Aquinas College Year 9 student, Ned Shaw has been selected for the 2020 National Secondary Schools Brass Band. Ned has earned the position of Third Cornet in the band and is the only student accepted from the Bay of Plenty region. This is an amazing opportunity for his age and he joins a high calibre of band members from all around New Zealand. We congratulate him on this fine achievement.
Our first NCEA performances for this year were held on the 17th of June. These assessments, held twice a year in the music department, featured our students who specialise in Music Performance as a subject. The results were of an extremely high level. During remote learning lockdown, the music students and tutors initiated online lessons. It was a tribute to the success of all our students, music staff and itinerant music teachers to attain high standards despite the new remote learning changes. The performances encompassed classical, jazz and rock and included a range of instruments and vocal performances.