Jazz Band
Senior Choir
Jazz Band
Jazz Band


• Instrumental and Vocal Tuition
• School Music Groups
• Performance Opportunities

At Sacred Heart College students have the opportunity to participate in many extracurricular musical activities.

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition is held during the school day.  We have a fabulous line-up of Itinerant Music teachers who come to our school once a week to teach their specialty instrument.

We offer lessons in: Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Piano and Voice.

Students come out of class for one 30 minute lesson per week. The lesson times are rotated so students miss only a small portion of each subject. Arrangements can be made for senior students to be taught during specified times, such as study periods, before or after school, or lunchtime.

Each of our fabulous tutors are active participants in the greater Wellington music scene and have years of teaching experience:

Frankie Curac:  saxophone, clarinet and group flute
HyeWon Kim:  violin
Cory Champion:  drums
Cath Haley:  singing
Matthew Stein:  trumpet, bass guitar and guitar
Rebecca Warnes: cello
Carole Taylor:  private piano
Fiona McCabe:  private singing
Anna Prasannan:  private flute

Tuition Costs: 

Sacred Heart College offers lessons in two ways, Ministry funded lessons and Private funded lessons.

The school has a limited number of Ministry of Education funded itinerant lesson hours. 

Preference for Ministry of Education funded lessons is given to those students who show enthusiasm and commitment to Music both in the classroom and through extra-curricular music activities at Sacred Heart. These lessons are taught in small groups of 2-7 students. This provides a social and friendly environment to begin a new instrument.

Private lessons give students the opportunity to have their musical ability nurtured and developed. These lessons help grow each student into a sensitive, disciplined and confident person. We strongly encourage Option Music students (Year 10 – 13) to take private lessons, to receive in-depth preparation for the academic Music course.
Note: these lessons are also available to any student at Sacred Heart College, whether they are taking Music as a subject or not.

Instruments for hire:

The school has violins, celli, flutes, clarinets trumpets and saxophones for hire if you require it. The cost is $100 per year. 

School Music Groups:

To further nurture each student's musical ability we offer a wide range of music groups. Playing in a group is a fun way to help motivate students through musical interactions with peers. Singing and playing together grows students' musical knowledge, helps refine technique, develops leadership skills and learn to have fun with music.

  • Senior Choir, directed by Rosemary Russell
  • Junior Choir, directed by Rosemary Russell and senior voice students
  • Orchestra, directed by Rosemary Russell
  • Jazz Band, directed by Mike Isaacs
  • Barbershop, directed by Rosemary Russell
  • String Quartet and other Chamber Music combinations, coordinated by Rosemary Russell
  • Rock Bands, self-directed

Performance Opportunities:

Music Performances give students the opportunity to show their peers, family and friends what they have been working on. Students have the opportunity to perform in a wide range of settings, including the Big Sing Choral Festival, Jazz Festival, Rockquest, the National Chamber Music Competition, the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival, NCEA Performance assessments, assemblies and liturgies.

This week ...

Practice Exams Week

Friday, 20 September

7.00pm - St Bernard's Yr 9/10 Dance

Saturday, 21 September

Sunday, 22 September

- Yr 12 Ski Trip

Looking ahead ...

Monday, 23 September

- Yr 12 Ski Trip
8.30am - Yr 13 Art Deco Trip
3.30pm - Debating Club

Tuesday, 24 September

- Yr 12 Ski Trip
- Yr 13 Art Deco Trip
8.45am - Yr 9/10 EPro8 Trip
9.00am - Ki-o-rahi Senior Tournament

Wednesday, 25 September

- Yr 12 Ski Trip
- Yr 13 Art Deco Trip
8.45am - Yr 11 Police Museum Trip
8.45am - Yr 12 Employment Plunket
1.00pm - Swimming Cup Relay
3.30pm - Māori Achieve
3.30pm - Homework Club
6.00pm - Solo Music Performances (PAC)
7.00pm - Board of Trustees Meeting (Library)

Thursday, 26 September

8.45am - Yr 12 Employment Plunket
12.45pm - Yr 12 Callaghan Science Trip
3.30pm - Big Sister Programme

Friday, 27 September

11.30am - Mountain Bike Trip
12.45pm - Yr 12 Callaghan Science Trip

Saturday, 28 September

- Mountain Bike Trip

Sunday, 29 September

Tuvaluan Language Week Starts
- Mountain Bike Trip