sKids Holiday Ukelele Workshop

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Smiling assassins Joel Pecken(6) Rawiri Rikihana (10) and Te Are Temara-Tuirirangi (7) have turned their musical  instruments into something much more practical
Smiling assassins Joel Pecken(6) Rawiri Rikihana (10) and Te Are Temara-Tuirirangi (7) have turned their musical
instruments into something much more practical

Sonia South and her sKids Holiday Programme support team start at 7.30 in the morning, and don’t go home before six at night. Last Tuesday they had 24 children booked, aged from 5 to 14.

Rochelle Hopping is the cheerful Programme Manager, while Sonia and her staff of 3 provide backup.

Shane McAlister from the Ukulele Institute of Wellington was here to run a ukulele workshop. After lunch he’s off to Levin to run another sKids workshop. I don’t know how he does it. The sound of lots of children plucking ukeleles was not exactly mellifluous, but everyone seemed to be having a great time.

Hadfield Hall has never been so busy. Vicar Ian Campbell has done a brilliant job of making the place a safe haven for school children. They have swings in the trees, shade umbrellas for protection from the sun, and unlimited space for the children’s self-expression.

The afternoon, after a period of ‘quiet time’ was devoted to Instrument Making. The instruments were meant to be kazoos, shakers, trumpets and thundersticks, but some of the more ingenious children hijacked the occasion, and the ‘instruments’ bore an uncanny resemblance to weapons of mass destruction. Boys will be boys!

Shane McAlister sings reggae, while James Stent the drummer looks on
Shane McAlister sings reggae, while James Stent the drummer looks on

Everyone had a jolly good time. Reporters were assassinated, photographers shot, and all the supervisors retained their good humour. How they do it, goodness knows.

sKids have spaces in their after school care programme — the more the merrier! for more info sonia@skids.co.nz 06 364 8852 or 027 7391986