HVS provides many opportunities for students of all abilities to engage in the Arts curriculum. The Arts curriculum broadly covers four main areas:

  • visual art
  • music
  • dance
  • drama

Class teachers plan art into their weekly timetables, either as stand-alone lessons, projects to complete over several sessions, and also by integrating into reading, writing or science. Students can respond to their learning by painting, drawing, singing, role-playing, designing and making, dancing and acting.

As well as singing and playing music in class, students take part in weekly kapahaka lessons. We also have two itinerant music tutors who offer private lessons to students during school hours. These students are withdrawn from class lessons for half hour tuition. Julian Taylor offers tuition in guitar, drums and bass, and Sophie Wooles offers tuition in piano and keyboard.

The school has a senior choir run weekly by a volunteer parent. Participation in choir is optional. Students learn vocal techniques and a range of songs.

Teacher Peter Holmstead also runs a Year 6 band, which usually consists of drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and vocals. Entry is by audition. The band practices weekly for an hour after school and plays at events such as the school fair and production.

The school performs a whole school production every second year (odd years) and alternates this with participation in the WCC Artsplash Festival.

As well as having students creating and performing art in all its forms, HVS also likes to engage touring artists. Visiting performing groups have included Strike Percussion, Storylines and NZ Playhouse. Our proximity to the city means we also at times venture in to see touring performers.

If you have a talent in any of the arts areas and are keen to share your expertise, please contact the school and arrange to come in and discuss what can be achieved. Thanks!