school enjoys music. Junior children are introduced to untuned and
tuned percussion, singing, moving to music. All Year Three to Six
children learn recorder each year. This instrument is a cheap and
accessible way of introducing children to music notation, and teaching
them to play in groups, to compose and play, to improvise, and to build
skills which can take them further in Music. Extra-curricular music
opportunities include a choir, an orchestra and a kapa haka group.
Children can take private (parent paid) weekly music lessons during
school hours. The Music Education Centre offers in-school lessons in
piano, violin and guitar.
In addition to classroom art opportunities, Birkenhead Primary employs a specialist art teacher who works with children at all levels of the schools on special projects. Children study a variety of artist models over the years and cover a range of media on a bi-annual basis including; printmaking, painting, collage, textile, clay, mixed media, sculpture, painting and design. Art is displayed around the school, with special exhibitions held periodically within school and in the local community.