by Isla Huffadine

Arts Prefects - Term 2 Report

This term the assembly/chapels have been held in the Drama theatre (125). We have continued to present a student assembly arts item each week, with an interview with student artist Alexia Jones, an acapella performance from Evie Rose Grace, Elisa Fitzgerald who sang with her guitar, Hope Huang with piano performance, a video recording from the school choir, a performance from the Kapa Haka and a couple of poems read aloud. These have been very successful, and we’ll continue with this initiative as it displays the talent within our school and brings joy to those watching.

With the success of our last Chalk Art Competition last term, and with Pride Week in Week 7, we organised another 'Student Chalk Art' competition, this time with the theme ‘rainbow’. We had a dedicated group of liaisons and Prefects help oversee this event. This tied into a number of Pride Week celebrations at St Hilda's.

Image by: Isla Huffadine
Image by: Isla Huffadine

A number of St Hilda’s students performed at Toitu Settlers Museum over a couple of weekends, some with their instruments and some without. As it was May Music Month, some students also performed in the school library at Friday lunchtimes, in a ‘pop-up art’ style.

This term one of our main focuses was on ShowQuest 2022. An event where schools perform a 6-10 minute piece that contributes all the arts. This was completely student-driven, created, and performed within 7 weeks (which is very quick!). After many challenges the ShowQuest team performed on Monday 20th of June down in Invercargill and with great success! The performance included hip hop, contemporary dance, kapa haka, orchestra, Sings Hilda, acting, costume, lighting, and makeup. The show day was full of smiles and very rewarding for the girl's amazing efforts!

Image by: Isla Huffadine
Image by: Isla Huffadine

Whanau Singing is an initiative established by Mrs Almey, Mr Sutherland and Ben Madden, with the hope of re-invigorating singing in St Hilda’s (particularly in preparation for a time when we can sing in chapel again - hopefully soon!). Singing sessions will be taught by Mr Sutherland and Mr Madden during whanau times. This will be brilliant practice for the students for House Singing, which we hope to hold in Term 3.

Thanuja Luxmanan is our Term 2 Artist of the Term. She is a gifted musician and songwriter who has a song called Paradise released on Spotify. She’s truly amazing. To showcase her talent we will be filming an interview with her and presenting this in Arts Assembly at the end of the term.

Thanuja Luxmanan Spotify Single - Paradise — Image by: Isla Huffadine

- Lily and Stella