The Arts

The Arts are a powerful form of expression that recognise the value of and contribute to the unique bi-cultural multicultural character of New Zealand, enriching the lives of all New Zealanders

Our Arts curriculum encompasses all 4 disciplines. Visual Arts are available to all students Year 7 – 13. Core Music is also available to all Year 7 – 13 students with all students having the opportunity to learn a musical instrument via the Instrumental Music programme. All courses and resources are available for students and families to access remotely at the official Music department website at Throughout the year, there are opportunities for students to attend professional visiting performances.

Other activities throughout the school week contribute to the life of the school and include:

Cultural Extravaganza
This encompasses all disciplines of the Arts curriculum.

This is held during an afternoon form-time and is available to all students who enjoy singing. Students gain the opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year, including the Secondary Schools Music Festival.

Instrumental Music Lessons
Students have the opportunity to learn a wide range of instruments. Instruments include flute, saxophone, violin, double bass, trumpet, guitar, keyboards, and drums. Lessons are held during school time

The orchestra is currently made up of East Otago High School students learn and play orchestral instruments. It is conducted by Mr. Brusse. It is held every Monday in the Music Room

Rock Bands
The music department is set up with 2 practise room that students can utilise during their intervals, lunches, and free periods. Students have the opportunity to perform at events including the Smokefree Rockquest. Rock Band mentoring is available.

Dance Group
This is held during lunchtime and is available to all students who enjoy dancing.

Art Competitions and Exhibitions
Students are encouraged to enter competitions and exhibitions around the region