CULTURAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED AT ST HILDA’S
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is a nationwide competition open to instrumental and vocal students. Students form and enter their own groups.
An activity for both senior and junior girls that helps to improve public speaking, critical thinking and awareness of various issues. There are many competitions and events throughout the year to get involved in.
The DELF exam is an international French qualification which is recognised all over the world. It is a requirement if students want to study or work in France or a French speaking country. It is also recognised all over Europe if students are keen to work in Europe. At St Hilda’s we offer the DELF qualification to students studying French in Years 11, 12 and 13. This is done as an extra alongside NCEA.
Hip Hop crews consist of 6-8 members. Crews participate in either the Y7/8 category or Y9-13. Auditions are held and training begins early in Term One with girls placed in crews of like ability and style, and matched with a coach. The girls compete in the NZCAF Hip Hop Regional Competition in early August. Here, they can qualify to attend the national competition which is held in September. Experience is not necessary but rhythm and a love of dance are helpful.
ITINERANT MUSIC LESSONS
This is an opportunity for students to have free orchestral instrument tuition at school on string, woodwind and brass instruments as well as private tuition on piano, guitar and drums. Coaching in both classical and contemporary voice is also available.
This is an exciting opportunity for Year 7 and 8 students to hone their choral skills. This experience lays strong foundations for their eventual graduation to the Madrigal and potentially Sings Hilda choirs.
JUNIOR ORCHESTRA WORKSHOP DAY
This is run by the Itinerant Teachers of Music in Otago and provides the opportunity for beginners of instruments to combine with students from other schools to play orchestral music together.
Kapa Haka is a group where all girls are welcome to come along once a week and immerse themselves in Maori culture. It is a great opportunity for all girls involved to perform throughout the year at school events and competitions, and also to be part of an uplifting and supportive group.
Madrigal is an open entry choir open to all year groups and meets twice a week; Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes. Throughout the year there are opportunities such as The Big Sing along with other school events in which Madrigal gets to perform.
Workshops are held weekly and students work toward a performance for their parents and friends held at the end of each term. Marzipan Drama develops confidence, self esteem and communication skills.
The St Hilda’s Orchestra meets once a week on Wednesday lunchtimes. One of the main events for the orchestra each year is the Secondary Schools Combined Orchestra as well as smaller performance opportunities in school services such as Arts Assemblies and Chapel services.
An annual community event held throughout New Zealand for school children highlighting Kapa Haka, Maori and Pacific Island Performing Arts.
We perform a large musical production every second year and invite students from John McGlashan College to perform with us. In recent years we have performed: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bugsy Malone, Into the Woods and Seussical. We usually hold two rehearsals a week, after school, and add an additional Sunday rehearsal about eight weeks before the show. Involvement by students is required in all facets, including: cast, backstage, hair and make-up, band, lighting, sound etc. It is a large commitment, but a very worthwhile one. In the year that St Hilda’s are not producing the musical, the girls are invited to audition for the John McGlashan College musical.
ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET WORKSHOPS
St Hilda’s is proud of its ongoing relationship with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. All RNZB shows are accompanied by an education programme and senior dancers come to school to workshop with our students the themes and techniques being used in the current show.
Sings Hilda is the schools audition entry choir, currently consisting of about 20 students. Practises take place on Tuesday mornings before school (7.45am) and on Friday lunchtimes. In order to take part in Sings Hilda students must also contribute to the Madrigal choir.
SMOKEFREE ROCK QUEST
Rock Quest is New Zealand’s nationwide, live, original youth music event. Rock Quest fosters young musicians to realise their ability and encourages them to support each other and New Zealand music.
SPEECH AND DRAMA
There are many positive aspects to speech and drama training. It can influence self confidence, public speaking and acting skills as well as enhancing a students love of English and History.
We participate in Stage Challenge every second year, alternate to the musical production. This is a student lead endeavour where a group of student leaders choreograph, design, write, record and produce a performance piece on a theme of their choosing. Rehearsals for Stage Challenge commence early in Term One; usually two rehearsals a week, after school and Sunday afternoons. The competition is held early in Term 2.
STARS ON STAGE
A biennial event held at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre to celebrate dancing and the arts and to give younger children a chance to perform on stage in front of an audience.
Theatre sports is an opportunity to express yourself through improvisational theatre. In random, mixed school teams, you perform scenes based off of “audience” suggestions, your audiences being other Dunedin high school students. It lets you expand your opportunities within drama and increase your confidence with acting in public and performance.
THE BIG SING
The Big Sing is an annual national choral festival for schools with regional competitions occurring in Term 2 and The Big Sing Finale in Term 3. This is a fantastic opportunity for our choirs to hone their repertoire and learn from immersion in the wider choral community.
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO SHEILAH WINN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Regionally, students engage with Shakespeare’s plays performing short excerpts from them. Schools from each region are then selected to participate in the National Festival. Students act, direct, crew, compose, write, create costumes and design.