Children’s Day 2017 – Dive into the Deep!

BC Orff members are welcome to come and watch students explore a well-loved children’s tale, The Pout-Pout Fish, which deals with the theme of discovering who we really are, through a cast of characters from deep in the ocean. Spoken word, singing, creation, percussion, dance and drama will all be incorporated by Orff specialists, Curtis Mathewson, Sonja Karlson and Dawn Haylett. At the end of the day, students will bring the story to life in a casual sharing for friends and family.

Who can participate? BC Orff members are welcome to bring up to 5 students (Grades 4-6) to participate in the day.


Who can observe? Any BC Orff members and teachers in the Burnaby School District.


Cost? Free! Although free, please register so we can plan for the appropriate number.


Registration: Contact


Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, Friday, November 24, 2017

Sharing performance 3:00 p.m.


Location: Buckingham Elementary School, 6066 Buckingham Ave., Burnaby


What to bring: Your lunch.


Friday, November 24, 2017 – 9:00am to 3:30pm


Buckingham Elementary School

6066 Buckingham Ave, Burnaby, BC

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Dawn Haylett, Sonja Karlson and Curtis Mathewson

Dawn Haylett

Dawn Haylett teaches an Orff program and Band at York House School in Vancouver. She is passionate about the possibility within the Prff process for students and teachers to develop their skills and creativity. She plays French Horn professionally in the Greater Vancouver area.

Sonja Karlson

Sonja has been teaching in the public school systems for seventeen years. She taught piano since she was fourteen years old. Sonja has a Bachelor of Music Degree and Bachelor of Education degree from UBC. She is currently enrolled at SFU in the Masters of Arts Education degree. Sonja has her Orff Level three and is the Past President of the BC Orff Chapter.

Curtis Mathewson

Curtis Mathewson is a percussionist, composer, and educator. He currently teaches K-7 music with the Vancouver School Board and is the music director and composer for Eastside Story Guild, a children’s interdisciplinary performing arts ensemble in East Van. Curtis was the music director and performer with SWARM, an action drumming ensemble that mixed movement with music, using invented instruments. He has given workshops on using marimbas in music education and is a Level III certified Orff specialist.