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Awards, Speeches, Singing and an Opening Night

ih_august2015_vpa1Read the latest news and highlights about our Visual and Performing Arts students including the highly successful senior school production, speech and drama, music, art and photography.

John Lennon and Me – Senior School Production

‘It was the funniest thing I have ever seen!’

‘I cried at the end.’

Just two of the positive responses to our production of the play John Lennon and Me by Cherie Bennett, performed at the end of July.

The play was a comedy set in a medical facility for teenagers with long-term medical conditions. The story was told by ‘Star’ who has cystic fibrosis. It was an insightful look at the reality for young people with illness and disability and inspirational in the positive attitudes it presented. The story was told to the background of early Beatles and John Lennon tunes.

A number of students attended more than once and the discussions the next day were about the quirky characters, the death and ‘the kiss’!

A committed cast and crew, including three students from Lindisfarne College, had a lot of fun and it was a great learning experience with  some gaining NCEA credits for their work.

A lovely synergy was the selling of refreshments to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis HB. The Food Technology students made star shaped shortbread to sell as part of this effort.

Claire Fisher (OG 1991-95) from Cystic Fibrosis HB attended a performance with her daughter, Amber, who has the condition, and then spoke to the full school assembly about CF.

The play provided plenty of challenge for senior performing arts students, a perceptive look at a relevant issue and an entertaining evening out.



Speech and Drama student success

Following our success in gaining three Speech NZ Scholarships for the examinations sat in 2014, Speech and Drama students are working hard to achieve similar results this year.

In the August examinations two girls were nominated by the examiner for the Award for Excellence in Speaking and Expression. This recognises the high standard of both content and delivery, use of vocabulary and oral presentation skills shown.

The students are: Laura Matthews for Grade 8 Speech and Drama Module 1 and Tommy Lamb for Grade 7 Speech and Drama Module 2.

ih_august2015_vpa9Laura and Tommy

Woodford Student Wins Award at Regional Art Exhibition

The opening night of the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Year 12 Art Exhibition was well attended at the Creative Hastings Gallery on Russell Street. Looking at the wonderful works on display, it’s hard to imagine that the exhibition itself was hung in only two hours by the many students involved.

Woodford students, Gaby Williams, Kantima La Ong and Lydia Hill generously donated their time to help hang their own works as well as those of their classmates. Kantima and Lydia also worked hard behind the scenes to prepare the finger food for the opening night.

At the opening function, students, teachers, family and friends from seven regional secondary schools viewed and discussed the many and varied artworks on display. The winners for each category were determined by independent adjudicator, Nigel Roberts, of EIT’s idea school.


Year 12 student, Lydia Hill won the sculpture category with her plaster and paint fabrication entitled ‘Apparition’. Lydia is studying two Visual Art subjects (design and painting) but particularly enjoys working on three dimensional projects and exploring new materials.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, 29 August.

Mrs Josephine Carpenter, Director of Performing Arts

Year 7/8s Experience Singing to an Audience

This week the Intermediate students took to the stage at Heretaunga Intermediate to perform in the Kids Sing concert.

They did a fantastic job of presenting the set piece The Skylark and the Nightingale, adding a unique twist with several girls playing the chimes.


The Song of the Lonely Mountain, an arrangement by Neil Finn, took the audience on a journey to the setting of The Hobbit and was a chance for Isobel Ham to show her talents on the cello with Poppy Miller on the gong.

Africa, a song by Toto, had the group again singing in parts, adding body percussion and rainmakers and creating a piece that was full of life and texture.

The Year 7/8s came away with a bronze award and the experience of singing to an audience.

Well done girls!

Mrs Fiona Mackenzie, Arts Co-ordinator

Photography Competition

In Term 2 students were asked to submit up to two photographs each for a school-wide competition in the following categories:

Nature: open to Year 7-9 (37 entries)

Movement: open to Year 10-13 (8 entries)

Open: open to Year 12s and 13s (8 entries)

Each category was judged by Ms Benson, Ms Wood, Ms Morris and myself, although Ms Morris wasn’t involved with judging for the movement section.

The winners were:

Year 7-9 Nature


First: Harper McLean

Second: Olivia Dowley

Third: Annabel Morgan

Highly commended: Sophia Lawson

Year 10-13 Movement


First: Lydia Hill

Second: Bella Williams

Third: Prue and Anna Boult

Year 12-13 Open


First: Ella Tweedie

Second: Hannah Kitchin

Third: Josephine Flowers

The winners had their photographs printed and framed and they will hang in the Admin Office for the rest of the year.

A big thank you to all who entered, especially to the Year 7-9s who were such enthusiastic participants.

Madeline Curtis, Student Head of Photography

We would like to grow this competition and would love to offer further incentives in terms of prizes, sponsorship or experience for the girls. If you have any ideas please contact Mrs Josephine Carpenter by emailing josephine.carpenter@woodford.school.nz .