Performing Arts

Whanganui High School offers a wide range of Performing Arts for students to participate in.

Students are able to challenge themselves in many different areas - Dance, Drama, Music, Stage Challenge, Productions, Kapahaka, Pasifika; or even as a combination of several of these activities.

Chamber Music

The purpose of the Chamber Music Contest is to encourage young musicians regardless of standard or experience, to perform together and strive towards excellence. It also aims to provide an opportunity for musical activities within schools to have a link with the wider community at both a local and national level. The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest is the longest running youth music competition in New Zealand and is the only nationwide chamber music competition for young secondary school musicians and composers in the country.

Who can join: The annual Chamber Music Contest provides an opportunity for students of all levels and ages to form a group and enter the contest.

When: Contest is held in June

Event: New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest

Cost: $20 entry fee per student

Choir - AwaSide

AwaSide is an all-comers, un-auditioned choir, for students who love to sing and are keen to develop their vocal abilities. We sing a range of styles and have a lot of fun along the way. Highlights for our choir include: three successful trips to Sydney to compete in the Australian International Music Festival where the choir has gained silver medals and the bronze award in the Cadenza Competition, part of the NZ Big Sing.

Who: All students

When: Rehearsals are held twice a week during breaks.

Event: NZ Choral Federation’s ‘The Big Sing Competition’. AwaSide competed at The Big Sing in Palmerston North in 2019 and were then selected to attend the NZCF’s Lower North Island Cadenza, where our school was awarded a Distinction. We also perform at various community and school events throughout the year.

Cost: Travel to The Big Sing

Click here to watch the video of AwaSide Choir practice for first Cadenza competition

Choir - Special

In 2020, students will be able to audition to be part of a special choir of 16-20 singers, who’s focus will be competing at The Big Sing.

Who can join: Students will audition to be part of this

When: After school, once a week.

Event: NZ Choral Federation’s The Big Sing (July/August)

Cost: Travel cost to The Big Sing in Palmerston and potentially to the Finale or Cadenza location.

Click here to watch the video of our School Choir practice for first Cadenza competition

Kapa haka

Kapa haka plays a vital role in the culture of our school. Our performance group called Kia Whaiora has performed creditably in both local and regional events and hold pride of place during the School's formal occasions.

The Roopu also lend all Māori Kaupapa in the school; including Waiata, Karakia and Pōwhiri.

Our students are ambassadors and role models within our community.

Kua tu te ropu kapahaka o Kia Whaiora i roto nga whakataetae huri noa i te motu, te rohe hoki, a ka tu rangatira i roto i nga kaupapa nui o te kura.

Music

Outside of class time there's plenty of scope for those who wish to learn an instrument, join the School Choir, form their own Rock Band, or Chamber Music group.

A lot of students are involved in the School Production as singers and instrumentalists and they play an important role in ensuring that the show is a success.

Choir

The Choir is open to all age groups who wish to apply for an audition.

A highlight has been the three successful trips to Sydney to compete in the Australian International Music Festival where the choir has gained silver medals.

Jazz Band

Membership is by invitation after auditions.

Music Lessons

The School offers Itinerant Music lessons for Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Flute, Voice and Brass Instruments.

Chamber Music Contest

The annual Chamber Music Contest provides an opportunity for students of all levels and ages to form a group and enter the contest.

Students can also apply for a music pass to gain access to the recording studio and control room or one of the five well equipped practice rooms.

Pasifika

Fanau Pasifika contributes a lively presence to the culture of our school.

Our students have the opportunity to become leaders while celebrating and expressing themselves through culture and language.

Pasifika students develop confidence through regional and local performance.

2018 Pasifika Fusion

Well done to our Whanganui High School Pasifika group who performed at the Regent on Broadway in Palmerston North on 4 and 5 July at Pasifika Fusion 2018.

We are very proud of our Pasifika students and the tremendous effort they put in to preparing this performance.

Pasifika Fusion Facebook: 2018 Whanganui High School Performance

Youtube: Pasifika 2017 Cultural Performance Whanganui High School

Rockquest

Rockquest is an annual competition; students form Rock Bands or enter as a Solo/Duo Act.

The groups compose music, perform regionally and vie for a position in the National Finals.

WHS NATIONAL WINNERS: 2002 'THE HAVE'

WHS Regional winners: 2009

WHS Runner up: 2010

WHS Runner up: 2011

WHS Regional winners: 2015 'CONTRABAND'

WHS Regional winners: 2016 'WHY VIBRATIONS'

WHS Regional winners: 2017 'STRAIGHT LACE'

WHS Regional winners: 2018 'THE REMNANT'

WHS Regional winners: 2019 'IN BUSINESS'

School Productions

Every alternate year we stage a Major School Production and a Junior School Production:

2007 Major Production 'Blood Brothers'

2008 Junior Production 'Ernie's Incredible Illucinations'

2009 Major Production 'Urinetown - the Musical'

2010 Junior Production 'High School Musical'

2011 Major Production 'Guys and Dolls'

2012 Junior Production 'Fairytale High'

2013 Major Production 'Crazy For You'

2014 Junior Production 'The Rehearsal'

2015 Major Production 'Annie'

2016 Junior Production 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

2017 Major Production 'Rock of Ages'

2018 Junior Production 'Once On This Island'

* Click here to watch the promo video 'Rock of Ages'*

* Click here to watch the 2018 Junior Production 'Once On This Island'


(*) Last Reviewed: July 10, 2019

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