At Whangaparaoa College Learners are given the opportunity to work towards the Achievement Objectives, of the Drama Discipline in The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum (Years 7-11), in a vibrant, well-resourced environment. The four strands are:
• Learning the Languages of Drama
• Developing Ideas in Drama
• Communicating and Interpreting Meaning in Drama
• Understanding Drama in Context
Creating ‘Silent Movies’ Year 9 Use of ICT for Year 10 Drama Research Project
There is an emphasis on devising and performing from the students’ own
experience, as well as units that focus on the history of the discipline e.g.
Greek Theatre (Year 9).
Creating Character in the ‘Topp Twins’ Learners Attend ‘The Merchant of Venice’
It is intended that Learners will also develop and learn: planning, ICT,
research, thinking and presentation skills that can be applied in other areas
of the curriculum and their lives beyond school. At Year 9 and 10 Learners are
introduced to NCEA Achievement Standards in preparation for Year 11-13.
Learner’s are given opportunity to attend live theatre performances especially
during NCEA years.
Co-operation and confidence are valuable skills that are encouraged and
developed in the Drama Learning Area.
Positive learning outcomes in this subject include:
• the building of confidence in movement and speech
• increased effective level of communication
• builds problem-solving, self-management, competitive, social and co-operative skills, research and presentation skills
• encourage self-assertiveness