Fear of failure changes us. Sometimes we don’t sleep; sometimes we don’t eat. Sometimes we slack off. We claim we will start another time. But every waking moment we are not doing something conventionally productive — the moment we sacrifice study for rest, for recreation, for pleasure — we feel guilty. We are perfectionists. We are procrastinators. We are anxious and deeply afraid of the unknown. … Continue reading Perspective.

From Impromptu Concerts to Late Night Mafia: The Big Sing Finale 2015

This was it. All the Mondays. All the replayed MP3 files filled with wordless, unexpected note progressions. All the countless hours spent with the same thirty people we’d grown to love as a family. It all led to this. The New Zealand Choral Federation’s Secondary Schools Choral Festival, ‘The Big Sing National Finale’! This year the finale was held in New Zealand’s arts capital – … Continue reading From Impromptu Concerts to Late Night Mafia: The Big Sing Finale 2015

Barbershop Regionals 2015

Barbershop. A group of untuned singers granting major cringe moments? Questionable thirty year-olds singing about romance in the sky? Or perhaps a place of scissors and hair? None of the above. This year, for the first time, Macleans College held the annual Young Singers in Harmony Auckland Competition on the 19th of June. The competition had an even bigger turn out than last year, with 16 … Continue reading Barbershop Regionals 2015

Teacher Feature: Miss O’Leary

English: The foundation of human connection This is an adapted interview with Miss O’Leary, an English teacher from Mansfield, who shares her views on the journey of self-discovery and connection that English brings about and the growth we experience as students throughout our English careers. English is so relevant and applicable to our own lives and personal experiences. Whether you’re reading a Shakespearean play or … Continue reading Teacher Feature: Miss O’Leary