Horowhenua College

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The Arts

"Te toi whakairo, ka ihihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe tea o katoa."

"Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder."


The Arts Faculty at Horowhenua College is a thriving and exciting part of College life. Our objective is to provide you with the skills and competencies to be creative and generate ideas about yourselves, your experiences, and to express and communicate ideas in a variety of artistic forms. We employ 8 specialist teachers in the Arts, including itinerant music teachers. Our courses aim to inspire and create confidence in the arts subjects. Our performances are high, with students regularly obtaining Scholarship in Painting, Design and Photography.


We have a state of the art Mac Computer suite for Design and Photography students, large beautifully appointed art rooms (3), a Purpose- built Drama suite, and a Music room and practice rooms for offline Music lessons. Our School Hall is also used for Productions, Talent quests, Stage Challenge (we are top performers in the region) and the SGCNZ Shakespeare Festival.  We celebrate the arts with Nua Arts- an evening of arts performances and entertainment and awards for all things Arts.


Year 13: Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Design, Music, Drama , Scholarship at all disciplines UE accredited NCEA
Year 12: Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Design< Music, Drama NCEA
Year 11: Art, Music, Drama NCEA
Year 10: Music, Drama (half year option), Art (half year or taken as a full year option with HOF approval)
Year 9: Art, Music, Drama (13 week course)


Jeanette Gilroy  - Head of Faculty
Meredith Parkin - Teacher in Charge of Design and Photography
Sam McLean - Teacher in Charge of Drama
Paul Wright - Teacher in Charge of Music
Ann Matthews – Piano, Keyboard and theory
Milton Matahaere – Guitar, Bass and Drums
Nancy Jones – Vocals, Woodwind and orchestral strings