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Te Rangi School Camps
Review from 2014

Six kids from Rata Street and four kids from Pomare School were lucky enough to have an amazing fun experience in Otane, Hawkes Bay. We went on a Drama and Music Camp. Two Rotary clubs, one from the Hutt and one from Wellington sponsored us. Kevin and Ken came to help. The teachers chose carefully because they wanted kids who loved drama, music and were well behaved. All the fun is in this story, read and find out what we did! It was spectacular. Diana G
After we had an amazing breakfast on the first morning, it was time for our first lesson. Mary had told us that every actor had to learn to work with a group. We did fun games that would teach us how to: speak clearly in front of an audience and use our initiative. One of my favourite games to play was “The Sound Game”. This game was teaching us to use our initiative. One kid had to start at the front of the room and do one action and one noise. The rest of us would, one by one join on by adding a new sound and action. No one told us when to go and who to go – we had to use our initiative. Our first lesson made us exhausted! I’m glad that I was chosen for Drama Camp – it was incredible! Nina P
We had to write and perform our own play about a mean and greedy King. We were learning to be someone else because when you are doing a play you must be a different person, or the play won’t go well. I had been in a statue mode for a long time and then I had to say, “Halt! Who goes there?” (To surprise the crowd.) We had to use different personalities to tell the story. King (mean), Queen (kind). In the beginning we weren’t very good but by the end of rehearsals we were great. Rex
Every morning a chef (Mr D) cooked our breakfast. We had a real chef to prepare and cook our morning and afternoon teas, lunch and dinner, but we could create our own desserts. We had cereals, ham, eggs and delicious sausages served at the long bench. For dinner we had something more appropriate like vege and slow roast beef. We had super yummy food. Cole
It wasn’t all about acting. We had lots of other fun too. On the cold frosty mornings we would climb up the slopes and slide down on the mini sleds. We got so hot that we didn’t feel the cold. One of our favourite things was horse riding. We put on our helmets, got on the saddles and were lead around. We had one horse without a saddle. Ouch! The spine was skinny and boney. We also played in the sand pit and on the swing. It was flabagastic. Isaac K
We also learnt to write and sing a song. This is my story.
Diana and I attended the music workshop with Peter playing the acoustic guitar. We made our song by first brainstorming things we really enjoyed, like our family, friends and games we really liked to play. We took those things and wrote them in lyrical form. Peter helped us shape the words to fit the tune he played. We put the words and music together, then Peter sang while playing the acoustic guitar and then we sang.
Our brand new song sounded pretty good. Our song was recorded to be burnt onto a CD. I’m looking forward to hearing it again and sharing with mum, dad and my brother Nathan. It was a very creative experience and I learned you can write a song about anything. I had and awesome time and enjoyed myself. David W
On the way up we were very noisy getting to know each other and singing loudly too. On the way back we were a lot quieter because we were exhausted from our amazing drama and music experience.

Review Ruapotaka School Auckland March 2015

Mary and Peter were fantastic. We were so impressed. Gael  Ruapotaka School March 17th 2015

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Review St Anne’s Catholic primary School Auckland 2015

…was voted the best we have ever had. Mary and Peter were absolutely fabulous, they kept the children entertained the whole time including two of our special needs children who normally don’t sit still for anyone. We (the staff) loved … Continue reading

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A review of Te Rangi Festival, Otane. I Was a Te Rangi Virgin by Tony Burt

This is not as the title may suggest a titillating coming of age tale but rather my first experience of Te Rangi music festival, although you could be mistaken with a viewing of some of the pics from the Weekend. … Continue reading

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Review from Picton/Blenheim Libraries

Feb 2013 ‘…one thing that really stood out for me (as well as the great storytelling and music) was the incredible job you did in giving meaningful feedback to the children who came up and participated. One often hears praise … Continue reading

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Porirua Children’s Librarian, Bee Trudgeon July 2012

‘When I was a kid rhubarb was something my dad cut from the garden to save money on breakfast and no amount of sugar on top could sweeten our palettes. It’s quite a turn-around for me to have become a … Continue reading

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Morningside School Whangarei

Hi Mary and Peter, A couple of years ago you visited our school…we all rate yours as being amoung the best performances we have seen in all our years in education, so much so that we would love to have you … Continue reading

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Auckland Folk Festival 2010

(picture Jane Fromont) 8th Feb 2010 Dear Mary and Peter, ‘Your concert performances were outstanding and lots of fun. You really are a fantastic storyteller Mary and Peter’s musical accompaniment was the perfect embellishment to your tales. You two have … Continue reading

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Auckland Folk Festival 2010

Dear Peter and Mary, Fantastic shows, you are so funny- so kind to children- so entertaining-so read the audience and respond 100% , managing to make everyone feel great- I loved each performance- you are both so amazing and talented … Continue reading

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Glistening Waters NZ Nat. Storytelling Festival two certainly know how to wow your audiences. The totally satisfied look on their faces as they leave the hall is amazing. people commented on your interactive storytelling as a welcome contrast and a lovely reminder of stories of … Continue reading

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Ngatapa School May 2009

Mary and Peter are a wonderful duo. They kept the whole school entertained. The interactive nature of her storytelling is magic and will be remembered by Ngatapa School for a long time. Sonia Turnbull Ngatapa School

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