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As a subject, Drama is one of the four separate Arts disciplines — Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts — that make up the ‘essential learning’ area of The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum. 

It is a curriculum requirement that all students in Year 7 take courses covering each of the disciplines meaning that both boys and girls at this age have a ‘taste’ of Drama as a future area of study. 

In Years 8 and 9, students are required to select two of the Arts disciplines for each year of study and thereafter, the Arts become part of a range of optional subjects for selection, leading to formal NZQA qualifications.

The academic and co-curricular drama programmes are well resourced and drama students have a dedicated space below the performance venue, Elliot Hall, housing three Drama suites and associated costume and props storage, for the teaching of Drama and for performance rehearsal.

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Elliot Hall has a full stage, professional lighting and sound equipment, and seating for around 1000 people, offering a professional performance venue.

Students study a core course in Drama in Year 7 and may take Drama as an option from Years 8 - 10.  When they move on to Senior College, students have the option of studying NCEA Drama or International Baccalaureate Theatre Arts.

The Drama department has a well-resourced itinerant programme with four dedicated speech and drama teachers who provide tuition for students through either individual or paired classes. 

The result of these classes sees our students competing in local Speech and Drama competitions, as well as sitting annual graded examinations through the Trinity College of London.

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The Drama Department is actively involved in a number of co-curricular programmes including:

Middle College Production
An annual auditioned production where our top performing Middle College students showcase their talents on stage.  Recent productions include ‘Oliver’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and in 2017 ‘Peter Pan’.

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition
Run by the Drama Department, this is an opportunity for students to express their passion for Shakespeare.  There are both student-directed and staff-directed performances of selected scenes of many well-known Shakespearian plays.  These are entered into regional competitions and a number of them have been selected for the National finals.

Middle School Drama Club
A weekly club for Years 7–10 where students learn more about the craft from dedicated itinerant tutors. The year culminates in an end of year showcase for parents.

Theatresports
More than 150 students and 25 coaches train weekly to compete in in-house competitions as well as part of the Auckland Theatresports Youth Programmes competition. Under the guidance of Drama Department the College has made the finals of this competition every year for the past nine years including winning the Auckland title twice in 2008 and 2014.