Drama

Year 9

Drama students get to explore a range of drama/theatre forms including Mime/Movement, Improvisation (including Theatresports), Devising and scripted work. Along with basic introduction to dramatic techniques, elements and conventions, the course is designed to promote and develop these dramatic skills and build a genuine interest for all things dramatic.

The self-confidence and communication skills developed in this course will also carry over into other subjects, allowing students to perform more strongly in presentation style tasks such as: speeches, seminars, reports, debates and school productions.

Drama at Rangitoto College is taught at every year level (including Scholarship).

 

Year 10

Drama students will work in a highly collaborative environment to explore an extensive range of performance skills in this full year course. These may include Improvisation, acting technique and Physical Theatre incorporating both modern and historical contexts.

Throughout the year students will develop a monologue suitable for an audition piece and perform various scripted and devised scenes.

The course nurtures and develops skills such as group/ensemble participation and contribution, self-management and relating to others.

 

NCEA Level 1

Drama students cover drama techniques, elements and conventions within an extensive course covering the Clowning Theatre Form in historic and contemporary context, Devising and also script work. Additionally, there is more focus on technical aspects such as lighting, costume and set design.

Students will develop their ability to explore and reflect on drama processes through viewing live professional theatre performances and directed portfolio work.

 

NCEA Level 2

Drama students will further develop drama techniques, elements and conventions within an extensive course covering Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Theatre Form in historic and contemporary context, ensemble devising and also more advanced scripted work.

Students will refine their ability to explore and reflect on drama processes through viewing live professional theatre performances and directed portfolio work.

There is an expectation at this level that students will be willing to work as a team and make positive contributions to class discussion, plus plenty of opportunity for performance, culminating in the presentation of a drama for an outside audience.

 

NCEA Level 3

This intensive course is focused around the study of the New Zealand Theatre Form in an historical and contemporary context through exploring a range of New Zealand plays.

At this level students are required to show a skilful integration of drama techniques, communicate meaning through advanced scripted work, and show the development of skills around the use of elements and conventions of Drama.

Students get to perform in a full length play production, where there is also an opportunity for the production to be student directed.

Students will use their time at high school as the base stimulus for a devised performance.

Students will refine their ability to explore and reflect on drama processes through viewing live professional theatre performances and directed portfolio work.

 

Scholarship Drama

Scholarship provides recognition and monetary reward to top students in their last year of schooling. Scholarship exams enable candidates to be assessed against challenging standards, and are demanding for the most able candidates in each subject.

Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations.

The NCEA Scholarship Drama examination is presented as a portfolio of three live performances in the examination. The first is a text-based performance (theatre form), the second is devised performance and the third is an improvisation given on the day of the examination.

 

Why Study Drama?

Drama as a curriculum subject is not solely about creating actors, directors, writers or designers but rather socially aware young people who can engage with a rapidly changing world.

The Drama experience allows students to develop inter- and intra-personal skills, team building skills and social and emotional literacy skills.

Whether a doctor or nurse, lawyer or accountant, teacher or electrician, we all need social skills to survive, interact, engage and thrive. The Drama curriculum develops all of these skills.

Drama helps to build flexible, adaptable, and forward thinking young people who are able to rapidly respond to a changing world.