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...putting critical, evaluative and creative thinking centre stage...

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.

...inspired by a love of learning...

Arts Staff

Arts Coordinator |

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 | Carmel McGill Wright – HOD Music, Victoria Chellew, Margaret Robertson

Visual ArtsDanielle TeleiaiHOD Art, Ashley Heelam, Sophie Bannan, TeRina Kapa-Vivian, Madeline Ireland

School Production

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

Visual Arts

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College Productions

School Production – Bi-annual

Dance & Drama Class Productions – annual

Dance Productions

SDNZ – Street Dance New Zealand

Senior Dance Showcases
Every year, Dance classes


48 Hour Film Festival
Every year


Chamber Group
Jazz Band
Musical Theatre Ensemble
Play it Strange
Pasifika Beats
Stand Up Stand Out
Talent Quest
InstrumentalVocal Lessons

Drama Productions

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare 
Every year, Term 1

Senior Productions
Every year, Drama classes

Theatre Sports
Every year

Sound and Lighting
Every year, Performing Arts Technology

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