Teacher in Charge:Recommended Prior Learning
To be accepted for this course students must have completed Year 10 Drama, or have received HOF approval
Drama enhances students’ artistic and creative abilities and gives them a better understanding of themselves and their world. Acting and staging skills are taught in conjunction with a study of texts and contexts which enable students to devise, interpret, analyse and evaluate dramatic forms and style.
Level 1 Drama is a lot of fun and very hands-on. It demands much creative thinking and plenty of time spent, both in and out of class, practicing for performances.
What is taught in courses varies from year to year. This course could include:
1. Working in pairs with a script to create and sustain a character using drama techniques.
2. The performance and study of a Theatre Form, such as Melodrama (Villains, Heroine/Hero, Goofy Sidekick), Elizabethan Theatre (Shakespeare) or Clowning.
3. Working in a small group with your peers, devising short scenes from a stimulus, and performing to family and friends.
4. Working as a whole class to rehearse and perform a production, and performing to family and friends.
5. Viewing a live theatre show to study the Elements and Conventions of Theatre (for the external exams).
Drama and Dance are subjects that are helpful in career choices involving: youth work, teaching, journalism, sales and marketing, and any communication-based career. For talented students, there are growing opportunities in the film industry for actors, writers, dancers, choreographers, designers, and technical fields, such as costume, set, lighting design, and production.
Actor, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Dancer, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Media Producer, Entertainer, Journalist, Author, Communications Professional, Television Presenter, Radio Presenter, Editor, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Film/Television Camera Operator, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Private Teacher/Tutor, Make-up ArtistContributions and Equipment/Stationery
There will be at least one trip away to view live productions. These are likely to incur a small expense.
Actor, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Dancer, Author, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Media Producer, Radio Presenter, Entertainer, Sound Technician, Film/Television Camera Operator, Production Assistant (Film, Private Teacher/Tutor, Make-up Artist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Journalist, Communications Professional, Television Presenter, Editor, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it. Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.
The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.