Curriculum and Learning
Junior Performing Arts
Year 8: CREATE A PERFORMANCE
This course enables students to participate in a programme that builds skills in Dance, Music, and Drama. Each area allows the students to create, perform, and communicate through performance. It builds teamwork, coordination, listening skills, clarity of movement, awareness of the student’s own capabilities, creativity and confidence in performing in front of others.
Years 9 and 10: PERFORM LIKE THERE IS NO ONE WATCHING
An audition entry class that extends students in the disciplines of Music, Dance and Drama. Performance opportunities are available within school as well as in the wider community. The programme is supported by research and theory in the three disciplines and links with the requirements for NCEA Level 1.
Senior Performing Arts
LEVEL ONE, TWO, THREE THEATRE TECHNOLOGY
Each level course runs for a full year covering a wide range of aspects that support theatrical performances, such as lighting, stage management, costuming, makeup and creation of props. Students have the opportunity to utilise these skills in a variety of contexts, such as School Productions, Drama, Music and Dance Recitals for senior students.
Dance - Year 9 and 10
JOY OF DANCE
This is a one semester course that gives students the opportunity to experience the excitement of Dance by studying a number of different genres. This course is designed for students who enjoy dancing and may not necessarily have any prior experience in Dance.
DANCING CENTRE STAGE
This course is designed for students who are serious about their dancing and have either taken Joy of Dance or have had experience in Dance outside of school or within extra-curricular activities.
Dance - Senior
LEVEL ONE, TWO and THREE DANCE
Dancers will become accomplished in Dance Choreography, Dance Performance and Dance Analysis. Students will be expected to participate fully in the large practical component of this course. A variety of styles across the 3 levels will be taught.
Students who are completing Level 3, or who have completed it, have the opportunity to enter into Scholarship Dance. This requires a submission of a portfolio of work, including the student’s own choreography, performance and written evidence.
Drama - Year 9 and 10
This one semester taster course offers the opportunity for students to unleash their dramatic ability. All students need for this course is enthusiasm, creativity and a desire to participate.
This advanced two semester course offers the opportunity for students to define their dramatic abilities. It is the perfect course for those who have excelled in “Drama Devised” or studied Drama outside of school. Students will build on their prior knowledge and dramatic skills. This course provides an ideal pathway into Level One Performance Drama.
Drama - Senior
LEVEL ONE, TWO, THREE PERFORMANCE DRAMA
Each year-long course offers a range of credits to students and includes both practical and written work. Students perform in a variety of drama situations, exploring the elements, techniques and conventions of drama and theatre. Topics include: Integrating Techniques in Performance, Devising and Performing, Theatre Form and Significant Production.
Students who are completing Level 3 have the opportunity to enter into Scholarship Drama. The examination is a practical one. It requires the performance of two prepared pieces as well as an impromptu one. Each piece is supported with a verbal explanation to the camera as well as annotated scripts that are submitted on the day of the examination.
Music - Year 7
Year 7: MUSICAL SHOWCASE
Every Year 7 student gets the opportunity to take part in Musical Showcase with one of our specialist Music teachers for one semester. This learning package is designed to build on students’ wide range of previous musical experiences, and covers aspects such as theory, group performance and musical appreciation.
Music - Year 9 and 10
MUSIC: CONSTRUCTING LEARNING THROUGH MUSIC
This one semester course focuses on making music as well as basic notational and rhythmic conventions of Music and sets them within a wide range of musical activities, contexts and genres.
Designed particularly for students with an interest in music, but minimal practical experience in theory, this course aims to get students thinking about musical form, structure and design, without being held up by traditional instrumental skills.
This advanced full year course offers a wide range of musical experiences. Students will simulate various aspects of NCEA Music Level 1 including performance skills applicable to their chosen instrument, composing, developing aural skills and further developing their theory to a more advanced level. Students are encouraged to learn an instrument. This course is recommended for those wishing to study NCEA Level 1 Music in the future.
Music - Senior
LEVEL ONE, TWO, THREE MUSIC
Each year-long course offers a range of credits to students and includes solo and group performance, composition, music works analysis, and musical theory skills. Students are expected to be taking weekly lessons (either privately, or through the Itinerant Music Programme) on an instrument or singing, and to contribute to musical activities at school.
Students who are completing Level 3 have the opportunity to enter for Scholarship Music. This requires submission of a portfolio of work in either Performance, Composition, or Musicology. If successful, they receive $500 to go towards university study. The top candidate from NZ receives $2000 for up to three years for as long as the candidate maintains a ‘B’ average at their tertiary institution.