The Arts

Studying Art and Carving

Students will in both disciplines students are taught specific processes and procedures that used to make an art work. The skills they learn as they progress through the course are cumulative and the aim is to produce an art-maker capable of generating ideas and executing these ideas in their chosen media, initiating their own personal investigation. The teacher is always there to assist. The student will discuss their ideas with their teacher and negotiate an approach to the student selected subject matter.

The assessment of the artworks generated in both subjects have different criteria and approaches. The results however are very similar, grades from both subjects can contribute to a Year Level endorsement, however at this stage only Art is a University approved subject.

Why Study Art and Carving?

Art and Carving stimulate the imagination, thinking, and understanding. They are powerful forms of personal, social, and cultural expression. They provide a unique way of knowing that enables an individual or group to create ideas and images that reflect, communicate, and change a participant’s view of the world. Often, we feel untouched by the problems or issues of others. These art forms do not show people what to do to solve an issue or problem, they stimulate engaging the senses, mind and may make an issue felt. This felt feeling may spur engagement and action.

The study in the subjects Art and Carving are concerned with the development of visual literacy. Makers and presenters of art works or taonga need to develop literacy in order to structure ideas and communicate meaning. So too do viewers, to be able to interpret works in an informed way as they bring their own perceptions, experiences, and values to them.

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 Fears 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.

Responsibility
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 Skills
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 Collaboratively
Working with others to develop, create and perform dance.

Develop Creative Thinking
Choreographing original dance pieces to express ideas through movement.

Self Discipline
Integrating mind and body to manage self to the best of your ability

Problem Solving
Solving problems that arise mid performance.

Persistence
Commitment to constantly learn and successfully execute new routines.

Leadership Skills
Learning to direct groups of dancers to perform routines you have created.

Curiosity
Exploring all the possibilities the language of movement can offer

Communication
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.

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