Look out, wasn’t expecting that!

Stilt walker Bruno Willis puts the frighteners on a group of St Hilda’s Collegiate pupils during a lunchtime performance yesterday.

The performance was part of the school’s inaugural Festival of the Arts , to raise pupils’ spirits and celebrate getting through the lockdown.

Creative artists from around Dunedin, including some from the recently cancelled 2020 Fringe Festival, will perform again at the school during lunch breaks today and tomorrow.


Deputy principal Geraldine Corkery said she was inspired to create the event after noticing the school was "eerily quiet" after the Covid-19 Level 2 restart.

Other festival events include Gasp! Dance Inclusive; White Men (a play by St Hilda’s alumna Abby Howells); a live graffiti battle from Otepoti Hip-Hop Hustle; and an improvised musical called Play it By Ear. 


Look forward to when they present other career options such as farming, building, plumbing, electrical, engineering be it structural, mechanical or chemical at St Hilda's too. Of course that is not a definitive list but the point is that our education system has for far too long, focused on academic careers when we are a primary producing nation that has a serious shortage of productive hands that provide most of our income and puts roofs over our heads.
Schools are the starting point of this snobbery and the lack of male role models doesn't help.





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