Previous Arts Awards in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 have seen a number of the year acknowledged for their outstanding contribution and achievements in the arts. In our final year, this was no different. Lots of Year 13s were bought on stage, and the premiere awards winners, along with their citations, are acknowledged below:
Arts Captain – Hunter Giltrap
Hunter has been an outstanding Arts Captain. His enthusiasm and excellent organisational skills have been evident throughout the year but were particularly evident in rescuing the Newlands College Variety Show from the edge of extinction and bringing it back to vibrant life.
Hunter’s plans for next year are to go to Massey University and study a Bachelor of Creative Media Production (BCMP) specialising in animation and visual effects.
Public Speaker of the Year – Afeaki Cup – Kiya Basabas
Kiya has a gift for Public Speaking, constructing powerful speeches that focus on issues that matter in society. She competed in the Race Unity Speech Competition for the second year in a row and was runner up this year, garnering very positive feedback from students and judges alike. Kiya also entered the Wellington Speaking Union Stockley Cup for Senior students (which she won!) with a poignant speech on immigrants and those on the fringes of our society. This speech reinforced her ability to both move and inspire audiences which I am sure she will continue to do in the future.
Kiya is planning on going to Victoria University to study Law with a conjoint degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations.
Craftsperson of the Year Aditi Tiwari
Aditi was placed in the top 3 in New Zealand in the senior category of the Brother Design Stars Competition.The headpiece she designed and made was worn by a model at the NZ fashion week runway this year in Auckland.
O le ala i le pule o le tautau – Millennium Suga
This translates as – The pathway to leadership is through service and is awarded for loyal service to Polyclub
We first saw Millennium perform in our Polyclub when he was at intermediate school and probably wanted to hang out with his cousin and the cool guys. Ever since, Millennium has been a stalwart member of the Newlands College polyclub eventually ending up as the leader of the boys section. It daunting to hit that first unaccompanied note in Te Rauparaha Arena, and he cooly did this twice. He is a kind soul and smiles through those cold winter practices, just leaving rugby training in time for poly.
Next year Millennium is planning to take a gap year to work and save for the years afterwards, as he is planning to take a design course at Yoobee.
Polyclub Person of the Year – Jane-Edna Bryce
The Tiatia Trophy presented by the Bryce Family.
Jane-Edna follows a proud family tradition of leadership in front of her peers. She has been a staunch member of polyclub, even with numerous sports’ injuries to hinder her movement and exemplary in her leadership this year. It is incredibly hard to lead your peers, but Jane hung on to her vision and saw it through to a superb performance week. At times it was hard to keep her head up and motivate others, particularly when she lost her voice, but the way she dealt with individuals was compassionate and patient. We owe our performance to her strength of character and know she takes us with her on life’s path.
The Mona Williams Cup for Dance – Kyran van Asch
Even without a backflip in the production this year, Kyran managed to wow the audience with his incredible talent in dance. In the lead role of Drew he was eye catching in every number, channeling the more fluid form of rock in strong, robust, head-banging movements. His contribution to the NC Alphas this year was also impressive. He was a key team member, providing choreography and dazzling movement – showing that he is a true master of the craft of dance.
Kyran hopes to be working full time in order to travel to New York, USA and work as a camp counsellor at French Woods, Performing Arts camp for three months next year. After that it is either a sports scholarship through Massey University or joining the Police Force.
The Ann-Marie Ward Memorial trophy for Musician of the Year – Germaine Ambray
Germaine has represented the school nationally as a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra for the past two years, reached the Lower North Island Finals for Chamber Music this year, is the Concertmaster of the Wellington Sinfonietta and a member of the Wellington Youth Orchestra.
Next year Germaine is planning to go to the New Zealand School of Music where she will be doing a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Music Studies and Classical Performance.
The New Players Cup for Actor of the Year – Kiya Basabas
Joint winner with Isaac Andrews
While Isaac got to drive the show through outrageous excess, Kiya provided the heart. As Sherrie, the small town girl living in a lonely world, she was the relatable fame seeker that the audience grew to root for and empathise with. She created layers in her character and was so authentic with her delivery making her scenes convincing and effective. As a performer, Kiya has lit up the Newlands stage in lead roles for the last three years; however, it is a testament to her talent as a collaborator that as memorable as her performances are, what will linger for many is her warm and generous approach to rehearsals where she inspired others through her professionalism.