by Isla Huffadine

The Arts Department

There’s never a dull moment at school, and that is certainly the case for the Arts Department. Dancers, artists in residence, performances, artwork, drama. We've no shortage of drama, that's for certain. The list is full, and can seem hectic at times but is very much “situation normal” for anyone involved in the arts. Never a Dull Moment is our job, and should perhaps be our motto.

We count ourselves lucky that this year we are able to produce what seemed impossible twelve months ago. Be sure to read onwards to the Arts Liaisons’ reports for further detail on all the amazing mahi that has taken place.

The link between positive states of being and involvement in the arts is well documented, and one which we celebrate here at St Hilda’s. If you’ve ever found yourself turning a quick 15 minutes of your art inadvertently into an hour or two, chances are you have been in a meditative state described by psychologist Mihaly Csiksentmihalyi as “Flow”. Allowing yourself to "be in the moment” is a key part of artistic practice and we should embrace it.

As the challenge of meeting assessment deadlines looms closer on the horizon, however, maybe we have states of “ebb and flow”, and that in itself is a pattern to be acknowledged. It's important, though, to remember why we are in the arts: communicating, relating thoughts, ideas and feelings to others is key to our practice. Developing skills and techniques and exploring the wide range of media available is satisfying and, more importantly, fun. As we reach the half-way point in our year, the arts staff have one key message: Love your art; find your flow. When you are immersed in your art, and art-making drives the process, then everything else will fall into place.

Have a restful break - James Sutherland

Helen Badcock — Image by: Isla Huffadine

Next term we welcome Helen Badcock as acting Acting Arts Coordinator while Lisa Parsons is away on maternity leave. See below for a message from Helen.

Hello, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am the new Art’s Coordinator while Lisa Parsons is on maternity leave. I am excited about this opportunity in supporting the Arts within St Hilda’s Collegiate School and the wider community.

I have an extensive background in the visual arts, growing up in a family surrounded by artists, completing post-graduate study at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art and later returning to teach drawing. I look forward to meeting you all and being a part of the amazing creative talent within the St Hilda’s community. Feel free to pop in and say ‘Hi” - Helen