Students and the Arts
The 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.
Drama productions occur every year and are led by either the Whanake (Year 3-4) or Panuku (Year 5-6) teams. Students all have an opportunity to perform during this time period and during the senior years also learn about lighting and sound. Every year the Whanake (Year 0-2) team puts on a spring recital where they have an opportunity to be on stage and interact with the wider school community as performers.