Congratulations Jane Guiguit
Jane is winner of our Student Arts Council’s 'Reconnected’ art competition' following lockdown. This is a stunning self-portrait and Jane is a deserving winner of a gift voucher prize from Gordon Harris.
Ryan Chow Soars Again
We are delighted to learn that Year 13 student Ryan Chow has won a second separate award from the Indie Short Fest (ISF) for the month of September 2020. This is for his film 'Falling Deeper' under the category of 'Best Drone Short'. It can be viewed on Youtube by following this link:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13009764/?ref_=nm_knf_i2In addition,...
An Outstanding Senior Open Speech Competition 2020
Congratulations to all of the students who took part in this year’s Senior Open Speech Competition. The standard was very high which made it difficult for our judges, Mr Andrew Thompson and Ms Kath O’Connor. However, they were unanimous in their final decisions. First place went to Elizabeth Sovincet who delivered a dramatic, informative speech on the origins and power of words. She challenged us to think carefully about the way we use words and the effect they have on others. Second place went to James Boland and third place to Maia Royal.The competition is open to years 12 and 13 students and is a purely voluntary, so to make the decision to participate takes courage and determination. The diverse range of topics, and the varied interpretations, were in turn provocative, challenging and inspirational. At this level, it is not just about how well you present, but the content and crafting of the writing. The audience were challenged to think about the way we use words, to consider the role of culture in our society and to reflect on how our actions today will be judged by the next generation. The other participants Anna McCardle, River Drefers, Alex Robinson, Luke Gallagher and Rebekah Robinson also soared and deserve huge praise for their performances.
Introducing ‘Lunchtimes Live’
Last Friday we had our very first ‘Lunchtimes Live’ concert in the atrium of the Arts Block. Natalia George (Music Leader) explains:The concept is designed to provide an opportunity for students to share their talents with others through aseries of break-time concerts. We had been trying to get these concerts going for some time now but thelockdowns kept getting in the way. We are excited that we have finally got there! There was a great turnout to support our talented performers: a composition by year 11 student Kona Yanagisawa which was performed by the saxophone trio; singer Grace Knell; dancer Xanthe Best; and pianist Alexander Botha. Thanks to fellowmusic leader Max Small, Mrs Larcombe, and the Arts Council and we are looking forward to the next concert.
A Winning 'Creation from words'
Our warm congratulations to Year 13 student Tenaya Smerdon whose work has been selected as a finalist for the Wallace Secondary School Art Awards. There are entries submitted to this competition from a huge number of schools so Tenaya’s work entitled ‘Creation from words’ is clearly exceptional. Well done!
Basketball at its Best
Although Covid-19 has delivered a curve ball to inter-school basketball competitions, a fantastic spectacle of basketball was held in our stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Our two premier basketball teams who are both unbeaten in their own Auckland Competition played each other. U17A with Coach Dan Hawkins and U19A with Coach Connor Woodbridge played a hard fought out game. The skills on show were amazing and a credit to both teams! They were ultra-competitive but at the same time, played with incredible Selwyn spirit. People described it as a ‘just a joy to watch’. In the end, our U17A team came away with the win but the brilliant culture of Selwyn basketball was the biggest winner.