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Fade Away

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Possibly one of the most beautiful moments in the STAND UP STAND OUT 2018 heats, this incredible performance by Fade Away (Siraanika Goovindu and ‘Isope ‘Akau’ola) dancing to an original song by Ella Mavaega from Mount Roskill Grammar School. Wish them luck as they perform this piece at the Stand Up Stand Out finals Saturday 1st September.

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KBB Music Festival Honours Orchestra

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Congratulations to Rocky Parsons and Thea Dickson who represented our school in the KBB Music Festival Honours Orchestra at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell on 10 August. What a fantastic opportunity for our students to play such spectacular music under a professional conductor and with outstanding musicians from schools around Auckland.

Concert Band Success

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Concert Band who received a Bronze award for their performance at the KBB Music Festival last Thursday (16th August)! This is an outstanding achievement given the high standard of the competition and the fact that 11 of our 25 members are new this year and several have been playing their instruments for less than 2 years! Well done team, we are very proud of you.

Johanson’s Angels

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Johanson’s Angels (Ano Chitando, Carlton Varela, Ala Vailala, Ella Mavaega, Christy Varughese, and Ajit Franklin) performed at the semi finals of STAND UP STAND OUT Competition on Monday the 13th August. Very proud of the work they put into developing their music which resulted in an engaging performance that really connected with the audience!

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Yr10 Japanese Cooking

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Y 10 Cooking: Okonomiyaki (Japanese Savoury pancake)

As a part of the Year 10 Japanese curriculum, our class participated in making a popular Japanese dish, okonomiyaki. Our classmate Kevin brought his Mum, Mrs Wang, and his aunty to help out.  Okonomiyaki is a savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. Our version consisted of cabbage, flour, egg and squid. We added okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise, and enjoyed eating them.   The pancake was oishii (delicious). We had a lot of fun making it.

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Where I’m At

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We’ve been working on a show which we are performing for the local intermediate school – some of you may have seen the preview we performed at RUA: A Showcase. We are excited to do a small informal showing of the whole show to family and friends on Wed 29th August. Put it in your calendars everyone!

EXCEL Concert

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EXCEL is a tertiary institution ( based in Auckland. Since 1994 they have been committed to training and developing performing artists. Selected second year students from EXCEL tour around New Zealand as a practical component in their Certificate of Advanced Performance. On 7 Aug, EXCEL performed a lunchtime concert at MRGS titled “Is This Me?” The show looked at the common social media apps that tell stories about who we are, and asks, “Is This Me”? It was a rousing and educational concert enjoyed by all in Butler Hall.

SUSO Solo Vocal Heats

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Giving it their all, Isla Mayo and Yusuf Guessous compete in the Vocal Solo Heats of the STAND UP STAND OUT 2018 (SUSO) Competition.

SUSO is Auckland’s secondary schools’ premier music and dance competition. Students take to the stage to compete and win more than $6,000 in prizes. Open to a wide variety of music and dance genres and styles, the annual SUSO competition is a thrilling showcase of live performance and represents a stunning, positive expression of Auckland youth from all backgrounds.









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Boys Dance Project

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The Boys Dance Project are a group of Mount Roskill Grammar School boys who have a passion for dance. They train every Tuesday after school in a contemporary, hip hop and Pasifika fusion style. During term 2 they worked with Joash Fahitua and collaborated to create a piece that was performed at the MRGS Performing Arts showcase ‘Rua’. They will also be performing this dance in upcoming school assemblies. Each week this term, they will be creating and filming dance based challenges set by industry professionals and uploading them on our instagram account. Follow @mrgs_performing_arts to see The Boys Dance Project in action. If you would like to join the group come to the Performing Arts studio after school every Tuesday.

NZDC Scholarships

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‘Isope ‘Akau’ola and Mele Taumoeanga (from Level 2 Dance) were awarded scholarships to take part in The New Zealand Dance Company – Winter School. This involved a week long dance intensive in the second week of the holidays. They had technique classes with company members and choreographic workshops to create movement with other students. At the end of the week ‘Isope and Mele performed at The Auckland War Memorial Museum and Pah Homestead. Their performance was based on an exhibition at the museum called Are We There Yet? – Women and Equality and Aotearoa. We are very proud of ‘Isope and Mele for their success.