The Visual Arts at Sacred Heart College constitute a wide range of fields, including painting, photography, design and electronic media and film. Students become increasingly literate in the Visual Arts as they learn from example, practise ways of working, and explore and reflect on the conceptual, perceptual and practical processes of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and time-based art.

Students learn in, through and about the various forms and processes of the Visual Arts. Through practical work and a study of others’ art, they learn to make objects and images, to source and develop ideas, and to communicate and interpret meaning. They come to understand visual artworks as social and historical texts as they investigate the contexts in which the visual arts are made, used and valued.

Education in the Visual Arts at Sacred Heart College includes the art forms of all cultures, past and present. It is the role of the Art Department to give meaningful Art education for the purpose of further education or personal growth, depending upon the needs of the student.

Art is compulsory from Years 7 to 9 and elective from Years 10 to 13.

Year-level Overview

Year 7
Drawing skills – still life, tone, etc.
Painting skills – colour wheel
Sculpture – waharoa
Research project – own artist
Design – own personal symbol

Year 8
Drawing skills – still life, tone and line, perspective, form, etc.
Painting skills – still life
Design – letter work, medieval
Research Project – own portrait artist, drawing faces
Design- stained-glass window

Year 9
Drawing skills – still life
Painting skills – still life
Design – positive/negative animal letter
Mosaic project

Year 10
Sculpture project on Catholic character
Design project
Painting project

Art is a subject which is very relevant to contemporary career opportunities and our students have found themselves working in the areas of television and film, advertising, architecture, computing, and Internet-related businesses, as well as the traditional Fine Arts paths.

Art Department Staff

Mr Marc Petersen  Head of Department
Year 10 Art
Years 12 and 13, Photography 
Miss Erin McWilliams             Years 7, 8 and 11, Art
Years 12 and 13, Painting 
Miss Daisy Jackson Years 8 to 11, Art
Years 12 and 13, Design 
Mrs Larissa Embleton Years 7 to 10, Art
Years 12 and 13, Design 
Years 12 adn 13, Photography


Music is the researched and known 'brain development’ subject. It is made up of language, science, maths and practical fun performance; these all serve to increase the number of left and right brain cell connections. Students will be more intelligent and better coordinated should they study Music. A research team exploring the link between music and intelligence reports that "music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasonsing skills necessary for learning maths and science". Dr Frances Rauscher and Dr Gordon Shaw, Neurological Research, University of California at Irvine.

The Sacred Heart College Music Department offers a wide variety of musical opportunity for all students with Music classes from Year 7 through to senior NCEA level, itinerant instrument and vocal lessons. Also there is a huge number of performing opportunities available in competitions and events in and outside the school.

Sacred Heart Music Groups
Year 7 to 10 Music Institute for Singing, Strings and Bands
Premier Concert Band
Dunstan's Band
Sacred Heart College Chorale
Junior Choir 
Chamber Orchestra
Piano Quintet
Jazz Band
Jazz Combo
School of Rock

Music Institute 
The Music Institute was initiated in 2015 and has been very successful. The Music Institute consists of students participating in a band/string group class and also taking an instrument lesson. With guidance from Sacred Heart College music professionals, students can choose from 16 instruments to learn; violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, bassoon, french horn, oboe, euphonium, percussion or singing.

For more information, please see the Music Institute page.

Annual Music Events

School Fair, with two Music programmes running all day
Legends School Talent competition
Walter Kirby Solo and Group Competition
Aannual Showcase concert of our groups and soloists

Music Department Staff
Mr Edwin Randell Head of Department
Ms Helen Klaassen         Teacher-in-Charge of Junior Music
Ms Julia Burdon Music Secretary