by Isla Huffadine

The Arts Department

Term One started with a flurry of activity, showcasing all the fantastic opportunities for students to get involved in with the Arts at St Hilda’s. We’ve seen Hip Hop reignite for the year, our new School Haka performed for the first time, Theatre Sports underway, a new Dance Workshop initiative implemented, entries to the SGCNZ Shakespeare Festival and a variety of performances from our Senior Choir, Sings Hilda. This year's Arts Prefects Maia Lamb & Ella Smillie, have made a great start to the year, with some exciting initiatives lined up for the year ahead.

Year 11 - "Rembrandt Light" studies — Image by: Isla Huffadine

'Footloose' Musical Production

Our postponed Musical Production from 2020, ‘Footloose’, is back underway this year. The Production is scheduled to be held on the 4th, 5th & 6th of August. Make sure to save the date!

Students brought an abundance of energy and enthusiasm to the auditions held earlier in March and we look forward to this continuing into Term Two when rehearsals begin.

Music Matinee

Our Senior Choir, Sings Hilda, along with students in the Chorister Skills Classes performed an array of songs last week at our Music Matinee in our School Chapel. This was a lovely opportunity to showcase wonderful music the groups had been working on with friends and family. The event was a great success and one that we look forward to expanding in Term Two, to include our Junior Choir, Ngā Korimako & our Orchestra.

Image by: Isla Huffadine

Arts Assembly

Term One’s Arts Assembly showcased a variety of talented Artists here at St Hilda’s. Sings Hilda opened the Assembly, singing “I’m not that Girl” from the Musical ‘Wicked’. Chloe Wu’s talent shone through on the piano, followed by contemporary dance performances from the Year 12 & 13 Dance class, choreographed by Miss Geary.

Our 'Artist of the Term' for Term One was Lily Knox. Arts Prefects Maia and Ella, filmed an interview with Lily, where she shared her love of poetry and inspiring achievements. Lily gave some Haiku tips for Maia and Ella to try their hand at, with some hilarious results! It was great to get an insight into the mind of a poet - thank you Lily! 

Image by: Isla Huffadine

Looking ahead to Term Two

Next Term is lining up to be a busy one, with many music opportunities including; Rock Quest, Chamber Music and Big Sing as key events on the calendar, as well as the commencement of rehearsals for Footloose.

We are also very fortunate to have two programmes running next Term; Creatives in Schools and our Artist in Residence programme. We look forward to introducing these talented Artists to our School Community next term.

Lisa Parsons - Arts Coordinator