DURING their visit to the region, Mr Andrew Fairley and Tim Mathieson stopped at the Mooroopna Primary School to enjoy a concert performed as a part of the Heinze School Music Program.
Mooroopna Primary School began teaching violin in term 4, 2010 as a pilot program, before being implemented as a part of the full time curriculum in March this year, the program was unveiled as the ‘Heinze School Music Program’ prior to the Fairley Lecture during the week.
The Heinze School Music Program was named after Sir Bernard Heinze born in Shepparton in 1894, who enjoyed a decorated career in music and was fondly known amongst people at the time for pioneering free music concerts for students.
The Heinze School Music Program is supported by a number of patrons including Mr Andrew Fairley, Tim Mathieson, Mayor Geoff Dobson as well as Indigenous Soprano and special guest compere, Deborah Cheetham.
Mooroopna Primary School Principal, Steve Rogers said, “Our school is very committed to the program. Through the Heinze School Music Program, Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation and the Pratt Foundation we’ve received funding for a three-year violin program for all students.”
“We firmly believe that arts, including music, is essential for learning because it enables learning unlike any other method.”
“It was wonderful to have Tim Mathieson at the concert as a patron and Mr Andrew Fairley among a number of other trustees. It was very exciting for the children to meet some dignitaries of the stature of these two and for the children to demonstrate how excited they are about this program, which really showed through in the smiles on their faces during the concert,” Mr Rogers said.