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A combined mass choir meets for practice at Waihī College with musical director Roshan Tuivavalagi, centre. Photo: SUPPLIED

Seven schools set to sing

A combined mass choir concert is set to take place at the Waihī College Hall on June 26, organised by the Waihī Kāhui Ako – a cluster of schools in the area who work together to achieve educational outcomes for their students.
Seven Schools Sing is an initiative that will showcase students, between years five and eight, who will perform for their families, friends and community.
Led by musical director Roshan Tuivavalagi, with the support of Waihī College music teacher Mr Randall, kids from the following schools will take part in the event: Waihī Central School, Waihī East School, Waihī Beach School, Waihī College, St Joseph’s Waihī, Waimata School and Te Wharekura o Te Waitangi o Ohinemuri.
The evening will also include special guest artists – the Waihī College music department.
Project leader Dorette Hartley said a big focus for the Waihī Kāhui Ako was children’s wellbeing and giving them an opportunity to do things they love.
“We noticed how much the kids loved singing and music so we looked at how could we offer that experience to kids in a collective way.”
Dorette said tickets to the concert were free, but need to be booked through the Humanitix website to “make sure there’s seats for everyone”.
There will be a private matinee for the participating schools cohorts, who will get to support their peers before the evening’s event.
DETAILS: Seven Schools Sings concert is at 5.30pm on June 26 at the Waihī College Hall. Find tickets here:

A cluster of Waihī Schools gather to practice for their upcoming mass choir concert on June 26. Photo: SUPPLIED