The Arts


A St Mary’s drama student is a young woman who is confident, communicative, curious and creative.

Junior Drama

The Tempest
Year 10 Drama perform The Tempest

Our junior programme focuses on fundamental skills of working in a team, communicating, collaborating, experimenting and performing.

This begins in Year 9 with the drama rotation and is further developed in Year 10.

Year 10 drama includes Shakespeare in performance, devising around issues of our time and a class production for an invited audience.

Senior Drama

Year 11 Drama clowning class

Our senior drama students refine their skills in theory and performance. They attend live theatre productions and learn how to critically engage with concepts being presented.

Alongside this, there are opportunities to attend workshops run by industry professionals.

Each year group learns about different theatre forms, devising and works towards a performance of a scripted production to an invited audience.


Co curricular Opportunities

Co curricular Opportunities
Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Performance

Students have the opportunity to be involved in a range of cocurricular drama groups, including:

  • Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Performance
  • O’Shea Shield Religious Drama
  • Theatresports
  • Class Comedians
  • Young & Hungry Ambassadors Programme
  • School Production

Visual Art

HOLA Lisa Mrkusic     [email protected]

Learning in the Visual Arts fosters curiosity, collaboration and creative thinking. Through the activity of making Art, students manage self, build resilience, push through challenges, recognize diversity and think critically. Engagement in Visual Art promotes important creative problem solving capacity required in today’s constantly changing world.

Art Space is a vibrant, creative area at St Mary’s College.  The open plan teaching area allows for multi-level learning and teaching, and the opportunity for junior and senior classes to work alongside each other.

Junior programmes engage students fully in the creative process and enable opportunity for development of confidence and exploration of a variety of creative ideas, contemporary events, techniques and skills.

Year 9 Rotation Mixed Process Painting

Year 10 Documentary Painting  WW2 

Year 10 Repeat Image Painting    


Year 10 Repeat Image Painting


Year 10 Mixed Media Botanical Study

Year 10 Constructed Cardboard Masks

Senior classes work through the NCEA assessment framework, aiming to synthesise historic, contemporary, cultural and personal practice; thoughtfully connecting students to place and purpose.

Year 11 Folio: external exam equivalent

Year 11 Folio: external exam equivalent

Year 12 Folio: Panel one of external exam equivalent. 

Year 12 Folio: Panel two of external exam equivalent. 


Head of Department – Miss Emina Steedman   [email protected]

The St Mary’s College Music Department provides a wide range of academic and extra curricular opportunities in music.

All Year 9 students will have music as one of their option rotations.  This course introduces students to music composition, performance, working with others and the elements of music, including notation.

Students who select Music as an option from Year 10 onward work on developing confidence performing on their solo instrument, work with others in group performance settings, develop skills in composition, including digital music and the use of notation software, and further their knowledge of notation and the conventions of music.  In the senior school students are given the opportunity to specialise in areas such as performance, musical knowledge, music technology or composition.

From Year 9 students are able to take advantage of the instrumental lessons on offer at the school with specialist tutors.  The benefits of instrumental and music tuition are well supported by research, and support the key competencies in the NZ Curriculum.

Lessons available include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass guitar, drums, or vocal tuition.

Priority is given to Year 9 students and option music students.  Private individual lessons can also be arranged with the instrumental tutors.

Extra curricular activities include choirs, chamber orchestra and groups, a guitar ensemble, a student led ukulele club and bands.

Music Lessons 2019

Visit the SMC Arts webpage for links to sign up to try out an instrument, learn an instrument or join a music group.

Lesson timetable for the first few weeks will be on the Music noticeboard.  Listen out for the instruments in the notices and check your time.  If you don't see your name pop in and ask Miss Steedman.

Permission forms to secure your lesson space can be collected from the office or at your first lesson, and need to be returned at your second lesson.

SMC Arts
Information about Arts events and activities at St Mary's College, Wellington

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