Edmonton Primary School

A grant to Edmonton Primary School in Te Atatu, Auckland was music to its students’ ears. The school received $780 to purchase 20 ukuleles for its ukulele music group.

Edmonton Primary hopes the new ukuleles will encourage its pupils to develop an appreciation for the arts and enhance their creativity.

“We believe that experience in the arts during schooling provides individuals with the necessary skills, confidence and joy to continue to practice arts throughout their lives,” says Kathy McCarthy, Edmonton Primary School.

Mazda Foundation trustee and ex-Edmonton School pupil Connie Miller was excited to revisit her old school to present the cheque.

“It was fantastic to be able to assist the school’s music department as well as come back and see how much the grounds had changed!” says Miller.

The ukulele group are now attending weekly music lessons and plan to perform with their new instruments at the school Christmas show and at the 2011 New Zealand Ukulele Festival.