The Arts is an area in which Pakuranga College has a very strong tradition. Our co-curricular opportunities are wide-ranging and varied. From the annual school production and Dance Showcase, to the jazz band and photography club, there is a wealth of activities and groups at Pakuranga College for those students wishing to develop their chosen art form.
We also have an active student Arts Council, which organises a number of exciting activities throughout the school year.
In addition to in-class study, there are lots of ways to get involved in music at Pakuranga College.
We offer instrument and voice lessons during school time, as well as a number of groups and ensembles incorporating a variety of musical genres. Students also enjoy regular performance opportunities both on and off campus, including the KBB Music Festival, Smoke Free Rock Quest and The Big Sing.
All of this combines to offer a wide-ranging and relevant program, where students can put their learning into practice in a way that suits them, as well as developing a well-disciplined approach to their craft.
Both drama and dance are great ways to develop creativity, confidence, empathy, as well as the ability to work as part of a team. Whether or not students decide to study these subjects at NCEA level, Pakuranga College offers plenty of opportunities to participate in the performing arts, both inside and outside school.
All students are encouraged to take part in the school production, whether on stage or behind the scenes, and the annual Dance Showcase is also a highlight in the school calendar.
Our Visual Arts Department provides a wealth of both extra and co-curricular workshops in a range of disciplines, including photography, painting and ceramics. Teachers are also available all week throughout the year, to offer additional assistance, critiques, demonstrations of techniques and individualised teaching to our senior students.
For students who are interested in pursuing a career in media or filmmaking, the Media Department offers opportunities to enter filmmaking competitions, such as 48 Hours Furious Filmmaking and the International Youth Silent Film Festival. These activities complement the curriculum by helping students to hone key competencies around creative thinking, communication and collaboration, as well as the ability to convey ideas in a visual medium.
Please click on the link below to see a full list of clubs and activites.
One of the strengths of the Pakuranga College community is its diversity, and this is something we celebrate as often as possible.
We have a very strong tradition of student participation in cultural activities, including the our Cultural Expo and the much anticipated annual Culture Night. For this event, our student culture groups spend weeks preparing musical performances showcasing their cultural heritage.
Please click on the link below for a full list of clubs and activities.
At Pakuranga College, we place considerable emphasis on the development and support of student leadership at all levels.
During Years 9 and 10, students are offered the opportunity to be involved in our leadership training programme. These students are given the skills to prepare them for senior leadership roles, such as Peer Support Leaders, House Captains and student council Chairs.
In addition, all students are encouraged to take an active role in the wide range of student-led councils and groups at the school.
Leadership is not just about being Head Boy or Girl. Students constantly display leadership in their classes, with their peers, in sport and cultural activities.
Our staff work hard to provide students with a wide range of leadership opportunities, including:
If you would like to find out more about leadership at the school, please contact Mrs R Fullerton: email@example.com.
Students are encouraged to participate in a range of external academic co-curricular events, such as Mathex, IGeo, Young Enterprise and the Vector EPro8 Challenge. In fact, we are the 2019 Senior High School Vector EPro8 Challenge Champions!
The school also runs a range of fun events for students and teachers including:
Students at Pakuranga College are involved in a large number of Clubs and Councils, many of which are dedicated to improving our learning environment and helping the wider community.
Whatever your interests, there is a group for you! For a full list of Councils, Clubs and activities, please click on the link below.