Students' experience of the Arts at St Paul’s begins in Year 9 when the students study drama, music and visual arts under the Arts academic programme throughout the year.
In addition to this, all students in Year 9 are expected to learn an instrument of their choice. There is further opportunity to extend and develop musical skills by joining a number of excellent groups including the chapel choir, orchestra and bands. For further information on Music activities and Itinerant lessons at St Paul’s, please view the contact information below.
We encourage the students to be involved in at least one Arts & Cultural activity per year, so long as they aren't overcommitting themselves. Monday and Wednesday are set aside as cultural days, meaning that should a production, choir rehearsal, or other Arts and Cultural meeting clash with a sporting practice on these days, the Arts and Culture agenda takes priority.
Music activities form an important and large part of the wider Arts and Culture programme at St Paul’s Collegiate School. The St Paul’s Music department proudly claims to be one of the top arts secondary school’s for Music in the Waikato region, particularly from a co-curricular perspective: some of our students perform to an international level with recent highlights including playing at Carnegie Hall in New York; many of our students represent the country in national groups such as the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir and New Zealand Secondary Schools' Symphony Orchestra. Our own St Paul’s ensembles are consistently successful in regional festivals, with recent achievements including "Best Secondary Schools Band" at the Hawkes Bay Festival of Bands and a Distinction Award at the North Island Big Sing Cadenza Competition.
All Year 9 students are required to be involved in the St Paul’s Itinerant Programme to learn an instrument of their choosing. The number of weekly private instrument lessons is over 250 and is projected to keep growing.
Outside of the classroom, there is a huge variety of musical opportunities for students to get involved in. Students are encouraged to join groups such as choir, big band, concert band, guitar group, drumline, rock band, ukulele ensemble, string ensemble and barbershop quartets. For all students learning an instrument, it is an expectation that they are involved in at least one of these ensemble activities. All St Paul’s students are also involved with House Choir where their entire house learns a song and performs it to the school in the annual House Music Competition. Because Arts and Cultural groups usually have only one practice per week, this commitment takes priority over any clashing sporting activity.
|Junior Band/Drumline/Chamber Ensembles
|Big Band Full Rehearsal
||Staff Music Recitals
||Choir Full Rehearsal
||Boarders Formal Dinner
||Big Band Sectionals
Music, Arts and Cultural Contacts
Director of Music, Director of Choirs and Musical Director of Production
Email Tim or +64 7 957 8876
Director of Instrumental Music, and Producer of Production
Email Delwyn or +64 7 957 8876
Head of Drama and Director of Production
Email Bruce or +64 22 658 1169
Email Tahau or +64 7 957 8912
Email Heidi or +64 7 957 8747
General Enquiries/Questions, Photography Team, Set Design (Productions)
Email Jonathan or +64 7 957 8899
Dance Academy Head Teacher
Email Harriet or +64 221 652 909