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Let's Get Singing!

Let's Get Singing!


FREE Professional Development Workshops for Teachers in Whangārei, Hamilton, Havelock North and Nelson

NZCF is offering free, practical workshops on ways to use singing in the classroom for student development and wellbeing.
If you are keen to introduce or add more singing into your classroom, let us show you some songs and games that can support your students’ learning, improve hauora and help build their confidence and sense of community.

Workshops will include:

• singing for teachers to enhance your own musicianship and wellbeing
• how you can get your students singing, even if you aren’t a confident singer yourself
• ways to use singing for routines, to reinforce learning, for mindfulness, and for fun!
• Waiata Māori and songs for different year groups and where to find them

These workshops are part of NZCF’S outreach programme “Singing for Lifelong Wellbeing” and are funded through a grant from Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage.
Details of the workshops are below. 

Click here to register

Contact Maria Winder, NZCF Children’s Outreach Coordinator
Ph: 027 226 8044
Email: outreach@nzcf.org.nz

There are four workshops to choose from:


  Date: Saturday 9th March

  Time: 1 - 4pm

  Venue: Southwell School

Presenter: Roshan Tuivavalagi is a music  educator based in Paeroa. She has worked for many years as a music specialist and has led a number of community and school-based singing programmes and festivals in the Hauraki region. Roshan is passionate about singing in the classroom.

Lala Simpson  NELSON

  Date: Saturday 9th March

  Time: 1-4pm

  Venue: NCMA, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

Presenter: Madagascar-born and raised Lala Simpson is a Wellington based community song leader, song writer, singing workshop facilitator and singer who delights all with her joyful approach to singing and her focus on community singing.

Joanne   Stevens  HAVELOCK NORTH

  Date: Saturday 23rd March

  Time: 1 - 4pm

  Venue: Hereworth School

Presenter: Joanne Stevens has been teaching music and leading primary and intermediate school choirs for over 20 years. She previously conducted the Taradale Schools Singing Festival and is currently the specialist music teacher at Hereworth School. She leads two choirs and teaches classroom music and singing to all students from Years 1 - 8.

WHANGĀREIKriss   Melissa   Absolum  Square

Date: Saturday 6th April

Time: 1 - 4pm

Venue: St Francis Xavier School

Presenters: Kriss Rapana and Melissa Absolum have been South Auckland-based primary classroom teachers for many years and are experienced  leaders of singing with expertise in kapa haka and waiata-a-ringa. They are both foundation members of the Graduate Choir of New Zealand. Melissa is a member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir and serves on the NZCF Governance Board. 

FREE Primary and Intermediate PLD and mentoring available in Terms One and Two 2024

Singing Mentors for In-School Support

There are still opportunities for mentoring available for up to five hours of one-on-one support, combining online coaching and in-person sessions at school. More details are on the Educational Resources page of this website.

Places are limited, so be in quick. If you are keen for your school or kura to enhance this part of your curriculum or school life, please register your interest with NZCF’s Children’s Outreach Coordinator, Maria Winder at outreach@nzcf.org.nz.

We will then contact you to discuss the best PLD/mentoring plan for you.

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