Performing Arts is run by Lynne Robb, an experienced teacher of 27 years.
Each student at Whakatāne Intermediate gets the exciting opportunity to experience a mix of music, drama, and dance in a unique way over 10 sessions in the technology rotation. Learning to Perform and be a respectful audience member, appreciation of the arts and the ability to collaborate underpin the work done here. Performing Arts builds creativity, confidence, compassion, culture, critical thinking, and communication for students.
In music students get a taste of music theory and the elements of music like beat, rhythm, and dynamics. As a class the students get the opportunity to learn basic keyboard skills, bucket drumming and some students extend their work with Ukulele and Marimba. Music appreciation and instrument identification along with creating a soundscape form the main components of this courseThere are also opportunities to try out for the Rock Band and Marimba Band.
In drama students learn about techniques, elements and conventions using their body, space, voice, and gestures to communicate ideas, and feelings. The class works on creating original devised plays where students get into small groups and brainstorm, script, and rehearse their drama. Some technical work around lighting and sound, costume and make up technology is also introduced to students. Those who excel in drama are extended by being offered the opportunity to be part of intensives. A biannual production is also held at Whakatāne Intermediate.
In dance students learn about the elements and conventions of Dance through small group and whole class activities, along with some theory based around the literacy and numeracy of Dance. Students learn and perform the New Zealand dance challenge piece which is based around the theme of this year. Each arts discipline has a workbook where students record and complete literacy and numeracy tasks linked to the Performing Arts.