Romeo & Juliet

Challenge College’s last Haiti Fundraising Event

Capulet Party Scene

Tuesday, September 14th was a very exciting day for everyone involved in Challenge College: the stage at Newlands Community Centre turned into Verona Mall and the students and some staff members into Montagues and Capulets.

This term, Tuesday afternoons were — literally — all about drama!

Our project started in late July when the staff decided to stage a 15 minute version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Since it is quite hard to identify with the original characters and the ancient language, the students gave the play a modern touch by changing the lines using their own words.  Rehearsals turned out to be more difficult than expected because we had to make several cast changes during the term.

Paris and Romeo

Newlands Community Centre was the site of our last rehearsal and the performance.   Everyone felt a little bit nervous and unsure about performing in front of the audience.  At 1.30 the last guests – students’ families, Challenge 2000 staff members, a representative of the City Council and one from the Vodafone Foundation – arrived.   We were pleased and relieved that our performance was so good, and so well received by the audience.

After that, our student Tyler, also known as Ty-1, impressed the audience by performing a few rap songs.

This term’s community work has been about getting the students at Challenge College to look outside of themselves and think of the community – from Johnsonville, to Wellington, New Zealand and globally! Our main focus on this theme has been to raise funds in support of the Kenbe La Foundation Source of Hope School in Haiti. We researched the tragedy and devastation the earthquake caused in Haiti, specifically looking at the story of Emily Sanson-Rejouis. The students got behind the idea of raising money to help the impoverished young people of Haiti get an education – we had a sausage sizzle, and as part of their other studies this term performed an extract from Romeo & Juliet which seemed to be a good way to raise even more money.  Those that came to support were great, some even giving more than a gold coin entry fee to help us surpass our fundraising goal!

We are so proud of our students and we want to thank them for getting up on the stage even if it made them feel uncomfortable!

Tabea and Steffi

Challenge College

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Alternative Education Programme

Term 3 has started with a hiss and a roar! We all enjoyed the school holiday break and are looking forward to another exciting term.

The last week of Term 2 was our EOTC Week (Education Outside the Classroom) which involved a variety of activities around the Wellington region: flying fox and confidence course at El Rancho, ten pin bowling, mini golf and much more! The students really enjoyed getting out and taking part in fun activities.

Tuesday afternoon is “Drama”. This term the students are studying Romeo & Juliet and they will be performing it for some invited guests at the end of term. If you would like to be invited, please let us know!!!

Our Friday afternoon project at the moment is learning about Haiti and the devastating earthquake that hit the island in January this year. We are paying special attention to Emily Sanson-Rejouis (the New Zealand woman whose husband and two daughters were killed in the earthquake) and her efforts to raise funds for the people of Haiti. The students hope to do some fundraising so we can send some money or supplies to Haiti.

Here are some photos from our EOTC Week…

CC_EOTC week 1

CC_EOTC week 2

CC_EOTC week 3

CC_EOTC week 4