led by Tim Coates.
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 Mosgiel performing at schools, market days, and various events.
This is something that very few primary schools can offer in their schools. It is taken by a professional musician Anthony Breese.
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. This huge event is written and coordinated by Year 1/2 teacher Mel Tudor who is supported by a keen committee of teachers.
The next production will be in 2024.
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. With the 2023 event being cancelled, the Fairfield School group will still work on a 20 minute routine to be performed at the Taieri College Performing Arts Centre on the evening of Thursday 19th October. Teacher Mel Tudor and Belinda Hoad oversee this performance group.
While the future of Stars on Stage as an event is uncertain, Fairfield is committed to having an opt-in performance group every alternating year from our School Production.