Stu­dents thrive on stage chal­lenge

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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