Howick Intermediate shows its class

Howick Intermediate’s dance performance – at the Aotea Centre on Wednesday June 30 – encapsulates the theme of internal battles that teens face. Photo supplied

Howick Intermediate has placed second for best use of drama and placed second overall for the intermediate schools at the Auckland leg of Showquest, the country’s biggest performing arts competition.

Howick Intermediate’s dance performance – at the Aotea Centre on Wednesday June 30 – encapsulates the theme of internal battles that teens face.

“To the world people show one thing but feel another inside of themselves,” said Howick Intermediate deputy principal and curriculum director Michelle Hewlett.

“In this day and age, people think it’s alright to put each other down and claim it as a joke. We do not realise how much it affects others and their wellbeing and the pressure people feel to fit in.

“Instead, we need to be kind and help each other to rise up so we all can feel valued and have an equal place in society.”

Hewlett said all the students performed beautifully. “Special mention goes to Amelia Irwin who was the main dancer in our performance. She also won the award for Outstanding Rangatahi (Star of the Show),” she said.

“The performance was led by Tessa Clarke (teacher) with support from Tess Wiltenburg (teacher), Piper De Breche and Tatyana Toma (Macleans College students).”