Transformation - Student Empowerment - Creative Expression - Continuing the Legacy of Excellence
Kia ora, Malo ni, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei
Creative arts are vibrant and strong at Porirua College. Hardly a week goes by that some area of the arts is not being grown, explored or presented. The creative arts allow our students to learn how to transform themselves and then go on beyond PC to transform the world.
Students from Porirua College can be seen on stages, heard in music arenas, viewed on cinema screens and in galleries both in Porirua and New Zealand. Some graduates can be seen overseas. Porirua College Creative Arts recognises our powerful and diverse mix of learners and teachers. We are a place where individuals join as a family of learners and scholars. Our creative arts students come from all corners of the globe - South America, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. In embracing our collective uniqueness, we nurture Innovative creative artists of the future.
In 2017 the Faculty of Creative Arts was formed, linking Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts Technology, Photography and Design. We have a passionate and professional team of teachers striving for excellence and aiming to develop the artists of tomorrow. Already in 2018 we have seen a surge in quality from our students both in senior NCEA courses and in the junior school.
Porirua College offer the following extra-curricular opportunities:
- Tangata Beats/Pasifika Beats
- Barbershop competition.
- Drama training through Conchus Youth theatre
- Black Grace Dance company dance workshop
- Next Gen Arts competition
- Song writing competitions
- Film crew/ Short film competition
- Tech crew
- Script writers collective
- Music studio people
- Virtuoso Strings youth orchestra
What’s on the radar in 2018?
April saw an explosion of energy as Colours Day (inter-house competition) happened. Dance crews, Haka, House Mascots, House banners and House chants showcased the creativity of Whitireia, Rangituhi, Kenepuru and Tangare houses.
Barbershop singing started again. After our success last year, coming third in national finals, a second group is being formed.
Two theatre shows performed for our students, including a NZ Festival of the Arts show on legendary navigator Kupe - “Ka Tito Au”.
Creative arts students captured Wellington’s Civic square in an Arts Blitz. The students used sketchpads, cellphones and digital cameras with strong results.
Innovative Curriculum: the Creative Arts are a big part of our Ko te Hapori courses where we learn as a community - from mural painting to putting on a show, from Polyfest to hat making. This is a unique, exciting opportunity to go deeper into these areas so watch this space.
Trip to the opera – “The Elixir of Love” starring singers from So Le Mio.
Level 1 Performing Arts class production- Fresh off the Boat. Tickets will be limited.
Tangata Beats (the old Pasifika Beats) is happening - band vs band, school vs school - only the best get to the National finals.
Barbershop (Big Sing) Competition
Play it strange – Music composition competition
Level 1-3 Music concerts for bands and solos
Full scale Level 2 and 3 Theatre production. Two pieces of theatre based on two different cultures and their struggles under tyranny. Koha entry.
Art students boards finished
Junior Arts exhibition mixes with a music/ dance / and drama show
The legacy of the arts at Porirua College
Legends of PC (Award winning creative artists who started out at Porirua College)
Porirua College has a successful history of Creative Arts in the school and among our graduates. Some of our alumni include designers for Weta Digital (King Kong, Lord of the Rings), dance choreographers (Black Grace/Le Moana Dance), visual artists, music composers, professional actors along with professional dancers who have worked both nationally and internationally.