Music helping schoolchildren deal with quake

7:28 pm on 24 May 2011

Pupils and teachers at Wainoni School in Christchurch have turned to music to take their mind off earthquakes.

The quake-damaged school received about $10,000 in donations following February's disaster and chose to spend some of it on ukuleles for its students.

Principal Kym Wells says the inspiration to buy ukuleles came from the guitar playing and singing that united students and kept them calm on 22 February when the quake occurred.

Ms Wells says weekly classroom lessons have made a huge difference to the pupils' wellbeing and they are more eager to learn.

She hopes to attract sponsorship so the children can travel and perform for community groups and schools that donated money and supplies.