The Arts

Each year Gisborne Boys’ High School offers many cultural opportunities to its students. These primarily run as extracurricular activities and students meet with staff on a regular basis during lunchtimes or after school.

Several competitions and events serve as a focus for GBHS cultural activities.


In addition to the Super 8 Competition students have the opportunity to prepare a speech in either English or Maori to present at the Nga Manu Korero junior and senior speech competition.


In 2015 GBHS students entered the Shakespeare in Schools competition. Having won first place in the regional event in Gisborne they progressed to compete in the National final in Wellington. .

Theatre Sports

A Theatre Sports group meets and practises on a regular basis during term time. A GBHS Theatre Sports team competes in the Cultural Super 8 competition.

Cultural Week

Each year, the last week of Term 2 is Cultural Week. Events happen throughout the school during interval and lunchtimes. There is live music, Staff v Student debate, 48 Hour Film viewings, students’ quiz challenge, a cooking demonstration, drama and speech.

48 Hours Film

Each year students have the opportunity to prepare films for the national 48HOUR film competition. In the past students from both the senior and junior schools have entered and the work produced has complemented studies in NCEA subjects.


GBHS is represented at the Cultural Super 8 competition with both Junior (Year 9/10) and Senior (Year 11-13) debating teams. In the past students have also competed in the Russell McVeagh Regional Debating competition. The annual staff versus student debate is a highlight on the school calendar.