Students at KVC are provided with every opportunity to display their talents through the many Cultural and Arts activities that are an integral part of our school. They include drama, debating, public speaking, Stage Challenge, kapa haka, school productions, school orchestra, choir, Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival, theatresports and many more.

Specialist and experienced teachers offer some really exciting initiatives. This has resulted in an increasing number of students showing an interest in studying Music, Drama and Visual Art with many going on to tertiary study or practise in the community.

Students wishing to learn how to play a musical instrument are able to do so, and the number who are confident to perform on stage is flourishing. Drama forms a regular part of the school curriculum and can be pursued to senior and Scholarship levels. Performance opportunities are created within the class, school productions, and talent quests.

One of the school’s strategic goals is the ongoing development of strong cultural groups including kapa haka. Part of that goal is the development of strong links to our local Araiteuru Marae. This group will perform on regular occasions throughout the year. The school welcomes new staff and students with a mihi whakatau.

Debating and public speaking are very much encouraged at the school and, likewise, form part of the regular curriculum. Speech contests are an annual feature.

All students have the opportunity to learn an instrument through teachers who visit the school. There is a cost involved for lessons and details of this are available by contacting Mrs Thompson.

  • Flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, and double bass are all available for hire at a reasonable annual cost.
  • Contemporary voice, keyboard, guitar, bass and drum kit are also taught.

Music Events


We have a young orchestra of around 20 who regularly perform outside of the school.

Chamber Music

Each year several groups enter the Secondary School Competition.

Rock and Pop Music

Rooms in the Music Block are used regularly during intervals and lunchtimes for bands and singers to rehearse. 

Ukulele Group

A group of Year 7 and 8 students spend one lunch time a week playing and singing with one of our ukulele playing science teachers.

Play It Live

This is an annual celebration of live music in our school, mostly original music.

KVC Talent Quest

This is held annually. This includes entertainment of a wider nature.

Secondary School Music Festival

Singers and instrumentalists contribute to the combined choir and orchestra in this Otago-wide annual music festival.

Drama and musical productions have always been highlights of the school year. The school has its own theatre and dance studio and has enjoyed success in cultural competitions including being national finalists in the annual Shakespeare Festival and regular prize winners in the Smokefree Stage Challenge. Each year large numbers of Kaikorai Valley College students from Years 7 to 13 prepare for and participate in either a school production or wearable arts awards enjoying the teamwork, cooperation and sense of achievement involved.

Stage Challenge provides a chance for KVC students to showcase their performing talents. It involves students creating an original and spectacular piece of work (6-8 minutes) dance, designing and building sets, costume design, lighting, drama and performance which reflects a theme of their choice and interest.

At KVC our Stage Challenge students (Year 7 -13) don’t have to be professional dancers, performers, designers or production managers – they just need passion for participating and having fun! Everyone is welcome!