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Abigail May is going to Gallipoli

Josephine Carpenter 2013

Mrs Josephine Carpenter, Director of Performing Arts

Year 12 student, Abigail May was Woodford’s representative at the regional final of the ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition held at the Napier RSA last Saturday.

The seven contestants from Wairarapa to Wairoa had prepared eight minute speeches around the topic ‘New Zealanders at World War 1’ in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. The speeches were orations with no notes or visuals allowed.

This year to recognise the 100th anniversary the prize for every regional winner is a trip to Gallipoli for the ANZAC Day celebrations as well as an ANZ bank account containing $1000.00 and the same amount for the school.
Abby’s speech titled ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice’ was the clear winner in both content and delivery.

She will now travel to Wellington in March to be hosted for two days by the NZ Defence Forces and will compete at the national final to be held at Government House. The national winner will give their speech at Chunuk Bair on ANZAC Day to an audience of millions as part of the live broadcast.

Abby delivered her speech to the whole school assembly on Tuesday after the official presentation of her prize by representatives from the RSA and the ANZ bank.


Abby May speech (5)

2015 Visual and Performing Arts Leaders

Arts Prefect Traleenah Bentley
Head of Drama Rebecca Hilson
Head of Visual Art Elandamaria Skins
Head of Music Kaitlin Rickard
Head of Sound and Lighting Kate Beirne
Head of Debating Michaela-Rose Tripp
Head of Dance/Stage Challenge Lily Dodgshun and Grace Bayley
Head of Photgraphy Maddy Curtis
Head of Design Michelle Maurenbrecher
Art Tutors Lydia Hill
Head of Chapel Choir Hannah Kitchin
Head of Barbershop Sarah Ardin
Co-Head of Junior Choir Bella Christie and Emily Park
Head of Flute Choir Caitlin Maiorana
Head of Rock Band
Head of Chamber Music Annah Knowles
Head of Costume and Make Up Ava Bake and Hope Phillips

Led by Arts Prefect, Traleenah Bentley, the VPA leaders are enthusiastic about promoting and participating in a wide range of arts activities this year.

Read on to find out what their goals are this year –

Traleenah Bentley

My name is Traleenah Bentley, and I am the Arts Prefect. My role involves organising arts events within the school and helping out the girls involved in the visual and performing arts. This year I would like to help strengthen the VPA committee into a group seen to be positively supporting the Woodford Arts community. I would like to have a year where arts students of all abilities are seen to be actively displaying their talents throughout the school and wider community.

Kaitlin Rickard

I’m Kaitlin Rickard and this year I am Head of Music and also working towards my Grade 8 violin exam. My goal is to expand the Music department to have more variety and to involve and encourage as many students as possible. The Music department has many smaller groups such as Up Close, chamber music and now a rock band which will all have their own goals for success in various competitions and performances.

Elanda Skins

Hi, my name is Elandamaria Skins and I am Head of Visual Arts. I’m very excited to be a leader in the arts, and to help contribute to the arts in the school!

Rebecca Hilson

My goal for the Drama department is to produce a successful Senior Play and to enthuse others to join in the drama aspect of the school…. I’ve been doing drama since I started Woodford in 2009.