“Drama expresses human experience through a focus on role, action, and tension, played out in time and space. In drama education, students learn to structure these elements and to use dramatic conventions, techniques, and technologies to create imagined worlds. Through purposeful play, both individual and collaborative, they discover how to link imagination, thoughts, and feelings.

As students work with drama techniques, they learn to use spoken and written language with increasing control and confidence and to communicate effectively using body language, movement, and space. As they perform, analyse, and respond to different forms of drama and theatre, they gain a deeper appreciation of their rich cultural heritage and language and new power to examine attitudes, behaviours, and values.
By means of the drama that they create and perform, students reflect and enrich the cultural life of their schools, whānau, and communities.” - New Zealand Curriculum

At John McGlashan College, the Drama Department provides a safe environment where students can express themselves creatively with integrity and conviction.

Participation is stimulated with physical activities and topical themes targeting the specific interests of our boys.

Students practise relating to others respectfully in a range of contexts and roles.

Values of honesty, tolerance and concern for others are promoted to develop a positive sense of community. Boys will be expected to work hard and think carefully about planning, presenting and reflecting.

The language of symbols and texts in drama will be explored in order to expand and refine our student’s capacity to communicate effectively.



  • Variety of tertiary courses in theatre, performing arts, drama, dance, music, art and media studies...
  • Excellent ‘companion’ course for industries that involve people e.g. law, education, politics, health, hospitality, sports, media, business, tourism, management…
  • Careers such as; stage manager, T.V / Radio commentator/reporter/presenter, playwright, set/lighting/costume designer or technician, actor, director, editor, cameraman, critic/reviewer…
  • Increases employability by developing key competencies such as managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing in a practical environment


“The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts,
but is also the return of art to life.”
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Arts Blues 2018

Now is the time to put forward nominations for Arts Blues 2018.

Posted: Monday September 10, 2018

In Improv there are no mistakes, only opportunities

It has been a proud year for Theatresports at McGlashan. 2018 has seen the addition of many new members, both junior and senior, all hungry for a slice of that improvised comedy we call Theatresports.

Posted: Sunday September 2, 2018

NZ Theatre Month celebration

One year ago it was confirmed by esteemed New Zealand Playwright, Roger Hall, that New Zealand Theatre Month would be acknowledged for the first time in September of 2018. The aim of New Zealand Theatre Month is to ‘celebrate and elevate’ New Zealand theatre and make New Zealanders aware of and appreciate the range and diversity of New Zealand works.

Posted: Sunday August 12, 2018

Off to Texas

James Burchell wins prestigious ballet scholarship.

Posted: Wednesday August 8, 2018