The Arts

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What is Art and Carving about?

Art and Carving is concerned with nurturing and developing the student’s creativity. Creativity is a quality that has significant cultural and career capital. It allows the person to respond to new ideas and adapt to changes within a brief.

Presently we teach two disciplines, Painting and Carving. Within these two disciplines we also introduce students to Printmaking, Digital Art and Contemporary Carving. We recognise the importance of the media and material handling skills associated with the disciplines taught. We also acknowledge the importance of creative thinking, conceptual development and the underlying process that support the art-making. It is the student’s ability to resolve a brief and think outside conventional ideas that will provide them with a future.

Our vision is to:

There are two key factors that influence our department’s philosophy. They are the need for our students to negotiate a solution through drawing (traditional practical skills) and to use new technology. Technological change is a key factor that should influence the way we educate art students as future creative workers. Digital technology requires a new way of working, a multi-media/multi-disciplinary approach to art-making.

Much of our experience of the world is visual. Art involves people in making objects and images through which ideas, experiences, and feelings are made tangible. The visual arts link social, cultural, and spiritual action and belief. It informs our relationships with other people and our environment. The Department’s task is to provide the foundation for students to further develop their skills and knowledge. We provide the tools necessary for them to become good visual communicators or visually literate participants.

The influence of new ways of teaching, particularly Te Kotahitanga have encouraged the Department, especially at the Senior Levels, to engage in processes that are less prescriptive. I would envisage that this process will continue and that students will be more involved in negotiating their own pathways.

Why study the Art and Carving?

The work of creative practitioners contributes to New Zealand’s cultural identity and social fabric both nationally and internationally. Creativity is also recognised as a key factor in New Zealand businesses moving up the value curve by using innovation to be more competitive on the international stage.

Creative industries, including careers that may have a creative element embedded within them make up a significant proportion of the countries industry.

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 or other forms of composition. 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 an organised, caring and thriving environment, where students are free to express their musical creativity and learn the basic 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 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.