Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Week 9, term 4 2015

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CDS and DVDS are available for order!

Won’t it be great to be able to listen back to some of the great music that happened this year? And to be able to give the gift of personal music performances to grandparents for Christmas… If you want to order Chisnallwood music CDs or the DVD of the school production, jump over to this link and fill in your order. It’s only $5 CD and $15 for the production DVD.
CDCD1: Compilation featuring orchestra, choir, Irish, ukes, marimba, and more ($5)
CD2: Jazz featuring the Big Band and the Combo ($5)
CD3 Rock featuring 6 rock bands recorded live at Orange Studio ($5)
DVD: “Raucous Romp Through History” ($15)


All hired instruments and tutor books are now due back at school unless they are being used in orchestra/jazz for the final prizegivings (in which case they are due back at the end of Tuesday’s prizegiving). If students wish to hire over the holidays to get practice in, please collect a hire form from the music office.

2015-12-07 13.03.36We want to help Tamatoa Tuhau  earn enough to get his own good tenor saxophone

Tamatoa was the winner of the Chisnallwood 2015 Talent Quest. He also got the top saxophone award at school. But he now needs to buy his own sax. Tama will be busking at school on Monday, and then later in the week at Re:Start Mall. He has been borrowing a school saxophone, and he nearly has enough for a new tenor saxophone of his own. Let’s help him reach his goal of raising the final $500 by bringing a donation on Monday for his busking… Then over the holidays, look out for him busking around town at the ReStart Mall on Cashel Street.


The Jazz Band had fun at last weekend’s Santa Parade, and now this week, members of our band will be performing in the New Brighton Santa ParadeThe parade runs from 10.30-11.15 this Saturday, so if you’re in the area, do come on down to support it! We are grateful to Mr Richardson who will be our awesome truck driver.


The Chisnallwood choir are a special guest choir this Sunday at Knox Church 2pm at the Atlas Voices Christmas Concert!


The following students will be representing Chisnallwood at this annual event featuring professional, community and high school percussion groups: Lia Griffiths, Olivia Welsh, Alisha Isaacs, Cheyne Milligan, Nicholas Ryan, Myffy Roberts,  Jaimee Cartwright, Ella Peoples, Alice Crighton, Aya McLarty, Sarah Powley, Keira Jonkers (drums), Kayne Child (bass), Ryan Bell (guitar)


The choir, jazz and orchestra will be part of all three prize givings Friday 9.30 and 1pm and Tuesday 11am-12.30. They will be required at 8am on Friday for sound checking.


Congratulations to the following students who gained their theory exam results this week! Jordan Griffin Grade 1 merit, Joshua McCaffery Grade 1 Distinction, Jackson Kelly Grade 2 merit, Keira Jonkers Grade 2 merit, Kayne Child Grade 2 merit. Nic Ryan Grade 2 100% and Distinction, Aya McLarty Grade 3 Distinction.

A few photos from TalentQuest


A few photos from Santa Parade

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Week 8 Term 4

Itinerant Night 2 and 3

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the recent Itinerant Nights. They were fantastic evenings with really enjoyable performances.

Kiwilele Trip (NZ Ukulele Festival)

Our students had a great time in Auckland on Saturday, and although the big festival was postponed due to weather, our students had a really wonderful time. We visited the Depot Sound recording Studio, where Lorde recorded, and got to record with students from Panguru which is north of Hokianga Harbour, Northland. Some of these students will be visiting our school next year from March 31-April 2nd. They performed a powerful haka for us, and later a beautiful waiata. We got to sing through all the festival songs with Maria Winder from the NZ Ukulele Trust, and attend a fabulous workshop with Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart from Australia. We then got a round of mini golf in before heading back to Christchurch. Photos can be seen at

Sunday Dec 6 (this Sunday!)

Christmas Santa Parade 2pm-3.15pm
Our Chisnallwood Jazz Band will be in this (if fine).

Saturday Dec 12th

New Brighton Santa Parade 10.30am-11.15am 
Our Chisnallwood Jazz Band will be in this (if fine).

Sunday Dec 13th

2pm " In the Spirit" Atlas Christmas choir concert with the Chisnallwood Choir.

7.30pm Re-Percussion Concert at Cashmere High with our marimba group (combined with ukuleles and recorders)

Chisnallwood School 2015 CDs

CD orders are available at
The cost is just $15 for the 3 CD set! Or if you only want one kind of CD, it is $5 per CD.
The CDs are:
1. Compilation CD featuring orchestra, choir, marimbas and ukuleles and Irish band.
2. Jazz CD featuring both the Big Band and the Jazz Combo
3. Rock CD featuring 6 rockbands
They will be ready in time for Christmas :)

Production DVD - A Raucous romp Through History

These will be available for $15 each and can be ordered on the same form at

Community Music Notices - this weekend!

Christchurch Boys Choir
My name is Nic Ryan and I have been a member of the Christchurch Boys Choir for four years. The Christchurch Boys Choir is a group of boys with unbroken voices who sing choral music at performances and once annually go on a tour to somewhere in New Zealand or sometimes even overseas. This year the choir is turning 30, and to celebrate this milestone the choir is having a gala night on Saturday 5th of December. On this night the choir will sing Benjamin Britten's Ceremony Of Carols, which the choir has been learning for the past six months. Order tickets from with children from $10 and adults from $25.

Doug and Doug Concert
Sun Dec 6, 4pm
St Margaret's Charles Luney Auditorium
Garden City Big Band play a tribute to the music of Doug Kelly and Doug Caldwell.