The Arts at Western Springs College – Ngā Puna O Waiōrea encourages the development of unique personal strengths and leadership skills in learning outside the classroom.
‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ Hamlet – Act IV, scene v
College life offers a wide range of opportunities and experiences to explore both performing (dance, drama, music) and visual arts in both the junior and senior school co-curricular activities.
Arts Coordinator | Samantha Wood Rawnsley
Dance | Chloe Davison – HOD Dance, Samantha Wood Rawnsley
Drama | Robert Pollock – HOD Drama, Kayleigh Haworth
Media | Louise Ryan – HOD Media, Tetoki Tepaki, Claire Thomas, Dan Price
Music | Margaret Robertson – HOD Music, Daniel Barrett, Thea Doyle
Visual Arts | Lily Laita – HOD Art, Kirsty Britton, Ashley Heelam, Alyssa Venning-Thomas, Danielle Teleiai
The Addams Family – A New Musical 2018
Our season of The Addams Family – A New Musical has just concluded at TAPAC Theatre and what a show it was!
From the writers of the multi award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, with music and lyrics by TONY AWARD nominated Andrew Lippa the show was full of amazing talent in comedy, incredible music and tunes, innovative dance and drama, wonderful costumes and set! Students of all years performed incredibly in all their roles and were led by a wonderful lead cast – the laughter, the smiles; the cheers from the audience were all so well earned!
Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea cast of the Addams Family – A New Musical 2018
Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.’
(As You Like It. Act II, scene vii)
The Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival is a wonderful opportunity for any student with passion for drama to organise, plan, direct and produce a 5 or 15minute scene of Shakespeare for the annual regional Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand – University of Otago – Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.
Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea has a history of student success at both regional and national competitions with students and acts being selected to travel to participate in the National Festival, National Shakespeare Schools’ Production and furthermore to the Globe in London for their efforts.
The Regional Festival occurs end the end of Term One so there is no time like the present to begin preparing!
Junior Arts Festival
An annual end of year highlight is the Junior Arts Festival held at TAPAC Theatre. Students in Years 9 and 10 are selected to showcase their years work in theatre and exhibition as departments promote incredible creativity collectively.
‘The Arts Faculty provides a pivotal platform for creative and critical thinking, innovation, exploration and collaboration where identity is explored, leadership is promoted and self expression is shaped both in and outside of the classroom.’ Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea – Arts Faculty
School Production – Bi-annual
Dance & Drama Class Productions – annual
SDNZ – Street Dance New Zealand
Senior Dance Showcases
Every year, Dance classes
48 Hour Film Festival
NZ Music Month Performances
Play it Strange
Sheilah Winn Shakespeare
Every year, Term 1
Every year, Drama classes
Sound and Lighting
Every year, Performing Arts Technology