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.
On the last day of term 2, Iona Primary students were treated by listening to the brass ensemble from Iona College. The students were enthralled by the sounds of many popular tunes as well as the sound of brass instruments. Thank you to Miss Kingwell, Mrs Toussant-Jackson and the girls who performed for sharing your talents with us. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning.
Last Thursday many Iona Primary School students shared their gifts and talents with the Presentation Sisters and other Religious Orders. Our Junior and Special Choirs sang, the Beginner Violin Ensemble played, Guitar, Saxophone, and Piano students performed, and the Year 1 & 2 classes sang. It was a lovely afternoon enjoyed by all. The concert was followed by a beautiful afternoon tea where the Cultural Captains and Pastoral Care Leaders had an opportunity to talk with the Sisters.
The Pre-Primary children have been having fun learning about time awareness in drama class. They found out that some characters move at a fast pace whilst some characters move slowly. They have also been acting out characters from several books. In the photos below, the children can be seen playing a game called “Birds in the Garden”; finding out that some people move slowly and pretending to be a Scaly-Tailed Possum.
Year One Drama
The Year One children have been building their vocal skills with the learning of several poems. They have also participated in a play set in the playground and created a short scene with a partner which they performed for the rest of the class. Here they can be seen reciting a poem called “A Little Worm”; imagining themselves in the playground and working on a short scene with their partners.
Year Two Drama
The Year Two children have also been working on their vocal skills with the learning of several poems. In addition, they have been learning about animal characterisation skills and have participated in a play where they were animals concerned about their forest home. The children have also been working on their performance skills, creating their own short scenes and performing them for the rest of the class. Here they can be seen portraying animal characters in an improvisation set in the forest; creating a scene with their partners and watching a pair perform.