Drama at St Peter’s offers students the facilities and expertise to develop their abilities in a supportive learning environment.

Curriculum drama encourages students to express ideas with confidence and competence and to develop both performance and analytical skills. Our drama courses have a strong performance focus with opportunities provided throughout the year for students to perform to an audience.

Drama is an aspect of the core subject, Performing Arts, in Years 7 to 9 for all students. Students have a lot of fun exploring drama as part of this holistic performance class.

Students may choose Drama as an option subject from Years 9 to 13. In these programmes students explore drama in a variety of contexts and learn how these contexts inform practice. Students engage in the processes of transforming ideas into practical pieces of theatre, alongside developing both presentational and performance skills. Students are encouraged to work both individually and collaboratively.

Year 9 and 10 Drama provides students with an introduction to skills and processes involved in creating and participating in theatre. Students are given a foundation in ensemble, stage composition, and character work. Students develop background knowledge and skills of drama to support their performance work and reflect on processes within a written learning portfolio. In Year 10 students also develop an awareness of historical and social contexts of theatre.

NCEA Drama (Years 11-13) is designed to reflect both the dynamic nature of theatre and student interest. Students are enabled to understand and appreciate the relationship between theory, process, and practice. Senior students studying drama have a number of performance opportunities throughout the year including drama showcase events and competitions where curriculum work is put on display.

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