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Heretaunga College stages a school production biennially . This is a singing, acting and dancing extravaganza. Watch this space for information about our upcoming School Production for 2021!
Every year students are invited to audition to perform an excerpt of a Shakespearean play at the annual Sheilah Winn Festival in Wellington. The auditions are open to all, and a group performance is developed and rehearsed (normally including a dance break), with costume and makeup an exciting addition near the final rehearsals.
This is a group that meets once a week to play improvisational drama games. Along the lines of popular TV show "Whose line is it anyway", this group is focused on fun and improving performance skills. This group is open to all students.
This group meets once a week and will focus on Costume Design, Stage Lighting Design and Operation, Stage Make-up, Props, Set Making, and Stage Management. Students will learn the tricks of the trade and get to work on performances through the year, including the School Production!
Our Kapa Haka group is student led and is well supported by our senior Maori students who lead the practices. Kapa Haka regularly perform at welcoming ceremonies and prizegivings as well as having the goal to perform at competition. We also often have senior students participating in adult groups.
Every year we are given the opportunity to compete in the regional Maori speech competitions. These speeches are an awesome way for students to get out there and represent our school culturally as they make friends, connections with their culture, show pride for themselves and our school and get good feedback about their oratory skills. There are four sections; Senior Maori, Senior English, Junior Maori and Junior English which means we can have a maximum of four students compete.
Phoenix Chorale is a non-auditioned choir designed to give those who love singing the experience of singing in an ensemble. They meet weekly (sometimes more often as a performance opportunity approaches) and sing a variety of repertoire from classical to contemporary. Phoenix Chorale perform throughout the year including attending the annual BigSing competition, and regularly perform at assemblies and school events such as prize givings, Arts Extravaganza and for the residents of Fergusson Retirement Village.
Barbershop groups are formed as the need arises. This generally takes the form of quartets, both female and male. Groups work towards performance opportunities such as assemblies, prize givings, and community performances and, if they choose to, will be entered into the regional barbershop competition.
The rock bands are largely student-led at Heretaunga College, although as performances or competitions approach teacher direction is also given in terms of feedback on repertoire and stage craft. The Smokefree Rockquest is regularly entered into with bands regularly making it into the Wellington Regional Finals. Alongside the Rockquest, bands also perform at school events such as Arts Extravaganza and prize givings.
All students taking guitar lessons at Heretaunga College are expected to participate in this group which rehearses once a week. It is based around acoustic guitar and bass playing. Ukuleles are also welcome. The ensemble plays a great variety of repertoire and performs at school events and for the residents of Fergusson Retirement Village.
This ensemble was created to give classical/jazz instrumentalists the opportunity to participate in a group. Repertoire covers a wide variety of genres including pop, jazz, folk and classical. This group, which rehearses once a week currently performs at school events with the vision of growing and eventually entering in competitions.
This ensemble aims to give our percussionists the opportunity to perform with other musicians without necessarily being in a band and is made up only of drummers/percussionists. This group rehearses once a week under the guidance of our drum tutor.