Whanganui Girls' College

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Whanganui Girls’ College enjoys a rich cultural extracurricular programme which includes kapa haka, Island Breeze, Stage Challenge, dance troupes, life-saving, Duke of Edinburgh, singing groups, music bands, art competitions and a host of other events and activities.

Joining these activities will give you the chance to make new friends at all year levels and get the most from your time at Whanganui Girls’ College.

Stage Challenge

Stage Challenge is an enthralling performing arts journey that brings together 135 Whanganui Girls’ College students’ and staff. Each year the Stage Challenge team create a dance and drama performance set to a soundtrack, based on a theme that we decide. From Jean Batton to war spies to the havoc of oil spills to Isabel Fraser – one of Whanganui Girls’ first headmistresses who brought back the Chinese gooseberry seed (Kiwifruit) from China to New Zealand in the early 1900’s. The chosen story lines are varied and fun from year to year.

The girls audition at the beginning of the year to be placed into the various dance and drama groups that are involved in the story. They learn and perfect their specific dances and are kitted out in amazing costumes and props. Along with the amazing sets that are also constructed by the team, these weave together our wonderful story line, told through dance, design and drama.

The Stage Challenge team then travel to Palmerston North for the day to rehearse, perform and compete against other schools in the regional event held each year. In the evening, we perform to a live audience and we are judged by a panel of specialists from the performing arts industry. An amazing experience that we experience together as the Whanganui Girls’ College family. Do you have to be able to dance? No! Act? No! You just have to be willing.


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