Cultural and Performing Arts

Culture and the Performing Arts are very much alive and thriving at Mountainview High School. Our Arts and Culture programmes allow our students to build confidence and develop a huge range of skills by participating in our Musical Production, Mahi Toi (Music, Drama, Art), Māori Performing Arts, and Te Reo Māori programmes. Regardless of you chosen disciplines, we offer a range of opportunities for students to explore the rich tapestry of the Performing and Cultural Arts pathways Aotearoa has to offer.

School Production (Musicals)

Mountainview High School has a strong tradition in school musicals. It has produced acclaimed seasons of Man of La Mancha, , Footloose, Loserville, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Moana. These performances allow students to hone their skills in stage performance, set creation, lighting, sound engineering and orchestral accompaniment. Mountainview High School has proud tradition of high quality school musicals. Providing an opportunity for students of all abilities to be involved in the performing arts.

Kapa Haka

We have a vibrant and active Kapa Haka team that performs regularly within school and the local community, including Flava Festival and Manu Kōrero. Student range from Year 9 through to Year 13 and the group operates with a strong belief in the concept of tuakana-teina.

Jazz Band

The Mountainview High School Jazz Band is a traditional big band that performs regularly for the public. Some of the events the band performs for are weddings, special occasions, schools, open-air concerts and cruise ship arrivals. A regular fixture on the school calendar is the Jazz Band’s Tour, which is a trip that takes the band away for several days when they perform concerts in different locations around the South Island. The band is open to players of all abilities.

Lunchtime Concerts

The students of Mountainview High School regularly perform lunchtime concerts for the wider student body. These concerts allow individuals and groups to share their music.

Arts Week

The Mountainview High School Arts Week is a week dedicated to showcasing the Arts at Mountainview High School. Multiple opportunities for students to perform for the public occur during the week.

Mounties Got Talent

The annual talent quest at Mountainview High School. This event is hugely popular with both performers and the public. It raises money for a charity of choice and allows performing arts students to show off their high level of skill.

Senior Drama Productions

Senior productions are an extension of classroom Drama.

Theatre Sports

The theatre sports group rehearses weekly and perform several times a year in exchanges with other schools.

National Shakespeare Festival

Mountainview High School regularly enters groups into this competition and has received recognition at a national level.

Kapa Haka

The Mountainview High School Kapa Haka

Tiritiri o the Moana, provides students with the opportunity to connect with and express their Maori identity. It is an important part of our school and regularly leads and performs at formal occasions.

Nga Tiritiri o te Moana
No nga hau e wha, e huihui ai matau i raro i te maru o te tipuna Aroki e.

E tu ana to matau kura kei te whenua mahaki o te iwi humarie, Ngai Tahu e

Te Whanau o te moana

No Tangaroa, Atua o te moana. (Ko) kikorangi te tae o te toto o nga wai kisse!

Te Whanau o te whenua

Nga uri o te whaea Papatuanuku, te tae kowhai e

Te iwi no hiwi

E paa mai a Tawhirimatea no iho nga puke. Ko whero tana tae e
I – a – ha – ha!
Kia whakakotahi nga whare e toru

He whanau mana, he iwi kaha, he kura matauranga

Kia whakaorite e nga akonga katoa

He kura atahua, nga Tiritiri o te Moana
He whanau kotahi tatau

Nga Tiritiri o te Moana
He kura mea angitu e

Mauri ora

Mountainview Haka

From all four winds we merge under one banner, the banner of Aoraki

Upon the land of the humble Ngai Tahu people of which our school stands

The family of the sea
Children of the god of Tangaroa with blood of blue

The family of the land
Children of the mother Papatuanuku with blood of yellow

The family of the hills
Children of the god Tawhirimatea with blood of red

Three families turn to on, a family of pride, strength, knowledge and equalities where we are all treated the same

To a school of beautiful scenery “Tiritiri o te moana”
After all our divisions we come together as one.