Introducing ‘Lunchtimes Live’
Last Friday we had our very first ‘Lunchtimes Live’ concert in the atrium of the Arts Block. Natalia George (Music Leader) explains:The concept is designed to provide an opportunity for students to share their talents with others through aseries of break-time concerts. We had been trying to get these concerts going for some time no...
A Winning 'Creation from words'
Our warm congratulations to Year 13 student Tenaya Smerdon whose work has been selected as a finalist for the Wallace Secondary School Art Awards. There are entries submitted to this competition from a huge number of schools so Tenaya’s work entitled ‘Creation from words’ is clearly exceptional. Well done!
Basketball at its Best
Although Covid-19 has delivered a curve ball to inter-school basketball competitions, a fantastic spectacle of basketball was held in our stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Our two premier basketball teams who are both unbeaten in their own Auckland Competition played each other. U17A with Coach Dan Hawkins and U19A with Coach Connor Woodbridge played a hard fought out game. The skills on show were amazing and a credit to both teams! They were ultra-competitive but at the same time, played with incredible Selwyn spirit. People described it as a ‘just a joy to watch’. In the end, our U17A team came away with the win but the brilliant culture of Selwyn basketball was the biggest winner.
Selwyn Celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020
At Selwyn, we have joined the celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori which began on Monday 14 September. This year’s theme is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ which means ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.On 14 September 1972, 30,000 signatures were presented to Parliament, asking for Te reo Māori to be taught in schools. In recognition of this significant milestone, at 12pm last Monday, Selwyn joined the country in celebrating Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori | The Māori Language Moment which had the goal of having 1 million people speaking, singing and celebrating te reo Māori at the same time! Students and staff were encouraged to greet each other in Te Reo Maori. We also held an inter-House Te Reo Maori Quiz.Furthermore, all week there have been break-time activities such as card games for students and staff to get involved and build their mastery of this official language of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Congratulations Oliver Spalter
We are delighted to learn that Oliver Spalter has been selected for the National Youth Orchestra programme. This a week-long programme held in Wellington in which young musicians from all over NewZealand are tutored by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The climax is their performance in a concert at the end of the week. Oliver hopes to study overseas once he leaves school and eventually become a professional orchestral and solo double bass player. His selection for the National Youth Orchestra is anincredible opportunity for him to gain experience and knowledge of orchestral playing that will enrich hisjourney towards his ultimate goal.
Selwyn Media Stars
A group of our Year 13 students are enjoying fabulous success on the international stage. Ryan Chow, Lívia Zanella, Solomon Chiota, Grace Knell, Bradley Riggien have entered their film 'Turn' in three film festivals, the first two of which are 'IMDb qualifying' festivals. As the results below show, the film has soared:Independent Shorts Awards: Best Young Filmmaker Gold Award, Official Selection, Finalist - July 2020Indie Short Fest - Los Angeles International Film Festival: Best LGBTQ Short Award Nominee, Official Selection, Semi-Finalist - August 2020FLICKFAIR: Official SelectionThis means, our students have qualified to go to Hollywood to attend the IMDb festival at Raleigh Studios but sadly, due to COVID-19, they will be unable to attend. We are very proud indeed of their success.