At Ngaio, students are provided with a range of experiences across the four areas that make up the Arts:
- Visual Art
Opportunities are provided within classes, across syndicates and school wide.
We participate in ‘J Rock’ every second year. In 2017 our students came up with the theme of The Legend of Ngaio. All children from Year 4 and up had the chance to submit their ideas for the legend and then we combined them to make our story.
The school choir practices weekly and performs every second year at the Michael Fowler Centre as part of the Artsplash Festival. We also submit visual art in the Artsplash exhibition every second year.
In previous years we have participated in Artsplash Drama and Dance for which students write scripts, choreograph, design sets, select music and help to plan and create costumes.
Art Attack is a school wide event where students are grouped either across syndicates or the school and given an area of the school to ‘attack’ with their visual art. This provides the opportunity for students and teachers to collaborate on a project. This year we kept The Legend of Ngaio theme and each group designed up a storm.
Guitar/Ukulele Clubs run on Tuesday and Wednesday at lunchtime in the Rata classroom. Beginner guitar and ukulele is available for anyone to join (guitarists need to provide their own guitars). Intermediate is for children who can already play a few chords confidently. Band takes place on Friday at lunchtimes in Room 13, this is an orchestra and children are expected to have some experience on their knowledge and be able to read music notation to a certain level.
Every Friday afternoon our Kapa haka group, led by Matua Alwyn, meets together to practice new songs and actions. There are also extra sessions at lunchtimes available for those who want to practice with poi.