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New entrants The new entrants who started at Banks Avenue School this term have all kinds of goals they want to achieve. Ella and Georgia are in the same class, while the other pupils have started in room 8, the newest class. •If you have a new entrant starting school, send their photos to

„„ By Sarla Donovan PROUD BROWN wowed the judges at the Smokefree Rockquest heats recently, winning the Pacifica Beats Award and bagging a place in the regional finals later this month. Eastern schools will be well represented at the regional finals, with Shirley Boys’ High School groups Cipher, Judah And The Lazers and 2016 Canterbury Region winners FUZHUN also making the cut. A receptive Aurora Centre crowd soaked up the energy of Proud Brown, a seven-person group of talented musicians from Mairehau High School and Haeata Community Campus. They were among 70 bands who battled it out for 12 spots in the regional finals. Lead vocalist, Evile Jireh Sisiso Laloata, thinks their stage presence and ability to get the crowd engaged contributed to their success. “There was not much space but we actually figured out, like, how to use the whole space and be creative and add in moves to it. There was also a specific part in our song where we tell the crowd to clap but then they all started clapping to the beat and we were like: ‘Oh yes, this is what we wanted’.” The group, coached by Vai Punavai, will now compete in the regionals at The Foundry on June 23 where they’ll be hunting

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KEEPING IT PROUD: Back row – Darrell Suaesi-Faamua (Mairehau High School), bass; Sholita Umutaua, vocals; Grace Smith, keyboard; Lisha Anitelea, vocals. ​Front row – PJ Iva, drums; Evile Jireh Sisifo Laloata, vocals; Junior Muaimalae, guitar. ISLAND VIBES: FUZHUN onstage at the Smokefree Rockquest heats. The Shirley Boys’ High School group’s relaxed soul-reggaefunk style saw them win a place in the regional finals later this month.

for a place at the national final in Auckland. Rockquest founder and director Glenn Common said the level of performance at the heats seems to keep going up every year as

entrants get more support for contemporary music from their schools, make use of on line resources and have role models who’ve used the event as a springboard to success.  

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