Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture


The Arts are powerful forms of personal and social expression. They link imagination, thinking and feeling. They provide essential learning for living and develop a wide range of both general and specific skills, which are significant in many aspects of life, including employment. They are important for recreation and leisure.

The Arts cross boundaries. They are a source of international communication and understanding. They express and shape national identity. Learning through the Arts enables students to appreciate and understand their own heritage and other cultures. It provides opportunities to examine a range of values and perceptions.

The Arts are important to the growth of self-knowledge and self-worth. They encourage students to investigate their own values and those of others, and to recognise the aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of their lives. They enable students, as individuals and as members of a group, to understand, express and communicate present and past experiences. (The New Zealand Curriculum Framework, 1993, page 15)

At HPSS, learners can experience a range of arts and cultural activities giving them the opportunity to develop talents, acquire new skills and link their interests to their learning. Through their learning programmes, learners will experience a range of options from the Performing Arts (including Dance, Drama and Music) and Visual Arts disciplines. Learners also have the opportunity to take music lessons through an itinerant music programme, or be involved in small and large-scale productions.

Performing Arts Happenings Term 3, 2016


Our students are working with Red Leap Theatre Company on our new Big Project, which is a fantastic opportunity for us. Red Leap's Residency with us will lead to the creation of a school show, to be performed in December 2016. Take a look at their website link and keep up to date with the exciting things that are happening here. It's already pretty clear how much fun everyone is having working together:

performing arts happenings term 2, 2016


On Wednesday 29th June, Dance, Drama and Music performers entertained a large and appreciative audience with the work that they had prepared during semester one. There were solo and group dances, devised and scripted drama work and solo and group musical numbers. The audience was impressed by the commitment and talent on display and the students were very proud of what they had achieved.

Performing arts happenings Term 1, 2016

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

On Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April, close to the end of Term 1, the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn West Auckland Regional Shakespeare Festival was held at HPSS. Our adjudicators, Ben Henson and Natalie Beran were very impressed by the quality of the performances and gave the following awards:

  • Best 15 Minute Scene (for performance at the National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington): Avondale College - from The Merhant of Venice
  • Best 5 Minute Scene (for performance at the National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington): Hobsonville Point Secondary School - from The Tempest
  • Student Chosen for Direct Entry to NSSP (National Shakespeare Schools Production: Ella Mackintosh, Western Springs College
  • Best Adult Director: Caleb Wells, Western Springs College
  • Most Promising Actor: Murdoch Keane, Western Springs College

For more on the HPSS performers, see our newsletter: