Music Matters

NZMEB Exam Success for Sancta Maria College and Primary School Students

During the last weekend of term 4, Sancta Maria College again become an examination centre for the New Zealand Music Examinations Board.

19 of our students from Years 6 to 12 took the Level 1 or 2 Chamber Music exams (six of whom were taking NCEA credits too) and two were taking grade 5 vocal exams.

The end result was a full house of 21 Distinction grades for our students, including Katherine Chiang, a Year 6 violinist from Sancta Maria Primary School who has been rehearsing with our older students for the past two terms. This qualification means that she will take her place in our senior Symphonia in her first week at Sancta Maria College next year. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough!

It also means that our Symphonia is almost completely made up from students who have taken NZMEB or other graded exams to earn their places. It is helping us to raise the bar for our classical players and there is plenty more where this came from. Well done to all of our young players.

​Stuart Gibbs,
Head of Music