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On Sunday the 3rd of September 8 students headed down to Wellington to visit Whitireia Polytechnic and check out the music department. The students attended a range of classes including DJ scratching class, Improvisation, Band class and beat making. It was a great day. We stayed in Levin with Ms Hoskins' family and also got to check out downtown Wellington and the Levin adventure park as part of our visit. We also caught up with Whare Mitai and Carlos Rangi-Dick who are in their first year of study for the music degree after graduating from tarawera high school last year. You can watch the video of our journey here:


Music Further Studies

On Sunday the 3rd of September 8 students headed down to
Wellington to visit Whitireia Polytechnic and check out the
music department. The students attended a range of classes
including DJ scratching class,...

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6 September 2017 | 1:02 pm

On Sunday the 29th of May 13 senior students headed to Otumoetai College in Tauranga to perform in the Smokefree Rockquest heats. We had three groups; Contradiction, Cass N Dem and Fundamental.We had an awesome day and the students did THS proud. They performed well and had lots of energy n stage. The competition was tough and although we didn't get through to the finals we had a great day. Here is a video of one of our groups and some photos....










SmokeFree Rockquest

On Sunday the 29th of May 13 senior students headed to
Otumoetai College in Tauranga to perform in the Smokefree
Rockquest heats. We had three groups; Contradiction, Cass N
Dem and Fundamental.We had...

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30 May 2016 | 9:23 am

Some lucky Tarawera students had the chance to work on their song writing skills with Hani Totorewa who has written songs and performed with the band Katchafire for the last 16 years. The day was very successful, our seniors wrote an entire song (about Kawerau) in one lesson! Our year 11s also worked on some reggae songs and had the chance to show their songs to Hani and get feedback. Thank you to the NZ Music Commission for setting this up!








Music Mentoring

Some lucky Tarawera students had the chance to work on their
song writing skills with Hani Totorewa who has written songs
and performed with the band Katchafire for the last 16
years. The...

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8 April 2016 | 6:20 pm

Students from year 7 right through to year 13 are gearing up for their performances of 'Seussical the musical' next week. They will be performing two matinees on Wednesday and Thursday next week to local retirees and primary schools with evening performances Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical is based on Dr. Seuss stories. Here is a picture of some of the cast trying out their costumes
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SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL

Students from year 7 right through to year 13 are gearing up
for their performances of 'Seussical the musical' next week.
They will be performing two matinees on Wednesday and
Thursday next week...

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8 April 2016 | 6:04 pm
As our music students start writing their first songs of the year we have an awesome new set up that is going to help the process along and create a much higher quality of recordings.
Our music room has been kitted out with some new gear that has been set up so students have the facilities to record their own instruments and vocals for their original songs and there is already some awesome tracks being recorded! There are over 50 students writing songs for NCEA credits this year. We are also hoping to take some of these students and their original songs to Rockquest next term- watch this space! Here are some pictures of the new recording facilities.


Tarawera's new recording gear!

As our music students start writing their first songs of the
year we have an awesome new set up that is going to help the
process along and create a much higher...

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8 April 2016 | 5:44 pm
On Friday the 4th a group of performers from THS performed at the Whakatane Music Society's Young Performers Concert. There was a wide range of performances from across the Bay of Plenty. Ulani Hoskin sung 'If I Ain't Got You' by Alicia Keys, and Bless Maxwell, Keesha King, Carlos Rangi-Dick and Shartina Broughton performed George Ezra's 'Blame It On Me'.


Young Performers Concert

On Friday the 4th a group of performers from THS performed
at the Whakatane Music Society's Young Performers Concert.
There was a wide range of performances from across the Bay
of Plenty. Ulani...

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10 September 2015 | 2:25 pm
On Thursday the 3rd of September THS was lucky enough to have Hollie Smith in school to do a music mentoring session with a select few senior students from level 1, 2 and 3.  All the students performed a song for Hollie and were given feedback. Hollie will also be back in school on Monday the 14th to do another full day with the same students in preparation for their solo performances at the end of the week. Here are a few pictures of the students with Hollie....



Hollie Smith visits THS

On Thursday the 3rd of September THS was lucky enough to
have Hollie Smith in school to do a music mentoring session
with a select few senior students from level 1, 2...

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10 September 2015 | 12:41 pm
Our Level 1, 2 and 3 performing arts students are currently preparing for 3 performances of Neverland Awaits a musical based on Peter Pan. Performances will be in Week 2 or Term 4.. Here is a sneak peak of a rehearsal on the outside stage...
Neverland Awaits!

Our Level 1, 2 and 3 performing arts students are currently
preparing for 3 performances of Neverland Awaits a musical
based on Peter Pan. Performances will be in Week 2 or Term
4.....

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31 August 2015 | 11:30 am
Some of our Tarawera students performed original songs at the 'Yeah, Nah It's Not Okay' Song quest on Saturday night. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of anti violence and bullying. It was great night with lots of talent, there were groups from all over the Bay of Plenty performing.
We had a group of seniors  Bless Maxwell, Keesha King and Somer Richardson perform an original song which is part of their evidence for their 6 composition credits for in music. Hohepa Waenga received an award for the lyrics for his original song. Here are a few pictures from the evening.

Yeah, Nah It's Not Okay Song Quest

Some of our Tarawera students performed original songs at
the 'Yeah, Nah It's Not Okay' Song quest on Saturday night.
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of anti
violence and...

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10 August 2015 | 12:06 pm

At the end of Term 2 we had a very special event in the hall before it was knocked down. The event was called 'Celebrating Success' and it was a chance for our talented student to perform to the public. The event was extra special because it was the last performance on the stage and in the hall before it was knocked down. We had dance performances from the Performing Arts Academy at Level 1, 2 and 3. All of these performances were original choreography. There was also bands performing covers and a medley of student compositions. We managed to have a staff band perform as well as our talented Kapa Haka. It was a great evening. Below is a video of the medley and a few pictures thanks to Anneke Hepi.






Celebrating Success

At the end of Term 2 we had a very special event in the hall
before it was knocked down. The event was called
'Celebrating Success' and it was a chance for...

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10 August 2015 | 12:02 pm
The year 11 Performing Arts Academy students went out to the local Kawerau primary schools to perform their 'Theatre In Education' pieces last term. They had to devise a drama performance that taught the primary school kids something. The performances taught things such as using the correct rubbish bins, using manners, telling time, tying your shoes and not to judge a book by its cover. The school kids at Putauaki and Kawerau South School loved the performances and joined in with the audience participation with lots of enthusiasm. It was a great day, below are a few pictures thanks to Anneke Hepi.



Theatre In Education

The year 11 Performing Arts Academy students went out to the
local Kawerau primary schools to perform their 'Theatre In
Education' pieces last term. They had to devise a drama
performance that taught...

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26 July 2015 | 8:52 pm

Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa. 
Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder. 

Look out for more photos and videos to come after our celebrating success evening Wednesday the 24th of June
Performing Arts Whakatauki

*Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao
katoa.* 

Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder. 




Look out for more photos and videos to come after our
celebrating success...

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23 June 2015 | 8:35 pm
It is not long now until our department is scheduled to move into our new teaching space! Although the construction crew are slightly behind schedule we will start packing up and preparing to move at the beginning of Term 3.
The performing arts centre will have a stage that is connected to the music room which leads out to an outdoor stage. Miss Hocken and Ms T-F got the chance to look around the current construction site on Wednesday and here are a few pictures of the space! Pictures include the stage, the corridor leading through to the music room, the outdoor stage (still a complete construction site at the moment) one of the practice rooms that will eventually be a recording studio and your fabulous teachers wearing the correct gear required to visit the site. Enjoy!






Our new Performing Arts Centre and Music Room!

It is not long now until our department is scheduled to move
into our new teaching space! Although the construction crew
are slightly behind schedule we will start packing up and
preparing to...

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18 June 2015 | 10:59 pm
We are off to a flying start in the Performing Arts Academies as we near our first dance, drama and music assessments. Our students have been making great use of their time by managing themselves and even working through intervals. We can't wait to see what our students create this year! Well done team! Here are a few pics from the last few academy days....



2015 in THS Performing Arts Academy

We are off to a flying start in the Performing Arts
Academies as we near our first dance, drama and music
assessments. Our students have been making great use of
their time by...

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13 February 2015 | 10:55 am
With the end of term came the had over of the drama room to the ever expanding construction site within THS. On Monday the Performing Arts teachers were in at school doing paperwork when the headed out for lunch. By the time we got back the entire drama room had been demolished.
AFTER PIC:
THEIR REACTION:

Bye Bye Drama Room

With the end of term came the had over of the drama room to
the ever expanding construction site within THS. On Monday
the Performing Arts teachers were in at school doing
paperwork...

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16 December 2014 | 11:06 pm

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16 December 2014 | 10:55 pm
On Saturday the senior Tarawera High School band performed a set of songs at the Kawerau Christmas in the Park. It was a great way to end the year with a mix of new, old, fast and slow songs. Here is a video of Tania and Tioney singing 'Tomorrow Never Comes'.

Kawerau Christmas in the Park

On Saturday the senior Tarawera High School band performed a
set of songs at the Kawerau Christmas in the Park. It was a
great way to end the year with a mix...

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16 December 2014 | 10:54 pm
As a last lesson project with a festive theme the year 10 performing arts academy were challenged to create their own version of 'The Christmas Story'. First we had to go over the story to make sure we didn't forget anything. Here is the video f what they came up with in 60 minutes.


Year 10 version of The Christmas Story

As a last lesson project with a festive theme the year 10
performing arts academy were challenged to create their own
version of 'The Christmas Story'. First we had to go over
the...

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16 December 2014 | 10:49 pm
Last week we farewelled our year 13 students at the final prize giving for the year. It was a great opportunity to celebrate students achievements from year 7 through to year 13. Our senior band accompanied the full school singing of 'Lean On Me' and The National Anthem and also performed an item Stan Walker's 'Inventing Myself'. A mix of junior students through to year 11s also performed a song, 'Take It Easy'. Prize giving was finished off with a stellar performance by the entire THS staff. The staff performed 'I Lived' by OneRepublic as a memento for the senior leavers. The video can be viewed below: 


Senior Prize Giving

Last week we farewelled our year 13 students at the final
prize giving for the year. It was a great opportunity to
celebrate students achievements from year 7 through to year
13. Our...

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16 December 2014 | 10:46 pm
While most senior students in New Zealand are at home on study leave, students at Tarawera High School are still gaining internal credits. The senior Performing Arts Academies are an excellent example of that with their performances of A Midsummer Nights Dream and Animal Farm last week.

The year 12 and 13 Performing Arts Academy performed two back to back performances of Animal Farm on Friday. Animal Farm is one of the most controversial and studied political commentaries. The show is a re-telling of George Orwell’s classic novel in which a group of animals enact a revolution against their terrible master and create a society of their own. The animals strive for a utopian sort of communism, where each works according to his capacity, respecting the needs of others. It all ends badly however, and Animal Farm ends up being a dictatorship of pigs who turn from being ‘comrades’ to ruthless dictators. To create the farm atmosphere, director Danielle Hocken brought in a full scaffold platform and covered the entire stage with three trailer loads of dirt. The students did an outstanding job of portraying their animals to the audience with twitchy movements aptly and comically mimicking their animal roles. For many of the students this was their their last drama performance at Tarawera High School before they leave for tertiary study. What a great way to finish the year with such a thought-provoking theme and exceptional performances by the cast.

The previous evening the year 11 Performing Arts Academy performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream to family, teachers, students and members of the elderly community.A great deal of work clearly went into the production, from its comical music cues to its hilarious characters and costumes. The students’ performance of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy made Shakespeare easy to follow. A Midsummer Night’s Dream portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. The play takes place in mythical Athens and an enchanted forest. There is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-cross lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. Overall these students did an excellent job especially considering this was their first time performing Shakespeare. All students involved in either production were gaining NCEA credits for their performances.


Two nights to remember for Tarawera High School Performing Arts Academy students

While most senior students in New Zealand are at home on
study leave, students at Tarawera High School are still
gaining internal credits. The senior Performing Arts
Academies are an excellent example of...

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10 November 2014 | 11:10 am

Level 2 & 3 performing a contemporary dance to 'Howl'

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12 September 2014 | 7:28 pm
This afternoon the level 2 and 3 students from performing arts academy performed one of their completed dances. The dance was performed to Florence and the machines 'Howl'. We invited our future PAA students from the year 9 and 10 performing arts classes to be our audience. The hall was set up as a traverse stage with audience either side of the hall. Here is a few pictures and watch this space for a video of the dance also. Tino pai ākonga!


Level 2 & 3 Dance Performance

This afternoon the level 2 and 3 students from performing
arts academy performed one of their completed dances. The
dance was performed to Florence and the machines 'Howl'. We
invited our future PAA...

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12 September 2014 | 2:36 pm
A group of level 1 students from the performing arts academy and select few senior students have started learning music theory at homework club! We are meeting every Monday and Thursday in C3 to work on a fully online course designed especially for our students. To sweeten the deal at the Monday session there is even cookies and milo provided by generous members of our community! Come along if you want to learn something new or need a (relatively) quiet place to work after school. Here are some pics of our students this week.




Improving ourselves outside of class time!

A group of level 1 students from the performing arts academy
and select few senior students have started learning music
theory at homework club! We are meeting every Monday and
Thursday in C3...

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11 September 2014 | 4:08 pm

Our year 10 performing arts academy are focused on their group performance assessments in music this week. Here are a few pics of them making some sweet sounds.



Year 10 prepping for performances

Our year 10 performing arts academy are focused on their
group performance assessments in music this week. Here are a
few pics of them making some sweet sounds.

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4 September 2014 | 6:36 pm
Some hot tips on contemporary dance from contemporary Eric!

Contemporary Dance Tips

Some hot tips on contemporary dance from contemporary Eric!

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27 August 2014 | 5:07 pm