Arts and culture

Whether a beginner or elite performer, onstage or backstage, the performing arts are an essential ingredient to a well-rounded life and self-expression.

We often see girls surprising themselves as they discover new interests and talents. For those just wanting to participate, it is about providing the opportunity to have a go, make friends and have fun. For girls who like a little more challenge, the school is represented by groups and individuals at competitions and festivals at both local and national levels.

As competition increases for places in tertiary study and careers, involvement in the performing arts is recognised as a valuable differentiator. Apart from developing the obvious confidence and craft, involvement in the performing arts contributes to a well-rounded CV and skillset.

Our Co-Curricular Music Programme is integrated from Year 0 to Year 13. Students are encouraged and nurtured through their first instrumental and choral experiences towards becoming confident and capable performers. Central to our philosophy is the Suzuki scheme and our girls are lucky to have many of the country’s leading Suzuki teachers working with them.

With nearly 30 co-curricular music groups on offer and a variety of instruments to choose, students are actively encouraged to participate in our choral, instrumental and/or Jazz programmes, representing St Cuthbert’s at The Big Sing, The Kids’ Sing, and the KBB Music Festival.

Many of our girls enjoy dancing at St Cuthbert’s. “The Company” is a troupe of auditioned elite dancers from year 9 to 13 with a focus on contemporary dance. Throughout the year The Company collaborate on a number of pieces for festivals and performances in the annual Dance Showcase, Easter Service, and Cultural Honours.

Over 250 students participate annually in the St Cuthbert’s Shakespeare Soiree, often going on to receive recognition at the SGCNZ Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival.  Our girls also enjoy participating in the school Musical. Students can join the Drama Club, Theatre Sports, and our Year 13 students are active leaders in student led initiatives, such as the annual House Performance, Talent Quest, Production Crew and the Performing Arts Committee.

From Year 4 – 13 private Speech and Communication lessons are available. Many of our students advance through the Trinity School of London or New Zealand Speech Board examinations each year, gaining valuable technical skills along with confidence and practice in public speaking.

It is vital our girls have opportunities for creative expression. At St Cuthbert’s our tutors are experienced and qualified industry practitioners with a combination of national and/or international qualifications.  We encourage every student to find her niche, celebrate her strengths and begin her life-long engagement with the performing arts. Whether your daughter is already involved in the arts, or is interested in trying new experiences for fun, she’ll have an abundance of opportunities at St Cuthbert’s.