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Arts News 27 June

Mary Poppins update

We are now on the home straight with full tech rehearsals kicking things up a gear! We are enjoying the screen projections coming to life (with thanks to TES and their work installing them), and costumes are getting pieced together by our wonderful costume team. 

A big shout out to the incredible team in our Performing Arts Faculty, who have been working tirelessly to wrangle our huge cast of over 200 students for this incredibly special and lively show! And a big thanks to all those working “in the wings”, our tech teams, props and set makers, designers, and all the crew helping to bring Mary Poppins to life!

The Cast and Crew are thrilled to have their official production t-shirt arrive, with thanks to Laura Hewetson (SMC Arts Facilitator) for her design work, and CAXTON print, a sponsor of the show for getting all 150+ of them printed … no mean feat!  Our team looks ‘spit-spot’, with a great memento from their time in production to take home.

There have been some truly heartfelt and touching moments during rehearsal, so bring your tissues for this beautiful show! We can’t wait for you all to see it. 

Tickets are on sale, and already flying off like a kite! So be sure to get in now if you haven’t already!


Chamber Music Contest 2024

Four of our fabulous Chamber Music ensembles took part in the Chamber Music Contest this year, held at "The Piano" on the 11th and 12th of June.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. It is the largest and longest running chamber music event of its kind in New Zealand, and each year provides the opportunity for thousands of secondary school students to perform together and enjoy the thrill of making music.

Our four groups all did so well, and received some great comments from the adjudicators:

A committed performance
A very enjoyable performance, well done! Nice tempo and character
Good dynamic range, lovely character ... Bravo! 

The groups were:

Tango Trio (tutor Sarah Hickford): Susan Zhang (flute), Arabella Logan (violin), Sofia Fan (piano)

Harps Antarctica (tutor Helen Webby): SMC harpists Bea Bentley, Faye Lichen, Caitlin Ching, and Rangi Ruru harpists Erica and Carina Du

Three plays Five (tutor Susan McKeich): Amanda Yang (piano), Sophia Yang (oboe) and  Rangi Ruru violinist Cheryl Cheng

Beati Trio (tutor Andrew Robinson): Summer Zhou (violin), Grace Kim (oboe), Ruth Zhao (piano).


The Big Sing Cadenza 2024

Huge congratulations to our Chamber Choir! After their wonderful performance at this year’s Big Sing regionals, they have been chosen as one of 12 choirs from the South Island area to attend The Big Sing Cadenza in Timaru in August. 

They will take part in workshops and a Gala Concert as part of the event.
We are so proud of them, and of the hard work they have put in, to be selected for this prestigious event. 

Showquest 2024 Success

MASSIVE congratulations to the phenomenal Year 8 students for their fabulous results at Showquest. They performed an outstanding piece that was truly captivating and moving. 

They placed third overall and also took home awards for:

Highly commended Costume
Highly commended Drama 
Highly commended Live Music

We are so very proud of how well the girls performed and represented SMC over the entire 13.5 hours at the Town Hall!  A big heartfelt thanks to Stacy Goldworthy and her team of helpers for the energy, enthusiasm and effort required to make a magical show like this. We can’t wait to see the Year 8’s perform their item again at SMC next term.



Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival Representatives 2024

Congratulations to Caitlin Ching (Senior Choir), Cordelia Jones (Senior Choir), Julia Nguyen (Orchestra), Kathy Gai (Orchestra) and Olivia Guan (Orchestra) who will all be performing in the Christchurch Town Hall Auditorium in October to represent SMC and the Canterbury Region in the auditioned Representative Groups at the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival this year. 

Over 550 students auditioned for the 310 places in the four Representative Groups (Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band) this year. There was an impressively high standard, so being selected is a wonderful achievement. We can’t wait to see you perform alongside our school choir and the rest of Canterbury in October. 

Senior Arts Awards 2024

Applications are now open for the Senior Arts Awards, to be presented on the 17th of September.
Please follow the links below to the online form. 

Senior Performing Arts Pocket
Senior Creative Arts Pocket
Senior Performing Arts Honours (Red Blazer)
Senior Creative Arts Honours (Red Blazer)

All criteria can be found on School Bridge, and on Student notices. 

Applications close on the 16th of August (end of Week 5, Term 3).




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