Performing Arts is about Expressing Humanity in its most direct form. It does so through artistic performances which both stimulate very personal emotions, as well as reflecting on what makes us human in a whole range of contexts. Our underlying vision for the Performing Arts at Rangitoto College is:
- To challenge and inspire all students to fulfil their potential in any Performing Arts discipline or genre.
- To interweave curriculum and co-curriculum into an effective Performing Arts platform, on which relevant, real-life learning occurs.
- To foster the highest standard of collegiality amongst students and staff, so that Performing Arts can become an equal and integral part of school culture.
Performing Arts Department
Co-Curricular Performing Arts
Rangitoto College offers a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities for all skill levels and year-groups. From Classical Ballet to Hip-hop Troupes, from Shakespeare plays to a full-scale Broadway Musical Production, from Orchestras to Choirs, Rock Bands and Jazz ensembles, students are involved in over 60 groups in the Performing Arts alone! The College manages specialised programmes in many areas and genres which cater on a participation level, as well as produce outstanding musicians at the highest national level.
Dance uses kinaesthetic learning and physical activity to explore artistic concepts. It is predominantly a practical subject with hands-on learning, but also incorporating relevant theoretical information. Dance leads to University Entrance (incl. Scholarship).
Read further information on Dance here.
Dancing is not only my passion, it is also my future career choice, so when the opportunity to take dance at school was an option, I immediately knew it would be my most enjoyable subject that allowed me to express my ideas without having that constant classroom feel to it. Dance at Rangitoto College has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the history of dance genres, keeps pushing my choreographic skills to a higher level and gives me multiple opportunities to perform.
Drama is combining the practical skills of performing with the learning of dramaturgical concepts in a range of contexts. Students of all year levels can choose Drama as an Option Subject, leading up to University Entrance (Incl. Scholarship). Read further information on Drama here.
Choosing Drama allowed me to explore the matters necessary to clarify, in fact, that I do want to enter into the Arts at University, as well as opening up magnificent opportunities such as the musical this year ‘Into The Woods’ and Senior Shakespeare. Drama as a subject has significantly helped me with my understanding of theatre, using the stage, and acting itself.
Music offers a wide variety of academic and practical skills across all year levels and year groups. In class, students at junior level are able to specialise in Rock, Chamber, Guitar, Keyboard, Big Band, Symphonic Band or Musical Theatre classes, as well as choosing Music as one of their 4 Option Subjects at Year 9. In Years 10 - Year 13 students follow the Contemporary Music or Music Performance. Read further information on Music as a Subject.
Rangitoto College also offers a diverse Music Tuition Programme which gives students the opportunity to take instrumental, vocal or music technology lessons during school time from our team of expert itinerant tutors.
Music Performance is a very valuable subject for me because it feeds my love of music and teaches me very important skills in that area. I am surrounded by people who love Music as much as I do and this gives the Music Department the most inviting environment possible.
“Magister Artium” (Master of Arts) Degree in Music, Literature and Political Science from Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Germany)
Diploma of Teaching from Auckland College of Education
Quality Indicators of Department
Rangitoto College Music Department enjoys a long history of outstanding achievements within the curriculum and through the co-curricular music groups. Students have represented the college at a national and international level, individually and in groups and many have gone on to be well known performers. Over the last few years Rangitoto College has produced National Winners at the NZ Chamber Music Contest, the NZ RockQuest, the BIG SING, the KBB Music Festival and many more.