The school has a proud tradition of including the arts in the curriculum. It was founded in 1886 so that there would be a school in Wellington that permitted art classes and other creative activities. The first art teacher was Nairn from Scotland who became a renown landscape artist and for the 25 years preceeding 2004 recognised New Zealand artist Scot Rob McLeod led the painting programme.
Today the Arts are real strengths.
Visual Arts include painting, photography, sculpture and design. The students excel and regularly achieve scholarship grades in university entrance examinations. Art by students and New Zealand artists is displayed around the school.
Students transfer in to benefit from the senior visual arts and performing arts programmes.
Performing arts include jazz, wood and string groups, choirs, drama productions, a student Shakespeare society, Kapa Haka, whole school production, film making and music evenings.
The school offers many opportunities for students to perform publicly – school performances and competitions like Sheila Winn and Stage Challenge
Public performance demands excellence and strong group work – our students achieve both.