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Featured we have our annual Dance Showcase Collections in Week 10, as well as Talent Quest! Check dates to follow, and add to your list of must-sees to support the incredible work of junior and senior students in these annual showcases of talent.

Recently we enjoyed Reflections, our Y13 Dance Showcase. Enjoy the dance photography by Nina Gastreich in this issue. If you missed the show, make sure you get along to see Collections showcasing the best of senior choreography across L1-3 Dance. Shows are Week 10 – Wednesday 26th September 3.30pm and 7pm – Thursday 27th September – lunchtime – Y11 Show, TAPAC Theatre.

Good luck to all involved in Talent Quest on Friday 28th September. Talent Quest has always showcased a phenomenal range of performance and is a marvelous way for students to celebrate the end of term with their peers.

Coming up next term we have the Senior Art Portfolio Exhibition on Wednesday 31st October. For one day only please join us in celebrating the work of our seniors finishing Level 1 Practical Art, Level 2 and 3 Art Design, Painting and Photography. Also, the Western Springs Media Film Gala on Thursday 25th October, 8pm at The Bridgeway Theatre showcasing a selection of the senior films and lastly our annual Junior Arts Festival – Friday 16th November which showcases fine talent coming through in all junior areas of the Arts.

We look forward to supporting students with their learning journey in the Arts next year. With subject selection deadlines at the end of term we encourage you to get in touch with any questions relating to courses in Art, Dance, Drama, Media and Music. Head of Department, Arts Faculty contact details are:

Art – Lily Laita:, Dance – Chloe Davison:, Drama – Robert Pollock:, Media – Deb Thompson: and Music – Margaret Robertson:

Kirsty Britton – Arts Coordinator

Congratulations – 13Dance in “Reflections”

Congratulations Year 13 Dance students on an excellent showcase of choreography and production design in the TAPAC Theatre in August. At Level 3, NCEA Dance students conceptualise, choreograph and realise a complete dance work worth 8 credits.  Reflections showcased these exciting student dances exploring aspects of World War One and its impact on men and women in Aotearoa.  Students studied The New Zealand Dance Company’s Rotunda by Shona McCullagh as an example of professional choreography and researched a topic inspired by this dance and World War One.

Thanks to lighting designer Tim Williams for teaching Dance students how to light dance, and helping them to design effective lighting to support their choreography. Six of the dances are being submitted for Dance Scholarship.

Finally, don’t miss our annual Dance Showcase in Week 10 Collections! Wednesday 26 September 3.30pm and 7pm, Thursday 27 September – lunchtime – Year 11 Show, TAPAC Theatre. Koha entry.

HOD Dance – Chloe Davison

Western Springs Film Gala

The world famous in Western Springs Film Gala is on Thursday 25th October, 8pm at The Bridgeway Theatre. The Film Gala showcases a selection of the 2018 Senior Media Studies films. You’ll be delighted by Music Videos, Short Films and Documentaries made by Year 11, 12, and 13 students this year.

Tickets will be available from the Media Studies department the first week in Term 4. Tickets are free but we ask for a gold donation, please, which will go to our chosen charity Canteen. And everyone goes into the draw for a prize pack. See you there!

Deb Thompson – HOD Media

Timetable for Final day of Term 3
Junior Talent Quest, Senior Talent Quest


9 – 9.15  Form time Form Time
9.15 – 10.15 Period 1 Classes as normal, JUNIOR talent quest participants to the hall
10:15-11:15 Period 2 Junior Talent Quest. ALL juniors and period 2 junior class teachers in the hall. Seniors in class.
11:15-11:40                                                                  Interval
11:40- 12:35 Period 3 Classes as normal. SENIOR talent quest participants to the hall.
12:35 – 1:10                             Lunch and Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori Market Day
1:15 – 2:15  Period 4 Senior Talent Quest. ALL seniors and period 4 senior class teachers in the hall. Juniors in class.
2:15 – 3:15  Period 5 Senior talent quest. ALL teachers of period 5 senior class teachers in the hall. Juniors in class.

HOD Music – Margaret Robertson


Extended Greetings

Spring has clearly sprung – and it really is the busy end of the year when senior students are starting to ‘live’ in the Art rooms in a concerted effort to complete their folio work before the term four deadlines.  The Level 1 and 2 are currently on their final board and the Level 3 are close behind (although they have a later hand in time).  Although we will have a display of all eight senior classes next term – it is worth popping your head in for a quick catch up with students who are creating authentic shifts in their critical and creative processes.

A calendar highlight this term has been taking selected Level 3 students to Semi-Permanent – Art and Design Convention at the Aotea Centre on 10/11 August 2018. Students were immersed in innovation, technical mastery, digital engineering at its best and phenomenal design. Their experience with designers such as Chip Kidd, Irma Boom, Jim Bull and New Zealanders Marc Smith and Alan Bibby will support future thinking and careers in art and design immensely. This incredible opportunity was made possible through STAR funding.

L3 Visual Arts visit Semi-Permanent 2018 at the Aotea Centre

As a department we have been fielding a number of inquiries about Art courses as Y9-12 students consider their subject choices for 2019.  Parents/guardians and students can still contact us about our wide range of programmes, possibilities and pathways – either via email or setting up a time to talk. As a reminder, Danielle is the TIC Art Photography (; Kirsty is the TIC Art Design/Arts Coordinator ( and myself; Lily as the TIC Art Painting/Art History (

This year we entered five works for ‘Ringa Toi’ – a celebration of Maori arts in NCEA. The students were Puoro Kaka, Karlos Wild Herbert, Phineas Reid, Eva Fuemana and Arihia Hall.  Their works have been framed and will be showcased within the school environs in term four.  Congratulations to both Arihia Hall and Eva Fuemana who have had their work chosen to be part of the national exhibition in Wellington next week.  Also on display, a number of old and new collaborative works popping up around S block and the Technology block wall.

Finally, a reminder of the timeline for handing in for the Level 1, 2 and 3 is as follows;

LEVEL 1 boards due Term 4 Week 1 – Monday 15th October

LEVEL 2 boards due Term 4 Week 2 – Friday 26th October

LEVEL 3 boards due Term 4 Week 3 – Monday 29th October

Scholarship due – Monday 5th November

Senior Art Exhibition – Term 4 Week 3 Wednesday 31st October



la Manuia                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lily Laita – HOD Art


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