Thank you soooo much for bringing back what I remember from my youth to the Northland Performing Arts Competitions….We appreciated your expertise and your feedback from the floor. We learned a lot.

The Comps have been dying a horrible death, much to my dismay over recent years and for me, this is incredibly upsetting…. I, personally competed in these competitions every year (we combined it with a holiday with my Nanas best friend) and they were competitions to behold! I want to bring that back and was extremely pleased to have the ‘Park’ family arrive and take out most of the competition as it was that – a competition!! Both of my boys were equally impressed and I hope we have sparked, this year the interest and participation they deserve.

I still hold the title (apparently) for the Rose Trophy awarded to the highest aggregate mark for my performance of ‘The Old Place’ by Hone Tuwhare – this was the last time the Speech and Drama section won this – I am 44 and it is time it came back!!

Thank you for your support and I really hope to see you back again – In the meantime, I will do my best to round up more competition to ensure we are back at the Performing Arts Centre with a programme to behold!


This year’s Performing Arts Festivals have begun with Napier’s amazing festival on Easter weekend.  A very big thanks to the convenors there, who looked after me so well. Thanks Natalie Sandbrook! It was a terrific festival and NZ can be proud of the confidence and creativity its young people are developing.  I will be adjudicating next at Rotorua in July, Northland in August and Hawera in October. I can’t wait!

Please come along to these – even if you are not performing. You gain immensely from watching others perform!

Senior Students (Years 9 -13)  Performance Evening at Baradene College, June 14th 5.30 – 7.30pm

West Auckland Performing Arts Festival, Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, June 18th and 19th, starting at 9am both days. Glenda’s students from Diocesan, ACG Parnell, St Josephs, and Baradene College will be performing.

Watch out for examination entry emails with details of costs and payments.

Best comment made this week in response to my questions:  “I don’t know ….. yet.”   It’s definitely all about learning new skills!

Thank you Ms Pearce for teaching me. I really wanted you to be my future teacher but you have the choice to decide your own life and make your decisions that will make you happy. You are the best teacher I have had.

Lydia Li (Baradene ESL Level 2 English class)

The old, clunky SVDS website has been replaced with this slick new blog!


From now on, I will endeavour to make posts about the speech and drama classes showing photos and student development! Keep an eye out for upcoming events and dates, as well as competition entries and results.