Explore more about Performing Arts.

The vision of the department is to empower all students to make a positive difference in the world.

Our students are enabled to do this by:

  • being challenged and inspired to fulfil their potential in any discipline or genre
  • being offered real-life learning opportunities via the interwoven strands of curriculum and co-curriculum
  • the provision of exceptional support, collaboration, and the highest standard of collegiality.

For more information about Performing Arts, please visit the school website. To stay up to date with our news and events, and to see all our photos, please follow our Performing Arts YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

Performing Arts Student Testimonial

Discover more about what Olive Mortimer enjoys about her passion for performing arts here at Rangitoto College.

Performing Arts

Rangitoto College has a well-deserved reputation for inspiring excellence in all Performing Arts genres through its broad, comprehensive and fully scaffolded programmes.

Alongside the curriculum areas of Dance, Drama and Music there are endless opportunities to get involved in co-curricular groups and activities. From Drama Company to Chamber Music, Hip Hop to Jazz, Rock to Ballet, small plays to full-scale musical productions, students can follow their passion for performing on stage whatever their area of interest.

Our Dance Department has established itself as the largest at secondary level in the country, with numerous regional and national titles attained each year by their Magnum, Ballet and Hip Hop troupes.

Our Drama Department is going from strength to strength, annually staging several plays as well as a Theatre festival, and participating in Theatresports and Shakespeare competitions.

Specialised programmes in the Music Department include strands for orchestral music, chamber music, jazz, rock, choral music, musical theatre, music technology, sound & lighting technology and more. Over 400 students enrol annually for the specialist vocal and instrumental lessons offered in our Music Tuition Programme, with approximately one third of the schools population being involved in Performing Arts to some extent.


Driven by the school’s key performance indicators of excellence and participation, our programmes range from beginner through to advanced level. Ensembles of all genres consistently attain top awards and are represented at the highest national and international levels. Individual students successfully gain scholarships and entry for the most sought-after tertiary institutes in New Zealand and the world, including Sydney, London, New York and Boston. We are especially proud that our successes range across all styles and programmes.

Staff and Facilities

There are over 35 staff in the Performing Arts Department, including 10 classroom teachers, four ancillary staff and 20+ instrumental and vocal specialists. The staff are experts in their fields and consistently undergo professional development to advance their practices; many are active members of New Zealand’s top ensembles in their respective fields. Our facilities include six specialist music suites, numerous rehearsal studios, a purpose-built dance studio, an architecturally designed Performing Arts venue, a theatrette,  computer suite, auditorium and recording studio.

Students in Performing Arts are involved in the full process when preparing for performances – working behind the scenes and through the phases of rehearsal and refinement to create a polished product they are proud of, while gaining the skills to apply theoretical concepts through practical applications. Our curriculum offers courses which successfully prepare students for multiple future pathways, be it in Performing Arts or elsewhere.

Find Us

564 East Coast Road
Mairangi Bay
Auckland 0630
New Zealand