In October 2016 we launched the latest effort in our outreach programme, funding and running a free school holiday programme in Otara with the students from Sistema Aotearoa. This is an excerpt of an email from one of the Sistema staff.

Thank you so much for providing 52 of our Sistema Aotearoa students with a wonderful learning opportunity.

The week was hugely successful and we were so impressed with the expertise and teaching manner of Hamish, Phoebe and Cameron.

They were firm yet fun and friendly – exactly the style of approach that our students respond well to – and I think it showed in how focussed and receptive they were.

Every single child demonstrated noticeable personal growth, the activities embraced a whole new world that they had never experienced opening new aspirations. The 4 days reinforced their understanding of how much can be achieved when they work hard and work together as a team. This is something we work hard in in their orchestra sessions but to be able to see it as a transferable skill to another unfamiliar medium was very worthwhile.

The confidence and self discovery that the kids showed was exciting.

And the show!! Wow what a success. Our parents and community raved ...” they were brilliant. There are a few kids in that lot who HAVE to end up on the stage somehow!!” (email from a school principal today)

The success of this pilot programme has reinforced our commitment to opening up access to our activities to communities all over the Auckland Area, creating financial pathways to ensure that we truly are an all-access organisation.