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Lyrica Choir

Performing Arts Groups



Kelburn Normal School is well known for the quality of its choral groups. The school operates three choirs and they are well populated.

Tui Choir

This is our junior school choir and is led by Ali Laing.
9.00 to 9.30am on Wednesdays


This is an all-comers choir for children who love to sing. No audition is necessary and this is for children from year 3 upwards. This is led by Charles Bisley and Nicola Holt.
8.30 to 9.30 am on Wednesdays


This is an auditioned choir of for children from year 5 up. Auditions are held at the beginning of each year. Many children aspire to be in Lyrica choir as it has an excellent reputation around Wellington Central and is often invited to perform at community events. Lyrica tackles demanding songs and arrangements and is led by Nicola Holt and Charles Bisley.
8.30 to 9.30am on Thursdays

Orchestra and Instrumental Groups


Kelburn Normal School has a school orchestra led by Charles Bisley with assistance from Katharina Vautier and Rachel Smith.

It is well regarded.

8.30 to 9.30am on Tuesdays

Xylofun, our Xylophone/percussion ensemble,

for our year 4 to 6 students led by Katharina Vautier.

8.30 to 9.30am on Mondays


Little Xylofun

for our Year 2 and 3 students led by Katharina Vautier.

8.30 to 9.00am on Fridays

In addition to the orchestra, specialist  music teachers provide music lessons for individual children and/or groups before, during and after school. The school administers the programme, however, parents and tutors make a private agreement for the lessons. The music teachers work in with the school's music programme, so that students can play and sing in school ensembles. All our tutors are highly qualified and experienced, both as performers and teachers.

For teachers contact details please see below.

Kapa Haka


Kelburn has an active kapa haka programme. It is an integral part of our school and all children are welcome to be part of this.  The kapa haka perform regularly on behalf of the school at assemblies, events, and powhiri.

On Tuesday tamariki from year 1-4 engage with Jeremy to introduce and develop our youngest students with Kapa Haka.

Our oldest tamariki (Year 4-8) work with Henare and Kayleigh to fine tune their performance as well as learn new korero, waiata, rakau, haka.

8.30 to 9:30am on Fridays

Drama Club

Drama Club is a group for year 7 and 8 students who want to develop their speaking and drama skills, and enjoy improvising. It is taken by Mr Bisley. Over the year, students devise works and present performances, as well as taking part in the Shakespeare Globe Center of New Zealand's Primarily Playing Shakespeare event. 

8.30 to 9:30am on Mondays 


Kelburn has four bands where our year 5 to 8 children learn how to play together, develop their musicianship and skills. The bands are part of the school's instrumental learning scheme and are taken by two of our music teachers, Jeremy Desmond and Tristan Carter. Auditions are held at the beginning of each year as spaces are limited. The bands perform for school each term. Once a year one band is also selected to take part in the primary and intermediate school Rock Quest.

Times as agreed with the teachers.

Private Music Lessons

Our music teachers arrange their schedules at the beginning of each year. We advise you to contact them at the end of the previous year. If you have any queries about which instrument might be suitable for your child, please contact Charles Bisley.

Term Dates  2021

Term 1 - Thursday 4 February – Friday 16 April

Teacher Only Day: Thursday 1 April

NZ school holiday: Easter Tuesday – 6 April

Term 2 - Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July

Teacher Only Day: Friday 4 June

(just before Queen's Birthday)

Term 3 - Monday 26 July – Friday 1 October

Term 4 - Monday 18 October – Thursday 16 December

Teacher Only Day: Tuesday 26 October

(just after Labour weekend)

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Wellington 6012 

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