About the School
First week of the April School Holidays – Saturday April 19th to Sunday April 27th, 2014.
The National Youth Drama School is held annually at Havelock North High School in beautiful Hawkes Bay, New Zealand providing innovative, quality tuition through a wide range of classes.
Students have the experience of working with tutors of exceptional calibre, who work professionally both in New Zealand and overseas.
Students aged from 15 to 19 (we will accept 14 year olds on the recommendation of a teacher) come from all over New Zealand and beyond, to learn about theatre and film, connect with others who share the same passion and have fun.
The school features a range of fulltime courses. Some courses concentrate on one main Home Group, others work on one main Home Group and experience a ‘taste’ of two other classes.
Career choice information is a component of the Daily School Meeting, held after lunch. This may involve hearing a guest speaker, a tutor or another form of thought provoking presentation.
During the week all students attend drama related evening activities, allowing them to socialise in a friendly, informal environment.
Parents, friends and supporters are encouraged to view the students' workat our public "Sharings of Work" on the final Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday morning. These "Sharings" are not intended to be professional performances, but an example of what the students have been learning during the week. Admittance to the "Sharings of Work" is by koha and is open to all.Details of public performances will be included in the March newsletter (see the application page).
Kelie Jensen, Administrator
Kelie is excited to be working with the NYDS team and to be a part of something so inspiring. She is an arts administrator, actress, playwright and producer. She has a BBS from Massey University, a BFA in Drama from the University of Calgary in Canada and has studied at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and Company of Rogues Actors Studio in Calgary. Kelie is proud to have worked as General Manager and Artistic Associate with Sage Theatre in Calgary and as Associate Publisher with Alberta Views – Canada’s Magazine of the Year in 2009. She has also worked professionally in Canadian theatre and film. Selected acting credits include Sawda in Scorched, Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine and Karen in JUMP / CUT, as well as a role in award-winning Canadian director Gary Burn’s feature film The Future is Now. Kelie returned “home” to Hawke’s Bay in 2011 where she now lives with her husband and two kids.
Claire Keys, Artistic Director
Claire was a student of NYDS in it's inaugural year and has since returned as assistant tutor, assistant AD and now AD. She has a passion for the learning and development of students at the drama school and is very honoured to be in the position to enable this tradition to continue. She is a graduate of the New Zealand College of Performing Arts, Victoria University, and Wellington College of Education. Claire has been a director for HaBYT since it's inception and has travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the play Desperate Antics. She has two beautiful children and a wonderful husband.
The school runs a shuttle from the Napier Airport and the Hastings Bus Depot at regular intervals on the days of arival and departure.
The school also runs a free daily bus service to HNHS, for students who stay or live in the Napier, Taradale and Hastings areas. The service commences Saturday evening. Students who wish to use this service meet with the bus drivers immediately after the Opening Ceremony to determine a suitable route.
To use either the arrival / departure shuttle or the daily shuttle, students must provide details to the Administrator before March 15th, 2014.
We maintain a register of suitable local billet families. The fee to be billeted is $85 and students must have their application in before March 15, 2014. Billet families are asked to provide daily breakfast as well as dinner on the first Saturday and Tuesday nights. Billet families may also be willing to provide a packed lunch, and depending on where they are located in relations to the school, may be able t offer evening meals.
Students can also choose to stay in the Hostel at Hereworth School, a local boarding school. This is situated immediately opposite Havelock North High School on Te Mata Road. The Hostel is well supervised and comfortable and students sleep in a dormitory. The fee of $395.00 includes breakfast and dinner, but NOT lunch.
The HNHS Canteen is open for lunch, morning and afternoon teas during NYDS and offer healthy options at a reasonable cost. Havelock North village is a 10-15 minute walk from HNHS down a main thoroughfare and offers several takeaway options for dinner as well as a supermarket with deli.
- Hereworth School and Havelock North High are smokefree zones, this includes the school grounds
- No alcohol, cigarettes, or illicit substances.
- Meal times will be posted, you are required to fill in the sign out book if you are unable to be there on time.
- Boarders will have access to the Dormitories, Ablutions and Dining Room, ALL other areas of Hereworth School are out of bounds.
- The Dormitory will be locked during the school day to protect your property. A duty supervisor will be available for emergency access only.
- A curfew will be set to accommodate Drama School evening functions. All students are required to be back at the hostel in time for the curfew.
- No student will be allowed to stay overnight elsewhere unless prior arrangement has been made by parents.
- Respect other students and their property.
- Respect the authority of the Supervisors.
- There will be one adult supervisor to every 8-10 students.
- These rules are set for your protection. Students failing to meet the required standard of behaviour will be sent home at the expense of their parents.
A first aid kit will be on-site at all times and administered by an adult holding a current first aid certificate. Emergency medical facilities are located within one kilometre of the school.
- A sleeping bag or equivalent and a pillow.
- Comfortable clothing - you will need at least one pair of stretch pants or shorts and a tee shirt for most classes. Think comfort and flexibility, NOT fashion.
- Toilet gear.
- A BIG SMILE.
- Leave all valuables at home.
What students say...
“I just wanted to say how much fun I had at NYDS this year. It was the best experience of my life- so thank you to you and all that went into creating such an amazing school.”
- Vanessa Immink, 2010
“I enjoyed my time at national Youth Drama School. I thought all the classes were fun, I learnt heaps and the tutors were great!”
- Ashleigh Blair, Acting for Screen, 2007
What parents say...
“I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone at NYDS. My son arrived at Drama School a nervous wreck. I can not count the amount of ways he tried to get out of going over the 24 hours before it started”
Your staff were welcoming, caring, aware. He returned a week later a changed boy. He has gained a confidence within himself. He has realised that he can make friends. He has found people the same as him - and all this has happened in a safe environment in which to grow. He is so keen to come back next year and is so bitterly disappointed that it is the same time as a school trip overseas. Please understand that you have done more than teach drama, you have opened up a whole new world for my son..THANK YOU.”
”I just wanted to let you know how much our whole family, and Amy in particular, loved our experience with NYDS. What obvious hard work from the tutors involved and the way they elicited the talent of the young people attending was fantastic. Please pass on a big thank you to anyone and everyone who was involved in the planning and provision of an inspiring range of creative learning opportunities. We have opened a very big Panodora's box and I have a feeling this won't be the last time our family will head to the Hawkes Bay in April.”
- 2007 parent
"Just a note to thank all those involved in this year’s Drama School. My wife and I came to the Opera House yesterday evening; we were blown away by the level of talent, team work and confidence. The three girls we took home raved about it for the three hour journey! They learnt heaps and had lots of fun. The tutors were fantastic. It was obviously life-changing stuff for the three girls.
Special thanks to Daniel Betty who inspired our daughter Stephanie so much. I’m sure this week will be a defining moment in Stephanie’s life, one that sets her up with life, leadership and team player skills applicable for whatever career she takes up.
We owe a lot to the NYDS, thank you.
- John Barnett
An email from a NYDS 2008 Parent
"Thank-you and once again congratulations to Ken and all the team. It is an incredible week of experience, learning and growth that you provide for all the workshop participants."
- 2008 parent
What teachers say...
“Just to say on behalf of our 6 kids who attended this year, a BIG THANKS to everyone!!! at NYDS They were blown away and had a full on blast. Most of them slept on Monday till 1pm to catch up but all of them have had a wonderful experience. They said that they were extremely well looked after and catered for so i thought i would pass that on. From previous times i knew that would be the case as other students had had a very positive experience. Well done and again Thanks for everything!!!"
- Vicki Crawford, HOD The Arts Blue Mountain College, 2010
“Thank you so much for giving my students an awesome week. They have told me how marvellous it all was. My film people have told me to send all film people off to Drama school. I know these things are a lot of work so THANK YOU. You have made my kid's eyes shine with enthusiasm and for that I am very grateful.”
- Cindy, Careers Teacher, 2008
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