Drama

We offer Drama classes at each year level.  

We also combine with Sacred Heart Girls' College every two years for a school production.  

In 2015 our production was Bugsy Malone.

   The combined schools production with Sacred Heart Girls' College, Bugsy Malone

Year 9

At Year 9 drama is offered as a two term subject. Students learn some of the basic theory of Drama and create three different performances based on mime, well known stories and scripts.

Year 10

Year 10 Drama is a one year course, offered as an introduction to Level One NCEA. Students study Drama Elements, Techniques and Conventions. Students also learn about and create their own puppets and use them, take a role in a scripted performance and improvisation. Students also attend a live theatre production and learn to make critical judgements about what they observe.

Year 11

This course covers all strands of the Drama Curriculum and offers students the chance to gain 16 credits towards Level One NCEA. Students learn about a specific theatre form (e.g. clowning, physical theatre), demonstrate an understanding of a significant play, as well as performing an acting role for a production. Throughout the year, they will also view live theatre in either Auckland or Hamilton in preparation for an external exam. This exam allows students to gain an endorsement for Drama.

Year 12

Requires Achievement in Level 1 Drama for entry.

This course covers all strands of the Drama Curriculum and offers students the chance to gain 16 credits towards Level Two NCEA. Students learn about a specific theatre form (e.g. Commedia dell’Arte, Elizabethan Theatre), examine the work of a playwright and use this to devise their own performances. Students will also prepare an acting role for a scripted performance.

Throughout the year, they will also view live theatre in either Auckland or Hamilton in preparation for an external exam.  This exam allows students to gain an endorsement for Drama.

Year 13

Requires Achievement in Level 2 Drama for entry.

The course covers all strands of the Drama Curriculum and offers the opportunity to express one’s self through workshops and performance. Students will extend their knowledge of the theories and practices of Drama and learn to create their own original pieces as well as perform scripted plays. For the first time in Senior Drama, they will also undertake solo performances.

Throughout the year, they will also view live theatre in either Auckland or Hamilton, and the opportunity to discuss with the actual playwright of a prescribed text, in preparation for the external exam. These 16 credits contribute towards their Level Three NCEA.

This course is also tailored to support those students who are selected to sit the Drama Scholarship Exam.

Scholarship Drama

Requires Level Three Drama or close consultation with the Drama teacher

The Scholarship Drama exam consists of three sections – Scripted Performance, Devised Performance and Impromptu Performance. Students will workshop ideas and work with other schools in preparation for this exam.

Extra Curricular Activities

Theatresports

Improv’ games competing against other schools across the Waikato region. Takes place after school between February and September.

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

A regional competition in which students perform a 15 minute scene from a Shakespeare play. Winners have the opportunity to compete nationally and travel to the Globe Theatre, London.

Rialto 48 Hour Film Challenge

Write, shoot and edit a film in 48 hours. A nationwide competition usually held April/May. Some additional costs may apply.