Arts & Cultural Activities

Whanganui Intermediate has a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved in the arts and often compete at regional competitions. We have a Performing Arts Centre built to meet the needs of our students in music, drama and dance. The centre is equipped with full range of musical instruments and includes a full suite of electronic keyboards.

Music tuition is offered on a range of instruments.

All students have the opportunity to be involved in the school production or festival of the arts.

Roz Armstrong is in charge of Performing Arts while Stacey Hildreth takes charge of Visual Arts. They are also supported by a number of classroom teachers with a passion for the arts.

Wearable Arts

Students can apply to take part in the wearable arts competition, held annually. Supported by our Art teacher Mrs Hildreth, students create an outfit and a performance to fulfill a brief set by the hosting school. Students work on their project during afternoon extension times. Whanganui Intermediate won the Super Arts Wearable Arts competition "At the Bottom of the Garden" in 2017.


Whanganui Intermediate School puts on a full school production every two years (odd years) and a smaller production in even years. In 2015 we put on a spectacular production of Hairspray which involved a large number of students from across the school and followed this up in 2016 with a smaller scale (but no less incredible) production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In the past we have also put on an Arts Festival in which all clusters create their own mini production with each class producing their own part. In 2014 our theme for the Arts Festival was Let's Go to the Movies.

Students from the Rimu Cluster performing in the 2014 Arts Festival at the Opera House.


Miss Armstrong runs the Boomwhackers musical group. Boomwhackers are lightweight, hollow, plastic tubes, tuned to musical pitches by length. They are played by hitting them against the floor or a hard surface and songs are created by playing them in sequence.
Students learn how to play the boomwhackers as part of their music lessons and talented players can join the Boomwhackers performance group who have played as part of the arts festival.

Boomwhackers in action


Teams of dancers from Whanganui Intermediate School take part in the SuperArts dance competition in Palmerston North. Miss Dent usually takes responsibility for organising this group. Students are expected to choreograph and perform two dances which fulfill the criteria for the year.


Whanganui Intermediate School has an excellent school choir and won the Superarts choir competition in 2014. Practices are held during afternoon extension times.

Kapa Haka

Our school Kapa Haka group performs at school functions and in the community. Practice sessions are usually held one afternoon a week.

Chess Club