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Welcome to Music 2023!





Maori Battalion.

Maori Battalion march to victory!

Maori Battalion staunch and true.

Maori Battalion march to glory

and take the honour of the people with you.

And we’ll march, march, march to the enemy.

And we’ll fight right to the end.

For God, for King and for country. Aue!

Ake! Ake! Kia kaha e!


It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

It’s a long way to Tipperary
It’s a long way to go.
It’s a long way to Tipperary
To the sweetest girl I know

Goodbye Piccadilly
Farewell Leicester Square

It’s a long, long way to Tipperary
But my heart’s right there.



 Hippity hop!

     E tu! Time to get hopping!


 Five Little Bunnies

Hippity hop
And Hippity Hey!
Five little bunnies went out to play.

Hippity hop
And hippity hey!
One little bunny hopped away.
Uh huh, Oo ooo………etc.

 Easter Rhythm Play Alongs.

    Time to get the shakers out, and play along.


Easter Egg Rhythm Play Along 2



There is a rabbit with a pink nose

Floppy Ears and a fluffy tail

And bunny is his name – o




And Bunny is his name – o.


 Boom Chicka Boom!


  ‘Clap, Clap, Bop, Bop, Side to Side.’


‘Clap, clap, bop, bop, side to side. x2

Everybody knows how to do this jive.

Clap, clap, bop, bop, side to side.  REPEAT


Now pat your knees, (pat, pat, pat, pat).

Shuffle your hands, (shuffle, shuffle).

Roll your arms, (r-o-l-l)

Let’s do it again!




    If you enjoyed the ‘Clap Clap Song’ last week, you can try it again.

The notes we need are C, F and G.

(Those without a Boomwhacker can play along with the woodblocks, then swap the next time around.)


  This is another ‘Boomwhacker Play Along.’  We need different colours this time.  C, D and E.


  ‘I can play on the Beat.’

      Practise playing on the beat with a ‘Woodblock’ or ‘Tapping Sticks.’


‘I can play on the beat, on the beat,

I can play, play, play all day.

I can play on the beat, on the beat,

I can play, play, play, play, play.

I can play it up high, I can play it down low,

I can play it to the left, now don’t you know?

I can play it up high, I can play it down low,

I can play and then I STOP!


I can play very quickly on the beat…….

I can play very slowly on the beat………

I can play very quickly on the beat……..




Try the signing for ‘Three Little Birds.’


‘Three Little birds Rhythm Play Along’

(You can use the Shakers or Drumsticks and Buckets to play along.)


Watch this ‘Music Note Time Values’ refresher before you start.

Remember not to play on the Rests.



Pakipaki, pakipaki clap x2

Pakipaki 1, 2, 3.

Come and clap along with me.

Pakipaki tamariki ma.


Pekepeke, jump……

Kanikani, dance……

Hurihuri, turn…….

Takahia, stamp……..


    You need a shaker for this song. Don’t forget to stop on time!


Play on your instuments, play on your instruments, play and play and STOP! x2

Play it in the air, play it on the ground.

Play very it very straight.

Let’s all play it round and round now………




Watch this video to see how to hold and play the Boomwhackers.


(Please hold and play these carefully so they don’t get dents in them!

Tap them on the palm of your hand.)


  Have a go at playing along to ‘The Clap Clap song.’

You need Red (C), Light Green (F), and Dark Green (G).

Those without a Boomwhacker can play along with the shakers, then swap the next time around.



Classics for Kids

This week’s listening is from a composer called ‘Antonio Vivaldi.’

Vivaldi was born in 1678 in Venice!

Listen to some of the clip below and see if you recognise his music.

This is the famous ‘Four Seasons.’

Notice that this piece is played by stringed instruments and a harpsichord.

Do you remember the names of each of the stringed instruments?


The following video explains what Vivaldi was trying to achieve with

‘The Four Seasons.’


Here is a ‘Spring’ rhythm play along.  You need the ‘Drum Kit’ for the first and last section, and the ‘Shakers’ to play the quavers or ‘ti-ti’ in the middle section.

Pay attention to the ‘Dynamics.’

p for piano means softly.

f for forte means loudly.

Watch out for the rests. Have fun!



Hey, hey it’s time for music,

Hey, hey, let’s have some fun.

Let’s all clap our hands together,

Come on join in everyone.


Let’s all stamp our feet together…….

Let’s all roll our arms together……..

Let’s all slap our knees together……


Let’s clap our hands and stamp our feet

And roll our arms and slap our knees on the beat!



This is a great song

about riding your bike.

Get a shaker and shake along!

I like to ride my bicycle, I ride it every day.

I ride it when I go to school and when I want to play.

I pedal all around the town.

I pedal round and round and round!

I pedal up hill and don’t you know,

I can even pedal fast, I can even pedal slow.


I like to ride my bicycle, I pedal everywhere.

Anywhere you need to go, a bike can take you there.

I pedal up, I pedal down,

I pedal round and round and round.

I always stop to say hello.

But if I’m late for dinner I can go, go, go!


I like to ride my bicycle, it’s easy as can be

I like to ride my bicycle and you can ride with me!



(You need a drum and a shaker for this song.)

Have fun playing on the beat!


I can beat on my drum, on my drum, x3

I can beat and then I can stop!

I can shake my shaker, shake it up and down.

I can shake my shaker, shake it all around.

I can shake my shaker, shake it up and down.

I can shaker my shaker and put it on the ground!




How did you get on with the signing for ‘He Honore’ and the ‘Sevens’ body percussion?

Keep practising these.


This week’s listening is from a composer called Edvard Grieg.


Classics for Kids

Grieg wrote a piece of music called ‘In the Hall of the mountain King.’

Listen to this music clip and see if you recognise it. I think you will!


Now listen to the first show about Grieg and see if you can answer the questions below.


What country did Greig come from?

What instrument did he play?

Who was his first teacher?

What did he do to miss out on school?

What was a ‘Conservatory?’

Where did he go to study music?

What is a Fiord?

What was ‘Peer Gynt?’


Watch this clip of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ Body Percussion.

This is the ‘Body Avlaia Group.’


If you would like to try it, there is a tutorial below. 

(Just try the first section to start off with.)


‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ play along.

Play along watching the notation. 

You could use the shakers or tap on your desk with your hands or some pencils!



Kia ora, means ‘Hello.’

Kei te pehea koe, means ‘How are you?’

Kei te pai ahau, means ‘Very well thank you.’

It’s time to learn Te Reo Maori today.


      Try this one from last week again and practise playing on the beat.  (You need a drum from the Drum kit.)


Using the drums again, we are practising playing the rhythm ‘Ta ti-ti ta.’

 (Start with clapping and drum in the second verse.)


                                                    Ta       ti – ti    ta         (Rest)


‘Let’s clap our hands – Ta ti-ti- ta      x3

At music time today.

We can clap, we can clap, we can clap our hands,

We can keep the beat all day long.

We can clap, we can clap, we can clap our hands,

We can keep the beat and sing along.


Let’s play the drum, Ta ti-ti ta………..


       ‘So – Me at the Pole.’




He Honore – This is a beautiful version of this waiata.

Listen in and try the signing.



This starts slowly as you learn but gets faster as the rounds progress.

Can you keep up?


Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Rhythm Challenge!

(You need a shaker for this.  Watch the notation carefully and join in!)


How did you get on with the rhythm challenge?  The ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ is a famous piece of music written by a composer called Tchaikovsky. 

Classics for Kids


You can find out more about Tchaikovsky here, and listen to a recording about his life and work.


Songs about the SEA.

1.  Kina Kina Song.

Do you know what these sea creatures are? Listen to the song to find out. See if you can do the actions.


2.  Slippery Fish.

   Join in with the actions!

3.  A Sailor Went to Sea.

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,

To see what he could see, see, see.

But all that he could see, see, see,

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.


A sailor went to chop, chop, chop,

To see what he could chop, chop, chop.

But all that he could chop, chop, chop,

Was the bottom of the deep blue chop, chop, chop.


A sailor went to knee, knee, knee,

To see what he could knee, knee, knee.

But all that he could knee, knee, knee,

Was the bottom of the deep blue knee, knee, knee.


A sailor went to sea, chop, knee,

To see what he could see, chop, knee.

But all that he could see, chop, knee,

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, chop, knee.



       So – Me…… Oh and Romeo.


Can you do ‘The Hands Challenge’ yet?  Keep practising!


Rhythm Challenge No.2

You need a bucket and two drumsticks.   

Boys play first and girls do the echo.

Watch out for the rests!


New BOOMWHACKER  song for this week:  ‘Surface Pressure.’


Time to relax and listen to ‘Harvard THUD’ play Pink Panther and Ghostbusters.


       Find a place around the room to do the actions for this song.  Listen carefully so you know when to STOP!


“I walk and walk, my two feet like to walk and then I stop!

I jump and jump……

I jog and jog……..

I skip and skip…….


Slip, slop, slap.

     This is a great song, to remind us about being safe in the sun.  Have a listen.


 The Great African Takeaway. (Year 2 and 3, this one is good for you.)

This is 8 minutes long, so just do what you have time for. It gets harder as it goes along. 

Can you keep two rhythms going at the same time?


‘So – Me’ stories by Stuart Manins.

        No.3 ‘So – Me Meets the Boss.’


I would love to know how you are getting on with the ‘Body Percussion.’

Have you tried ‘Dance Monkey’ yet?  If you’ve mastered that, there is the HANDS CHALLENGE to try this week.






Here is this week’s warm up.  This time we are descending (going down).

Remember to start with the ‘High C’ and progress down.  


Are you standing in the right order?  Check with the picture above.



If you managed to play ‘We Don’t talk about Bruno’ last week, ‘Dance Monkey’ is next!

(Remember to tap them in the palm of your hand.)




Wake Up!

     This is a great song to get us moving. Find a space around the room and join in.


Shake it on your shaker!

      Time to get a shaker and join in.

‘Shake it on your shaker, shake it up high.

Shake it down low and from side to side.

Tap it on your hip and tap it on your knee.

Tap it in front very loudly, softly, slowly, quickly……..’


Round and round we go!

     For this song you need  1 streamer each so you can copy the actions.


 ‘Boom, snap, clap.’ Year 2 and 3, this one is good for you.

       Body percussion!


 Rhythm Reading (Year 2/3)

      Practise clapping these rhythms from last week. 


   ‘So – Me’ stories by Stuart Manins.

        No.2 ‘So – Me and the Spider.’




Time to have some fun with the Boomwhackers. 

These are plastic tubes which each make the sound of a note in the scale of ‘C’.

There are eight notes.  The picture above shows you the order of the notes. When you have a note, you need to put yourself in a line

in the same order as the picture above.  There will be more than one of you for each note, so stand in a group together.


Have you noticed that there are two red notes?  The red notes are both ‘C’. The longest one is a LOW C and the short one is a HIGH C.

Watch this video to see how to hold and play the Boomwhackers.


(Please hold and play these carefully so they don’t get dents in them!

Tap them on the palm of your hand.)

Now for some fun………..

First exercise below. Watch the video and play along.


If you have time, try playing along to ‘We don’t talk about Bruno.’ 

You have to really concentrate to keep up.

(NOTE: There is no ‘E‘ or ‘A‘ in this piece. Yellow and Purple.)

                                      Have a go!


Here is a video of the signing for ‘Pepeha.’ It’s not too fast, so it’s a great one to try and follow along with. Everyone can try this!

Check it out…….


 Feeling the Beat.

     An action song helping us to keep the beat.

                                                                                           ‘Clapping my hands, feeling the beat.

Tapping my nose, feeling the beat.

Wriggling my hips, feeling the beat.

Bending my knees, feeling the beat.

Walking, stamping, jumping, hopping.’


 Roll your hands around.

     The words for this are below. You can say them as an echo and try the actions.


‘Roll your hands around and bang them on the ground.

Reach them way up high, fingers in the sky.

Run them down your body, right down to your toes.

Jump and jump them up again,

And land them on your nose!’


Shaky, shaky egg!

     Time to get out the shakers and join in.



 ‘Bim Bam.’ Year 2 and 3, this one is good for you.

       Body percussion!


  Rhythm Reading (Year 2/3)

      Try clapping along to these rhythms, or you may like to use the shakers.


  ‘So – Me’ stories by Stuart Manins.

       This is a lovely way to ‘warm down.’  No.1 ‘So – Me Goes Missing.’        


Believer! – Imagine Dragons


Here comes the ADVANCED version……..

If you’ve mastered the first version, you may like to try this!


Rhythm Challenge No. 2


For this exercise you need the buckets and drumsticks. 

Split the class in half so one side plays first and the second plays the echo.

It gets faster so you really need to concentrate.

Watch out for the rests!
































Here is a video of the NZ Ukulele Squad playing ‘Catching Feelings’ by Drax project.  Check it out and sing along if you know it.


And……..’Three Little Birds’


Kiwi Kidsongs

There are lots of great songs to learn in this collection.

Warm Pacific Greetings is here too.  If you have a favourite, let me know!  

Click on the link to check them out.




This is a great listening activity.


  1. Press play to listen to the piece of music. Listen once through before starting the music maps activity.
  2. Drag and drop the tiles, to reorder them in the order that they happen in the music.
  3. When you think you have the order correct, click “Check My Music Map” to find out.


When you click on the link below, scroll down till you get to ‘Music Maps.’


Hello again!   Here is another piece of Body Percussion to try out this week.

It has a great rhythm. I really like it.  Give it a go.




Minuet in G by BACH

This is a well known piece of Music by BACH and it’s fun to play along to. (I think you will recognise it when you hear it.) You can start with the top line, and if you’re really clever you can do both lines at once. It gets faster too!




Johann Sebastian Bach

One of my all-time favourite composers! 

Click on the link to find out more about Bach and try the Quiz.  See how many you can get right.

A person who plays the cello is called a cellist.
The cello is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.
It is a member of the violin family of musical instruments.

Yo-Yo Ma is a famous Cellist.  Listen to this video of him playing Bach’s Cello Suite No.1

Yo-Yo Ma – Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude






Play the link and join in.


I See a Song

I see a song invites us on a magical musical journey.  

But can you really see a song?


Listen and Draw

Grab your pens, pencils and paintbrushes!

Some of our APO players will play you a piece of music while you draw.

How does the music make you feel and what does the music make you think of?



This is really fun!  Click on the link and have a go at drawing your own graphic notation.  

Try using dots, swirls, lines, long and short lengths, then push the play button to see how it sounds.

You can also change the instruments by changing the colours used at the bottom of the screen.

Have Fun!



Here is a musical note refresher. 

Watch the video, then test yourself at the end to see if you can remember them all.



This next activity is to help us learn to read the names

of the notes on a music staff.


A staff looks like this:

This staff has a Treble Clef. 

Notes sit on the lines and in the spaces. 


Here is a great video to help us learn the note names.

See if you can get some right at the end.


Every good boy deserves football! 

This is a good song to help us memorise the note names.


Have a go at drawing a 5 line stave and treble clef

and naming all the notes on the stave.

You could test yourself with someone else in your bubble.

If you have some chalk you could create your own composition on the pavement!



Just for fun, check out this video of a person playing 

Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld – Can Can so amazingly!



It’s Tuvalu Language Week this week.



This is a lovely welcome song for us to learn.



Musical Fruits!

Tap or clap along…….


Rhythm Challenge No. 2

This one gets faster! See if you can keep up and stay in time.


Guess the Sound.

How many can you get right?


Time to get creative!

Do you remember the Ocean Drum in the Music Room?

It really sounds like the ocean. 

Here are some instructions for how to make one with things that you may have at home. 

I would love to see and hear them when we’re back at school.




Sevens Body Percussion Game


Rhythm Challenge No.1

Time to grab a saucepan and a spoon or something to tap it with and play along.

Watch out for the rests.  It gets faster at the end!

Click the link and have a go.


The Can Can! 

This is a famous piece of music by a composer called ‘Offenbach.’

(I think you will recognise it.)

If you have a ball, you could play along in time with the music. If you have two or more, then you could try this with your family and pass the ball in the second section. 

(You can try this with any sort of ball. Basket ball, tennis ball, table tennis ball, small bouncy ball….)




Watch the video then have a go!


Time to relax and watch this next video about the Oboe.

Do you know what an oboe sounds like?

Buzz from Whoa Studios has a chat with Camille from the APO

about this cool instrument.

(If you are able to, there is a great activity sheet about the oboe which you can download.)



Jacques Offenbach

Offenbach is the composer who wrote the ‘Can Can’, but it’s proper name is

‘Orpheus in the Underworld.’

Click the link below to have a listen.


I think I would like this hand sanitiser in the Music Room!


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Kia ora koutou! It’s Māori Language week.

Have you heard Six60’s new song ‘Pepeha?’  I really like it. Check it out below. The video shows clips of them in the recording studio. The lyrics are included, so we can sing along.


Kei te pēhea koe? 

Here is a great song to help us practise asking our friends and family how they are.


Ngā Rā o te Wiki

Can you remember the days of the week in Māori?

This is another good song to help us memorise them.

Sing along and maybe test yourself at the end!


Taonga Pūoro

Māori Musical Instruments











                                     Nguru – Nose Flute                                                                                                                                   Koauau


                                     Pumoana – Shell Trumpet                                                                                                                                Putorino




Click on the link below to find out about Taonga Pūoro. 

When were they used and why? What materials were they made from?


Here are two recordings by Dr Hirini Melbourne.


These waiata use Taonga Pūoro to make the sounds of birds.

Listen right to the end to hear the sounds of NZ native birds.





Karanga Weka


I love the sound that the Kōauau makes. Listen to the video in the link below. 

How do you feel when you listen to the sound of the Kōauau?

How is it played?


What sounds can you make by blowing into different objects to copy the sounds made by the wind and birds?

Try whistling through cupped hands, blow across or into bamboo (4-6cm pieces), blades of grass,

glass bottles of different sizes, bones, shells, recorders, whistles.


How to make a Kōauau.



Malo e lelei.  It’s Tongan Language Week!


Juniors, here is a lovely Tongan welcome song for us to learn.

Click the link and join in. 

Seniors, this one’s for you.

Ukulele Group if you have a uke at home, join in with the chords you know.



Musical Memory

This is a fun memory game with 3 levels. Have a go!


How are you getting on with learning ‘Warm Pacific Greetings’ and ‘Cover Me In Sunshine’?

Keep practising and when we are singing together at school again, we will sound amazing!



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Click on the link below to listen to some interesting shows about his life, then take the quiz and see how many questions you get right.

You can also listen to some clips of his music. 

Make sure you listen to the second clip: ‘Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, maman.’ 

What songs do we sing to this piece of music?

Here’s the link:


Just for fun……..try your hand at conducting!

Stand back and make sure you line yourself up carefully to fit inside the box. This is Mozart’s ‘A Little Night Music.’



Musical Instrument Bingo

This is a fun musical version of BINGO.

You need to start with the ‘Beginning’ level first and listen carefully to each instrument as it’s played,

then you can work your way up to ‘Advanced.’

See if you can get them all right. Some of them are pretty tricky!


How are you getting on with the ‘Hands Challenge?’  Matua Paul has sent me a video of his family doing it, and they are awesome!

Did you all hear the big storm last night?  That was such a lot of rain!  Which made me think of ‘rain sticks.’

Have you seen the colourful rain sticks in the Music Room? They make a really cool sound and are super easy to make. If you have a cardboard roll from baking paper or foil, that would be perfect.  Click on the link below for some helpful instructions.


Did you know that September is ‘Bee Aware Month?’

A month to help us remember to celebrate bees.

A famous Russian composer called  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, wrote a piece of music called ‘The Flight of the Bumble Bee.’  Listen to the piece of music in the link below, and see if YOU think it sounds like a bumble bee. It’s pretty amazing!



Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Click on the link below to read about his life.

Below is a show called ‘The Bees and the Birds.’ 

Check it out, then have a go at the quiz.


Juniors, this is a cute song called ‘The Bees Party Song.’ I think you’ll like it!



This is the Hands Challenge! 

See if you can learn it and keep up.  Perhaps just try it a bit at a time.  You may like to have a family challenge in your bubble and see if everyone can keep up. (You could make a video and send it to me! I would love to see it.)

Click the link below to get started.


Kia ora,  Talofa lava,  Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Kia orana, Fakaalofa, Ia orana!

Hello everyone!  Hope you are all keeping safe and well in your bubbles.  There are lots of fun bits and pieces for you to try on this music page. Today I’ve added the link to our new song, ‘Warm Pacific Greetings’ and also ‘Cover Me in Sunshine.’  Click on the links and sing along!


Instruments of the Orchestra

Click on the link below, to find out about the different sections of the Orchestra. You can click on each section to hear how they sound. You can also turn the names off, so you can test yourself and see how many instruments and sections you can remember. Have fun!


George meets the Orchestra!    (Click the link below and check it out.)



Antonio Vivaldi

Check out that hair!!!

Click on the link below to listen to some interesting shows about his life, then take the quiz and see how many questions you get right.

You can also listen to some clips of his music.  Are there any that you recognise?


Here’s another great song from ‘Juice Box’ called ‘Thankful.’


Check it out……..


Beat, beat, keep the beat…….

Click on the link below and have a go at keeping the beat, while you say the rhyme.  Can you make up your own rhyme to fit in the gaps?


Next we have another video from the Auckland Philharmonia to watch. This one is about the Clarinet. Check it out……

​If you’re feeling creative, you might like to watch Ingrid from the APO. She will show you how to make your own harp using things that you probably have at home.

​Recorder Players this one is for you. This video shows you how to play ‘Baby Shark.’ It only has 4 notes. B, A, G and High C.
Have a go!

Check out the latest Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra video about the Violin.

Here are some ‘Percussion Play-a-longs.’ All you need is a couple of cups and something to use as drum-sticks.
Juniors, this first one is for you. The next one is a bit more of a challenge!

(Practice with the Tutorial Video first, then play along with the Performance video.)

Junior Tutorial Video
Junior Performance Video
Senior Tutorial Video
Senior Performance Video


Have you tried the water xylophone yet?
​If you haven’t, give it a go. It’s really fun!


Here are some drum beats for you to try. You could use an upside down bucket and some chopsticks, or anything else you have handy.

These get pretty tricky! See how many you can do…….

This is a video of some kids drumming to ‘Pompeii.’ The tutorial is on the right if you’d like to try it.

This is a great song to get you moving in the mornings.


Hello again! I hope you have enjoyed trying some of the activities on our Music page so far. I will keep adding things throughout the lockdown, so keep coming back to check what’s new and interesting!

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra have some interesting videos about the instruments of the orchestra.
​I have posted the first one below. It’s about the French Horn. Check it out.
It makes some amazing sounds and you may recognise some of the melodies he plays.

​Juniors, here are some simple rhythms for you to clap along to.


Body Percussion Fun

Here are two different Body Percussion Games. They start slowly and get faster. See if you can keep up.


DIY Musical Crafts

The link below has some great ideas for making your own musical instruments. Wacky Guitars, Can Drums, Rainbow Tambourines, Rain sticks and more. Check it out.

Visit link

Water Xylophones

If you’re feeling creative, have a go at making your own Water Xylophone. This is lots of fun. Experiment putting different amounts of water in each glass to make the notes that you want. You can add food colouring as well if you have it. There are some examples to watch below

If you try this, I’d love to see a video, or some photos!

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Here are a couple of videos for you to clap, tap or play along to, to practise some rhythms. If you have one, grab a drum, or you could make your own shaker, with something like rice and a small container. Then you could decorate it.
​Send me a photo if you can. I’d love to see what you’ve been creating!

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​This first rhythm has Ta, Ti-ti and Zaa​

This one has Ta, Ti-ti and Too-oo.

Recorder Players, you could have a go at learning Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.

​There is a fantastic website called ‘Classics for Kids’ which is great to look at, if you’d like to find out about some more composers. The link is here……

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Just to make you smile!

Take care. See you soon.
Mrs Templeton x