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Welcome to Term Four everybody!


Welcome to our new students and welcome back to all those returning.  We hope you enjoy your classes this term.

No change to class times and days this term unless you have been personally notified.

Our focus is on skills building and personal growth.  We have no major shows this term so it is time to work on our own abilities and grow as performers and communicators.

Congratulations Cast & Crew of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs !!

This show was a first for Caitlin & Elliott as directors and they did a fantastic job.

What a great achievement.  Thank you all for your patience with our youngest performers. 

The rehearsal process was very busy once we finally got into the theatre but the cast were excellent and very professional for their age!  We are ever so grateful for all of the support we received from parents, we could not have done it without you all!

Well done to the cast.  You should be proud of the show you all created together, our sell out audiences left with huge smiles on their faces, wowed by your ability.

Snow White  DVDs

Are available for $20 each.

It is not too late to order yours.  Just reply to this email to order if you did not add your name to the list at the theatre.

This is an excellent idea if you did not get to see either of the shows! 

PLEASE NOTE: Recording was taken at the Saturday Afternoon Show.

Snow White Laundy

If you took some washing home to do, thank you very much. Please just drop this back to Dale at 17 Oakwood Drive once you have had a chance to do it.  You can leave it outside the door if no one is home.  Thanks to those who have already dropped off theirs!

Advanced Senior Specialty Classes

Last two weeks of term we will be offering you guys two different specialty classes.  We are currently confirming these.  We will let you know what they are just as soon as we confirm the tutors and their availability.

Trinity Speech & Drama Exams

Those who entered last term are all set to sit their Trinity College exams this term. 

There are extra exam sessions for those Junior, Intermediate and senior students (Not Advanced Seniors) who have entered for a Trinity exam.  For the four classes the cost is $36 +GST for Junior/Intermediate and $40 +GST for seniors.  They are compulsory for you to do well in your exam as they cover a lot of valuable details that will not be dealt with in your regular class.  You will have received this info last term.

Session will start  on Friday Oct 13th, for 4 weeks as follows:

4.30-5pm         Karina McLaren & Azaria Westeneng

5-5.50pm         Madison Tull, Rock McLaren, Casey Anderson, & Lucas Waghorn

5.50-6.30pm     Iona Main, Sian Hassan & Hannah Lieshout. (then shifting to Wed 5.30-6.10pm for the 18th & 25th Oct & 1st Nov)

You will receive your exam entry slip in your first Exam Session (advanced seniors should have them already)so please ensure it gets home to your parents, they need to get you to your exam!  If there is a problem with the time you have been given you must contact Dale immediately.

‘Drama’ & ‘Song’ & ‘Dance’ Performance Evenings

In order to ensure we do not run too long at our Xmas Break-Up Recital, we have created an opportunity for Intermediate & Senior students to present their work across three nights.  Put these in your diaries now.  We will promote these again closer to the times.

·         Dance – Thursday 16th November 7-8.30pm

·         Singing – Tuesday 21st November 7-8.30pm

·         Drama – Thursday 23rd November 7-9pm

Please note, the second half of the Drama performance night will include senior pieces with some adult content.

Xmas Break-Up Recital

Monday 11th Dec, 7pm.  Rangiora High School Hall

Entry $4 for all non-students, HSPA students free.

There will be a Program of Performances including:

Pieces from students who received top marks in Trinity College

As well as items from all of our singing and dance classes. 

We will also have our Prize-Giving where Certificates of Excellence and Achievement will be awarded by all of the tutors as well as Scholarships from the Drama School, the North Canterbury Musical Society and our Major Scholarship for Advanced Seniors.

Please note!! It is important that you attend to support and learn from the top level performers on display as well as to be presented with any possible awards.

Rangiora Santa Parade & Party in the Park

Sunday 10th of December

We will be taking part in this again this year and will produce a fun float for you all to be part of.  Please look out for information later in the term regarding volunteering and when you will need to be available on the day.

There will be singing and speaking opportunities for performers in the park after the parade.

Performing Arts Summer School!!!!

You have asked and we have listened.  Yes, we will be running a Performing Arts Summer Camp in the week before school goes back.  For the first time ever.

Juniors: 7-8 (6yrs by special allowance), Intermediates:  9-11yrs,  Seniors: 10-13.

Mon 22nd Jan – Thurs 25th Jan.  10.30-4pm daily. $35 per day. $120 for all four days.

This could make an excellent Christmas Present.  Vouchers available.

Check our Website for more info soon.  Email dale@hspa.co.nz if you want to book early.

Early Invoicing

In order to allow you more time to pay we will be invoicing before term begins from now on.  It will not change the due date.  This more in line with other organisations.  You should receive your invoice in the next few days.  If you are changing classes or signing up to any extras please email Doreen on doreen@hspa.co.nz to have your invoice adjusted to reflect the changes.  Plus there may be discounts to be added.

Let us know if you are not returning.

Again, we have waiting lists for several classes this term especially in the junior school.  If you are not returning we really need to know.  As mentioned above, you will be invoiced soon, If you are not returning you can only have this deleted by contacting Doreen on doreen@hspa.co.nz or ph 3138062.

Lost Property

Please collect these from the box in the Waiting Room – they will be donated to charity at the end of the month if left.  There are quite a few school uniform items in there.

Term Dates

Monday 16th Oct – Mon 11th Dec (8 Weeks, but only 7 weeks for Friday classes)


  • Mon 23rd Oct Labour Day – no classes
  • Fri 17th Nov Ch.Ch Show Day – no classes
  • 2nd – 8th Nov – Trinity Exams
  • Thurs 16th Nov - Dance Performance Evening
  • Tues 21st Nov - Singing Performance Evening
  • Turs 23rd Nov - Drama Performance Evening
  • Santa Parade – Sunday 10th December
  • End of Year Break Up – Monday 11th December 7pm.
  • Mon 22nd - Thurs 25th Jan.  Performing Arts Summer Camp


That’s all for now.

Look out for more information in class regarding the Drama and Song & Dance Performance Evenings, End of Year Recital and Santa Parade.  Enjoy your last term for 2017 and all of the opportunities it brings.  J

See you in class J


Dale and the team at HSPA.