Year 12 Drama (12DRA)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Dryden


Must have completed NCEA Level One Drama, gaining at least 15 credits (as part of the NCEA level 1 Pilot Run in 2022. As many of the assessments are group based, students need to understand that manaakitanga - the care, respect and hospitality of each other is essential. 

NCEA Level Two Drama Continues to place emphasis on practical skills & performance. Influenced by whakapapa and is a way to respond to and share in identity, culture, and perspectives through the art of storytelling, integrating them through the collaborative process.

The course requires an active participation in a range of drama disciplines, enabling students to extend their confidence, knowledge, and skills in performance with the opportunity to explore areas of interest in script writing, directing, theatre design & technology.  

Public performances will feature in the year and consequently demand a high level of personal commitment from the students that will continue to strengthen manaakitanga within the class. Building upon wairuatanga and whakawhanaungatanga; as we explore the relationship between performer and audience in our own work and that of others as we make connections between the world of the drama and our own. 

Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of drama disciplines and experiences, as this course aims to allow students to continue to appreciate and enjoy drama as an interest or as a prospect for further study.

The NCEA Level Two Course is a prerequisite for Level Three Drama.

The Level 2 Standards offered will vary, as the course is designed to meet the needs of the individual.

Please note: For each Achievement Standard supportive evidence is an NCEA requirement. This will be through a range of means e.g., kĊrero, video, audio, and written. Rehearsals may be required outside normal school hours in preparation for production performances. Therefore, key capabilities such as self-discipline, collaboration and communication skills are integral to this highly creative course. 

In addition: Students will have the opportunity to see live performances at a range of local venues to enhance their appreciation of theatre & use towards an external where they are required to Discuss drama elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies within live performance.


Learning Areas:

Expressive Arts

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$50 for workbooks and scripts which are needed during the year. Professional theatre trips and visiting performers will incur an additional cost and will be provided at the time of booking events. The performances are designed to support and prepare the students for their external exam in November.