It was a delight for the Iona community to listen to our budding Kindy to Year 6 musicians perform at the Junior and Senior Instrumental Concerts yesterday afternoon. Around 70 students performed on various instruments that included violin, cello, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, and voice. All students performed admirably with great professionalism. Congratulations to our instrumental students as well as your dedicated and passionate instrumental tutors.
In the second half of Term Three the Pre-Primary children acted out a short story to music about being astronauts in space. They also portrayed pirates on board their ship in a whole class improvisation as well as learning several poems. They can be seen here portraying famous astronauts and pirates finding treasure.
YEAR ONE AND TWO DRAMA
Rehearsals for the Junior Music and Drama Concert are well underway and going very well. Both the Year One and Year Two children are almost script free in their rehearsals. They have learnt all the songs. Choreography to the songs, actions and movements around the stage are being memorized and the sections of each play are being linked. The children are becoming familiar with the various props being used and are developing the reactions of their character to the storyline. They can be seen rehearsing in the pictures below.
Year 6’s have been learning about Rap and Hip Hop styles. Here they are creating lyrics to a backing track using Garageband in small groups. Topics range from Olympics to Book Week to Anti-Bullying themes. You can see them creating and performing their rap performances.
The Junior and Senior choirs from Iona Primary performed at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival in Balcatta on August 18. They performed in a section with a selection of other choirs from the metropolitan and country areas from WA. Our students performed admirably with the Junior Choir achieving a Certificate of Merit and the Senior Choir being given an Honourable Mention Award. Congratulations choristers!
In the first half of Term Three the Pre-Primary children learnt about a facet of Aboriginal Culture, via storytelling and “acting out” parts of a Dreaming narrative belonging to the Walpiri people, called “The Pangkarlangu and the Lost Child”. They also participated in a whole class structured improvisation, set on the farm, where they were portraying farm workers doing various jobs. They can be seen here portraying kittens in a role-play; being cosy in Pangkarlangu’s cave and participating in another improvisation about a Pet Shop.
YEAR ONE AND YEAR TWO
The Year One and Year Two children are very busy in drama learning & rehearsing musical plays for their End of Year Music & Drama Concert in November. The Year Ones are performing “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”, an amusing story about a class excursion that becomes an adventure. The Year Two children are presenting the well-known fairy tale “Cinderella” – but with a slight difference. In the photos below, the Year One and Year Two children can be seen rehearsing their plays.
Last term the students entertained the Presentation Sisters and other Orders from the metropolitan area for a concert and afternoon tea. This event was to celebrate the Sister’s Religious Life as well as conveying thanks for the work they do in our communities. The Sisters loved the variety of performances from our primary students which included choral singing, violin, piano, saxophone, ukulele, recorder, flute, and guitar to name a few. Below are some snapshots of the afternoon for you all to enjoy. Many thanks go to the students who prepared performances as well as the music teachers who assisted in the preparation of individual and ensemble/choir performances. The afternoon tea was a great success with students intermingling with the Sisters. Also, sincere thanks to parents who provided the delicious afternoon tea and Sr Catherine for coordinating the event.Ce
Students looking for a partner as they “Walk Down the Street” to the beat of the song.Students sliding as they sing “Walking Down the Street” to the beat of the song.Found that partner! Students move to uneven rhythms as they jig around with their partner while singing the song.
Pre Primary students keeping a steady beat using non-tuned percussion instruments while reading symbols and following a conductor. The students are listening for their turn below to play their own instrument.(more…)
During the term the Pre-Primary children have been enjoying being involved in various creative movement activities and role-playing different characters. They have continued acting out characters and ideas from several books and have also participated in a whole class structured improvisation where they were puppies. In the photos below, the children can be seen portraying scarecrows in a field, Acting Out a book called “Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna” and role-playing being “Lost in the Desert”.
The Year One children have been developing their performance and team working skills. Forming pairs, they created, rehearsed then performed a short structured scene set in a boat. The children also found out about the musical play they will be performing towards the end of the year. After a reading of the play, they expressed their interest in playing individual characters. Here some of the children can be seen rehearsing and performing their scene for the class.
The Year Two children have also been developing their team working and performance skills with creation, rehearsal and performance of a short scene set in the forest. In addition, the children have been working on their characterization skills as well as learning about plot structure and development. They also expressed their interest in playing individual characters for their own end of year musical play. The children can be seen here creating and performing their scenes.