Monday, 23 June 2014

Hei Konei Ra (Jagger)

Please learn this song!  It is a farewell song Te Roopu Whanau composed 2 years ago to say goodbye to our Year 6s.  It's sending a message that we will be lonely without them but we send them off with strength, pride, laughter and dancing!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

African Drumming Workshop Followed by Performance

You may remember Jennifer Moss, our previous music teacher?  Well, Jen has been working hard on a number of musical ventures since leaving us... one of them spreading the word about 'African Drumming'.  I am a passionate musician and aspiring drummer so I jumped at the chance to work with Jen and Robert Fugah (an African Drumming Specialist from Ghana). 

As the video says, we learnt 4 rhythms in less than an hour and then performed it to the rest of the senior school.  The drummers were amazing!  What great performers they were! 

I eventually nailed my part (not in this recording) though, it was running through my head for days afterwards...


What was your favourite part of the performance / workshop?

Monday, 19 May 2014

Te Roopu Whanau Hui Minutes 19/05/2014

Thank you for our catch up tonight! Looking forward to getting things up and going!

Nga mihi

Monday, 12 May 2014

Nei rā te reo - New Song learnt at Te Wananga O Raukawa!!


Audio and voice recording >>

Nei Rā Te Reo

Nei rā te reo
Te tangi o taku ngakau
Ku a haehae te tau o taku ate

Tangi tonu e
mō ngā aituā ko rātou kua wheturangitia
E kore e ngaro te mamae a u e

Nei rā te reo
Te tangi o taku ngakau
Ku a haehae te tau o taku ate

Tangi tonu e
mō ngā aituā ko rātou kua wheturangitia
E kore e ngaro te mamae a u e

Kei muri nei tātou te hunga ora
Kia mahi ai ngā mahi anga tūpuna

Tangi tonu e
mō ngā aituā ko rātou kua wheturangitia
E kore e ngaro te mamae a u e

Kei muri nei tātou te hunga ora
Kia mahi ai ngā mahi anga tūpuna

Tangi tonu e
mō ngā aituā ko rātou kua wheturangitia
E kore e ngaro te mamae a u e...a u e...a u e



Nā Te Piki Kotuku Kereama i tito Ngāti Manomano, Ngāti Raukawa

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Kōrero Pāhekoheko - Interactive conversations

This is an awesome online resource to learn and practice Te Reo Maori. This term we are focussing on conversations around Kai. Have a go! Just click on the photo! He rawe te korero Maori!


Thursday, 10 April 2014

An elite team of Russell Street School's Kapa Haka, Te Roopu Whanau put together an amazing performance to open a Women's Health Conference in Palmerston North.  Check us out!
 

Te Roopu Whanau Minutes 10.04.2014

Kia ora whanau! Many thanks for sharing your thoughts today at our meet and greet cup of tea. Here are the minutes of our session.


Nga Mihi
Nic

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Learning about Hau

We have started learning a new waiata this week called Hau. Hau was a famous Maori warrior who went looking for his wife (who'd gone missing...). As he searched he came across many beautiful rivers and places. He named the Manawatu river Manawatu (heart + stood still) because it was so beautiful that it made his heart stand still! 

So today we used our Kapa Haka seniors to tell the juniors about the story of Hau. Now we understand the story, we can perform the waiata better!





Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Advanced Ukes Rock n' Roll!

 I was lucky enough to be walking past Room 1 this morning to catch the end of the advanced uke group practicing! You guys are sounding awesome! What do you think?
 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

WALT keep the Beat (Takahia) together

Today we focused on keeping all of our takahia the same. We were focussing on it because when we all perform together, it sounds and looks a little bit funny all going at different times. Here is nga tama going first. 


And now nga kotiro had a go. Kotiro need to swing their hips. Check out their first go:


Please watch your videos and critique how well you kept the beat. We will post another video next week to see how we have improved. 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Ukulele's a Go!

The uke group is starting off with strum this morning with Jenny! Such beautiful sounds coming from Room 1 this morning.