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Shakespeare, AiR and a leading role

Our Shakespeare Group is off to Wellington

After winning their section with an edit of the ‘casket scene’ from The Merchant of Venice at the recent regional Shakespeare Festival of Schools our group will now take the scene to the National Festival in Wellington on Queen’s Birthday weekend.

A strong feature of our entry was the use of Elizabethan style costume and live music composed by senior music students and played by flautist Annah Knowles.

As well as watching two days of other school performances from around New Zealand the girls will attend workshops run by theatre professionals and attend a number of shows. It is a fabulous opportunity to extend their drama skills and love of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare group


Woodford Welcomes Composer David Hamilton

Well-known New Zealand composer and choral director David Hamilton will be at Woodford this week as part of our annual Artist in Residence programme. He will be working with the Chapel Choir, UpClose and the Junior Choir.

The Old Girls’ Association have commissioned David to compose a piece for the Chapel Choir which will be debuted at this year’s Big Sing Festival in May. The composition is called ‘The Tree of Love’ and uses text from a poem by St Francis of Assisi, after whom our chapel is named. The piece will feature both flute and piano accompaniment.

Because of David’s calibre we have invited musicians from around Hawke’s Bay to attend a Master Class focusing on choral development. The chosen piece for this session is ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by David and particularly appropriate in this ANZAC season. He will work with our chapel choir in this session.

The following day a large group of senior music students from other schools will attend a Composition workshop on our campus as part of their NCEA programme.


Woodford Girls Play a Leading Role

The recent ANZAC Day commemorations saw Woodford girls playing a leading role.

At the stunning service for all Havelock North schools a group of Year 10 students highlighted the role of women, their work and the impact of the war on them. Our presentation used mime, movement and costume and finished with a finale of poppies.

The following day Year 12 student Sarah Ardin, with Max Cooper from HNHS, represented the youth of Hastings in their address at the Civic ceremony at the Hastings cenotaph. Sarah compared the life of a young person today with those of 100 years ago and focused on the sacrifices made.

This was a thought provoking speech ending with a quote from John 15:13 ’No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his friends.’

Sarah gives her address

Sophie and Prue preparing to lay the wreath

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Mrs Josephine Carpenter, Director of Performing Arts