We have a unique Performing Arts course at Year 9, which includes a term in Drama and a term in the studio. What a delight it is to see the Year 9s quickly embracing the various technical and production roles to produce fabulously original live television shows.
This is a supportive, positive environment, where students who enjoy performance can sing, act, dance or play an instrument in front of their peers, in a multi-camera studio. It’s exciting to watch the Year 9s learn teamwork, leadership, discipline, respect, confidence, and a range of performance and technical skills.
Some students demonstrate leadership skills as producers, directors, and floor managers. A number of industry professionals have started their careers in our unique studio environment.
This course takes the art further than at Year 9. The students produce studio based shows which involve music, drama, interviewing and presenting, as well as learning technical and production skills appropriate for a ‘real’ studio complex. Some of the students build on their Year 9 experience while others are learning the ‘art’ for the first time.
We are fortunate to have the only fully professional production studio in a New Zealand School. This is our ‘live suite’ where our Years 9 and 10 Performing Arts classes (teamed with Drama) produce a range of live shows, using professional television systems and techniques. Our senior Media Studies classes also produce shows as part of their NCEA courses.