The Arts Centre

The Arts Centre

Visual Arts are taught to half classes by specialist art teacher, Jo Bradbeer. Meanwhile the other half class are taught performing arts by specialist teacher Marie Dooley. Small classes of around 15 students means the Arts teachers can provide a high quality programme for each student. The Arts Centre includes a music room, music practice rooms, dance studio, visual arts room, art gallery, and a 170 seat theatre.

The Arts Centre was officially opened by His Excellency Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO Governor-General of New Zealand on 13 June 2013.


The Arts Centre 2018

Visual Arts are taught to half classes by Specialist Art teacher, Jo Bradbeer. Meanwhile the other half class are taught Performing Arts Marie Dooley.

Visual Arts

Each student will attend up to 20 Visual Art lessons during 2018. Homework is set every week and each student should use their sketchbook for this work. This book is also used most lessons for development work.

In 2018 Year Seven students will be learning to use a variety of drawing techniques. They will also be making a model out of clay and studying the work of other artists.

Year Eight students will have the opportunity to build on the drawing and modelling art skills they learnt in Year Seven. They will also study the work of other artists. They will create a clay figure or animal and will add colour to their use of tone in their 2D artwork, in either a painting, drawing or print.

A selected group of able students will also have the opportunity to create 2D and 3D artworks as part of a Visual Arts GATE programme. Amongst other challenging projects these students will be creating a painting inspired by the book The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. Able students will also help to create the scenery and props for the schools annual production in Term three.
The Annual Auckland Intermediate Schools Art exhibition will be again held in Term Four and we look forward to contributing several pieces of the best artwork created during the year to this exhibition.

Throughout the year we will have a number of exhibitions in our School Art Gallery. Exhibitions will be from local artists, past and present students and from our own collection of artworks.

You can keep up to date through our weekly school newsletter the Birkdale Bulletin which comes home every Friday and the school’s Facebook page. It has articles on our activities and successes.





Performing Arts
Each student will attend up to 20 Performing Arts lessons during 2018.
Throughout the year during Performing Arts lessons the students will explore aspects of Dance, Drama and Music. Elements of the Performing Arts will be explored through study of other performing artists’ work. They will develop their own skills and understanding through composition and performance. Students are required to bring a clearfile and pencil case with them to class.

Students will have the opportunity to join the school choir, rock bands and orchestra. There will be auditions for students who are interested in joining any of the performing groups.

Students can also join the school Kapahaka Group, which will perform on a number of occasions during the year.
Twice during the year students may perform in the Talent Quest. A large number of talented students sing, dance, play instruments and act, entertaining the whole school.

The annual school Production in Term Three is a great opportunity for students to get involved in the Performing Arts. Everyone is welcome to audition and anyone can join the cast. This year’s production will be held for the first time in the Owen Goodwin Theatre.

Dance is also a strong feature of Birkdale Intermediate with a popular Danceport programme, where interested students learn ballroom dances and compete at the annual Dancesport Competition.

You can keep up to date through our weekly school newsletter the Birkdale Bulletin, and our Facebook page. It has articles on our activities and successes.

The Art Gallery

The visual arts gallery has been developed to enhance our visual arts and skilful thinking programmes. The gallery gives visual, and on occasions, performing arts a place to celebrate, reflect and learn. Artists from our local community also exhibit in the Gallery giving our students the change to view and discuss contemporary New Zealand art.

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The Owen Goodwin Theatre

The school’s theatre seats 170 people and is a feature of our performing arts centre. Each seat has a writing tablet in the arm so the performing arts theatre can transform itself into a lecture theatre as the arms swing out into position. During the year the theatre is put to good use by our students during their studies and as a centre for learning for teachers from our cluster of schools and from the wider teaching community.

The Theatre was named in appreciation of Owen Goodwin’s long commitment to our school as a Board of Trustees Member, Board Chairperson and Fundraiser.


December 3, 2012 |