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

The Last Night of the Proms: A Night to Remember

On Monday at seven o’clock in the Auckland City Town Hall, hundreds of talented Macleans students took to the stage and entertained an audience of about a thousand people in the annual Gala Concert titled the ‘Last Night of the Proms’. This is the second year in which Macleans students have performed at the Auckland Town Hall and this year was just as successful as … Continue reading The Last Night of the Proms: A Night to Remember

“All The World’s a Stage” – Sheila Winn 2015

On the last Sunday of April over 30 Macleans College students came together, along with over 100 other students from all over Auckland, to compete at the regional Shakespeare festival. From tragedy to comedy, the range of performances was immense, each actor providing a unique insight into their character. Laughs were had, tears were shed and awards were won. The day ended with two performances … Continue reading “All The World’s a Stage” – Sheila Winn 2015

Musical Sneak Peek: Into The Woods 2015

Following on from the amazing performances we have seen year after year, our expectations for the annual Macleans College musical are high, to say the least. After having a sneak peek at this year’s rendition of “Into the Woods”, we can safely assume that no one will be disappointed. After endless hours of preparation from the cast, the orchestra and all of the supporting crew, the students have finally … Continue reading Musical Sneak Peek: Into The Woods 2015

Service Expo 2015

The Macleans College Service Expo was held last Wednesday in the amphitheatre, with a number of service organisations represented at stalls, raising both money and awareness for their causes. Along with video coverage and interviews, we have compiled descriptions and links of each service activity along with how you can get involved. (We apologize for the less-than-outstanding sound quality in this video; we neglected to … Continue reading Service Expo 2015

The Big Sing Regionals

The Macleans College Choir arrived at the Town Hall on Tuesday the 9th of June, simultaneously exhilarated and daunted by the prospect of finally performing at the Big Sing Regional Competition. This event was the culmination of months of hard work, weekend rehearsals, and post-practice pineapple lumps. The competition was a festival of sound and a celebration of choral music; it highlighted the joys of … Continue reading The Big Sing Regionals

Macleans May Actually Let Us Walk On Grass

Endless construction work is a fact of Macleans College life. MCNC interviewed Associate Principal Mr. Peek to find out more about the ongoing construction at the school. Mr. Peek, as Property Manager at Macleans College, oversees all property and construction projects that take place on the sprawling school campus, a site totaling 18,000 square meters of area (the same as 90 four-bedroom houses!) For him, … Continue reading Macleans May Actually Let Us Walk On Grass

Model United Nations Assembly 2015

During the two long and hectic days at the annual Model United Nations Assembly conference, we’ve witnessed heated debates about global political issues, as well as enjoyed the showcase of extravagant national costumes and shameless bribing tactics involving food and fake money. This year, Macleans delegates represented Canada, Tonga and South Africa and tackled gruelling problems concerning ISIS, tax havens and the Crimean crisis. The debate … Continue reading Model United Nations Assembly 2015

For and Against: The Bali Nine Debate

Below are some of the main arguments for and against the application of the death penalty in the recent “Bali Nine” drug trafficking case. The Argument For the Death Penalty Drug trafficking is a serious problem in Indonesia. Currently, 4.5 million Indonesians need to be rehabilitated due to illicit or illegal drug use, and 40 to 50 young people die each day from the same … Continue reading For and Against: The Bali Nine Debate

Nepal: The Country in Ruins

Almost half as small in land area as New Zealand and with a population of 8 million, Nepal is renowned for its striking mountain ranges and rolling hills, exquisite temples and diverse culture. On the 25th of April, this beautiful nation was rocked with a magnitude 7.9 earthquake, deemed the worst disaster in the Himalayan region of almost a century. Old Kathmandu is a city … Continue reading Nepal: The Country in Ruins