What is Art and/or Carving about?
Both subjects are about understanding concepts and conveying ideas. By engaging in art-making activities, students become skilled visual communicators, capable of producing meaningful images and objects from a range of media.
Art and Carving students may in the course of their careers find themselves engaged in a number of creative contexts. Our task is to provide the foundation for students to further develop their skills, knowledge and understanding enabling them to become visually literate, capable of working in a variety of settings and co-constructing meaningful outcomes.
Why study Art and Carving?
These subjects provide those that participate within them the opportunity to be part of a visual community, that is both rich in culture and heritage. Our creative and technological frameworks allow the student to see themselves as capable learners, whilst also nurturing their confidence to become problem solvers and risk takers. Students learn to work both independently and collaboratively. They learn to construct meaning, respond to and value others’ contributions
What is Music about?
Music is a fun, creative subject which has a practical and performance driven focus.
It encompasses four main aspects. Performance: Rehearsing on an instrument of your choice and gaining confidence in performing in a solo or group situation. Whether this be to a small group, a class or an assembly, confidence in performing is key to any musician’s progress. Composition: Creating, writing and developing original pieces of music. This may include Songwriting, Movie Music and composing using Digital technologies. Understanding Music in context: Why we do music and what it is all about. Theory: developing listening skills, being able to write down rhythms or chord progressions and understanding how to follow music scores.
Our vision is:
To create a caring, welcoming and thriving environment, where students are free to express their musical creativity and learn the the skills needed to progress in the music industry.
Why study Music?
Music can offer students a range of opportunities not only in class but also out of class in a variety of ways including school production and Smokefree Rockquest. It can lead into further training at tertiary level and provide you with skills which lead to a range of different jobs such as Professional Musician, Teaching, Entertainment Management, Music Store Sales, Composer, Music Advisor, Advertising, Radio and TV Work.
Studying Music helps with the following:
Developing Creative thinking
Composing original music and working with others in a creative way.
Teamwork and discipline
Working with others in group or band situations. Staying focussed to benefit not only yourself but your other group members.
Overcoming fear and taking risks
Performing in a solo or group situation in front of other people or a video camera. Recording yourself singing.
Co-ordination and concentration
Regular practice on an instrument, working and repeating more difficult passages of music, learning new skills.
Brain and memory development
Learning new passages of music and memorizing these for performance situations.
Working independently and working with expensive and delicate equipment.
Sense of achievement and value of perseverance
Learning new or difficult passages of music. Performing to a crowd and entertaining people.
Listening to music in different ways, analysing musical elements and being able to write down what you hear.
Knowledge and use of technology
Being familiar with music technology which includes computer software, apps, studio equipment and guitar equipment such as amplifiers and effects pedals.
What is Dance about?
Dance is a physical, collaborative and creative subject which focuses on gaining confidence in both performance and choreography.
It encompasses the four main aspects. Performance: rehearsing dances of different styles, genres and cultures, gaining confidence in performing in solo or group situations. Whether this is to be a small group, a class or an assembly, confidence in performing is fundamental to a dancer’s progress. Choreography: creating, workshopping and developing original dance pieces. Choreography also provides awareness about production technologies such as music editing, lighting design and costuming. History of dance: Where dance began and and how it has evolved. Theory: developing skills to identify the five fundamental elements of dance through life and recorded performances and to be able to critically analyse movements and the meanings each bring.
Our vision is:
To create a safe, collaborative and welcoming environment where students are free to express themselves through movement and learn the skills to progress in the industry of dance.
Why study Music?
Dance can offer students a range of opportunities both in class and through extracurricular activities such as school production, Showquest and Dance NZ made. Taking dance throughout high school can lead into tertiary level training and provide you with skills which lead to a variety of jobs such as Dancer, Freelance Choreographer, Artistic Director, Rehearsal Director, Teacher, Commercial Entertainer.
Studying dance helps with the following:
Working with others to develop, create and perform dance.
Develop creative thinking
Choreographing original dance pieces to express ideas through movement.
Integrating mind and body to manage self to the best of your ability
Solving problems that arise mid performance.
Commitment to constantly learn and successfully execute new routines.
Learning to direct groups of dancers to perform rotunites you have created.
Exploring all the possibilities the language of movement can offer
Communicating through movement personal experiences, ideas and social issues.
Improving self confidence
Performing as a soloist or as part of a group in front of an audience.
What is Pacific Studies about?
Pacific Studies is a highly active, creative and collaborative subject which focuses on the culture, history and skills of Pacific Island Music, Art, Dance and Language across a range of Pacific Island countries.
Pacific Studies incorporates the following aspects:
- Knowledge, history and how to play Polynesian musical instruments across a range of Pacific Island countries.
- Knowledge and history and how to perform Polynesian songs, chants and haka across a range of Pacific Island countries.
- Knowledge, history and how to choreograph Pacific Island dances across a range of Pacific Island countries.
- Knowledge of Polynesian art and exploring the history and meaning behind an array of Pacific Island patterns on tapa, flax mats, tattooing and carving.
- Fundamental knowledge and recognition of a range of Pacific Island languages. This includes but it is not limited to: Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Tokelau and Cook Islands.
- Rehearsing and gaining confidence towards performing Pacific Island music and dance in solo and group performance environments.
- Creating, workshopping and developing original music and dance pieces which are Pacific Island and Pasifika inspired.
- Providing opportunities to visit Pacific Island performances and music workshops outside of school.
- Providing opportunities to perform Pacific Island music and dance in wider community events throughout the year.
Our vision is:
To create a safe, positive and inclusive whanau / aiga environment, where students are free to express themselves through the connection of Pacific Island music, dance and art.
Why study Pacific Studies?
Pacific Studies can offer a range of opportunities both in class and co-curricular activities where students are able to sgain confidence, lifelong skills and experiences being part of events such as Showquest, Pacific By Nature, Rotorua Pasifika Festival, Super 8 Cultural Festival and much more. Taking Pacific Studies throughout senior secondary education can lead into tertiary level training and provide you with skills which generally relate to the Performing Arts, Literature, Anthropology and History. While this subject is open to all cultures and ethnicities, it can especially help students of Pacific Island descent connect with their cultural heritage and roots, throughout their schooling years.