Performing Arts

Our Performing Arts curriculum reinforces the tradition of excellence in Dance, Drama and Music.

Students have the scope to explore and develop their talents and creativity, engaging in performance and achieving personal excellence.

Kapa Haka

Southland Girls’ High School participates in Tē Hautonga (senior) and Ngā Pūtangitangi (junior) Kapa Haka competitions.

The name given to the combined senior SGHS and SBHS group is Tē Ara Hou ki Mua. The SGHS junior group are called Tē Piki Kōtuku.

Our Kapa Haka is passionately supported by staff, we welcome input and support from whānau, and the door is always open to those who wish to support in some way.

If your child is interested in joining our school’s Kapa Haka groups, they can have a chat with whaea Marama Davis at school.

Tē Ara Hou ki Mua

Oli Ula

Kia-Orana, Io Rana, Talofa Lava, Malo E Lei Lei, Mauri, Fakaalofa Lahi Atu, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Halo Olgeta, Talohi Ni

The SGHS Pasifika dance group Oli Ula is a committed group of students with a passion for dance. They perform yearly at the Pasifika Festival and at school celebrations.

The group takes its name from a rare Samoan flower that grows only in a few locations, making it a real treasure and hard to acquire. The students felt that this name fitted well with their group and also portrays the Habit of Mind ‘Persistence’.

Oli Ula looks forward to the group growing in numbers, learning dances from other Pasifika cultures and sharing what they learn with their fellow students.

If you would like to join, please see Mrs Sophia Dommisse at school.


  • FEMME is our premier choir and has been to a number of NZCF Big Sing National Finales attaining a Bronze in 2014, Silver in 2017, Bronze in 2018, 2019, 2022 and again in 2023.
  • Audition Entry: auditions are held in term one, week one and two.
  • The choir involves a year-long obligation for its members.
  • FEMME members will participate in weekly sectionals and voice lessons.
  • Femme performs at many events both at school and in the wider community and prides itself on always performing at an Excellence level.

A non-auditioned Year 9 to 13 Choir. The choir is a year-long obligation. Sanguine performs at the NZCF Big Sing Competition, at Open Night, assemblies and Prizegiving.


ROSSO is SGHS audition entry Year 7 and 8 Choir. ROSSO is involved in Sing Out, Open Day as well as some other exciting events for 2024. AUDITIONS are held at the  beginning of March and the choir is a year-long commitment.

Itinerant Music Lessons

Itinerant lessons are offered in Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Piano, Vocal as well as Drums and Percussion.

Lessons are paid for by the Ministry of Education. There are charges for course-related costs which you will need to pay before lessons commence – these are to cover materials and any repairs. There is a separate charge for students who need to hire an instrument. 

Click HERE to complete contract due by Thursday 15 February 2024.

Please contact Mr Peter de Blois if you have any questions in relation to Itinerant Music Lessons; peter.deblois@southlandgirls.school.nz

NZ Chamber Music Competition

This event happens in Term 2. Advanced musicians who are keen to be part of an ensemble and work with other musicians. NCEA students can use this as part of their Group Performance work. Support will be given by the Itinerant teachers.

Orchestra and Jazz Band

This is an opportunity for experienced players to play in a group situation.  Jazz Band performs at the ILT Jazz Festival in October. Please speak with Mr Peter de Blois if you are interested.

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare

Available to Year 9-13 students enthusiastic about performing Shakespeare with a modernised twist. SGHS enters a 5-minute student-directed piece in the competition each year. This event takes place in March.

Rehearsals are in students’ own time.

Smokefree Rockquest

Smokefree Rockquest is an annual music competition for intermediate and high school bands throughout New Zealand, held on 24th June. If you have always wanted to be in a band, now is your chance. Get those drumsticks or guitar out or blow the dust off those vocal chords!

More information will be in student notices and on our social media sites. If interested please contact Mr Peter de Blois; peter.deblois@southlandgirls.school.nz

Junior/Senior Production

Senior Production for Year 11 to 13 students takes place in Term 2 and Junior Production for Year 7 to 10 in Term 4.

Southland Girls’ High and Southland Boys’ High alternate responsibility for the Junior and Senior Production each year.

Students are notified of auditions through the school notices and all audition materials can be accessed through a website.

2023 Senior Production – Back to the 80’s


Show Quest

A National performing arts competition where students create, produce and perform an original student-designed theatrical performance. Show Quest also features soundtracks, live music, choreography, dance and wearable art.

Our Show Quest team is led by a group of senior students and is open to Years 7 – 13.

2023 Showquest

Dance Recital/Dance NZ Made

Dance Recital

This is held annually to showcase and assess NCEA Senior Dance students. This includes students from outside the dance programme.


Year 7-13 dancers have the opportunity to take part in this annual event.

Rehearsals will be at lunchtime and be organised and run by our school Dance Captain.

Outreach Singing

During one lunchtime a group of students from Years 7-13 will meet for Outreach Singing. This is a volunteer group, that regularly visits the residents at Peacehaven Village.

Outreach Singing is about shared music-making, anyone can join, and the idea is to sing together for the purpose of mutual enjoyment. The songs are older ones such as ‘Loch Lomond’ and ‘Cockles and Mussels’ known and loved by the residents.


Extra Opportunities

Each year the Drama and Dance Captain offer lunchtime activities in:

  • Drama Games and Theatre Sports – This is for Year 7 – 9 students and begins once a week from Term 2. Information will be in the daily notices.
  • Dance – Once a week, the Dance captain will run an open dance session for Years 7 – 13. More information will be available in the daily notices.

Book a Tour of Enwood House

Come and see all that Southland Girls’ High School offers boarders with a tour of Enwood House that allows you to see our facilities in action, while meeting the staff and the students.

To book in for a tour of the boarding house, please email Jenni Dennis, jenni.dennis@southlandgirls.school.nz or telephone 03 211 6030.

RISKS Disclosure

Weekly sports contains risks, including common injuries like strains, sprains, bruises and dislocations. These events are managed by the appropriate sporting body in conjunction with school staff who will manage risk and hazards according to the school’s safety management plan. This includes careful consideration of the risks, all risks will be outlined to the students. While risks can be maintained to acceptable levels they cannot be totally eliminated. Some risk is retained for its learning and experiential value. If you wish to come in to school to see our safety management systems or have any questions, feel free to contact Ashleigh Rabel 03 211 6030 or ashleigh.rabel@southlandgirls.school.nz.

It is important for safety reasons that students follow instructions given to them by all staff and follow all appropriate school rules. Behaviour by students that is deemed dangerous and puts themselves and/or others at undue risk will result in your child facing disciplinary actions on their return or sent home at the cost of the Whanau/parents or caregivers.

RISKS Disclosure

This event contains risks, including possible injuries. This event is managed by school staff or other organisations who will manage risk and hazards according to the school’s/organisation’s safety management plan. This includes careful consideration of all procedures while carrrying out the activites. While risks can be maintained to acceptable levels they cannot be totally eliminated. Some risk is retained for its learning and experiential value.

If you wish to come in to school to see our safety management systems or have any questions please phone 03 211 6030.


I understand that playing sport is an opportunity for me to learn, practice skills, and gain attitudes and values in an environment outside of the school.  I realise that this requires me to take on genuine responsibility for my own enjoyment and safety and that of others.

I agree to do the following to make this happen:

  • Show courtesy and consideration to others.
  • Follow the rules and instructions of staff and other supervisors at the events.
  • Look after myself and my personal belongings.
  • Declare medical conditions that could affect participation in the events.
  • Accept the rules set by the school for the events.

I understand that my parents / caregivers will be contacted and I may be sent home at their expense if:

  • My actions are considered unacceptable by staff / supervisors of these events.
  • I breach the behaviour / discipline standards of the school.
  • My actions put me or others in any danger.

Book a School Tour

Come and see all that Southland Girls’ High School offers students with a school tour that allows you to see our facilities in action, while meeting the staff and the students.

Student tour guides will answer questions and offer a student’s perspective, before meeting with a senior member of staff to discuss your child’s enrolment.

To book in for a tour of the school, please email Nicola Macpherson on  nicola.macpherson@southlandgirls.school.nz or telephone 03 211 6030.

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