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.
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.
Congratulations to Ava (4A), Chloe (4B), Max (2A), Anya (2B) and Elizabeth (PP) for giving up time in their holidays to attend the Spring Suzuki Conference held at PLC, to play their violin with Guest Suzuki Teacher Koen Rens who came all the way from Belgium to share his love of music. It was impossible to not have a wonderful time with such an infectiously positive and energetic teacher and everyone has returned to school inspired to play more beautifully. Well done all on a fantastic end of conference concert, it was so full of life.
During the school’s “Open Night” two instrumental concerts were held in Treacey Hall to accommodate the many students who learn instruments and who wanted to share their gifts and talents to the community. Parents and Friends were entertained by many of our student musicians who learn a variety of instruments. Our musicians ranged from 4 years old to 12 years old. There were performances on piano, guitar, violin, saxophone, flute, drums, and voice. We were delighted to hear and view a range of performances that included solo performers, duets, and small ensembles as well as band performances. Thank you to our very special and talented instrumental tutors who prepared the performers for this grand event. However, special congratulations goes to all student performers who not only demonstrated their skill and talent, but were confident on stage showing their marvellous professionalism!
In August the Junior and the Senior Choirs from Iona Primary performed brilliantly at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. There were many other choirs from metropolitan and country primary schools. Our Senior Special Choir sang “A Blessing” and “Old Piano Man” for which they received an Honourable Mention. The Junior Special Choir sang “Gecko” and “Friends Forever” and receive a Certificate of Merit. Congratulations to all choir members – a fantastic day and effort by all.
In Term Three, the children in Pre-Primary have been learning about a facet of Aboriginal Culture and acting out a story called “The Pangkarlangu and the Lost Child”. They have also been participating in a whole class structured improvisation, set in a Pet Shop, where they were pretending to be animal and human characters. In addition, the children had lots of fun in a Dance Drama where they portrayed astronauts exploring a new planet. Later in the term, when they participate in other whole class improvisations, the children will be pirates on their sailing ship; as well as animals at a celebration dance. They can be seen here portraying animals and humans in a pet shop; astronauts just about to explore space; and remembering the most important rule – “To Have Fun!”
YEAR ONE AND YEAR TWO
Drama is especially exciting this term for the Year One and Year Two children. They are very busy learning & rehearsing the plays for their End of Year Junior Music & Drama Concert in November. Both plays are musicals, with the songs taught by Mr Loiacano. The Year Ones will perform “Beneath the Sea” – a tale involving some very special sea creatures; whilst the Year Twos will perform “The Lost Sandcastle” – a fun story set at the beach.
Also this term, during Book Week, all the junior classes will learn about author Diana Chase. The PP’s will act out parts of her book ”Angel in a Gum Tree”, whilst the Year Ones and Two’s will learn and rehearse their plays, which were both also written by Diana Chase! In the photos below, the Year One and Year Two children can be seen rehearsing their plays.
On Monday 3rd August students enjoyed the Datiwuy Dreaming Concert organised through Musica Viva. The group were from North East Arnhem Land and Elcho Island. Our visitors were introduced by Mrs Harben, a Whadjuk Noongar, who gave a special Welcome to Country address. The Datiwuy Dreaming group told stories from their land with song, dance and drama. Students joined in the singing of children’s songs – Baru (Crocodile) and Guya (The Little Fish), as well as accompanying the singing, Yidaki (Digeridoo), and Bilma (Tapping sticks) with …… ukuleles! The group also performed beautiful traditional spiritual dances related to their culture.
On Friday 3rd July, years 3 to 6 students were involved in the biennial Iona’s Got Talent afternoon. There were 23 acts altogether and all were very entertaining and professional. The snapshots below capture some moments. Congratulations to all students who performed – your performances were inspirational and certainly a reflection of your rehearsing, dedication and excitement in leading up to the event.