Performing Arts & Cultural Activities
Year level productions occur annually from Years 10 to 13. In 2014 there will be eight three-evening seasons, and through these every Drama student has an opportunity to act in a significant public production.
In 2014 the major drama event was a Musical Theatre entitled " Electra" The musical theatre involved a cast of over 100, and included dancers, musicans and actors.
There is an ongoing tradition of producing feature length films which are screened publicly in a local movie theatre.'
Hutt Valley High School has a long and proud musical tradition. The Music Department
has some of the best instrumental tutors in the country and a wide variety of co-curricular
groups on offer. There are opportunities for the music groups to perform at a variety of
concerts, festivals and competitions in the school and the wider community, and also to
attend professional musical performances.
All students are offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through the Itinerant Music Scheme. This scheme allows students to reap the benefits of tuition from experienced and professional tutors. The half-hour lessons take place once a week, usually in small groups. Tuition is available in a wide range of instruments, including voice. Some instruments are available for hire.
All music students are encouraged to belong to a range of music groups. These include orchestras, choirs, ensembles and bands in a wide range of styles. There are also opportunities to participate in special musical events during the year such as regional festivals, chamber music competitions, Rockquest, concerts, workshops, tours and a music festival.
Kapa Haka - Te Rōpu Hotuwaipara
Te Rōpu Hotuwaipara is the HVHS kapa haka group. The group is comprised of students from Year 9-13 and is open to students from all cultures.
In 2016 we were very pleased to welcome to our staff two wonderful and experienced tutors, Whaea Te Puawaitanga Winterburn (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāpuhi) and Matua Karanama Peita (Ngāti Tukorehe - Tainui). Our tutors both teach all aspects of kapa haka.
While kapa haka is the main focus, our tutors deliver kapa haka with a Te Ao Māori perspective, which is inclusive of Te Reo Māori (Māori Language), Tikanga (Protocols), Whakapapa (History) and Karakia (Traditional Prayers). These teachings are offered from a Māori worldview.
Various dance groups are run as an adjunct to the curriculum including: hip hop and cheerleading squads.
The 2014 Stage Challenge team gained 8 excellence awards.