Stage set for Belridge performing arts centre

An artist's impression of the Belridge Secondary College performing arts centre.
An artist's impression of the Belridge Secondary College performing arts centre.

BELDON students will be able to step out on a modern stage in 2021 when their performing arts centre is built.

Premier Mark McGowan and Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton drew back the curtain on the latest designs for Belridge Secondary College’s $5 million performing arts centre during a tour of the school on August 20.

The centre, designed by architectural firm Iredale Pedersen Hook, will feature a stage, sound and lighting technology, green room, rehearsal space and seating for 250 audience members.

The college has its own dance company as well as a specialist music program, and its performing arts students are expected to benefit from the modern centre.

Premier Mark McGowan and Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton with Belridge Secondary College staff and students.

“There’s been so much thought put into the new performing arts centre ahead of the build – I’m pleased to see all that thought in terms of the design to make sure its fit for purpose and how it might be used in future,” Mr McGowan said.

“I’m increasingly impressed by school-based performing arts.

“Simply taking part in something, singing, dancing and performing encourages confidence, and allows students to learn something they otherwise wouldn’t – giving them confidence in their own abilities.”

The State Government plans to call a construction tender in December, with building works due to start in April next year and finish in April 2021.

Premier Mark McGowan and Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton with Belridge Secondary College students.

During the school tour, the Premier and MP visited a variety of classes including fashion and textiles, woodwork, design and technology and outdoor education to see and hear from students and staff.

“Touring the school we were able to hear firsthand from teachers and students about their achievements and aspirations,” Ms Hamilton said.

“We visited the fashion and textiles class where students are working on a new project and I was thrilled to hear the Premier agreed to donate some of his ties, which will be made into costumes.

“A performing arts centre at Belridge Secondary College was one of my key election commitments and I’m pleased to be delivering on it.”

An artist’s impression of the Belridge Secondary College performing arts centre.