Trades Academy


On Monday 15th of April we attended a SFX Makeup course at Cut Above Academy. We enjoyed our time there getting to know what it’s like to work in stage make up and also getting some experiences on how to use special effects. This course was really good because it had a variety of different make up effects each of our peers could choose to work around. One of the tasks was to choose a scenario to base the makeup we’ve done and our scenario was a gang fight. This course was such an amazing experience. Here’s a few images of the course and the makeup Jasmine and Oxsanah did on Losaline.

Jasmine Joseph-Pampollone, Oxsanah Fifita & Losaline Tevi


Flying start to the year for Te Arataki ki te uru Trades Academy. We are very lucky here at Kelston Girls to be able to run a Secondary Tertiary Partnership programme (these used to be called Trades Academies). This means that we receive funding from the government to send some of our students to tertiary programmes at Private training providers or Polytechnics for one day a week. The students combine these programmes with their normal school timetable. This means they get the chance to achieve NCEA Level 2 or 3 while also trying out tertiary courses and gaining credits towards future study. This year we have the following courses available:
  • Information Technology (computers)
  • Hospitality
  • Outdoor Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Tourism (taught at school)
The courses have all started and the girls are having a great time. This term our hospitality girls will be focussing on cooking meals with seafood and eggs, our Outdoor Education girls will be doing a high ropes course, our IT girls will be learning about databases and spreadsheets and our Early Childhood students will be learning about nutrition and diversity along with looking at the organisation of Early Childhood centres. Any enquiries about these courses can be sent to Ms Amber Hinson at
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