Most of the 27 Queenstown Primary School pupils involved with the school's three rock bands. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Queenstown Primary School could be harbouring future rock
The school has 27 pupils in its three rock bands - Paper,
Scissors, Rock; Chocolate Thunder; and Candy Shop - and they
are the only primary school level bands entering the local
Big Break competition on May 30.
One band is made up of year 5 and year 6 pupils and the other
two are year 7 and year 8 pupils.
The teacher in charge of the bands, Tamsin Clark, said most
of the pupils had very little musical ability at the
beginning of the year.
A big task for her has been ''gelling'' the bands.
New Queenstown Primary School principal Fiona Cavanagh said
that through participation in the bands, the children
embraced the school's key competencies, including
collaborating and supporting other children.
The bands had their debut at the school's annual fair in
March and are now performing at school assemblies.
The Big Break concert was first produced by the charitable
trust Rock Formation in 2009, and the bands involved play to
a crowd of hundreds.
Rock Formation also registers bands for events such as the
Winter Festival and the Gibbston Valley Winery summer
- The Big Break competition is at the Queenstown Memorial
Centre on Friday, May 30.