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Local schools shine at Showquest

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Macleans College took second place in the open section and won the Best Choreography category alongside Botany Downs Secondary College.

Northcross Intermediate (junior section) and Epsom Girls’ Grammar School (open) have won first place in the Auckland regional Showquest event held on July 6-7 at the Aotea Centre.

Showquest is the country’s biggest performing arts competition for schools.

This year, Showquest has been holding filming days nationwide for performances, with a digital show released the following week for whānau and community to watch and support. Results were announced at the end of the Digital Show, which can be watched on Showquest’s website

Auckland was the last of nine regions to hold the event.

Showquest producer Kelsey Moller thought that the run of shows ended with a bang with the Auckland events. “The Auckland schools really brought their a-game,” Moller said.

“What really impressed me was the depth in the performance themes chosen by the students. From immigration to animal testing, body image to the life of Frida Karlo, the themes really reflected what the students are interested in exploring.”

Showquest director Matt Ealand said the aim for students participating in Showquest is for their confidence to grow and leadership to develop, all while learning through experience.

“This platform allows them to work in a team, listen to one another and do what they love at the same time,” Ealand said.

In the Junior section, Northcross Intermediate took out the winning spot with their piece themed on appreciating the important people in our lives. In the open section, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School took the title with their piece themed on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

A national digital final will name the top entry nationwide in July.

Local schools which picked up awards from Showquest Auckland:

Junior Section – Showquest

2nd Place – Somerville Intermediate
Best Theme – Somerville Intermediate
Best Choreography – Howick Intermediate
Best Use Of Props – Maraetai Beach School

Open Section – Showquest

2nd Place – Macleans College
3rd Place – Botany Downs Secondary College
Best Theme – Epsom Girls’ Grammar School & Botany Downs Secondary College
Best Choreography – Macleans College & Botany Downs Secondary College
Tikanga Award – Macleans College

Junior Section Toi (Wearable Art)

Creative Impact – The Rising Phoenix, Somerville Intermediate
Creative Impact – Adventurous Peacock, Somerville Intermediate
Creative Impact – Butterflies In The Garden, Somerville Intermediate

Inventive Materials – Walk The Talk, Howick Intermediate
Inventive Materials      – Statue Of Diversity, Howick Intermediate
Inventive Materials      – Rogue Robot Terminator, Bucklands Beach Intermediate
Inventive Materials      – Autumn Bliss, Maraetai Beach School
Inventive Materials      – Sea Dragon, Howick Intermediate
Garment Construction – Tea Time!, Howick Intermediate
Garment Construction – The Rainbow Lotus Peacock, Somerville Intermediate
Garment Construction – Textures Of Life, Howick Intermediate
Garment Construction – Future Man, Somerville Intermediate

Senior Section Toi (Wearable Art)

Inventive Materials      – The Kelpie, Pakuranga College
Garment Construction – Apotheosis, Pakuranga College
Garment Construction – The Raven, Pakuranga College
Storytelling – Miyamoto Musashi, Pakuranga College

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