Arts

We are proud to offer our students a wide range of experiences and opportunities in dance, drama, music, art and oratory.

Art Exhibitions and Displays: Year 10 and 12 Art students invite members of the school community along for an evening to showcase their work. Past exhibitions have featured artwork displayed on scaffolding, musicians playing during the evening and competitions as well. International students and Year 10 art students make and display friendship banners that celebrate cultural diversity within our school.

Chalk Art: Beautiful weather is always on order for this day which is held every year for mainly Year 7-10 students. Different themes are chosen each year and these colourful artworks are then on display for the school community to see and enjoy.

Choirs: Colla Voce and Mainly Men are the school choirs, which perform at school events and functions such as Prize Givings and Assemblies.  Colla Voce often travel to other events such as The Big Sing Competition in Christchurch, where they perform against other secondary school choirs.

Dance: Visiting dance groups from throughout NZ are enjoyed each year, and students often get the chance to participate in workshops. Groups that have visited us in the past include Java Dance Group, African Dance and Drumming, and Kahurangi Dance Group. Groups of our dance students showcase their work at events such as assemblies, prize givings, and the Wearable Art show.

Drama: Drama groups visit the school sometimes where large groups of students get to enjoy professional performances such as The Ugly Shakespeare Company and The Aranui Theatre School. Small groups of drama students travel and enjoy firsthand theatrical experiences and go to live shows. They visit places like the Court Theatre and The Circus School in Christchurch.

Lip Sync Competition: This would have to be the most eagerly anticipated event of the year! Tickets are sold out in record time and there is always great excitement building up to the two evening performances. Competition is fierce and students have to audition to get into the show. Our 2008/09 winners won The Battle of the Schools Lip Sync Competition in Timaru in 2009.

Music by Candlelight: This is an annual event with a range of musicians performing from beginners to senior students, many of whom are being assessed for NCEA. It is always a very popular night with the community, as well as with our proud parents and families.

Musical and Drama Productions: These alternate yearly and usually involve students in Years 9-13.  Students audition for parts and put many hours of practice into these productions, along with the hard-working staff, to produce slick, professional performances.  Previous shows have been The Wind in the Willows, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Jungle Book and Oliver.

Orchestra: Some musicians who learn an instrument at school are asked to join the school orchestra and perform throughout the year at school events.

Te Haere Kapa Haka: We are in the process of strengthening this group, and all students are encouraged to be involved. Te Haere is well supported in our community and represent us at many cultural events.

Visiting Musicians: We often welcome internationally recognised musicians to our school, such as Strike Percussion and The Jordan Luck Band. Jordan was Head Boy at Geraldine High School and is a proud supporter of our school.

Wearable Arts: This is another very popular event at GHS and is held every second year. All students from Year 7-13 are encouraged to enter this competition. Different categories are chosen, such as Glitz and Glamour, Fluoro, Recycled, and Bizarre Bra. Many hours of work are put into these designs which are then showcased at a stunning catwalk evening for an enthralled audience. Many students have gone on to have success at other Wearable Art competitions, and this shows the high calibre of designs our students produce.

Extra-curricular Showcases

Artarama: This event is held annually in Timaru at the Aigantighe Art Gallery and is open to all schools in the district. GHS works have been successful at this event over the years and examples of entries have been 3D work, Sculptures, Visual Art and Wearable Arts.

Creative Art Festival: Masks were made in 2009 for the Creative Art Festival, by a group of students from Year 7-11. These were also displayed at school and at other events.

Flava Festival: We have won the Senior Visual Art Award for the past three years in this annual South Canterbury event. Students have competed in Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Kapa Haka sections.

Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival: Student entries always support this annual November event. Our students enter into art and photography competitions, and have artwork and wearable art costumes on display in the town. Our musicians also busk at the Friday Market Day in the town. Students were successful in 2009 in The Best Dressed Hat Competition.

Smokefree Rockquest: Groups of students who have formed bands at GHS have performed in this annual event and have had success in gaining places over the years.

South Canterbury Museum: This Timaru museum has displays from schools at times and GHS has had varied work there also – such as wearable arts, art folders, Maori artwork, masks and junior artwork.