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"What is Drama, but life with the boring bits cut out"

Alfred Hitchcock

Drama is offered at the following levels:
Year 9 as an option subject for one term
Year 10 as an option subject for two terms
Year 11 (NCEA Level 1)  as an option subject for one year
Year 12 (NCEA Level 2)  as an option subject for one year
Year 13 (NCEA Level 3)  as an option subject for one year
Scholarship (NCEA Level 4) as an option subject for one year

So Why Choose Drama?

The Drama experience allows students to develop; in interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, in team building, and in social and emotional literacy. 95% of the occupations in the English speaking world rely on the “inter-personal connections”: in short one person engaging with another. Whether the doctor or nurse, teacher or electrician we all need social skills to survive and thrive and this is one of the primary goals of Senior Drama at Western Springs College.  We live in rapidly changing times; Drama helps to build flexible, adaptable, and forward thinking young people who are able to rapidly respond to a changing world.

Drama also builds

  • Creativity – the ability to respond to situations and seek solutions
  • Confidence – the ability to act and react to situations and people
  • Collaboration – the ability to work with others on a shared event
  • Communication – the expression of ideas to others (within the class and to the audience)
  • Compassion – the thinking from another’s point of view
  • Critical thinking – the identification and evaluation of evidence to guide decision making
  • Culture – the exploration of difference and unity, be that historical or geographical

Key things to remember

  • Drama is offered at Level 1, 2, 3 and Scholarship.
  • Drama is an approved University Entrance subject 
  • Drama credits can be used for literacy credits
  • Drama credits can count towards subject and overall endorsement.
  • Drama is 30% Theoretical and 70% Practical 


  • Class production in TAPAC Theatre every year for each level. 
  • School production and Stage Challenge bi-annually
  • Lots of trips and theatre visits
  • State of the art facility and resources

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Ten Reason why everyone should do Drama

1. Drama is part of real life and prepares students to deal with life’s problems.

2. Drama engages students in creative problem-solving and decision making

3. Drama develops verbal and nonverbal communication

4. Drama can enhance students’ psychological well-being

5. Drama develops empathy and new perspectives

6. Drama builds cooperation and develops other social skills

7. Drama increases concentration and comprehension through engagement

8. Drama helps students consider moral issues and develop values

9. Drama contributes to aesthetic development

10. Drama offers a learning avenue that enhances other areas of the curriculum

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Barnaby James,
Sep 15, 2015, 7:01 PM