Arts and Culture

The Cullinane College Music department focuses on modern Music with particular studies of Jazz, Rock, Artistic Music creation and New Zealand Music History.

Music lessons are available with experienced tutors in guitar and bass guitar, percussion and drums, brass and other instruments when available. The College is also associated with out of school tutors for private practice and exams.

During the College’s history our students have been most successful both academically and within the community, winning multiple first placings in local and national competitions such as Rock Quest, Pacifica Beats and Secondary School Jazz Concerts. The Cullinane College Music Department is a proven pathway to tertiary music study with Alumni completing Degrees at Victoria University and other Tertiary Institutions.

The Cullinane College Art Department offers comprehensive courses in Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Audio Visual and Design. Students taking part in these areas have access to a wide range of modern facilities, including a fully operational recording suite.

Alongside these visual media, the College also supports a Drama and Dance Department allowing students to learn the finer points of dance and drama.

Within the Arts, the three departments host Café Concerts and support each other in performance events.

Te Ngākau o Te Awa

Cullinane College has a very successful Kapa Haka team – Te Ngakau O Te Awa (the heart of the river) which has been the regional Kapa Haka champions for consecutive years since 2006. They are proactive within the wider community and regularly perform to support local organizations and events.

The Maori Performing Arts programme is one of the important aspects of Cullinane College, as it encompasses our special culture, our ‘taha Maori’. In this way our students experience our Maori culture in a whanau, family, orientated environment.