The Arts

Hamilton Girls’ High School is a lively, thriving school where the visual arts (design, photography, painting and drawing, computer arts) and the performing arts (music, drama and dance) are seen as crucial to the health and well-being of our students and an important part of their training for life. Girls are invited to express their creative ‘voice’ in our supportive environment.

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Pathways

Dance

Dance is a curriculum subject at all levels in the school and many girls also attend classes outside school. Dance is a very popular activity at lunchtimes and outside school and is an integral part of all school productions, festivals and Talent Quests.

Hip Hop and Jazz dancing is often tutored by senior students.

There is a Dance Prefect who is part of the Arts Council.

Drama

Hamilton Girls’ High School  is well known for its vibrant and dynamic Drama Department which offers exciting and challenging academic programmes  and a full and varied selection of Extra Curricular activities.Drama can be taken as a half year Option Subject in Year 9 and as a full Year Option Subject in Years 10 to 13.  NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 Drama are offered and a Scholarship programme prepares students for Scholarship Drama examinations.  As the culmination of their learning, each Drama Option class performs a play in the evening for parents and Whanau in our Black Box Theatre,  complete with full set, costumes, props, music, hair and makeup.

Every year we provide opportunities which students must audition for, and those which are open to whoever wants to participate, providing the chance for gifted performers to extend and develop their talents, and opportunities for participation for all.

 

The Drama Department is staffed by a highly qualified group of professionals who are at the forefront of the latest curriculum developments and have a proven track record of producing high quality Drama and Dance performances and events.

 

Our facilities include the Black Box Theatre, Dance Studio, Props and Scenery construction tunnel, large Wardrobe and Wardrobe Workroom.  Many of our performances and events are staged in Nga Puawaitanga and we have active links with the Hamilton Theatre Community.

Drama is a sought after subject for those embarking on a wide range of careers in the Arts such as Theatre, Film and television, Media and Communication, Event and Arts Management.  In addition, it is an asset for any socially oriented career that relies on sensitivity towards others and advanced communication skills, such as teaching, law, nursing and medicine, the Police force, Psychology etc.

Extra Curricular Drama

Every Year our Extra Curricular programme includes The Sheilah Winn Interschools  Shakespeare Competition,  Interschools Theatresports, The Arts Committee, The School Talent Quest and the Joint Talent Quest with Boys’ High. We also combine with Boys’ High annually for our Major School Production.  On alternate years we also offer a large scale performance for Girls’ High Students only, such as the Fusion Festival and Red Carpet Night.  In addition, Dance groups, drama Club, Theatre Sports and groups focussing on Set Design and Painting and Props construction are run during the lunch hours and after school to develop the creative talents of students in these areas.

Production

2018 – Much Ado about nothing

Music

Hamilton Girls’ High School is a lively, thriving cultural school with the visual arts, sculpture, music, design, photography, dance and drama as an important cog that is equal to, and alongside, academia and sport.The programme places emphasis on student involvement and understanding of how Music is structured and developed. Level 1 Music is a beginning  for senior specialist Music Programmes (Level 2&3).  At this level, study is based upon performance, listening and composition.  These areas of study are linked through participation. Students develop practical and literacy skills enabling them to develop their own creativity.

Hamilton Girls’ High School is a lively, thriving cultural school with the visual arts, sculpture, music, design, photography, dance and drama as an important cog that is equal to, and alongside, academia and sport.The programme places emphasis on student involvement and understanding of how Music is structured and developed. Level 1 Music is a beginning  for senior specialist Music Programmes (Level 2&3).  At this level, study is based upon performance, listening and composition.  These areas of study are linked through participation. Students develop practical and literacy skills enabling them to develop their own creativity.

The Music Department is staffed by a team of professionals who are skilled and enthusiastic. We have visiting Itinerant staff as part of an on going specialist teaching programme.

Hamilton Girls’ High School Music Department has 2 main teaching classrooms, one of which is an industry standard recording studio, rehearsal rooms and recording booth and studio.

Music can lead to a diverse range of careers, from performance, sound engineering to teaching  and stage management.

Extra Curricular Music

Itinerant Scheme

Students may choose to study an instrument at school.  They may choose from:  Bassoon, Oboe, Flute, /Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, cornet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Guitar, Bass, Voice, Drums/Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, ROCK BAND.  All students studying a instrument at school must play in school ensembles as required.  $45.00 is payable for administration costs at the beginning of the year.

Private tutors may teach on site after consultation with the HOD

Itinerant Scheme

Jazz Band

Silver Medal winners at the recent Waikato Band and Orchestra Festival

Rehearsals Thursday lunchtime and occasionally weekends or after school.   

Waikato Band

Samba Band

Pacific drumming

Gold medal winners in the Waikato Band and Orchestra Festival

Rehearsals – Wednesday

Choir

Rehearsals Tuesday/Wednesday lunchtimes

Participates in all National Choral Festivals

Barbershop Singers

Barbershop Chorus Uptown Girls

Barbershop Quartets

All groups perform in National Competitions this coming year in Wellington

Rehearsals lunchtimes

School Production

Each year we present a combined school production with Hamilton Boys High School.  Students perform on stage and in the production band.

Arts Pathways

Hamilton Girls’ High School is a lively, thriving school where the visual arts (design, photography, painting and drawing, computer arts) and the performing arts (music, drama and dance) are seen as crucial to the health and well-being of our students and an important part of their training for life. Girls are invited to express their creative ‘voice’ in our supportive environment.