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Arts News 16 May


Our thriving rock bands at SMC will be heading to the Canterbury regional heats on Friday, the 24th of May. Our bands will #takethefloor (or stage!) at the Aurora Centre (at Burnside College) from 4:30pm, and our solo/duos will have their shot from 7:30pm. 

We wish all the following students the best of luck as they share their musical talents!
And a big thank you to all the staff who put in their time and expertise to encourage, support and guide our rockers!

The Paper Dolls

Charlie Halliday, Rose Martin, Bridie Cottier-McCormick, Margaux Frye, Alicia An

The Spoons

Tiv Crozier, Ivy Mehrtens, Mae Wilkinson, Phoebe Jones, Chloe Drinkwater

Fever 55

Rylie Plant, Nevaeh Shand, Ruby Wells, Niamh Hoare, Brooke Gore

The Lawn Flamingos

Susanna Tully, Chloe Marfell, Lena Abdinor, Eleanor Neale

Boy Band

Kierra Fulford, Emma Richards, Jaslyn Young  


Purely Pink

Lucia Tully & Emily Chambers

Jess Erasmus

Siena Cleug

SMC Senior Dancers - Corporate Gala performance

Wednesday 4th, April celebrated nine of our talented senior dancers who joined the performers in Otautahi's leading professional company, Epic Entertainment, in a conceptualised corporate performance at Te Pae Convention Centre Christchurch.

It was such an honour to be invited to join the team of industry professional dancers in a National Gala awards evening performance. The dance and screen interactive performance - 'The Braided Rivers' - was created by Ali Rossiter and Gemma Dudson to reflect the dance of water along the braided rivers of Canterbury. The weave and flow of water, reflecting the weave of community, friendships and connection - which was the theme for the event - Partnership.

Dancers rehearsed for many hours to achieve the precision and polish required for this level of industry performance and we were very proud of the commitment and professionalism the St Margaret's College dancers displayed throughout this event. 

Thank you to Miss Cain for her support of the dancers and to the dancers - Lily Griffiths, Alex Ellwood, Coco Brady, Georgia Campbell, Hollie Cudd, Isla O'Donnell, Lucy Lewis, Nova Gainsford, Scarlett Austin. 

Industry opportunities provide such insight into the world beyond our dance classes and training, we are so grateful for these extension learning opportunities.  Well done dancers, you should be very proud of yourselves and your representation of SMC Dance.

Images supplied from Epic Entertainment Ltd

Christchurch School Music Festival 2024

Auditions for the representative groups are being held the week of May 21st - 24th; wishing all Junior and Middle school students well for their audition! Mrs Wilford is helping potential choir members in preparing for their auditions. Auditions will be held during the school day and it is the parent's responsibility to provide transport to and from the auditions held at Avonhead school.

WOW Wellington Trip 2024 - Expressions of interest

Due to the success of our 2023 trip to Wellington for the World of Wearable Art Show (WOW) we are looking for expressions of interest for a 2024 trip. 

This trip is designed for Year 11-13 students interested in Creative and Performing Arts.

We will see the spectacular WOW show at the TSB Arena and visit creative campuses around Wellington and some other great activities. 

DATES: Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th (show night) and Friday 26th of September

Information in brief:

MAX 20 students 

Approx cost - $800-1000 (pending flights and accommodation costs)

Visiting WOW, Massey College of Creative Arts, Te Auaha, Toi Whakaari, NZ Dance School, Te Papa and other activities to be confirmed. 

Flying morning of 24th Sept, returning evening of 26th September

If you are interested in coming on this trip please complete the link to google form by 20th of May.


OPPORTUNITY: Platform Talent Quest

The Kind Foundation is running their annual talent quest called Platform (rebranded last year from Y Factor) and are officially open for auditions!

This year’s event will be held in the brand new Black Box Theatre in Papa Hou (the new Kind Foundation building on Rolleston Avenue) on Saturday 20 July at 7pm.  We will be selecting up to 20 finalists, aged between 13 and 21 years, who will compete again for $6,000 in cash prizes.

There will be $1,000 for Best Dance Act, $1,000 for Best Singing Act, $1,000 for Best Variety Act – with the Best Overall Act (selected from one of these category winners) taking away an additional $1,500!  Runner up prizes of $500 for each category too!

Go to  for more information. 

On Wednesday, 10 July, they will announce finalists, so if you haven’t already, get your audition in NOW!!

If you need any more information, please just drop a line to this email address –

Upcoming Events

Combined Honours Assembly - Friday 24th May, CLA 12:15pm

Celebrating several Arts Honours and Pockets recipients alongside some special Red Roses. 

Rockquest - Friday 24th May, Aurora Centre, Burnside High School

Combined Concert at Christ’s College - Wednesday 29th May

7pm at Christ’s College Auditorium.

SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival King’s Birthday Weekend

Two teams are heading to Wellington to represent SMC in this prestigious national final event. 

Big Sing - Friday June 7th

35 students in our Chamber Choir will #takethefloor to represent SMC in this annual singing competition at the Town Hall.
For all involved, keep an eye out on your emails for more information coming soon. 

Chamber Music Contest Regionals - 11-12th June


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