The Drama Department seeks to provide students with a comprehensive, high-quality drama education. Our Drama programme allows students to develop their practical knowledge, ideas, communication, interpretation, and an understanding of context in drama, as per the New Zealand Arts Curriculum.
The Drama department has a black box studio classroom with a full lighting rig, projection and sound set up. There are well-stocked costume and props rooms. Students are taught to use technologies to enhance their performance work. Classes often use the Kaipatiki Theatre, a state-of-the-art facility which has changing rooms, set bays, and a lighting/sound booth. All of these facilities are located together in the same building.
Activities and Performances
- Senior productions are performed every year in the Kaipataki Theatre. This allows Drama students to gain a range of performance experiences throughout their time at Glenfield College.
- Student trips to view professional plays are organised each year. We ensure our students experience a range of Auckland theatre, taking in the best classic and contemporary productions.
- A student ambassador to the Auckland Theatre Company is appointed.
- Students are able to partake in the weekly Drama club.
- Students have the opportunity to join the technical team and learn about lighting and sound operation and design.
Drama is offered at all year levels. We have innovative junior programmes that offer a taste of the subject and we have a thriving full-time senior programme that allows students to gain credits at all levels of NCEA, whilst exploring engaging texts, developing performance skills and expanding personal skills.
Aims and Philosophy
The Glenfield College Dance Department encourages all students to achieve their very best in a range of genres, techniques and the requirements of the National Dance Curriculum. We simultaneously aim to help all students develop a passion for dance so that they may develop as dancers, choreographers and performing artists. The Dance Department provides highly qualified and experienced instruction in the theoretical, technical and practical aspects of a wide range of dance styles.
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion” – Martha Graham
About the Department
- We have a studio space with full-length mirrors, barre, Tarkett floors and sound equipment.
- We have access to the Kaipatiki Theatre Stage for assessment and performance work.
- We have a range of reference texts, music and recorded dance works that students can access during their course of study.
Dance Genres by Year Level
- Year 9: Hip Hop, Jazz, Bollywood, TikTok Inspired Dance*
- Year 10: Contemporary, Hip Hop, Sasa, Kowhaiwhai Pattern Inspired Dance*
- Year 11: Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Student Choice*
- Year 12 + Year 13: Lyrical, Broadway Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Contemporary Hip Hop Fusion, Student Choice*
*= Student choreography
Our Music Department provides students with a comprehensive, and high-quality music education in all of their studies. We offer extensive opportunities for performance, composition and musicological study within an environment designed to maximise each student’s musical potential. The music education offered at Glenfield College enables students to contribute to the cultural life of the school, families, and communities through making and sharing their music.
Our primary objective at the Glenfield College Music Department is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to be able to:
- Perform music individually and in groups.
- Compose (improvise and notate) their musical ideas.
- Show understanding of music by identifying, describing, and transcribing.
- Demonstrate contextual knowledge of music – including knowledge of periods, styles, composers, instruments, and music elements.
Subjects / Courses Offered
Year 9 Music
Year 10 Music
NCEA Level 1 Music
NCEA Level 2 Music
NCEA Level 3 Music
We offer itinerant music lessons in the following:
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Singing, Theory
The Music Department consists of the HOD, seven itinerant music teachers and an administrative assistant. The staff are all practising musicians from around the Auckland area and provide a very high standard of music education.
The Music Department consists of a purpose-built music suite that includes a classroom, a large rehearsal room and four practice rooms. There are ten computers for technologically enabled music, a keyboard lab and an extensive range of orchestral and band instruments. The Department also has the latest in NCEA resources and an extensive library of music and texts.
Activities and Performances
The Music Department has a busy performance schedule, both in the school and in the local community. Participation in extracurricular activities is an important part of students’ musical education, which ensures consistent development of their instrumental and vocal skills. According to their interest and ability, the students can participate in the performance programme in one or more of the following groups and ensembles offered each year at Glenfield College:
- Jazz Combo
- Rock Bands
- Guitar Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Wind and String Ensemble
- Vocal Groups and Choir
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