The Junior Bytes concert celebrating the very best of our Performing Arts and Artists from the Junior School took place on Tuesday, November 19 at the Centennial Theatre.
The packed house was treated to a Powerpoint of some of the amazing artwork by junior students as they settled in the theatre.
Hosts Eric Shen and Bethany Fletcher then opened the evening by acknowledging the talent and diversity in the programme.
The evening held multiple highlights: there were music performances from two of the school rock bands – Unintended and Borderline, solo performances by Tahlia Petersen and Lucy Taylor, who were winner and runner-up respectively of MAGS Idol, and a stellar rendition of Edelweiss by the 40-strong Junior Boys choir led by Mr Maskell.
Drama performances ranged from comedic to dramatic. Scenes from Pygmalion, Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations, Tia Lavendera and the very compelling Children of the Black Skirt showed the strength of our young actors.
There were dance items from all junior dance classes and these ranged from funky disco to an item inspired by Maori poetic proverbs, Whakatauki, and also dance inspired by the relationship of the four elements. The final dance performed by the junior performance group called Emergency was based on the speech by a young climate activist encouraging the audience to consider the seriousness of this global issue. Young spoken word artist Sonia Airehrour also performed – the first time this art form has been performed in Junior Bytes.
At the end of the evening those students who have been awarded the Junior Arts Badge for Excellence in the Arts were presented with these by Headmaster Patrick Drumm and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Greg Moyle. You can see the list of awardees here
Photos: Martin Sykes