JUNIOR DRAMA Term Two 2016 Blog No: 1


The pre-Primary children have been having fun learning about time awareness in drama class.They found out that actors move at different paces depending on the situation and character they are playing.They have also been acting out characters and ideas from several books. In the photos below, the children can be seen Acting Out a book called “Just Imagine”, as well as role-playing different characters and objects using a variety of paces and movements.

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The Year One children have been building their vocal skills with the learning of several poems.They have also participated in a play set at school. Here they can be seen reciting a poem called “A Little Worm”, imagining themselves in the school playground and teaching some dolphins new tricks.




The Year Two children have also been working on their vocal skills. In addition, they have been learning about animal characterisation skills and have participated in a whole class improvisation where they were animals concerned about their forest home. Here they can be seen reciting a poem and portraying animal characters in an improvisation set in the forest.


JUNIOR DRAMA Term One 2016 Blog No: 2

The Pre – Primaries
In the second half of Term One the Pre-Primary children have been building a variety of drama skills including listening and responding skills, developing verbal and movement skills via “Acting Out” several different stories – including one to music, participating in a variety of speech and breathing exercises as well as learning to become more spatially and audience aware. Here the children can be seen; Participating in a space awareness activity, “acting out” a tale about a boy and a dog called “Dogger” and portraying different sea creatures in a short story set to music.

Participating in a Space Awareness activity
Finding “Dogger” again
Dance Drama Being Sea Creatures
Being Sea Creatures

Year One
The Year One children are continuing to have fun developing their drama skills. They have been participating in role-play, speech and movement activities as well as small group and whole class improvisations. Here the children can be seen; Participating in a whole class improvisation about a Sand Sculpture Competition and another play about a day out at an imaginary boat harbour, rehearsing a short scene which they created and performed in pairs and opening a birthday present in a role-play activity.

“Hmm, there are some interesting sculptures here …”
Opening a Bday present
Opening a birthday present
Rehearsing Snippets
Rehearsing Snippets
A day out at an imaginary boat harbour

And the Year Twos……
The Year Two children are developing and improving their characterization and performance skills. Here the children can be seen; Being spectators at the zoo in a role-play activity, participating in a whole class improvisation set at the beach called “Be Careful of That Rip!”, as well as another play where they were portraying ants. They can also be seen rehearsing, performing and watching a short scene, created in pairs or small groups.

Be Careful of that Rip!
Be Careful of that Rip!
Creating and rehearsing a short scene in pairs
Being spectators at the zoo
Portraying hungry ants

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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Some of our talented musicians from the primary school performed for parents and friends at the St Patrick’s Day 2016 celebrations “On the Green.”
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The Senior Special Choir with their choir director Mrs Perica. They sang a beautiful rendition of “A Blessing” while the year 4’s performed their liturgical dance at the St Patrick’s Day Mass. Entertainers for parents and friends afterwards “On The Green” included Irish Dancing and lots of violin playing by some of our primary school musicians.

Thank You for the New Music Equipment


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!

2016 Cultural Captains displaying our new music equipment.


Early Childhood Music

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.IMG_9634Let’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!


A Fresh Start to Instrumental Music 2016

IMG_9624IMG_9620IMG_9608IMG_9616There 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

JUNIOR DRAMA Term One 2016



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”

Remembering the Most Important Rule




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.

"The ants won't like it and neither will you!
“The ants won’t like it and neither will you!”


Sailors Exploring an island

Sailors Exploring an island


"Look at these jewels!"

Being scary sea creatures

Special Music Groups Perform at End of Year Concert

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!DSC_0911

The Junior Special Choir (Years 3 & 4) below singing a range of songs about caring for our earth.
IMG_6135The Senior Special Choir ( Years 5 & 6) below singing about shining your light to the world.

IMG_6156Ukuleles strumming and singing along to Christmas songs.

Jesus Rocks at Iona’s End of Year Concert

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.