The combined voices of the six Wairarapa College houses rose to the rafters in song on the last day of Term Two.
The occasion was the annual house singing competition where each of the six houses performed a junior, senior and whole house item. The theme for the whole house item was songs from films and ensured a wide variety of performances.
Aorangi were the eventual winners who finished their performance with Come On Eileen from the film Perks of Being a Wallflower and conducted by Year 13 student Destiny Tom. Coming in second were Puketoi whose seniors performed Mamma Mia by Abba which the judges commented had amazing harmonies.
Remutaka juniors sang Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes and were accompanied on guitar by Ben Irwin and using the box they were sitting on to drum was Zac Vainu. An amazing performance by the Rangitumau seniors was The Cup Song by Anna Kendrick where the senior girls produced a perfect rendition of using the cups to add percussion. Other house choices included songs from Shrek, Sweet Home Alabama and Once Were Warriors.
While the judges deliberated the prefects sang a song to keep the crowds entertained.
Assistant principal Aaron Perkins says house singing is a wonderful way to end the term. ‘Each year it just gets better and better,’ he says’, ‘it is amazing to see the enthusiasm and talent all the students show.’
Houses have been rehearsing for weeks with the junior and senior groups spending many lunchtimes practising their song choices. The student lighting crew flooded the stage with each individual house colour and student musicians accompanied their houses on the drums, guitars, piano and saxophone.