Huanui College students share their musical talent in regular performance showcases.
Head of music Donna Sloane says the value of performing should never be underestimated.
"Performing for others and the ability to just get up and do it is an important life skill as it encourages confidence and self-reliance.
"The rush of adrenaline that comes with performing often encourages the students to perform at a better level in front of an audience," she says.
Some exceptional acts have been showcased so far this year, she says.
The first performance featured talented musicians such as Richard Young on trumpet, Louis Paul on acoustic guitar, Callum Bracey on piano accompanying vocalist Georgia Young, James Agnew on ukulele, Izaia Tilialo singing and playing the ukulele, and singers James Hamlet and Shana Gordon.
Victoria Kerr demonstrated a high level of modern dance.
The most recent Huanui College Performance Showcase included acts from younger students.
Malcolm Young played saxophone, Christina Bone, Cailyn Prisk, McKensie Hooper and Isaac Noall sang, Benjamin Lee-Johnson and Samantha McBeth played piano, and Izaia once again sung and played ukulele.
"Our finale was Monica Booth who left the audience in awe of her beautiful voice," Ms Sloane says.
The showcases are a team effort with Kohu Kawiti and Billy Woodworth compering the event. Staff member Patrick Dodd helped with setting up equipment and his guitar-playing talents while Vernice Young photographed and recorded the performances.
Students James Hamlet, McKensie Hooper and Monica Booth went on to show their techniques and tips on Channel North's Tutor Lounge hosted by musician Grant Tromp.
Eila Koller, Samantha McBeth and Jessie Meadows shared their piano skills at a lunchtime concert at the Old Library, guided by piano tutor Carol Martin.
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