Cultural activities including annual drama and musical productions have always been an integral part of life at St Paul’s Collegiate School.
These productions have given many students a fantastic opportunity to experience the unique thrill and buzz
of being involved – whether helping backstage or playing a lead role – and have helped build their confidence and self esteem.
A high point in 2012, which truly showcased the talent and skills within the school, was the incredibly successful performance of Les Misérables which played to four full-house audiences. Since then, our students have gone on to perform Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Brassed Off and Oklahoma!
Drama is a strong curriculum area within our school and students have enjoyed considerable success in NCEA Levels 1-3 and New Zealand Scholarship exams.
Another way our students are pushed out of their comfort zone is through involvement in public speaking, debating or drama. All Year 9 boys are required to contribute to a chapel service through prayer, scripture reading or sermon and are involved in formal drama classes.
Our current drama room was built in the early 1960s as the school’s first assembly hall and chapel. This aging facility will be demolished in 2019. The new complex will include a sprung floor which will meet the needs of students who wish to pursue dance. It will also include a large drama room, two speech and drama tuition rooms, and a storage area for drama costumes and props.