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.
Here is a snapshot of some of our class music making at Iona Primary.
Some lively and keen year 5 & 6 students give up their lunchtimes once a week to learn some liturgical songs on guitar so they can accompany singing at class and school Masses.
We are now preparing for our biennial Iona’s Got Talent Show. Auditions will be completed from weeks 5 to to week 8. We all look forward to hearing and seeing our students shine when they perform at this event on the last day of term. Chookas to all those students entering the event!
This term we have introduced the Ukulele into the year 5 & 6 class music program. The students are so excited to learn the instrument. We are having fun with learning about chords and chord progression. We have also begun a lunchtime ukulele club for those who would like to learn more.
The Junior Special Choir and the Senior Special Choir sang “Anzac Day” at our special Anzac Day school service last term. The choirs sang beautifully with reverence telling the story of the Anzacs. They are currently rehearsing for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival to be held next term and are thoroughly enjoying preparing for this big event.
There have been lots of exciting things happening in Junior Primary Drama this term!
The children in Pre-Primary have enjoyed experiencing their first drama lessons. They have been learning about good posture and breathing and how to use their imagination, voices and bodies to express themselves. Here the children can be seen reciting a poem, as well as portraying the sea and some sea creatures in a short musical story.
This term the Year Ones, amongst other things, have been learning to improve their vocal skills and body awareness. They have also worked on communicating emotions through use of face, body and gesture. Here the children can be seen communicating “happiness”; as well as participating in a whole class improvisation about a Sand Sculpture Competition.
And the Year Twos……
Have been having lots of fun! They have been participating in several whole class improvisations as well as creating their own scenes with a partner or small group. Here the children can be seen being “Pirates” finding Treasure. They can also be seen watching a pair perform the scene they created; as well as portraying various characters in a play set at the beach.