“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)

The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. - Elliot Eisner

Its UNESCO International Arts Education Week, so lets take some time to celebrate arts education at John McGlashan College.

Posted: Wednesday May 8, 2019

Let's dance!

Antonio Bukhar, the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance from the University of Otago, had the pleasure of working with our senior drama students.

Posted: Friday April 5, 2019

'Are we there yet?'

Year 7 drama students examine women's suffrage in New Zealand and ask the all-important question, are we there yet?

Posted: Thursday March 28, 2019

"Wha' a lo ' a' bovaa!"

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