Our Head Boy River Drefers also soared over the holidays. He was chosen to be part of the Junior Tall Blacks National Selection Camp, which was held at St Kentigerns College. To be identified as one of the top 30 Basketball athletes in his age group from around New Zealand is a magnificent achievement!We are proud of you River!
Our Head Girl Maia Royal was the key speaker at this year’s St Heliers ANZAC Day commemoration during the holidays. We have received wonderful feedback from the Orakei Local Board as well as members of the local community about her contribution. For example:‘She was absolutely excellent. Superbly thoughtful, inclusive speech delive...
Kapa Haka on Show Again!
Kapa Haka was the other Selwyn group that performed at Polyfest this year. Maia Royal is one of the three leaders. She reports on her experience:Kapa Haka this year was outstanding. Despite all the ups and downs our team faced, I am proud of the effort they had put in. My proudest moment on stage was feeling the love the team put into the 20mins on stage. I saw how proud they were to perform for their family and friends. It showed a lot in the smiles that showed all through the performance. The courage that the juniors showed was inspirational. They are the reason I love doing Kapa Haka. I get to watch each of them grow as a performer and as an individual and it makes the journey so much better.A big thank you to the seniors for all their help, I could not have done it without them, they took charge when it got too much and really helped the development of the team. Polyfest 2021 was amazing and I am super proud of what we as a team produced. - Maia Royal
A Brilliant Inaugural Performance at Polyfest
Special congratulations to the Selwyn College Tongan Group who can take great pride in their inaugural performance at the 2021 Polyfest, which is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of Pasifika culture and talent!Having prepared for their debut in the 2020 Polyfest, which did not go ahead because of Covid, it was an especially poignant moment for the group and their coaches, teachers and parent supporters.Under the coaching expertise of Soane Pusiaki their tutor, the whole group performed a wonderful Ma’ulu’ulu in the morning. Then in the afternoon, some of our girls performed a beautiful Tau'olunga.The judges were so impressed with the girls’ performance that they placed 3rd in this category. This is a truly magnificent outcome for an inaugural performance. Hence, we are very proud of them!Special praise must also go to the two leaders of the group – Jennifer Tutuila and Paula Faleola. Also to Paula’s mother Meivisi for her passionate and engaging support, along with many other parents. A huge thank you as well to our teacher Lizi Fa’asolo for her passion and guidance and to Sonya Shone for her support.
Luke Cameron-Smith Soars on the Sailing Stage
We are thrilled to learn that our Year 13 student Luke Cameron-Smith has been selected for the class of 2021/22 in the Mastercard® Youth Training Programme, respected as the world’s leading youth sail training programme, which is held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.In a new initiative, Mastercard®, have given scholarships to three promising young sailors for the coming year, which generously covers all of their programme fees and Luke is one of these three. He has already represented the RNZYS at a regatta in Japan and he won the first-place Bowman Award for the 2020 Mastercard® Youth Training Programme.We are very proud of Luke and wish him all the very best!
‘Chicago’ – Sell-Out Performances Say It All!
This week our 2021 Selwyn College Musical Chicago burst onto the Selwyn Theatre stage with all the class of a Broadway Production! Our wonderful student performers brought the colour, boldness and pizzazz of the Jazz Age to life, a glimmer of which is in the photos below. Moreover, the Band that supported them were brilliant! As Duncan Allen, the Director wrote in the programme;‘I’m confident you’re going to love this show. The drama is bold and sassy, the dance sizzles with style and passion, and the singing and music are simply divine.’Love it we did! Thank you Duncan Allan and Rachel Larcombe—two supreme Selwyn Stars—for sharing your brilliance with us and congratulations to everyone involved on a spectacular sell-out season!