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At Tararua College, an education in the Arts is valued for its role in preparing students for life beyond school. Whether students wish to become effective practitioners/performers, develop literacy in the Arts so as to become appreciative members of an audience, or use their acquired skills and knowledge to gain entry to tertiary level Arts courses, the College provides a comprehensive Arts programme in 4 disciplines:
The Tararua College Music Department is a hive of industry. Over 120 students learn a musical instrument through our in-school tuition programme. Our tutors are of a very high standard enabling us to offer a wide range of choice: Tuition in 13 instruments, from drums to piccolo, is available. The College has both concert and stage bands who play at school and community occasions. There are a number of rock bands, some of who enter into national competitions. We offer vocal tuition and the opportunity to join one of our choirs.
This is a popular choice at the college, with 160 students each year learning at Year 9 through to Year 13. In senior classes, students specialise in Painting, Photography or Design. Other disciplines are taught where demand is evidenced.
The Visual Art Department has a brand new studio with superb facilities, including a spacious and well-equipped darkroom and state-of-the-art computer graphics suite.
A purpose-built Drama Suite was completed in 2005 to house the growing Drama curriculum taught and school productions at Tararua College. The Department was granted state-of-the-art technology with the latest sound and lighting equipment on the market today. With this equipment came the rigging needed to hold the lighting equipment and speakers. Along with a large wardrobe, rehearsal room, mobile staging and large teaching space, the Suite has a well-resourced lighting den. This lighting room stores a selection of spotlights, fresnel lighting, pendant lighting, a sound desk and lighting board. Students learn to use this equipment for productions and assessments.
Though the Drama Suite is used primarily as a teaching space, it doubles as a mini theatre. Here students can develop their skills in the technical roles of theatre as well as performance.
The Department has equipment that has already catered for three stage productions, a fashion parade and a College ball.
Senior Drama is very strong within the College, with students achieving in both performance and technical NCEA Achievement Standards. Students experience a variety of Drama forms and technologies such as make-up, lighting, improvisation, clowning and mask. Drama at Tararua College takes a process-based approach where students learn to develop their ideas in group situations.
Drama as an extra-curricular activity is also thriving with a variety of performances and trips to theatres in the area.
Year 9 and 10 classes are taught in Form Classes. There are three Form Classes per year level.
In 2009, the Department trialled the Secondary Numeracy Project (NumP), and formally entered this program by signing a contract with the Ministry, in 2010.
We offer maths courses to all levels, including Level 3 Maths with Statistics. Maths with Calculus is offered via video conferencing with several schools in the Wairarapa.
The Mathematics Department is professional, hard-working and experienced. It operates in a friendly, collegial and mutually supportive environment and is well-resourced.
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Science students follow the New Zealand Curriculum with many extension activities which keep inquisitive and bright young minds satisfied. Students and staff regularly go on outings to enhance Curriculum learning and to expose students to real-life situations. Visits typically include: The Science Roadshow, Te Manawa and/or Mt Bruce.
Senior students can specialise their study into either Chemistry, Physics, or Biology
Students are encouraged to take part in the CREST programme, in which they choose a topic of interest to research.
This international science quiz is well supported by Tararua College students.
Field work is an important part of Senior Geography. Annual trips take place to Tongariro National Park, Rotorua and Waitomo. Year 11 students annually participate in Regional Geography Competitions.
Research is an essential component in Senior History. Field trips to Wellington Libraries (Victoria University, the Law Library, the National Archives and the Central Library) take place, and give students the opportunity to gather primary and secondary sources for their internal assessments.
Various humanitarian and political conferences are also offered by the Social Studies Department, such as CHOGM and Model United Nations. This year, (2012) Hannah Field (Year 12) was chosen as a delegate in the 22 strong delegate team, to represent NZ as at THIMUN (the Hague). She will visit 6 countries as a result.
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