Performing Arts Awards Evening 2018

October 19, 2018 at 4:01 PM

In a fantastic evening of celebration, the College Performing Arts community came together last night to bring the 2018 performing arts calendar to a close. It was an evening to reflect back on some amazing performances from throughout the year and give worthy recognition to our many talented student performers – including naming the Middle College and Senior College Performers of the Year! 

The Jazz Combo played in the foyer of Elliot Hall as our guests arrived, setting the tone for a relaxed and enjoyable evening. Our jazz players have had a most successful year, with both the Big Band and Jazz Combo winning gold at the Auckland Jazz Competition. 

Guests were seated café-style at tables to enjoy refreshments as the entertainment got underway. As befitting all Saint Kentigern events, the evening opened with the skirl of pipes and beat of the drums as The Pipes and Drums made a grand entrance to play a set of five pieces to stir the soul! This year, The Pipes and Drums continued their winning ways, holding onto their U19 Auckland grade title for the tenth year in a row! 

The curtains opened to another gold awarding winning group, the Concert Band. After the completion of the KBB Music Festival and the departure of Mr Gerritsen, the Concert Band re-started rehearsals with Mr Gilmour. They performed ‘Danzon No. 2’ by the prominent Mexican composer, Arturo Marquez. The piece featured solo pianist, Catherine Chang, and is one of the most popular and frequently performed Mexican orchestral pieces. 

Head of Performing Arts, Ms Jane Horder welcomed our guests and with a plethora of images playing out on screen, reflected on an amazing year of dance, drama, music and musical theatre. 

From the very first concert, the fundraising Masquerade Music Evening, leading to our first major performance of the year, as the first secondary school in New Zealand to perform ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ the opportunities for our students kept rolling! 

Shake the Quad, our homage to Shakespeare followed and soon after, 42 students and 6 staff members jumped on a plane and headed to the US for a Performing Arts Tour that encompassed professional dance and drama classes, music workshops and visits to tertiary Performing Arts institutions. 

At the same time as ‘Phantom’ was rehearsing, our Middle College students were preparing to open Term 2 with their magical staging of ‘The Little Mermaid.’ As the rest of the term got underway, we enjoyed the Senior Solo Music Finals, Rock Quest, an engaging choir workshop by world-renowned composer, Paul Mealor, the Small Ensemble Showcase, Chamber Music Concert, Choral Showcase, the Big Sing, and in amongst all of this, was the ever-entertaining House Music evening that gave six House choirs and their bands the chance to shine! 

During the year, the Senior Drama classes each staged their own evening of edgy, contemporary drama for assessment, making full use of the new dance studios, bringing to reality the intention that this space was designed for multi-purpose performance use. 

Between plays, the spectacular Dance Showcase commanded the stage in Elliot Hall and we were particularly proud of Monet Hewitt, who was awarded a scholarship to the English National Ballet School. Meanwhile, our Premier Choir, Kentoris prepared to perform at the Big Sing National Finale where they were awarded silver. 

The focus for the Music Department during Term 3 was the KBB Music Festival, held across a week at the Holy Trinity and Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Parnell. As well as the gold medal winning performance by the Concert Band, the Chamber Orchestra was also awarded gold with the Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble and Big Band receiving bronze. 

No sooner had KBB finished, than the Senior College Drama presented a ‘promenade-style’ devised theatre piece ‘The Red Shoes.’ This was a performance that took the audience by surprise as they moved between theatre spaces throughout the evening with not one moment - or place -to sit! At the same time, planning and costume making for the highly anticipated Middle College Wearable Arts Show got underway. This was another spectacular night in the Performing Arts calendar, as students modelled quirky, creative costumes, and our youngest dance troupes took to the stage. 

Lesser known, but equally active, Theatresports has a huge following of 110 students who are actively involved! The Premier Theatresports team made it once again through to the Auckland finals where they performed against some tough competition to place third by one point in a thoroughly entertaining evening! 

As Term 3 came to a close, the pace didn’t let up! In the very last week of term, the Maori and Pasifika Cultural Evening dazzled the audience with a heart-warming display of dance, song and sense of community. And then, to the very last day of term, when students packed Elliot Hall to watch the final of SKC’s Got Talent! 

WOW, what a year! 

Co-host and Arts Prefect, the ever-bubbly Molly Griffiths picked up the flow, keeping the rest of the evening moving between a mix of entertainment and awarding those students who have dedicated many mornings, lunchtimes and evening hours to the arts; achieving great things for both themselves and Saint Kentigern. Molly was awarded the Chadderton Family Drama Production Cup for outstanding performance, commitment and leadership in a Senior College drama production. 

The most anticipated item of the evening was the naming of the ‘Performer of the Year’ – this year, also extended to include the Middle College. An exceptional programme is only made possible by an exceptional group of students, which made the decision extremely difficult. But there was one student in each age group who stood out for covering all areas of the arts – Chloe Haerewa for the Middle College and Amelia Elliot for the Senior College.


The first recipient to receive this Middle College award, Chloe is a worthy recipient. She has contributed significantly to the Performing Arts programme this year. She has been involved in a significant range of activities including: the Smoke Free Rockquest; Dance Showcase; APO Dance – as a performer and choreographer; Wearable Arts Show as a model and performer with the Kapa Haka group; a prominent member of the Kapa Haka group performing at the Maori and Pasifika Cultural Evening and singing as a soloist. Chloe actively works at her craft in all facets of the performing arts as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. He most notable performance this year was in the lead role of Ariel in the Middle College Musical, ‘The Little Mermaid.’


Amelia has impressed everyone with her exceptional level of achievement, commitment, performance, professionalism and passion with the Performing Arts both within College, taking all three Performing Arts subjects, plus Music Projects, as well as outside College, studying Musical Theatre, and Speech and Drama Trinity College exams, as well as Dance and Theatre programmes. Her Performing Arts work at the College this year included being a member of the award-winning Premier Choir, Kentoris for the third year; a soloist in the House Music Band; a vocalist at Sunday Chapels;  a choreographer and dancer in the Dance Showcase for two years; a Theatresports coach; lead roles in the 2017 Senior College Drama of ‘Pride and Prejudice,  as well as the ‘Soul Keeper’ in this year’s Promenade Drama Theatre production of ‘The Red Shoes.’ But Amelia is most well-known for her stunning performance of Eponine in last year’s production of ‘Les Miserables’ and her equally stunning performance in the lead role of Christine in this year’s production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Amelia lives and breathes Performing Arts and is a passionate and powerful performer, however, most importantly, despite her exceptional talents as a performer, she is humble and ready to receive advice to push herself even further.






Outstanding Contribution to Music

Masha Pavlenko

Outstanding Contribution to Drama

Sam Everitt

Outstanding Contribution to Dance

Haley Adams

Middle College Performer of the Year

Chloe Haerewa





The Warwick Bell Cup for Debating

Andrew Chen

Maori and Pasifika Cup

Tiaan ‘Tauakipulu

Most Improved Pipes and Drums Player

Andrew Sterritt


The Welsh Cup for Band Music

Nicholas Scott

The Jack Morris Cup for Jazz Performance

Yu Chen Dong

The Olney Choir Cup

Desmond Yong

The Nelson Lam Cup for Orchestral Music

John Moon

The Contemporary Music Cup

Grace Kelly

The Most Improved Musician of the Year

Ben Buttle

The Boyd Cup for Excellence in Music Performance

John Moon

The Pollock Shield for Outstanding Contribution to Music

James Fisher


The Leman Cup for Excellence in Drama Performance

Lauren Aspoas

The Bard Cup

Rafe Macdonald

The Most Improved Dramatist of the Year

Hugo Dorrenstyn

The James Wenley Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Drama

Matthew Farnell

The Theatresports Cup

Josh Ellwood


The Most Improved Dancer of the Year

Isabelle Fox

The Rochelle Craig Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Dance

Maddy Barnett

Excellence in Dance Performance

Brianna Dixon

Best Choreographer Award

Megan De Kock and Amelia Elliott


Lauren Aspoas (6 productions)


Amelia Elliott (6 productions)


Matthew Farnell (7 Productions)


Molly Griffiths (9 Productions)


Jason Hatton (6 Productions)


Jaimee Mudford (6 Productions)


Stephanie Ramlose (6 Productions)



The Chadderton Family Drama Production Cup for outstanding performance, commitment and leadership in a SC Drama Production

Molly Griffiths

The Dance Production Cup for outstanding leadership, skill, contribution and performance in Dance Showcase

Raychel Tapsell

The Musical Drama Cup for outstanding performance, commitment and contribution to a SC Musical Production

Harrison Griffiths

The Production Cup for outstanding commitment and contribution in a backstage or technical role

Jason Hatton

Senior College Performer of the Year

Amelia Elliott



Nicholas Scott



Ruby Haddon


Leticia Liang


Ayaana Patel


Maia Perry


Charlotte Richardson






Pipes & Drums

Thomas Webster

Molly Griffiths

Mitchell Clothier

Jack Horsnell

Hugo Dorresteyn

Fayth Doherty

Emily Swiatek


Jack Frewin

Sam Ashton


David Liu

Alice Smith


Ryosuke Murayama

Amelia Lyons

Madison Whitford-Joynt

Kate Pennycuick

Venice Qin

Hannah Soroka

Andrew Sterritt

Emma Abel

Sophie Hollings


Scarlett Jacques

Raychel Tapsell

Multiple Awards

Grace Barry


Hannah Hughes (Production & Drama)



Harriette Taylor (Production & Drama)


Tiaan Tauakipulu

Megan de Kock (Production & Dance)

Elena Bloksberg

Damien Faiane

Isabelle Fox (Production & Dance)

Sophia Chiang


Maddy Barnett (Production & Dance)

Jenny Jiang


Rupert Gates (Production & Music)


Ben Fraser

Emma King (Production & Music)



Nick Reidy (Music & Drama)



Solomon Fifita (Music & Cultural)




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