Cultural Opportunities

Speech & Drama Lessons


Katherine Ford teaches speech and drama to students who wish to enrol.  Lessons are held on a Thursday morning.  Students work through to exam level.



Oral Assessment


Each student from Yr 4 upwards has an oral assessment every term judged by an outside assessor. We believe that oral communication is the skill that matters most for students in the c21 so therefore put a great deal of emphasis on all students developing these skills so they can confidently speak in front of others.
 The format for assessment is fitted into the context for study for the term for students but during each year each student will learn the skills for and be assessed in
-    Expressive reading
-    Drama techniques.
-    Presenting a talk with an aid
-    Presenting a speech

Art Classes

After school art classes are run by Maria Foley & Colin Higgins are both professional artists living in Temuka who are well respected for their ability to make art fun, purposeful and rewarding for people of all ages and abilities.  Their combination of style and mediums in which they are proficient provides a well rounded approach to art for beginners through to professional artists. 

They are passionate about developing a sense of positive achievement, confidence to tackle new challenges and respect for peoples abilities to view and express the world in their unique way.

Students will receive a balance of group and individual tuition on their own selections as they sink their teeth into projects of interest to them.


Music Lessons


Sheryl Higgs and Alister Bradley from Starbound Studios, also well known for their band "Double Talk", offer music lessons on a Friday morning in guitar, voice and whatever students would like to learn.





Every second year we put on a school musical that involves every student in the school. Our last production was written by us with each class putting together their own scene based on our Inquiry at the time on the Olympics. It is so rewarding to see everyone gaining confidence either as an actor, singer, dancer, band player or lighting expert.

In-class Music


Sheryl and Alister Bradley from Starbound Studios teach ukulele to Year 5 students.




We have a school choir giving our student s the opportunity to develop their singing skills.
The choir, currently led by Ella Thomas meets every second Friday for ½ hr and performs at school functions and in the wider community.


Art Class


As part of our philosophy of providing each child their “day in the sun” we offer a specialist art class after school one day a week for a term. The students who take part in this class are students who show potential in art that can be further extended in these classes. Miss Gallagher leads this class with the support of local artists from the Temuka Arts Group. This year Diane Peneamene came each week to share her skills with the students.


Art Exhibition


Every two years we hold an Art Exhibition following an inquiry context that gives student’s the chance to show their learning through Art.  Our last exhibition was based on telling the story of our culture through our Art and showed what a diverse group of people make up our community.


31 Wilkin Street

Temuka 7920
Tel: 03 615 8206

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