Dance at Rosehill

Dance stimulates creativity and encourages self-expression whilst building confidence.  At Rosehill College, as well as our rich and dynamic curriculum programme, we offer a range of extra-curricular Dance activities including:

  • NZ Street Dance Megaschool Competition – students compete against many other Auckland schools in a prestigious Hip Hop competition in central Auckland.
  • ‘Ascension’ Contemporary Dance Group – students build up a repertoire of contemporary dances that are showcased at the Auckland Cheerleading Competitions.

All senior Dance classes, performances and practices our held in our Performing Arts Centre which includes a purpose built sprung dance floor.

Drama at Rosehill

Drama creates critical literacy and enables students to shape, communicate and interpret meaning and to understand themselves and those with whom they share the world. At Rosehill College, we offer many diverse extra-curricular activities including:

  • The Annual School Production/Musical – Rosehill College has a strong reputation of producing high quality plays and musicals. Students are given opportunities to not only perform on stage but be trained as backstage crew, lighting and sound teams, props and set makers, and show band members. Productions are held at the Hawkins Theatre in the heart of Papakura giving students a first-hand experience of working in a semi- professional theatre. Many of our productions have won awards in the Auckland Showdown competition including Best Props Design (Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe 2011, Fiddler on the Roof 2012), and Best Set Design (The Witches 2013)
  • Theatresports – students become experts in the art of improvisation and compete in the Auckland Theatresports Festival. Rosehill College won the Auckland Shield in 2012 and continues to produce strong teams each year.
  • Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival – both student and teacher directed pieces are entered into this National competition in which students perform scenes in front of a judging panel. Winners perform at the finals in Wellington and then may be chosen to visit The Globe Theatre in London.
  • Talent Quest – Rosehill College’s Arts Committee presents a night that showcases the diverse talents of our students at the Hawkins Theatre. Hip Hop and Contemporary dancers, Bands, Singers and Stand-up comedians, are just a few of the talents on show!

Music at Rosehill

Music benefits the brain; teaches creativity, individualism and self-expression; helps in language acquisition; builds self-confidence and self-discipline; nurtures team-building skills; and brings joy and a sense of fulfilment to the learner.

It is indeed a special thing to be able to put thoughts and emotions into music; to sing or play an instrument when words are not enough.  We offer courses, at all levels, for vocalists and all instrumentalists, for students who read music and for those who don’t.

Students who take full year Music courses can have free weekly vocal or instrumental lessons with expert Itinerant Music teachers.

All students are encouraged to join co-curricular music groups when they have reached the necessary level.

Music groups include:

Concert Band
Flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, horns, trombones, bass guitar, drumkit, auxilliary percussion, mallet percussion, timpani.
Plays festival pieces, film and TV music, show music, jazz, etc
This group rehearses each Wednesday after school, and performs at the KBB Music Festival, Music Department Concerts, and Prize Giving Ceremonies.

Stage Band
Clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drumkit, auxilliary percussion.
Plays jazz, rock, funk and Latin.
Monday after-school rehearsals, along with performances at the KBB Music Festival, Music Department Concerts, assemblies and Arts and Cultural Awards evening.

Rosehill Harmony
Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.
Sings show, movie, pop and classical music.
Wednesday after-school rehearsals.
Performs at the Big Sing, assemblies, Music Department Concerts, assemblies and Arts and Cultural Awards evening.

Show band
Flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, horn, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drumkit, auxilliary percussion, mallet percussion, timpani.
Rehearsals are primarily in term two, beginning on Tuesdays and then moving to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The school show is performed at the Hawkins Theatre in week two of term three.
This band is formed every alternate year to accompany the cast in the school musical. In 2018, the show is The Addams Family! Past shows include Jesus Christ Superstar, Westside Story, man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors, Big Al, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Wizard of Oz and Annie.

Tour band
Flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, horn, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drumkit, auxilliary percussion, mallet percussion, timpani.
Thursday rehearsals. Performs at Music Department Concerts and overseas schools and performance venues.
Past tours include:
Within NZ – Cambridge, Tauranga, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch,
Overseas – Sydney, Australia (including performances in the Opera House), Argentina, Malaysia, Singapore, China (including a performance on the Great Wall of China) and The South Island of New Zealand. We will be going on tour again in 2019! 🙂

Various other ensembles
Rock groups, drum line, flute group, clarinet ensemble, saxophone quartet, chamber groups.
Dependent on students and their time availability.

Junior Concert Band
Flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, horns, trombones, bass guitar, drumkit, auxilliary percussion, mallet percussion, timpani.
Plays festival pieces, film and TV music, show music, jazz, etc
This group rehearses during the school day after junior exams are completed. Many senior band members join in for the fun of playing in band, since all other rehearsals have finished.
Performs at the two Junior Prize Giving Ceremonies.

Itinerant Music Lessons
Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drumkit, vocals.
Lessons are available for students who take Music as a full year course. Some lesson timetables may be full and students may need to be placed on a waiting list. All efforts will be made to make lessons available to Music students, but a place in lessons cannot be guaranteed if numbers applying are large.