Our specialist staff are dedicated to excellence in the performing arts which are a thriving part of life at Christ’s College. From music to drama and film-making, boys enjoy many opportunities to develop their creative talents.
In music, the school has a strong choral tradition with an exceptional Chapel Choir that enjoys a national reputation. For instrumentalists, there are concert, jazz and rock bands, along with an orchestra and chamber music groups. Weekly congregational singing practices and annual House Music Festival involve all boys in music.
A large number of boys also take part in drama each year as actors, improvisers, directors, lighting and set designers and production assistants. In addition to the House Play Festival, there are two major musical and dramatic productions in collaboration with the two independent Christchurch girls' schools, Rangi Ruru and St Margaret's College. Christ's College has won many awards in a wide range of inter-school festivals. Facilities for drama are outstanding, including a modern 212 seat theatre as well as the 1200 seat school auditorium for large scale productions.
Film and Television
There is an inter-house Short Film Competition for film enthusiasts, in addition to major film productions. Christ's College boys also film and present QTV a weekly news show during term time.
There are two ways of becoming involved in debating at College. Interhouse competitions are run at both senior and junior levels, with the junior competition beginning in Term 2. Teams for this competition will be organised by a senior boy in your house. Several junior inter-school teams will also be chosen. The teacher in charge of debating is Ms Rayward.
Young New Zealanders' Challenge (The Duke of Edinburgh's Award)
Year 10 boys may join this scheme to achieve the Bronze Award. Many Year 11 boys go on to complete the Silver Award and some senior boys complete the Gold Award. The scheme promotes physical and social development, and is open to all boys. Mr Harris is the master-in-charge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
All boys are encouraged to participate in the wide range of activities that operate on Saturday mornings. Those who do not have a regular school sporting commitment on Saturday MUST elect to do one of the activities available. The activities offered may change from term to term, determined by seasonal factors and the availability of expertise. Activities on offer at the moment include art, chess, cooking, music, model making, rock climbing, role playing, TheatreSports and weight training. Mr Holland is in charge of allocating boys to Saturday morning activities.