The Arts

The Arts enrich our lives. They are powerful forms of expression that recognise, value, and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand. Through movement, sound, and image, the Arts transform people’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate layered meaning. 

Learning in, through, and about the Arts stimulates creative action and response by engaging and connecting thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings.

Otamatea High School Arts:  Drama, Music and Visual Arts.


Junior Arts

Year 7 & 8 students rotate around Drama, Music and Art during the year.

They spend approximately i term or 13 week blocks in each of the arts subjects depending on how many junior classes there are.

Year 9 students choose two of these option subjects which run as a half year semester.

Year 10 arts subjects are chosen as a ‘whole year’ option.

Senior Arts


As students perform, they learn to analyse and respond to different forms of drama and theatre. They gain a deeper appreciation of their rich cultural heritage, language, and new power to examine attitudes, behaviors’, and values and extend to communication of complex ideas and concepts.


In senior music students initially focus on the three main areas of performing, composition, and music analysis. From this foundation in Level 1, students in Level 2 & 3 are able to choose standards and courses that suit their own unique skill sets.

Visual Arts                       

The Visual Arts Department is offering a range of senior art curriculum areas. Each area offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to explore their artistic learning.

Level 1 is practical art which has an emphasis on painting and printmaking.

Level 2 and 3 specialises in painting and photography.


The Arts Department is dedicated to facilitating creativity.

Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa.

Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder.


Please contact Rebecca Clist, HELA of Arts at for more details.

Please visit our OTA Arts Facebook page