Topic outline

  • Drama Department


    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. 


    Key Competencies / Life Skills:

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



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

    In Years 10-13, 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.



    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).


    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. 


    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



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Junior Musical Theatre group 2016
by Chris Burton - Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 10:16 AM

Newsies by JMT 2014Junior Musical Theatre group 2016

This is a highly popular and successful elite group, similar in concept to the sporting “Specials” teams. Our aim is to further develop the skills of singing, acting and dance among young men who are keen to be part of our future senior musical productions and choirs. 
Several of last year’s Year 10 students have minor principal or understudy positions in our upcoming season of Happy Days.
Year 9 students who wish to find out more about this opportunity need to attend a meeting in the Drama Block (Room H1) at 1.30pm this Friday. Details are in notices.