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
Junior and Senior Choir
Ukulele Band
Marimba Band
Jazz Band and Jazz Combo
Chamber Ensembles
String Group
Premier Concert Band
Dunstan's Band
Years 7, 8 and 9 Music Institute
School of Rock

Music Institute Academic Pathway
Below is a pathway that we hope the majority of students enrolled in the Music Institute may be interested and keen to follow. It will result in the students gaining a large number of NCEA credits from Year 10 and on. I think it is a very exciting opportunity for the boys!  
There is no additional pressure involved as the boys are learning a great deal from their practical musical involvement which directly relates to their academic music learning.

Year 7 Music Institute
Year 8 Music Institute
Year 9 Music Institute, boys do Year 10 music work two periods a week, with one period for their Band or String class.

As above
Year 10 Music Institute, boys complete some or all Level 1 Music standards, with one period a week for their Band or String class.

As above
Year 11 Institute class complete Level 2 NCEA with one period a week for their Band or String class.

As above
Year 12 Institute class complete Level 3 NCEA standards

As above
Year 13 Institute class complete additional Level 3 NCEA standards and possibly a Stage 1 University Music paper.

Annual Music Events

School Fair, with two Music programmes running all day
Legends School Talent competition
Walter Kirby Solo and Group Competition
‘Simply the Best’, annual Showcase concert of our groups and soloists

Music Department Staff
Mr Nino Sloser Head of Department  
Years 7 to 13
Ms Helen Klaassen            Years 7 to 10