Wednesday, 17 October 2018

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

What a wonderful start to Term 4.  On Wednesday, Rooms 1, 3 and 4 had a trip to Te Papa to see the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.  We all got on the bus and were so excited, as before the trip we had learnt about the different instruments in the orchestra and now we were going to see them.

The wonderful Te Papa

Finally arrived

We arrived at Te Papa and had morning tea in the amphitheatre, then we divided into groups and set off on an adventure to explore the different exhibitions.  There was so much to see and we looked at lots of modern art, dinosaur exhibitions and we also got the opportunity to experiment with colour and reflection using mirrors. We visited the discovery centres, where we did lots of "hands on" activities.

Morning Tea

Exploring the dinosaurs

Who's there?
Making our own curious creatures
Music time
Special white gloves to protect the dinosaur

Exploring the caves

Fossil dig

All the groups came together in Te Marae and then the "magic moment" arrived.
Hamish the compere, was so funny and made us all laugh a lot.  He introduced all the different sections of the orchestra and the musicians were very friendly.  They played the "Can Can" music and we were allowed to dance, even the teachers.  Hamish then read us three stories and the orchestra played alongside him.  When the story was happy the orchestra played happy music and when the story was sad the orchestra played sad music.  Having the music playing alongside the story made it so much more interesting. The concert ended with us dancing the Can Can again and then we returned to school on the bus. We were very tired but had a lovely day.  Who knows, someone from Kilbirnie School may play in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra one day.

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra playing in Te Marae

Story time with Hamish

Listening to the amazing Symphony Orchestra
Dancing to the Can Can music

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