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A Selwyn College newsletter is published almost every Friday during the school year.  Copies are available from the main school office.  However, you can access these weekly newsletters below. If you would like to be emailed this link each week please contact Julie Arnold.
Selwyn Soars at the 2018 Showdown Awards

It was a huge night for Selwyn College at the 2018 Showdown Awards at the Mercury Theatre, especially for everyone associated with our 2018 musical ‘Dusty’ and our Year 13 Drama Production ‘Revenge of the Amazons’. The evening began with a brilliant rendition of Dusty Springfield’s hit ‘Quiet Please - There’s a Lady on the Stage’ by our very own Ruby Wills. This was the first time Selwyn has performed at the awards and Ruby did a magnificent job!From there, Selwyn staff and students went on to win award after award, including the most prestigious: The iTicket Award for Outstanding Musical. It was a particularly poignant moment for Director Duncan Allan who, year after year, produces musicals of an exceptional professional standard, giving our students the experiences of a lifetime.Also for the last few years, Duncan has been supported in his triumphs by our talented Director of Co-curricular Music Rachel Larcombe. It was wonderful to witness Rachel receiving the Best Musical Director Award for the third time.The awards are primarily targeted toward student roles and our students completely soared! Indeed, they won most of the important awards for a Musical, which is testament to their remarkable talent and effort:Ruby Wills - Best Female in a Leading Role: for her performance as Dusty SpringfieldSam Francks - Best Male in a Leading Role:  for his performance as Rodney Sidney Kennedy - Best Sound Design in a Musical The Cast of Dusty - Best Choreography Performance The Cast of Dusty - Best Choral PerformanceIt was also fantastic to see our Year 13 production ‘Revenge of the Amazons’ honoured for excellence. A huge congratulations to:Josh Gordon - Best Set Design in a PlayElma Avdovich, Brenya Beale, Taylor Park, Sawyer Paul - Best Costume Design in a PlayCongratulations to everyone!

Congratulations Angelene Lloyd-Bryant—DUX 2018

At last night’s glittering Senior Prizegiving in theSelwyn Theatre, our Year 13 student Angelene Lloyd-Bryant was honoured as the Selwyn College Dux for 2018.Angelene’s academic track record throughout her years at Selwyn has been exceptional. She has received a Scholar award at every year level and was our Year 12 Top Scholar last year.Angelene is an outstanding young woman who is also a champion equestrian. We are hugely proud of her.

REAF News: October 2018

* A short form film about the refugee experience in New Zealand is touring Film Festivals world wide.* An interesting article speaking of the vast difference between the term migrant and refugee. It looks at the literature from bothmigrants and refugees. It goes on to compare and contrast.* The third term of the year has finished. REAF hosted a shared lunch to mark the start of the school holiday break.*  Now the students have the laptops the next issue was internet access. Not all homes can afford a commercial contract for internet access.  The Spark Foundation has now linked with public libraries to create Spark Jump. Every family with children under 18 can get a free modem with the first $10.00 loaded on. This covers 30g of  data. Probably not enough for Netflix but the objective is to do the tests and homework set by teachers. The modem is prepay so can be topped up at any dairy.Make an appointment at your local library during the holidays or call in and register.We must congratulate Spark for this timely innovation, and congratulations to the Auckland Libraries for making themselves ever more an information hub for all levels of our society.

An Amazing Experience for Alexander Botha

Our Year 11 student Alexander Botha is a member of the AYO and he recently returned from an amazing experience in Europe. 2018 is a very special year for the AYO (Auckland Youth Orchestra) as it is their 70th birthday. To celebrate this, the orchestra went on a tour around Europe representing New Zealand at an international Youth Festival in Berlin and the Young Artists Festival in Bayreuth. Alexander enjoyed specialist tutoring from several professionals, such as the JS Bach Music School in Vienna and the Slovenia National Orchestra in Dobrna. Some of the Slovenia National Orchestra players joined the tour group and the trombone player was a tutor for Alexander during the tour. He played in amazing concert halls and churches to sold out audiences around Europe, including Vienna, Dobrna, Prague, Berlin, Bayreuth and Tübingen. All concerts received standing ovations. Another highlight was meeting the New Zealand Ambassador Rupert Holborow after their performance in the Konzerthaus Berlin.Well done Alexander! We are proud of you. 

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