Have­lock North High top in show

Hastings Leader - - News -

Have­lock North High School took out the top spot at the Showquest na­tional fi­nal last month, be­com­ing the first over­all win­ner of New Zealand's new mu­sic, dance and drama show­case for schools.

The win­ning team chose the theme for their piece Come Join The Cir­cus, with the in­ten­tion to de­pict how cell­phones give teenagers un­re­stricted ac­cess to an ex­cit­ing but dan­ger­ous en­vi­ron­ment, which can be ad­dic­tive and im­pos­si­ble to es­cape. Their en­try re­ceived first place and awards of ex­cel­lence for best light­ing, pro­duc­tion, wardrobe, de­sign and per­for­mance. The per­for­mance was di­rected by Year 12 stu­dents Char­liot Mil­lar, Grace Fran­cios and Amelia Slade.

“Showquest shows stu­dents the im­por­tance of com­mit­ment and per­se­ver­ance and the pos­i­tive reper­cus­sions that can oc­cur due to th­ese qual­i­ties,” Grace says.

Event judge Jackie Clarke says she found the school per­for­mances thor­oughly en­gag­ing.

“There is no bet­ter feel­ing, and there is no more heal­ing and pos­i­tive en­ergy you can bring to the world than ac­tu­ally putting on a show, com­mu­ni­cat­ing ideas, feel­ings, emo­tions, and as­pi­ra­tions, and shar­ing that with your com­mu­nity,” Jackie says.

Pro­gramme di­rec­tor Matt Ea­land from the Rock­quest Pro­mo­tions Auck­land of­fice, says par­tic­i­pat­ing in Showquest is about more than just the per­for­mance on the day.

“Showquest is struc­tured on a com­pet­i­tive frame­work, but the driv­ing ra­tio­nale, as with all the Rock­quest Pro­mo­tions' events, is to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion, cre­ative growth and team work,” he says.

“We find that if we are able to pro­vide a plat­form where stu­dents can ex­press them­selves on their own terms within the boundaries of the event, the re­wards go far be­yond the rush of per­form­ing on the day.”

The na­tional fi­nal was judged from a pool of re­gional first and sec­ond place win­ners, and awarded by a panel of ex­pert judges from the per­form­ing arts sec­tor. Lead per­former Chris Jack­man also val­ued the chal­lenges Showquest brought, "the magic of Showquest came down to the friend­ships we made and the way we bonded as a team in the face of ad­ver­sity."

Showquest di­rec­tor Hazel Reid trav­elled to Have­lock North to present the na­tional awards to the stu­dents in per­son. Chris summed up the feel­ings of the team.

“We feel pretty ec­static, to be hon­est. Win­ning the re­gion­als was one thing, but re­ceiv­ing the na­tional awards means we've done Hawke's Bay proud."

Have­lock North High School Showquest na­tional win­ners.

PHOTO: WAR­REN BUCK­LAND

Have­lock North High School per­form in the re­gional fi­nals at PGA.

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