Oliver!

Please Sir, can we have some more?

That was certainly the feeling of last night’s audience after watching the College production of Oliver!

Very ably directed by Mrs Stafford-Bush, the students transported us to the Dickensian world of Oliver Twist in a wonderful display of acting, singing and dancing.

There were many stand-out performances: from Libby Murphy’s moving portrayal of Nancy to Patrick Cheeseman’s infamous pickpocket Fagin, and of course, the ill-treated orphan Oliver Twist himself, played by Year 7 student Thomas Tilsley. However, the character who had many of our younger actors and audience members trembling in fear was Bill Sikes, played by Angus Cameron who oozed malevolence and cruelty.

It was a wonderful production and congratulations must go to the cast, crew and musicians for turning their months of rehearsing into such a fine performance.

Model UN

Model UN is a highly popular school event, with over 100 schools attending regularly in the Auckland Region.

It is modelled on the General Assembly of the United Nations; however, it is adapted to suit the students, fitting in with their other extra-curricular activities.

The purpose of these events is to stimulate an understanding and interest in the United Nations, whilst developing future bridges of goodwill, to ensure the maintenance of world peace and understanding. These events benefit the students, by providing them with an awareness of our world, enhancing their public speaking and developing friendships whilst working through current and relevant world issues.

An example of one the recent events the Model UN attended was the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly, run over 2 days (18th-19th of May at Auckland Girls Grammar School where students from almost 60 schools from all over the North Island came together to debate and discuss pressing and very relevant world issues like refugees and the migration crisis, nuclear stockpiles, child illiteracy, free trade and the integrity of elections while representing an assigned country.

These gave students who attended the chance to engage in thought-provoking discussions about these topics while collaborating with others in an intense and professional but sociable and fun environment, chaired by an ex-speaker of parliament.

Our Strathallan team was assigned the country of Germany and handled it excellently with on point debating and brilliant speeches regarding the remits of free trade and women’s rights. Overall a fun weekend and congratulations to the Strathallan team for their efforts.

Mental Maths Masters

Once again, our students have shown that they are mental maths masters in the online SuperTmatik Mental Maths competition.

After class or student playoffs, the top three mental mathematicians in each year group were selected to go forward to the finals – and they didn’t disappoint.

All 15 students came out with results in the top 500 out of tens of thousands of competitors with four students managing to place in the top 10, an absolutely amazing achievement.

Congratulations to the following:

Top 10: Jiya Talwar, Jwalin Shah, Manya Talwar, Adam El-Khatib
Top 100: Kevin Fan, Stephanie Chen, Gason Ma, Amanjot Kaur, Zac Perkin, Jeremy Foo, Sarah Carruthers
Top 500: Melvin Jia, Hayden Manak, Jason Wang, Ethan Foo