For those who just love to sing – students from all levels join this choir which sings in the Secondary Schools’ Music Festival and at various other school functions. Membership of this choir aims to build student self-confidence and the ability to hold a part.

Chamber Music

Students who play instruments suitable for Chamber Music may be selected to join a group. Every effort is made to combine students of a similar age and ability. An annual inter-school competition is available for those who wish to enter.


Junior and senior students may opt for involvement in drama productions apart from drama in the curriculum. For seniors there is an annual major production – involvement is by audition. A wide variety of drama is presented in the King’s and Queen’s Auditorium.

Hip Hop / Dance

Hip Hop is an extracurricular activity students can participate in at Queen’s High School. The crews compete regionally and nationally and have enjoyed success over the many years the activity has been available.

Hip Hop is a chance for students to pursue their love of dance, meet new friends and compete as a team in Dunedin and around New Zealand.

Auditions are held late in Term 1 and training and performances run throughout Term 2 and 3.

Jazz Band

Queen B and the Swing Kings form the joint Queen’s and King’s High School jazz band. Students who play brass, saxophone, drums, piano, clarinet, guitar or sing may be invited to join the band. They play at many events during the year and there is an annual trip to an music festival in Blenheim.

Kapa Haka

Our school kapa haka group, He Waka Kōtuia, is a combined group with King’s High School for those who have a passion for Māori performing arts. Practices take place throughout the year and the group participates in many community events such as the Otago Schools Māori and Pacific Festival (Polyfest) , Te Hautoka (Otago/Southland secondary schools kapa haka competition) and Ngā Manu Kōrero (Māori speech competition).

He Waka Kōtuia is tutored by community members who give our students the opportunity to learn waiata and stories from the mana whenua. 

He Waka Kōtuia are the current winners of Te Hautoka, the Otago/Southland secondary schools’ kapa haka competition.  They have competed in the last four National Secondary Schools’ competitions in Whangarei, Gisborne, Napier and Palmerston North.


An auditioned choir for those with a passion for singing at an excellent level, the Queen’s Madrigal Group performs at inter-school competitions and other important Queen’s events. They have also travelled to take part in international festivals in the past.

Musical Production

Students from all levels join with King’s High School students for the presentation of an annual musical production in the King’s and Queen’s auditorium.


Students who have mastered the basic skills of an instrument, whether learned through school or not, may be invited to take part in the Queen’s Orchestra. There are regular practices towards performances at important school events.

Pasifika Performance

Queen’s students with an interest in Pacific Island cultures work together to enjoy each other’s company and various cultures and to present these cultures at annual festivals, especially the Polyfest. Meetings and practices take place at lunch times and after school throughout the year.

Our Queen’s Pacific Island culture group is combined with King’s High School.  “The Royals” perform at community events throughout the year, including the Otago Schools’ Maori and Pacific Island festival.  They are tutored by ex-Queen’s students and other community members.

Rock Quest

This is an annual competition between high school bands. Students need to work with others in writing and performing their own music. Competition takes part in the first part of the year but students may continue with their band throughout the year, with assistance from music teachers if they wish.

Shakespeare Festival

Those with an appreciation of Shakespeare beyond that taught in the classroom may join in a group to take part in an annual inter-school Shakespeare Festival.

Stage Challenge

This eagerly anticipated annual inter-school challenge may involve students from any level. It involves student leadership in music and dance towards performing publicly in this dance/drama medium. There are both auditioned and non-auditioned roles available.

Stage Challenge is New Zealand's largest and longest-running youth performing arts event.  Stage Challenge aims to motivate young people to engage in positive and healthy lifestyles while providing an opportunity to be part of a professional performing arts event that will provide a lasting memory.

Queen’s takes part biennially in the Otago Secondary Schools Stage Challenge and this provides a fabulous opportunity for our students to think creatively, get involved in a fun, artistic extracurricular activity and meet new people across all year levels at school.

Theatre Sports

When there is student demand, Theatre Sports teams are formed to take part in a variety of inter-school and inter-club Theatre Sports competitions. There is ample opportunity for practice of skills throughout the school year.

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