Students thrive on stage challenge
Epsom Girls Grammar School and St Cuthbert’s College both took home a first placing on two different nights of the Auckland ASB 2014 Stage Challenge.
The J Rock event, aimed at primary and intermediate schools, and the secondary school competition Stage Challenge took place over July 1 to 4.
Along with first place on the third night of the event, Epsom Girls Grammar School won 12 awards. The school’s performance was called ‘‘Fixated’’ and told a story about the corruptive effects of addiction.
Event manager Jane Phillips says Sarahit was ‘‘totally captivating’’.
The school was the only one to win the Four Winds Foundation Award of Excellence for Health, Life Skills and Creative Thinking, 5 + A Day Award of Excellence for School Initiative and the Award of Excellence for Stage Crew.
The performance judge Hannah-Jane Thorne says: ‘‘It was very original – a great combination of high impact and emotive moves.’’
St Cuthbert’s College also came out on top, winning first place on the fourth night of Stage Challenge.
The school’s performance was based around a board game which challenged mental and emotional skills.
The performance won the school an additional nine awards and showed strength in design and community spirit.
Design judge Trish Peng says it was creative and enjoyable with ‘‘ a great concept’’. ‘‘The main board game was so clever and the costumes were fantastic – elephants and giraffes on stilts? Amazing!’’ she says.
The other local schools winning awards included Kohia Terrace School, One Tree Hill College, Onehunga High School and Diocesan School for Girls. The ASB Stage Challenge encourages students to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click latest edition to see a video of a Stage Challenge by Waitakere College.