Music Mania at the Girls' School
September 27, 2018 at 12:04 PM
With thanks to former Deputy Principal, Mrs Judith Dobson
Music is the language of the soul; uplifting, joyful and at times toe tapping and funny. This was certainly evident as the Saint Kentigern girls played, sang, moved and rapped their way through a wide variety of musical offerings over three evening performances during the last week of term. Music Mania gave every girl in the school a chance on stage.
The Kapa Haka group opened with a karakia, led by Alisa Iosua and supported by Tiana Gray and Anamia Rangihaeata. The whole group presented a poi dance and a song of unity and were proudly led by Xarya Knox.
The orchestra had two offerings; ‘When you wish upon a Star’ and ‘Walking in the Air.’ The harmonies between the different sections of the orchestra blended beautifully, and once again, the girls invited Principal, Ms Juliet Small to join with them on the violin.
The Junior School offered a variety of items from the counting Muppet Song, where a range of headgear caused as much amusement as the song itself, to a rap about rats and a song about kindness.
Reflecting our diversity and languages taught in the school, the Umbrella Dance, presented by the Chinese Dance Group was spectacular. The beauty and serenity of the movement was choreographed by Wendy Xia, who works closely with students learning Chinese.
Middle School students also presented a variety from their Harry Potter Rap to a mixed dance, song and action rendition of Stand by Me, and two choir items.
Year 7&8 students used the catchy ‘Dancing Queen’ to bring out brooms and buckets to introduce an element of ‘stomp’ to their version of this very popular number. The pleasure shown on the faces of the girls showed what fun they had as they executed dance, song and rhythmic clapping.
As always, our school choir, ‘Highland Belles’ sang from the heart, allowing all to appreciate their award-winning performance from Kids Sing. Opening with the competition required piece, ’Firefly,’ they went on to sing the lyrical ‘I am a small part of the World,’ beautifully accompanied by Year 8 student, Arya Blackler on the flute.
One of the trademarks of musical performance at the Girls’ School is the big closing number, where all girls gather on stage to bring the show to an end. They did not disappoint when they belted out in unison, the rousing, ‘We’re Saint Kentigern Girls!’
Special thanks to music teachers Mrs Nicola Brown and Mrs Anji Toy, show director, Mrs Janine Bennett and accompanist, Dr Michael Jenkins who, alongside staff, helped to guide the girls through the preparation, rehearsals and final performances of this biannual spectacular.
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