The Arts

The ARTs at Henderson Valley School

‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’ Maya Angelou


Henderson Valley School provides a performing arts programme for all students, consisting of four half day sessions for every class, each term, run by our passionate specialist teacher Mrs Olivia Gibbs. These sessions cover dance, drama and music all of which are disciplines from the Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum.


During these sessions, students are given the opportunity to perform individually, in small groups and as a whole class. Encouraging them to take risks, try something new and build confidence while increasing their understanding of the fundamentals of this curriculum area.

The Performing Arts are regarded as playing an important role in fostering creativity, encouraging self-expression, nurturing talent, building self-esteem, developing self-management skills and encouraging teamwork.

Students learn these skills through a range of varied and fun activities that include singing, dancing, playing and learning about instruments, composing music and creating dramatic performances.


Along with these lessons each term, students also have the opportunity to join our extracurricular groups which are all run by an enthusiastic team of teachers.

Choir led by Mrs Michelle Bone:

2021 Choir - for Year 3-6 children. Practices are during school time on Wednesdays

Ukulele Group led by Mrs Lis Keal

2021 Ukulele Group - for Years 3-6 children. Practices are on a Wednesday lunchtime at 12.00


‘The arts develop the artistic and aesthetic dimensions of human experience. They contribute to our intellectual ability and to our social, cultural, and spiritual understandings. They are an essential element of daily living and of lifelong learning.’

The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum