Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Learning is enhanced and enriched by our commitment and celebration of the Arts and Culture as an integral part of the school curriculum and experience. We showcase our cultural and artistic talents at various productions, events and competitions. Our Kapa Haka and Pasifika group perform as ambassadors for the school and in the wider community, as well as competing in cultural events.

Sacred Heart Girls’ College has superb facilities for learning art based subjects. Expert teachers aid students at all levels to develop their artistic potential in learning areas such as Painting, Photography, Design, Drama and Music.

Visual Arts are strongly encouraged and artists have access to a modern and vibrant art space. Senior students can have formal leadership roles in this area and they are encouraged to use their skills and talents as event photographers and publicity designers. Musicians are able to enhance and refine their skills through individual tuition, from highly qualified tutors in a variety of instruments – such as violin, guitar, drums, flute, keyboard, piano – as well as singing. Musicians also enjoy various opportunities to perform in front of an audience, including their peers, and have the option of sitting examinations at all levels. Our liturgy band supports the community at various services throughout the year. Drama Students have access to the Creative Arts Centre, which resembles a professional theatre both for performance and technical skills. Stage Challenge and school productions are a strong tradition of the school.

All students are encouraged to build on their oral communication skills through drama, debating and public speaking. Opportunities to participate in a number of performances and inter-school competitions give students confidence in the public performance arena. The five Catholic Colleges in the Hamilton Diocese compete in the Chanel Shield, an annual exchange of public speaking, debating, drama and scripture reading. Learning to write creatively for media publications as well as for local and national competitions has extended our most talented students. Many have gone on to be published in their own right and we are proud of their achievements.

Music at Sacred Heart Girls' College

Music

Excellent facilities in our music suite provide for individual and group tuition and practice. At present, we are offering tuition in piano, violin, viola,cello, double bass, guitar, trumpet, trombone, tenor horn, piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass-clarinet, oboe, saxophone, singing, synthesizer keyboard and drum-kit.

Performance opportunities are offered through:

  • Orchestra
  • Chamber Music
  • Choir
Drama at SHGC

Drama in the Curriculum

Drama is offered to each year level at Sacred Heart Girls’ College. It is an optional subject.

Junior Drama

Students who choose to do drama in Year 9 will take it for a term, exploring performance through process drama and scripted pieces. Year 10 students take drama for the entire year. The course introduces students to the language of drama and gives them the opportunity to create and perform theatre, exploring ways to structure good drama and use scripts, as well as introducing the art of masked performance.

Senior Drama

Students who take drama in Years 11 to 13 are assessed using NCEA achievement standards. These courses develop students’ skills of performance and creation of theatre. Students also build skills for the analysis of live performances, written texts, characters and situations. They learn to justify their actions and perform with true meaning. Students are also able to sit the scholarship exam at the end of year thirteen.

Extracurricular Drama Opportunities

At Sacred Heart Girls’ College, students have the opportunity to be involved in a number of extra curricular activities.

Junior Shakespeare

Junior Shakespeare is run by senior students who direct the Year 9s and 10s in scenes from a multitude of Shakespeare’s plays. It is an opportunity to have fun with the bard’s work, interpreting it in fun and approachable ways. This activity culminates in a Shakespeare festival hosted by a local high school.

The Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Senior students are invited to audition to be a part of the school’s teacher directed entry into this exciting festival. They are also able to direct their own pieces for the event. Scenes are chosen from Shakespeare’s plays and are interpreted in a variety of ways. Should we be chosen as the region’s representatives then we will travel to perform in Wellington at the national festival on Queens Birthday weekend. If the school’s entry is not chosen, students are still invited to attend the national festival with a group from school.

Junior and Senior Theatre Sports

Depending on circumstances, the seniors may tutor the juniors for this activity with teacher facilitation. Each team is made up of four members. The seniors and one junior team compete in the regional competitions, entertaining audiences from a multitude of schools.

Stage Challenge

Stage Challenge is a well loved tradition at Sacred Heart Girls’ College. The Year 13 students lead a group of up to 100 students each year in creating a dynamic performance for the regional competition held at Founders Theatre. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who love to be on stage, giving them an opportunity to shine in front of a large audience.

School Production

Depending on circumstances the school offers a school production each year. On alternate years, performers from Saint Johns Boys’ College are invited to join the girls in a joint production. Generally, these productions are musical performances but sometimes plays such as Shakespeare’s have been used. At times, a junior production is offered later in the year for Year 9 and 10 students.

Performance in School Assemblies and Events

Throughout the year, students who show talents in the dramatic arts are invited to perform at special occasions and assemblies.

Debating

Debating teams represent the college at each level from Year 10 up, through involvement in inter-college debates, both locally and in the national Jaycee Debating Competition.

Maori Culture Club

Te Kapa Haka O Ngakau Tapu Nau mai, haere mai ki nga tauira katoa e hiahia nei ki ti ako i nga mahi a Rehia. Ko tetehi o a tatou mahi, te powhiri I nga manuwhiri, a te awhina i nga maki katoa o te kura. No reira, kotiro ma, nau mai, haere mai.