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.





An audition entry choir for Year 7 and 8 students, auditions are held at the beginning of Term 2. Rosso performs at events such as Open Night, ILT Sing Out and other community opportunities.





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.





  • FEMME is our elite choir and has been to three consecutive NZCF Big Sing National Finales attaining a Silver in 2017, Bronze in 2018 and Bronze again in 2019.
  • Audition Entry: auditions are held in Term 4 for current FEMME members and girls who already attend SGHS. Students new to SGHS audition in the first two weeks of Term 1.
  • The choir involves a year-long obligation for its members.
  • FEMME members must participate in weekly sectionals and it is desirable for them to have individual voice lessons, either privately or through the Itinerant Music Programme.
  • Femme performs at many events both at school and in the wider community and prides itself on always performing at an Excellence level.

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. 

2022 Itinerant Music Contract
2022 Percussion Contract
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 Jazz Festival in October.

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare

This is a Schools Contest 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 the first term. Rehearsals are in students’ own time.

Smokefree Rockquest

Smokefree Rockquest & Tangata Beats is an annual music competition for intermediate and high school bands throughout New Zealand, held in Term 2. Students interested can approach the HOD of Music.

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.

2021 Senior Production “Spamalot”



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.
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.

2022 Showquest
Dance Recital

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

Contact details

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 Deb Hay, [email protected] or telephone 03 211 6030.

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, [email protected] or telephone 03 211 6030.

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