St Martins School offers an exciting variety of musical and performance opportunities, which support our performing arts curriculum programme. Our performance groups will perform at a variety of opportunities throughout the year. If you are interested in finding out more information about our Performance Group opportunities please feel free to contact Dani Boxall.
Some of the performance opportunities include:
We are proud to have two Kapa Haka Groups: junior (years 0-4) and senior (years 5-8). Students are given an opportunity to express Māori heritage and culture, learning traditional and contemporary waiata and haka. Our students are led by Tania Nathan and Willie Wipirata and Alice Barakat is the Teacher in Charge of Kapahaka.
Our Percussion Group consistently surprises and delights us with their creative arrangements. This stunning group is lead by Helen Murray. Students and includes students from Years 4-8 who are selected by audition and skillfully trained throughout the Year. Reading music is a pre-requisite for this group. As this is an extra curricular activity there is a charge.
Susan McKeich leads our wonderful Concert Band, which brings together children from Year 5 upwards to experience the challenge and fun of working together to make music and entertain.As this is an extra curricular activity there is a charge.
This is where music begins. Susan McKeich leads two recorder ensembles, introducing children at a young age to this versatile instrument, teaching the basics of reading music, playing together in performance and building foundations for learning other instruments.
St Martins has three choirs! One junior (yrs 3-6) that participates in the south school music festival held at Hillview Christian School, one senior (yrs 5-8) that participates in the Christchurch schools music festival at the Town Hall and finally a show choir which is a mixture of singing and dancing and open to yr 0-8. These choirs are led by Danielle Boxall, Katelyn Hill, Kate Keenan and Chantal Ward.
Extension Performance Arts Company (EPAC)
EPAC is a chance for our Yr 7-8 students who particularly enjoy performing arts to extend their skills in the areas of dance, music and drama. We have two showcases a year which parents will be invited to and are actively seeking other opportunities to perform.
Film club is for any students in year 5-8 who wish to extend technical skills in the area of film-making. This includes, using a professional grade camera and editing software and learning about camera shots, storyboarding techniques and furthering acting and directing skills. We will be entering the annual 48hr Film festival in May.