Art Programmes

Otago Boys’ High School prides itself on creating cultural opportunities for students to explore The Arts.

As well as curriculum based options students are invited to take part in the following extra curricula activities.

Kapa Haka

Wairua Pūhou is our combined Otago Girls’ and Otago Boys’ kapa haka and is open to any students in years 9 – 13, Māori and non-Māori. We do a range of different performances throughout the year often competing in competitions. Wairua Pūhou gives students the opportunity to learn and practice te reo me ngā tikānga Māori (the Māori language and culture).

Teacher in Charge: Brent Matehaere

Theatre Sports/Drama

An increased number of our boys are taking part in a local Secondary Schools Theatre Sports group which meets regularly at different schools.

Teacher in Charge: Adrienne Buckingham

School Production

Set design
Backstage and front of house

Pacific Island Cultural Group

Cultural Chords

The Cultural Chords is a combined Pasifika choir with Otago Girls High School. This is the forth year the group has been together. They have performed at assemblies and community events with the highlight of the year being the Big Sing competition. The choir is open to all students with practices starting at the end of term one and throughout term two.

Empire Cultural Group

Empire is the combined Otago Boys’ High School and Otago Girls' High School Pasifika Cultural Group. The group performs traditional Pasifika songs and dances. The group has performed at a number of Otago Polyfets and community events. Practices will start at the end of term two and is open to all students.

Pasifika Homework Club

The Pasifika Homework Club is an academic mentoring program aimed at raising Pacific student achievement. Every Wednesday after school (3.30-5.00) Pasifika Old Boys' commute to OBHS to assist with homework, assignments and offer general study tips. They also offer seminars on academic skills such as essay writing and exam prep.

  • This has been a very successful program for a number of reasons:
  • Students work in a relaxed and fun environment.
  • Tutors share their experiences and are relatable to our Pasifika students.
  • OBHS staff are on hand to assist the tutors
  • Provides academic role models for our Pasifika students to aspire to.


Band performances
Local and National competitions
O.B.H.S. Battle of the Bands

Debating/Public Speaking

Debating competitions are a regular part of inter-school programme.

Public Speaking classes are offered to boys on a weekly basis during lunchtimes. Students, if they wish, can enter for the New Zealand Certificate in Professional Speaking examination.