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Arts Awards - Celebrating Success in Performing Arts in 2019

Sarah Luton —

Our major cups and trophies were awarded to outstanding students in all areas of performing arts last Wednesday night.

Nayland College's Cultural Prizegiving was renamed 'Arts Awards' this year and that's not the only change. New cups and trophies were awarded for the first time this year and Nayland's Kapa Haka group were showcased and celebrated throughout the evening as well. 

Amongst the new trophies were awards for Kapa Haka participants who showed outstanding levels of commitment and leadership throughout the year. Wiremu Tairaki Whiu won Kaitātaki Tāne for 'Outstanding Male Leader' and Iesha Walker won Kaitātaki Wahine for 'Outstanding Female Leader.' A spontaneous haka erupted to honour Iesha, Wiremu and Joseph Meleisea who won Kaitautoko for 'Best All Round Supporter and Cultivator of Kapa Haka.'

As well as the new Kapa Haka awards, VAST Dance Festival sponsored a trophy for the 'Most Promising Young Dancer,' awarded to Jack Nolan and JR Richardson from VenueTech donated a cup for 'Outstanding Contribution to Backstage and Technical Theatre-Craft,' awarded to Jasmine Day for her commitment and service to the school across a number of productions and musicals over the years. 

Earlier in the year, Nayland's Head of Music, Nigel Weeks was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Service to Music and as he will be stepping down from the HOD role at the end of the year, he also donated a cup for 'Outstanding Musician,' which was awarded to Toby Sussex. 

The Wilson Family donated a cup for 'Outstanding Contribution to Chorus in a Musical,' awarded to Mia Faulkner for her role in our musical production 'Oliver' in May this year and the new Nayland College Performing Arts Trophy for 'Best Supporting Actor in a Musical' went to Sam Clark, also for his role in Oliver. Tiaki Sharp won 'Most Promising Junior Drama Student,' our final addition to the Arts Awards.  

For the full list of all our award winners, please see below. 

"Celebrating the success of our performing arts students makes for one of the most important events of the year, said Verity Davidson, HOLA the Arts.  "The hard work and talent of our students, along with their love of the arts is wonderful to see. Thank you to all the parents and staff who have supported the performing arts in 2019."

Spaak Cup - Most improved junior student in music

Isabel Lyttle

Eileen Appleton-Maher Cup - Outstanding contribution to drama

Ben Dodd

Trinity College London Cup - Outstanding contribution to concert band

Josie Batt

Bruce Meikle Cup - Excellence in music

Reece Milton

Chapman-Cohen Musical Award - Outstanding contribution to music

Ben Dowdle

De Jong Trophy - Outstanding selfless service to the arts

Sophie Wallace-Jenner

Cassandra Wells Cup - Best comedy performance

Eden Lawless

Bruce Martin Performing Arts Trophy - Outstanding contribution to musical theatre

Will Roddick

Nelson City Brass Cup - Most improved brass player

Peter Gray

Nelson Civic Choir Choral Cup - Outstanding contribution to choral music

Ruby Burr

VAST Dance Festival Trophy - Most promising young dancer

Jack Nolan

The VenueTech Cup - Outstanding contribution to backstage or technical theatre-craft

Jasmine Day

Nayland College Performing Arts Trophy - Best supporting actor in a musical

Samuel Clark

Nayland College Junior Drama Cup - Most promising junior drama student

Tiaki Sharp

Wilson Family Trophy - Outstanding contribution to chorus in a musical

Mia Faulkner

Nigel E. Weeks QSM Trophy - Outstanding musician

Toby Sussex

Kaitātaki Tāne - Outstanding Male Leader

Wiremu Tairaki Whiu

Kaitātaki Wahine - Outstanding Female Leader

Iesha Walker

Kaitautoko - Best All Round Supporter and Cultivator of Kapa Haka

Joseph Meleisea

Cultural Blues

Mia Faulkner

Sophie Wallace-Jenner

Olivia Williams

Ben Dowdle

Reece Milton

Joseph Meleisea