Arts stu­dents show their skills

Waihi Leader - - News - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­

Waihi Col­lege has just cel­e­brated its 2018 Cul­tural Awards last Thurs­day evening with stu­dents show­ing art projects they have been work­ing on through­out the year.

Un­der the lead of dig­i­tal me­dia teacher Pippa Rus­sell a group of year 11 stu­dents held an in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal ex­hi­bi­tion in­side the Col­lege hall.

They cre­ated 15 art in­stal­la­tions work­ing around the theme of Mythol­ogy.

“Ev­ery­one has ap­proached this theme from their own cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence,” Pippa says, in­spired by Ro­man and Greek mytholo­gies and Ma¯ori his­tory to their own dig­i­tal world.

Stu­dents Jake Gil­mor and Trav An­der­son cre­ated Mir­ror Mir­ror, a smart mir­ror dis­play­ing weather fore­casts and other notes.

Trav says he wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“You look on the mir­ror see what date and time it is and other in­for­ma­tion.

“I thought it was pretty cool,” Trav says.

Jake, who wants to be a builder, built the mir­ror frame.

Dakota Sin­clair pre­sented a three-part in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tion en­ti­tled E toru Nga¯ Tohu, based on the lo­cal maunga of sig­nif­i­cance, show­ing Maori his­tory in­ter­twined with the Ohine­muri river.

Pippa says she was im­pressed by the qual­ity of work the Year 13 stu­dent had shown.

“That is a huge amount of work telling the story of Waihi with the three moun­tains.

“I am so happy he has found his niche in dig­i­tal me­dia.”

Year 11 stu­dent Kee­lan Simp­son chose to play with Greek mythol­ogy, cre­at­ing a com­puter game which dragged Greek heads to their bust stands.

Drama stu­dents held sev­eral per­for­mances through­out the night, and the au­di­ence was warned that some had strong lan­guage and mild sex­ual con­tent. A con­tem­po­rary drama had five se­nior stu­dents work­ing their way around abu­sive re­la­tion­ships and the need to stand up for one­self was ap­plauded.

The drama was writ­ten by stu­dents Avalon Mc­Nair and Leah But­ter­worth.

Avalon, who was pre­sented with the Dra­matic Per­former of the Year and Most Out­stand­ing Awards, played along­side Nikita McAlis­ter and a trio of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents — Con­stantin Sieve, Kim Eckard and Kil­ian Ksoll.

Mu­sic stu­dents also show­cased their tal­ents, singing in Te Reo and Te Ara Poutama with kapa haka.

Mu­sic teacher Bob Pa­ton is re­tir­ing and was ac­knowl­edged by the prin­ci­pal and stu­dents for his 21 years of work at the school.

James Hessey’s mu­si­cal skills espe­cially at pi­ano also re­ceived an award and stu­dent Amaru Don­ald­son won two awards with one be­ing the Supreme Cul­tural Award.

Other art­work, draw­ings and pho­tographs were also show­cased by the stu­dents.

Stu­dents per­form­ing a song in Te Reo.

Se­nior stu­dents Nikita McAlis­ter, Con­stantin Sieve, Avalon Mc­Nair, Kim Eckard and Kil­ian Ksoll per­form in a dra­matic per­for­mance.

The au­di­ence en­joy­ing the awards night.

Pippa Rus­sell, Dig­i­tal Me­dia teacher at Waihi Col­lege.


She­rina Hodge (left) and Nevada Taikato from the Mem­phis Cen­tre re­ceived a Prin­ci­pal’s Cer­tifi­cate from prin­ci­pal Alis­tair Cochrane

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