Growth through Creativity
All endeavours, whether individual or collective, are distinguished by creativity and it is through the fine arts, the performing arts, music and technology that creative skills are developed.
Creativity, as an essential part of learning and development, is strongly encouraged at St Paul’s.
The creative achievements of past and present students are part of the fabric of the School; the altar, the prayer desks and the candlesticks in the Chapel were made by students, as were the religious murals. Many former teachers and students have left their beautiful creations as gifts to the School.
St Paul’s encourages students in creative expression both within the core curriculum and through a wide variety of co-curricular activities that cover these areas of learning.
Creativity is achieved by:
- A Technology Block with a well-equipped metal and wood workshop, a design and technology facility, a dark room and an art room
- Consistently seeking new creative learning experiences for students who express interest in particu-lar projects
- Making it obligatory for every Year 9 boy to learn to play a musical instrument and participate in the class band programme
- A Music Block supporting musical ability within the curriculum and House activities
- Embracing music and drama as integral parts of many aspects of School life – educational, social, spiritual and artistic
- Developing skills such as listening with care, understanding themes and performing with confidence in music and drama
- Providing opportunities for students to develop their presentation and performance skills
- Every student participating in inter-house choir and Kapa Haka competitions.
The Director of Music ensures that each student has the opportunity to develop their talents to the fullest extent, whatever their choice of instrument or musical appreciation.
'We aim to grow well-rounded students by providing and encouraging opportunities for creativity."
Music is strongly supported in the School and it is compulsory for all Year 9 boys to learn to play a musical instrument. Musical ability is also strongly supported within the curriculum, House activities and through annual events such as the School music festival.
St Paul's Colleigate Students Show Their Talent
In 2012 several of St Paul's Collegiate students featured as some of New Zealands top secondary school performers.
New Zealand Aria Winners
Jonathan Eyers recently won 5 first placings and 2 Highly Commended placings in the U18 & U21 categories in the New Zealand Aria competition plus the New Zealand Aria Trophy for his section.
Ross Noble won a 1st, 2nd 3rd placing and Highly Commended in the New Zealand Aria Competition.
Both Jonathan and Ross were clear winners in the U21 Duet competition where they sang a complex duet by Donizette from the compic opera Don Pasquale.
New Zealand Secondary School Choir
In July 2012 Rosie Searle and Jonathon Eyers were selected to be a part of the New Zealand Secondary School Choir. Jonathon was the lead Tenor.