Thank you to our school community for your efforts in supplying stickers from your Woolworths shopping bags last year. They have now been turned into musical equipment for our music classroom. We sincerely appreciate your assistance because as you can see our Cultural Captains below are showing the new goodies that we can use in music lessons. We now have more djembes, music whiteboard staves (for writing music), a gong, a singing bowl, guitar picks, CD’s, musical scarves, and a thunder drum. So thank you again for your generosity and to the Woolworths Earn and Learn program!
What fun we are having! Students learning the beat while singing – pretending to be elephants balancing on a piece of string!
Solo singing – Come to the farm and visit me and you will get a singing welcome! However, you have to tell me if my sounds are short or long.Let’s Go Fly a Kite with our musical scarves! Using our imagination to identify high notes and sounds while moving to the beat.
An Elephant Has Wrinkles- on his toes, knees, hips, shoulders, ears, trunk but not on their teeth! keeping the beat while singing. A favorite song.
Singing “Why yi yai yai yai?”
Elephant trunks with wrinkles!
Elephant toes with wrinkles!
There was great musical excitement for years 3,4,5 & 6 in week 2 as many students had the opportunity to try out different instruments. Our talented tutors gave demonstrations on each instrument and then allowed the students to “Have A Go”. Many students have now taken opportunities to learn an instrument. If you’re interested in learning please download the music enrolment form here: Music Enrolment Form Further information is provided for you here: Instrumental Music Information
“It was fun to watch everyone have a go. It was great to see our friends play the trombone and be surprised when they slided the trombone out to a low note -their eyes popped out of their head!…..The tutors were very cooperative, patient, and fair. They also played many cool songs and explained how to breathe when playing their particular instrument” Cultural Captains 2016 Holly & Samara
The children in Pre-Primary have enjoyed experiencing their first drama lessons. They have been learning about Drama Class Rules – especially the most important one, which is to HAVE FUN! They have also been learning how to respond to the cue of the tambour and have had fun exploring the use of face, arms and body to express themselves in different situations and as different characters. Here the children can be seen expressing the most important rule. They can also be seen pretending to be different animals whilst acting out a story called “Going Home”
This term the Year One children are learning to develop their vocal and body expression skills, their stage and audience awareness, as well as their arts responses and co-operative learning skills . They are also working on communicating emotion, situation and role through the use of face, body and gesture. Here the children can be seen reacting to some naughty run-away goats; role-playing at a picnic and arriving at a disco saying “Hi everyone I’m here!”
The Year Two children are going to have lots of fun in Drama this term! They will be participating in several whole class improvisations as well as creating their own scenes with a partner or small group. The children will also continue to work on improving their use of voice and body to express and communicate, as well as their performing, responding and co-operative learning skills. Here the children can be seen portraying sea creatures in creative movement; reciting a poem about ants; and being Sailors exploring an island and finding treasure.
Sailors Exploring an island
The Junior and Senior Choirs as well as our special Ukulele group performed at our End of Year Concert. They sang beautiful harmonies captivating the audience. Congratulations Girls!
Below is a section of the combined Junior and Senior Special Choir singing The Last Anzac with a special guest conductor!
The Junior Special Choir (Years 3 & 4) below singing a range of songs about caring for our earth.
The Senior Special Choir ( Years 5 & 6) below singing about shining your light to the world.
Ukuleles strumming and singing along to Christmas songs.
On November 26th all students from years 3,4, 5 & 6 performed in a fun musical Jesus This Is Your Life for Matinee and Twilight performances. Here are some of the snippets from the performances and dress rehearsals.
Ray Marlin interviewed Jesus as he reflected upon the remarkable life of Jesus Christ. Ray surprises Jesus by interviewing his parents– Joseph and Mary, as well as the first Pope Peter and the Rabbi who he met at The Temple when he was 12.
Jesus caught up with John the Baptist and his gang of followers (year 3’s who sang Repent Repent – a calypso number).
Jesus met up with Peter, the fishermen, and his disciples. They reminded Him of the time when Jesus told them to Cast their Nets on the other side of the boat through a rock and roll song performed by the Year 6’s complete with a saxophone duet.
Jesus is visited by his Peace loving friends ( Year 5’s) from The Mount of Beatitudes.
Jesus is reminded of one of his most famous miracles – feeding 5000 people with five loaves of barley and two small fish. (Year 3’s singing 5000 people with fiddle bits performed by students)
Jesus remembers the parable of The Good Samaritan performed by Year 4’s.
Jesus reminds us of story about The Parable of the Talents performed by Year 6’s in a hoedown style. Complete with A Capella singing performed by a small group of year 6 students.
Jesus meets his old friend Zaccheus through a Blues number performed by Year 5’s (dress rehearsal below)l. Also the song was accompanied by year 5 marimba players.
Jesus encounters “Doubting Thomas” performed by Year 4’s.
The Junior and Senior Special Choirs sang very reverently and beautifully at Iona’s special Remembrance Day service on the 11th November. Well Done Girls!
Term Four has been full of action for everyone in Drama classes. The Pre-Primary children have enjoyed participating in role-play activities, a whole class improvisation, a Dance Drama, and creating scenes in small groups. The Year Ones and Twos continued preparations for and then performed in their Junior Music & Drama End of Year Concert.
The Pre-Primary children participated in a Dance Drama where they were all clowns, travelling the countryside in a train, and performing for the people and the Queen. One role-play activity involved the children in washing an elephant, whilst a structured whole class improvisation saw them pretending to be Caterpillars encountering a spider in the garden. The children also worked in small groups creating short scenes, with teacher direction, which some then performed for the class.
~~~~~ YEAR ONE & YEAR TWO MUSICALS 2015 ~~~~~
The Year One and Two children worked hard to polish their individual plays for the End of Year Music & Drama Concert. Each year had a successful Dress Rehearsal, with an audience, in Week 3 of the term. On Thursday evening the 12th November, the Year One children performed “Beneath the Sea” & the Year Two children presented “The Lost Sandcastle”. The audience were captivated and very entertained. The look of excitement & supreme effort on the children’s faces during the performance and their satisfaction and joy after, was a sight to be cherished! Well Done children! The fantastic set and costumes were due to the hard efforts of volunteer mothers in each year and were appreciated by everyone.
Last Thursday Year 4 and 5 students had a fun morning of “having a go” on some Brass Instruments. Thank you to Iona College Instrumental teachers who visited the primary school and facilitated the process.