Friday, October 22, 2010

Cultural Awards 2010

With the Cultural Awards next week, here is a little something to expect from the night.

We will be posting out invitations on Tuesday, probably letting the students receiving awards know as well (though they will not know what for).  Dress for the evening is formal, or in full school uniform.

The night will involve presentations from the year, from Stage Challenge to the Production to Shakespeare to Rockquest.  It is always the highlight of the awards season in my view.

This year, Waimarama Phillips and Barney Johnson will host the event.  They will be giving a speech about the Arts at the school and why this has helped them so very much in their lives. 

Each student will be issued all of their awards alphabetically.... this could involve one certificate, or a handful of trophies.  However, blues and the top 4 awards will be presented by Mr Shepherd at the end of the evening.

Blues are the top award available for students.  Some students will receive a "Special Award" for outstanding participation, performance or dedication in a particular area of the Arts.  Blue awards come with a badge to be worn on ones blazer, which denotes that the student has reached a high level of performance, dedication and committment to one or more areas within the specified Art.  Blues can be gained for Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music.

Our top awards are the following:
The Sally Jaine Cup- Greatest Contribution to Music
The Greatest Contribution to Drama
The Roger Thompson Trophy for Contribution to the Visual Arts
The Christie Higginson Trophy for Contribution to Dance

These awards denote the person who has given the most of themselves in this area, and striven to achieve beyond the normal.  They have gone on to great and wondrous things.  Past recipients have included Melissa Reeve, actor, Shannon Karatiana, singer, and Dawn Bregman, dancer.  We are proud of all of the top award winners, past, present and future, and we are sure that those gaining the awards in 2010 will be no less than brilliant.

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