The 2015 Arts Tie Assembly took place on Tuesday 28 July. Arts Ties are presented to boys who have made a significant contribution to the Arts both at the College and as representatives of the College. Boys must also contribute in a number of areas, whether they be through film, music, creative writing, public speaking, debating, fine arts, photography, design and leadership in cultural groups. This year’s assembly special guest was Ipu Laga’aia.
Ipu Laga’aia is an Old Boy of Sacred Heart College (2009-2013), who is in his second year at The University of Auckland studying classical singing with Te Oti Rakana, with a view to becoming a professional singer. He has a remarkable, expressive tenor voice and is a very comfortable, convincing stage performer. Ipu is a multi-talented musician who also plays piano, guitar and bass guitar.
Whilst at Sacred Heart College, Ipu was a committed member of the Samoan Cultural Group and in 2013 was the leader of this group. Also during this time at the College, Ipu secured the lead role as Macbeth in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ as well as the lead for the drama ‘The Mau’ for the Samoan community.
In 2010 he formed popular reggae band ‘Sweet Release’ which played at numerous Sacred Heart College events and has now become a professional band. This band now has seven members in total. Ipu was also the lead singer and keyboard player for the Sacred Heart College Jazz Band and played percussion for the Senior Concert Band, joining the band to tour to Palm Springs, California in 2013.
As well as music, Ipu played in the SHC Premier basketball team, played rugby and was involved in speech competitions. Ipu left Sacred Heart College as a remarkably well-rounded Marist man.
Arts Ties Recipients:
Joseph Piper Dedication to Music
Mario Koenigsperger Dedication to Music
Matthew Connolly Dedication to the Visual Arts
Luke Cadwallader Dedication to Music
Callum Lloyd Dedication to Music
Aaron Dahmen Dedication to Public Speaking,Creative Writing and Engagement with New Media
George Witana Dedication to Kapa Haka and Public Speaking
Elijah Fa’afiu Dedication to the Samoan Group and Public Speaking
Jayden Key Dedication to the Samoan Group and Public Speaking