Drama and Dance

The creation and development of roles through drama and dance promotes a better understanding of others and different methods of communication. Drama and dance also demand an ability to work co-operatively to achieve a common goal.

Drama – Curriculum

  • Year 7/8 – compulsory in modules with Music
  • Year 9 – compulsory in modules
  • Year 10 – offered as one of three options
  • Year 11 – see extra-curricular
  • Year 12/13 – subject option for NCEA

Our drama curriculum is supported by the following productions throughout the school

  • Bi-annual Year 7/8 production
  • Bi-annual junior (Y9/10) production
  • Y11 Shakespeare – entry in to the Sheila Winn regional competition
  • Annual Senior College Production

Our girls are also offered private speech and drama lessons by a qualified, experienced teacher. Many of our girls sit external exams. Click here to view details of lessons and click here to download an enrolment form.


This is taught as part of the Physical Education curriculum. Other opportunities to participate in Dance are coordinated by Mr Doug Davidson who invites the NZ Ballet to visit St Matthew’s and also our girls attend productions in Wellington.

Mr Davidson also coordinated our annual ballroom dancing lessons. Our Year 9 and 10 students have lessons in Term four and combine with the boys from Rathkeale College.

Outside the Classroom

Masterton boasts excellent dance and drama schools and amateur theatre. Many of our girls attend lessons in their own time. It is an important culture among our girls and they regularly feature in local productions in lead roles.