A traditional school with a contemporary heart

Arts and Cultural Activities
Arts
Music

Southland Boys’ High School offers a variety of opportunities to learn instruments and perform with a large range of groups.

  • Itinerant lessons available for a range of instruments, including Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Strings, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Vocals.
  • Partnership with Southland Pipes and Drumming Development Trust to offer Bagpipe and Snare Drum lessons.
  • Crowd-pleasing choirs, targeted at different levels – Unison (Year 7 and 8), Momentum (Year 9 – 13 for all comers) and Dimensions (Year 9 – 13 for auditioned members).
  • Integration of music technology – Digital Audio Workstations and Notation Software are an important component of courses.
  • Multiple performance opportunities each year.
Drama

Southland Boys’ High School offers a variety of opportunities to foster both individual expression and cooperative teamwork.

  • Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition.
  • Annual Junior (Year 7 – 10) and Senior (Year 11 – 13) Productions in conjunction with Southland Girls’ High School.
  • Multiple performance opportunities each year.
Theatre Tech

Southland Boys’ High School recognises that there is scope for students’ personal development within the Arts – both onstage and behind the scenes.

  • Lighting, Sound, Properties, Make-Up and Set Design are integral across a range of performances.
  • Senior Students run technical aspects of school assemblies.
  • Senior Students run technical aspects of school productions.
Culture
Pasifica – Toa Moana

Each year Toa Moana participates in Murihiku Polyfest and other school and community events. 

Students from Year 7 to 13 are encouraged and supported to participate and learn about performance and culture. 

Lead by the students, for the students, with the support of kaiako, Toa Moana is about uplifting Pasifika students to realise their potential, through their culture and the culture of others.

Kapahaka –  Te Ara Hou ki Mua

Kapahaka at Southland Boys’ High School is a source of pride for all involved. 

Each year we compete at Te Houtonga, the Otago/Southland Secondary Schools Kapahaka Regionals.

Our Southland Boys’ High roopu has grown over the years from 4 boys to 21 at our last competition. To compete at Te Houtonga, we combine with Southland Girls’ High School to form our full roopu.

Growing participation and fostering a sense of whānau within the roopu is at the forefront of kapahaka. As a vehicle for learning Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga, it is the perfect context for many to experience te reo and strengthen the level of reo they have. 

Kapahaka is about taking pride in our māoritanga and showcasing our unique and beautiful culture here in Aotearoa.

(Photo credit: Mel and James Jubb - Envious Photography)