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NCEA Results 2012 show continued high achievement
St Matthew's is celebrating a near 100 percent achievement rate in the latest NCEA results, with more than two thirds of girls passing with endorsements of either merit or excellence at Level 1. At Levels 2 and 3 well over half of girls gained endorsements. Six girls gained scholarships with an Outstanding Scholarship awarded to Bronwyn Neal in geography. Congratulations to all girls.
St Matt's wins Overall Summer Quad Trophy
St Matthew's took away the top trophy for overall winner in this annual softball, cricket and tennis tournament between the top teams of Woodford, Nga Tawa, Iona and St Matthew's.
St Matt's also took the individual trophies for tennis, and for the first time since 2006, softball. The cricketers had some tough games but stayed competitive throughout the competition with no wins but much promise from a young team bound to reap results for St Matthew's in future.
Senior College Prizegiving
Dux: Bronwyn Neal Proxime accessit: Andrew Sampson.
1st in Year 12: Ryan Tonkin 2nd in Year 12: Alexandra Finucane
Congratulations to all our Senior College prizewinners. A full list of prizewinners here...
Prodigious Scholarship won by St Matthew’s Collegiate Student
Sarah Butterfield blitzed a very competitive field to win one of two Wellington Diocesan Residential Scholarships to St John’s Theological College in Auckland. The scholarship, which will begin in 2013, is intended to assist Sarah into Christian mission and ministry.
The scholarship provides Sarah with free accommodation in Auckland, and up to Tive years of university fees to enable her to complete a double degree, one of which will be from a tertiary institution in the Auckland area and two years of post-‐graduate study towards the BTheol (Otago). It will also give her a generous book allowance and assistance with some of her travel expenses
It is expected that upon completion of the course of study Sarah would move into active ministry within the wider Anglican community, a Tield she is already familiar with.
This year as Chapel Prefect, Sarah has actively engaged with the Anglican Special Character of the school, and has been a driving force behind the school’s support of such things as World Vision, Women’s refuge, Canteen, and many more. Over the past few years Sarah has also been involved in mission and ministry at Diocesan level with ministry programmes such as Soul Survivor and Base Camp 2.
The Pied Piper
A cast of 59 girls; six more in the band, a backstage crew of five girls and a further three running the lighting and assisting with sound, all combined to give a total of 74 girls directly involved in The Pied Piper. Add to them the Year 10 Art girls who helped paint the set, and we have a large section of Year 9 and 10 involved in some way with giving their talents, interest and energies to make this year’s production a great success.
With a total of 16 different pieces of music, about the same number of dances, and a total of 13 scenes, The Pied Piper has been a challenge; but it is one to which the girls rose well. We were wonderfully entertained in all sorts of ways as the story of Hamelin’s rats and then the children, was retold with drama and pathos by Old Hans (Jacinta Ward) to Mina (Emily Watt). The serious side of the story was lightened by the comedy of the Mayor (Abbey-May Wakefield) and his wife Eulalie (Claudia Field). Rats, under the control of Rat Leader (Heather Bird) together with Old Rat (Lauren Taylor), plagued the people of Hamelin, and we were delighted, at first, by the arrival of the Pied Piper (Lucy France). Finally we followed with interest the romance of Lisa (Corralie Francis) and Conrad (Sara Jane Raleigh). The people of Transylvania, and the Corporation, Traders, citizens and children of Hamelin all contributed to this show. The eventual loss of Hamelin’s children came solely because of the dishonesty of the Mayor and Corporation, so that by the end of the show, the story’s message – to be faithful in all our dealings – was very clear indeed.
The band, made up of those members of the Year 10 Music class not on stage, provided a superb backing for the many musical numbers.
Finally, my particular thanks go to the many staff who have helped: Mrs Taylor for her work on the music for the show, Mr Davidson for choreographing the dances and training the dancers, Mrs Payton for the wonderful costumes, Mrs Walker for managing the props and the back stage crew, Ms Small for the superb set painting, Mrs Penn who was Production Secretary, Mrs Neal for managing the publicity, Mr Smith and Mr Edwards who built the set and propsDr Bloomfield who took charge of the lighting and Mr Hosken of Above Sound for providing and managing the sound equipment.
Thank you everyone.
More Wonderful Singing Successes For Ms Tait-Jamieson
For several months now, fourteen of Marguerite Tait - Jamieson’s singing pupils have been learning a wide range of songs in order to compete in the 69th annual Hutt Valley Performing Arts Society Competitions held in the first week of the school holidays. Contestants come as far afield as Christchurch and Blenheim as well as all over the Wellington region.
Her singers did superbly well, with 12 trophies, 1 scholarship , 11 first placings, 14 second placings, 16 third placings and 25 Highly Commended.
In the ‘14 and under 16’ category there were 17 entrants and twice our girls gained the first five placings. To cap all this, Keziah Stancliffe-Deans along with 2 of Ms T-J’s private pupils were invited to sing at the Demonstration and Prizewinners’ concert on the final night of the competition.
This is testament indeed for the professionalism and dedication Marguerite displays in her teaching as well as the commitment and hard work of her pupils.
Well done to you all!
The Sound Of Applause - cast bring to life an old favourite.
Review by Margaret Christensen.
Big Sing Success
Viva Camerata choir won the award for the Best Performance of an Early Period Work, at the Wellington Regional Big Sing, for their beautiful rendition of the 16th Century Madrigal Fa Una Canzona, sung in Italian. They have also been selected as a guest choir (one of only 4 selected nationwide) to perform at the National Big Sing competition August 15th to 18th. The Gala performance will be on Saturday August 18th at 6.30pm in the Wellington Town Hall.
♦ Scholarship student and former pupil Renee Tonkin, who left St Matthew's last year, has been accepted to read Biochemistry at Imperial College in London, a fantastic achievement.
♦ Rehearsals are well underway for The Sound of Music. The Von Trapp children hail from all three Trinity schools! See more photos here.
Mark your diaries for the show which will be staged from Friday 22nd June to Wednesday 27th June in the Rathkeale Auditorium.
♦ Phoebe Topp riding Lipnicki took third place in her class at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show in Hastings in March. The annual event is one of the main equestrian competitions in the southern hemisphere.
Phoebe was competing against ninety other competitors in the 1 metre championship showjumping event. She, together with ex St Matt's pupil Jane Warren, was among the Wellington Wairarapa Area Pony Club team which came a close second in showjumping to Northland.
♦ St Matthew's won a hat trick of relays at the Wairarapa Intercollegiate Swimming Competition held on Wednesday 21st March. The college was well represented on the podium with many 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. See here for results and congratulations to all girls who represented the school.
♦ There were some great results for St Matthew's athletics team members at the Wellington Regional Secondary Schools' Athletics Competition, including Evelyn Wilson-Bellshaw's 1st place in the Junior Girls Javelin. The Junior Girls team came 2nd in the 4 x 100m relay, as did Tess Laven in the Intermediate Girls 400m and Bridget Milne and Sara-Jane Raleigh in their respective Junior Girls 200m races. Nicole Schaef and Holly Travers both gained 3rd place in their 200m races.
♦ Look out for Claudia Hickey's winning design around Lakes Wairarapa and Onoke. Seen here with Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Group Chairperson Fran Wilde, Claudia was among fifty students from the region who competed to have their logo chosen to represent the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park. The competition was run by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. The judges found her logo encompassed all aspects of the brief which was to unite all features of this enormous wetland system and help communicate why we should look at it. St Matthew's scooped the top places with Ruby Birchall gaining second place and highly commended were Milly Robinson and Gianina Schwanecke. Read more.
♦ Girls and teachers at St Matthew's and Senior College are celebrating exceptional success in the 2011 national exams. According to provisional results, a 100% pass rate was achieved at NCEA Level 1 and 2, and 98% at Level 3. We congratulate the Senior College boys and girls who have gained 22 Scholarships, with twelve awards to the girls and a stunning performance by Hamish Hirschberg who gained Outstanding Scholarship in Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics with Calculus, Physics, Statistics and Modelling.
♦ St Matthew's hockey player Jenna Anderson won "Player of the Series" in the New Zealand under-18 women's hockey test series in Australia in December. The Tiger Turf under-18 teams are part of Hockey New Zealand's new junior high performance programme, helping develop the next generation of Black Sticks. See series results here.
♦ Natasha Wall was named one of five finalists in the Emerging Creatiive Category of the Bernina Young Fashion Awards. See her winning design here.
♦ "A sophisticated product ... brilliant dancing ... slick costuming ... star quality" - those were the words of Wairarapa Time-Age reviewer, Margaret Christensen, who joined packed audiences for the 2011 Senior College musical production, a sparkling rendition of the hit Broadway musical, Chicago.
♦ Innovative learning techniques and peer support were cleverly intertwined in a new online homework tool for younger students. Read the story here.