“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.
FUTURE STUDIES/CAREER OPTIONS
“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)
Year 13 drama students recently learned the ins-and-outs of the cockney language, during an accent masterclass with Hilary Norris.
Posted: Tuesday February 26, 2019
Cultural Blues were awarded several weeks ago for excellence in achievement and service across a wide range of cultural and artistic disciplines, including both the performing and visual arts. This year has been a particularly successful one for the college, with twelve recipients.
Posted: Wednesday November 7, 2018
In September, secondary schools around Dunedin gathered together to celebrate the inaugural New Zealand Theatre Month, to fundraise for the Hope Centre - a branch of the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust. Following the closure of the Fortune Theatre, we realised the arts had to be pushed in Dunedin, now more than ever.
Posted: Monday November 5, 2018