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WELL-PERFORMED FESTIVAL Performing with charm and ability, the 700 children who took part in the Catholic Secondary Schools' Festival in the Town Hall last night were warmly applauded by the large audience. A high standard of work was revealed by the pupils in orchestral, choral, verse-speak-ing, gymnastic and other items.

One of the highlights of the programme was the presentation in verse and rhythmic movements of Gordon Bottomley's "Culbin Sands" by girls of St. Mary's College, who were dressed in blue and green robes to represent wind and trees. Their expressive verse-speaking and graceful movements were greeted with a storm of applause.

Musical voices singing in the foreign tongue of one of our Allies lent charm to the presentation of a Polish national song, "While We Were Fighting," in which three Polish girls who are pupils at the Sacred Heart Convent sang the refrain. The item was given an especially enthusiastic reception. High, pure voices were revealed by other pupils of the school who took part with the Polish girls in a bracket of international songs. Other choral items were an impressive rendition of "Lead, Kindly Light," by pupils of the Marist Brothers School; two numbers by pupils of St. Mary's College, "I Waited For the Lord," and Elgar's "The Dance"; "Ave Maria" and Denza's "Nocturne" by girls of St. Benedict's Convent, and part-singing by pupils of the Remuera Convent, and a combined boys' choir from Sacred Heart College and Vermont Street School.

The orchestral playing by both girls and boys from St. Mary's College and Sacred Heart College was of a high enough standard to have warranted more items. The bovs presented "In a Persian Market" and the "Standclien Serenade" by Hypens, while the girls played "Overture to Zampa" by Herold and Handel's Andante Larghetto from "Berenice."

A high-speed non-stop display of vaulting horse exercises by St. Peter's School pupils, and a dexterous club-swinging item by girls of the Grey Lynn Convent comprised the physical side of the programme.

Melodious voices, which at times gave an impression of singing, were heard in verse-speaking items by pupils of the Sacred Heart, Grey Lynn and Mount Albert Convents.

Proceeds from the festival, which will be repeated to-night, will go toward the Catholic Youth Movement.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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