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  • Drama Department


    WHAT IS DRAMA?

    Drama expresses human experience through a focus on role, action, and tension, played out in time and space. In drama education, students learn to structure these elements and to use dramatic conventions, techniques, and technologies to create imagined worlds. Through purposeful play, both individual and collaborative, they discover how to link imagination, thoughts, and feelings. 

    As students work with drama techniques, they learn to use spoken and written language with increasing control and confidence and to communicate effectively using body language, movement, and space. As they perform, analyse, and respond to different forms of drama and theatre, they gain a deeper appreciation of their rich cultural heritage and language and new power to examine attitudes, behaviours, and values. 

    By means of the drama that they create and perform, students reflect and enrich the cultural life of their schools, whanau, and communities. 

    WHY DRAMA?

    Key Competencies / Life Skills:

    • Managing self
    • Independent learning
    • Self-confidence
    • Thinking
    • Developing creativity
    • Observational and analytical skills
    • Performance
    • Technology
    • Leadership opportunities

    DRAMA AT PNBHS:

    Academic:

    In Year 9, Drama is a compulsory one term course.

    In Year 10 Drama is available as a half year option.

    In Years 11-13, Drama is available as a full year option. 

    With the HOD's permission, students can join drama at any level. In recent years, students have successfully entered Drama at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

    Co-curricular

    CAREERS:

    With it's focus on human behaviour and relationships, Drama offers key skills to students considering careers in many fields, especially:

    • Human Relations
    • Management
    • Law
    • Education
    • Journalism 
    • Media
    • Event Management
    • Performing Arts 
    • Performing Arts Technology - huge career growth area (we have had 3 recent Drama students qualified and working/training in technology and two in acting).

    EXPECTATIONS:

    Drama is NOT a soft option. We have high expectations of students' behaviour and achievement. Often high student-centred, Drama teaches students to be self-organised, focused, productive and cooperative team members and to take full personal responsibility for their learning. 

    REQUIREMENTS:

    A strong academic record is not necessary, we can teach appropriate skills, but we do require a:

    •  Positive attitude
    • Good word ethic
    • Willingness to get fully involved


    PATHWAYS:


    PHOTOS: 2019 Level 1 students present Mountain Language by Harold Pinter. Directed by Mr Brett Greer






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