The Arts


Visual Arts & Photography

All students have the opportunity to develop visual literacy and aesthetic awareness in Years 7 and 8 as they manipulate and transform visual, tactile, and spatial ideas to solve problems. They may also select Visual Art and/or Photography as an option in Years 9 and 10. Students explore experiences, stories, abstract concepts, social issues, and needs, both individually and collaboratively. They experiment with materials and processes to develop their visual ideas within a range of practices across drawing, sculpture, design, painting, printmaking, photography and moving images.

Students view artworks relating to their own experiences and share their responses and interpretations, as well as investigate the contexts in which artworks are created, used, and valued.


All students learn basic Music skills in Years 7 and 8 and may select Music as an option in Years 9 and 10. In these courses, students are given the opportunity to become confident performers on their chosen instrument (either as a soloist or by working collaboratively in a group), communicate their original ideas through the creation or co-creation of acoustic or digital music, and increase their musical literacy, listening skills and appreciation of a broad range of musical styles.

Students may learn to play a musical instrument through our instrumental tuition programme, taught by our dedicated team of Itinerant music tutors. In addition to music tuition, students are encouraged to join one or more of our co-curricular groups where they can make valuable connections with others who are passionate about Music. Performance opportunities include APPA, Smokefree Rockquest, Smokefree BandQuest, Music Evenings, and in-school performances as well as community concerts. We also encourage our young songwriters to enter Play It Strange songwriting competitions in Years 9 and 10. 

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All students cover basic Drama in Years 7 and 8 in their integrated studies programme, and may select Drama as an option in Years 9 and 10. Some of the skills developed across all year levels are building confidence through activities such as improvisation, co-creating original scripts, technical design using various aspects of performance technology, working collaboratively to prepare for performances, and critical self and peer reflection.

Students have the opportunity to take part in the annual SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Regional Festival, as well as watching performances from other school groups. They are also given the option to take part in a variety of workshops held during lunch times to build on their passion for Drama and performing. Our annual Drama Trip to Wellington provides further opportunities for students to experience authentic learning when they visit Weta Workshop and other iconic locations.


Students can choose Dance as an option in Years 9 and 10. Learners will gain basic technical skills in a variety of dance genres, becoming confident to share these skills through regular practice, goal setting, and frequent opportunities to collaborate. They will also develop basic dance vocabulary, and learn about body science fitness, health and nutrition. Through the co-creation of original performance pieces, students learn to work collaboratively, take risks, communicate with their audience, and engage in ongoing self and peer reflection in a safe and nurturing environment. Extension opportunities are provided for all those who demonstrate advanced levels of skill and commitment.



Assessments take place throughout each semester, across a variety of ongoing tasks and project-based learning opportunities.