Check the best high school songs and lyrics of 2017

At SchoolLeaver we love Play It Strange, the national organisation that brings into the light the great songs written by high school students.

We want to celebrate and share with you the best songs of 2017 that were announced at the Play It Strange award evening in mid-December. Artists travelled from as far as Gisborne and Christchurch to attend the event in Auckland.

With the introduction of Songwriting as a Level 3 achievement standard in 2017, Play It Strange has seen an increase of 17% in songs entered in the Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition.

New Zealand is really the only country where Songwriting is now a formally recognised art form in the teenage educational environment.  And how important is that?  If songs aren’t written there is nothing to sing, record or hear. Songs fashion a nation’s music tradition, and these young Kiwis are right at the front line.

The winners are…..

First place in the Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition :

  • May Zeng (Westlake Girls High School:  Auckland)   for “Different”

Listen to May’s winning song

First place in the David Richwhite Lyric Award,

  • Abigail Wanoa and Ishell-Kathleen Runga (Gisborne Girl's High School) for “Who Cares About the Haters”

Check out the winning lyrics here

First place in the Junior Maioha Award – best song in te reo Maori

  • Hunter  Varly & Ashlee  Walker-Jones (Gisborne Girls High School) for their song IPU MAUMAHARA.

Listen to Ipu Maumahara

Best school in 2017

The Play It Strange PWC School Of The Year is Papatoetoe High School with 7 songs.

Here are all the finalists and the winners for 2017

Cheers to all the 2017 entrants and winners

Congratulations to all of tomorrow’s hot NZ singers and songwriters, and to the Play It Strange team who help bring all this talent and creativity to the surface for us all to enjoy.

Free downloads here of all the top PIS songs for 2017. Get at them.