The Arts

In The Arts, students explore, refine, and communicate ideas as they connect thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings to create works and respond to the works of others.


We believe that students should be provided with a range of experiences which enable them to creatively express themselves using movement, sound, and/or image, and to learn to value the arts.

Learning Goals

Through our teaching and learning programmes our students should:

  • Explore, challenge, affirm, and celebrate unique artistic expressions of self, community, and culture.
  • Embrace toi Māori, valuing the forms and practices of customary and contemporary Māori performing, musical, and visual arts.
  • Be stimulated into creative action and response by engaging and connecting thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings.
  • Express and interpret ideas within creative, aesthetic, and technological frameworks
  • Learn to work both independently and collaboratively to construct meanings, produce works, and respond to and value others’ contributions.
  • Use imagination and take risks.
  • Learn about  and develop skills in the four disciplines (dance, drama, music – sound arts, and visual arts), through the four interrelated strands:
    • Understanding the Arts in Context,
    • Developing Practical Knowledge in the Arts,
    • Developing Ideas in the Arts,
    • Communicating and Interpreting in the Arts.