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Creative Arts

Rurea, taitea, kia tu ko taikaka anake
Strip away the bark and expose the heartwood


Creative Arts

Creative Arts at Roncalli College encompasses a range of activities for all students to engage with during their time at the College.

Creative Arts have a Facebook page which you are welcome to follow.

2021 Music Instrument Lessons timetable

Music Lesson timetable 2021

Music 2020

Celebrating Pipe Band Musicians

James Kissell was selected for the RNZPBA Youth Pipe Band and Jasmine Peneamene had also been busy competing at a variety of competitions with the SCHighland Pipe Band.

Roncalli’s Got Talent 

Allen Fajardo, Angelu Suyat & Angela Suyat won the annual talent contest with their dance performance. Second place was awarded to Daniel Demdam for his rendition of ‘Crazy’ and third place to our resident beatboxer, MC Alex O’Brien. The Staff band, ‘Get Staffed’ reinforced just how talented the student performers were and provided entertainment while judge Lee Parcell determined the prizewinners. The event was well-supported and raised funds for our local St Vincent de Paul food bank.

Chamber Music Contest

Cellist Sophie Bennet’s ‘Piazzolla Trio’ won the Timaru District round and were selected for the South Island finals in June where they were awarded a bronze award. It was one of the many Arts contests that were held ‘online’ due to Covid. For Sophie, this was her final year competing in the contest and she has most remarkably won the District Final and competed at the Southland Final with cello and violin for four of her five years at College. Sophie said that from participating in the contest she has really developed her ensemble skills and learnt alot about working with others to prepare for this contest each year.

Sophie was also selected for the National Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Album Releases

This year three students released music on streaming platforms and took the initiative to promote their songs to the school performing live at College assembly and hosting live music events in South Canterbury.

Nicholas Goodwin released ‘Jacks Point, Live Demos’ under the artist name Jacks Point

Molly Goodeve released the single ‘Lost’ under the artist name MOLLY g

Josiah Ioane released the single ‘Sun in My Eyes’ under the artist name JosiahXVI

Arts Awards 2020

Instrumental Ensemble Trophy - Sophie Bennet

Stephen Cowan Memorial Trophy for Senior Instrumental- Sophie Bennet

Midland Masonic Scholarship - Sophie Bennet

Sister M de Lourdes Memorial Cup for Contribution to Music - Nicholas Goodwin

Bradley Award for Excellence in Songwriting- Nicholas Goodwin 


From the Artroom

Live Theatre
Live Theatre
Miss Victoria Chappell

Live Theatre Miss Victoria Chappell f.allan@roncalli.school.nz

Students devise and direct performances throughout the year through Drama courses and also have the opportunity to attend professional performances and participate in workshops. This year we intend on taking part in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Ukulele Orchestra
Ukulele Orchestra
Ms Nikki Hall

Ukulele Orchestra Ms Nikki Hall n.hall@roncalli.school.nz

Just like a larger orchestra they often play different parts and move well beyond the basic ukulele strum, rehearsals Friday lunchtimes in the Music block.

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Nikki Hall

Chamber Music Nikki Hall

Opportuntiies to form groups and participate in the Chamber Music contest are available.

Rock Bands
Rock Bands
Ms Nikki Hall

Rock Bands Ms Nikki Hall n.hall@roncalli.school.nz

Students establish and rehearse in ensembles to perform for local events and in Smokefree Rockquest. Senior music students are keen to mentor our junior rock bands

Audio Visual (AV)
Audio Visual (AV)
Mr Mark Pribis

Audio Visual (AV) Mr Mark Pribis n.hall@roncalli.school.nz

Join a dedicated team of students who run lighting consoles, mixing desks, and set up and run the technical support for events daily at the College.

Itinerant and Private instrumental lessons
Itinerant and Private instrumental lessons
Ms Nikki Hall

Itinerant and Private instrumental lessons Ms Nikki Hall n.hall@roncalli.school.nz

Weekly twenty minute individual and group lessons delivered by instrument specialists and open to all students. See Miss Hall in the Music Block for more information. There are some college instruments available for hire.



Annual Events

Inter-house Singing: An event run through the College House system that gives every student an opportunity to perform in a massed choir. All students participate in either Haka or Waiata and then present their house's song choice for a particular theme.

One Day Dazzle: Roncalli College's own "Stage Challenge"  House event where students create and direct an all-inclusive showcase with costumes, lights, staging, props, dancing, singing, and occasionally acrobatics.

Musical Showcase: An evening concert that showcases the best instrumental and vocal soloists and ensembles of the college.

Roncalli's Got Talent: A concert event where students perform with their specialist talent for a panel of judges.

Our College offers a wonderful range of cultural opportunities & events. There are so many things to enjoy and participate in so that everyone can get involved with The Arts

Georgia Carnegie

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