Co-curricular Lessons

Students have opportunities to participate in small group or individual music, speech & drama, and communications skills lessons with specialist teachers. These lessons are at a cost to the parents and run during the normal school hours on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please see the Co-curricular Absence & Cancellation Policy.

Lessons run for approximately 8 weeks each term and, except for Term 1, normally start in the first week of term. Parents will be invited to "open days" each term to observe the student's progress. Some students will also have the opportunity to perform at Learning Celebrations.

Please contact if your child is interested in any of these lessons.

Music Lessons

The following classes are currently being offered:

  • Group guitar ($11/wk)
  • Individual guitar ($32/wk)
  • Individual electric guitar ($32/wk)
  • Group ukulele ($11/wk)
  • Group (2 students) drums ($21/wk)
  • Individual drums ($32/wk)
  • Group keyboard ($11/wk)
  • Individual keyboard ($32/wk)
  • Group violin ($11/wk)
  • Individual violin ($32/wk)

  • Group singing ($11/wk)
  • Individual singing ($32/wk)

Some of our students will be required to purchase music books to aid their progress in lessons and home practice sessions. Invoices will be added to a student's account as and when a music book, or next level music book, is required.  

Guitar and Ukulele

Students can learn guitar and/or ukulele with Phil Hope. Phil has years of experience as a musician and songwriter and he aims to teach new students to have fun playing music. Phil also offers individual lessons in electric guitar. 


Both individual and group violin lessons are available at all levels. A limited number of violins are available for hire for $20/term.

Sam Berkahn is a musical polymath, whose interests and activities within the Wellington music community are quite eclectic. He plays many instruments, sings, conducts, and even composes! A graduate of the New Zealand School of Music, he has had a strong love of music from a young age, stemming from his upbringing in a very musical family. 


Both individual and group keyboard lessons are available at all levels, taught this year by Carter Neal. 

Carter's love for music began very early in his life, beginning guitar and piano at 7 years old and saxophone at 11 years. He currently studies at Victoria University of Wellington, working towards a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Music and Theatre then a postgraduate diploma in teaching.

Carter enjoys watching his students learn and grow into their potential as musicians and artists. In order to best facilitate every child's growth, he creates a custom syllabus for each individual focussing on their separate needs.


Group (2 students only) and individual drum lessons are available, taught by Carter Neal, who is also our keyboard teacher showing that he, indeed is a man of many talents.


Both individual and group vocal lessons are available at all levels, taught by Tamsyn Simmons. Tamsyn has been teaching vocal technique, vocal performance, vocal health, voice recording and more for over ten years. Trinity Rock & Pop exams prep available, As well as other Levels programs. Opportunities to perform live and learn to record. The motto is 

Passion | Technique | Performance.

Tamyn's vocal performance coaching strive to assist the young singers talent as it blooms.






Drama Lessons

We have the following drama classes available, taught by Maneesha Fonseka:

  • Group speech and drama ($10/wk)
  • Group communications skills ($10/wk)

Maneesha has been a student of Drama & Speech since she was four years old.

After successfully completing her teaching diploma with Trinity College, London, Maneesha pursued her passion of being an educator of Speech & Drama. Maneesha is an eager drama enthusiast who is keen to impart her learning and knowledge to young artists and bring out the talents in them.

Find out more about Maneesha here


Speech & Drama

Speech & Drama lessons are designed to help children develop their confidence, self esteem, social skills and conversational ability. They will learn to appreciate literature and enjoy presenting it for an audience. Drama is a wonderful way through which they can channel their energies to find innovative methods of creating and expressing. 

Communications Skills

Communication Skills lessons are designed to teach children to develop and refine expertise in different forms of communication through the spoken language. We teach correct pronunciation, build vocabulary and a clear sense of practical usage of the English language. Improving listening, reading, and speaking skills and fine tuning their communication skills are the primary focus of these lessons for our students.






Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics is taught by Ellie:

  • Group Rhythmic Gymnastics $10/wk

Ellie is (and has been) a senior gymnastics teacher at Elements Rhythmics Gymnastics Club for a number of years, having come to New Zealand from the UK for that appointment.

Ellie has been teaching gymnastics at Amesbury since 2017, however, this was interrupted for a few years as we needed the Hall for teaching & learning while the new block was being built.

We are excited to have Ellie back at Amesbury because, apart from her expertise, she is someone that the children really enjoy being taught by.