We have certainly been busy in Performing Arts this term!
We have Prep students working on a dance and creative movement unit, moving to music and focusing on different locomotor and non-locomotor movements.
Grade 1 students are commencing a music unit on the glockenspiel and aiming to learn the music notes. Whilst Grade 3 students are learning a drama unit focusing on characterization, body and facial expressions to communicate stories and ideas.
This is what we are working on in Performing Arts this term:
Grade 3 – a dance unit with our focus on Boot Scootin’ Line Dancing.
Grade 4 – are creating their own puppet shows using a familiar text as a catalyst for their scripts.
Grade 5 – a music unit with our focus on African Drumming.
Grade 6 – are creating their own dance in small groups that incorporates the dance elements and some choreographic devices.
Are busy working on learning four songs to perform at our Christmas Concert that is on Wednesday 12th December, 6-8pm.
Both Dance Troupes are continuing to perfect their routines, which will also be showcased at the Christmas Concert. Recent rehearsals have been interrupted due to other school events (Talent Quest, Public holidays, Choir), but next week we will be back to regular practices!
Congratulations to all those students that participated in the auditions for the Talent Quest 2018. The judges certainly had a difficult task due the very courageous and creative performances and talents that were showcased!
At assembly, last Wednesday Hayley and Chantelle (Performing Arts captains) announced The Talent Quest Finalists. The judging panel and I are all looking forward to the Finals that are taking place tomorrow at lunchtime (1-1:50pm) in the Hall. Please note that audiences are welcome.
Winners from The Talent Quest 2018 Finals will be announced at assembly on Wednesday 28th November.
Term 3, in reflection:
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students from Grades 3 to 6 in Performing Arts this term. There has been individual work, small group exercises and whole class collaborative projects – it has been a lot of fun! After introductory activities and setting up of Performing Arts expectations, students have worked on the following areas: Grade 3 – playing recorder: focusing on correct breath technique and positioning on the tone holes. Learning the following notes A, B, C and G; and timing of quavers, crotchets, semibreves and rests.
Grade 4 – processing drama: using different texts to explore and interpret different characters. Students have had to predict, synthesise and alter the story through small skits, freeze frames and mimes.
Grade 5 – dance: focusing on making creative steps from everyday movements. Then using choreographic devices to piece the steps together.
Grade 6 – African Drumming: learning how to play a base and tone. Playing Kpanlogo, a rhythm from Ghana, and learning the low, hi, breaks and echauffement parts. Although their favourite activity was playing ‘Uno’ on the drums.
Over Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes, there have been two dance troupes. They have worked hard and been very committed to learning their dance. Thank you to all those girls. I shall look forward to working with them next term.
Choir will re-commence in Term 4 with our rehearsing all being in preparation for our School Carols Concert in December. If students are interested, please come along on Monday, 8th October to the Performing Arts Room at lunchtime.
Posters have been placed around the school announcing the 2018 Talent Quest!! Interested students have been asked to sign-up on the sheets provided in their classrooms by Friday, 26th October. Auditions will take place from Monday, 29th to Wednesday, 31st October in the Performing Arts Room at lunchtimes.
A few pointers for auditions:
Performing as a soloist, duet or small group is allowed.
If needed students are to provide their own props or equipment.
Music if needed – please write down on the sign-up sheet.
Information for Finals in Week 6, Monday, 12th November, will follow at a later stage.
Students in Grade 3 are commencing learning recorders this week, building on what they learnt in Grade 2. Thus far, they have focused on using rhythm blocks to create music bars in common time; and revisiting the differences between semibreves, minims, crotchets and dotted minims.
Currently I am attending some professional learning workshops with 'School Drama Hub' that consists of presenters from the Sydney Theatre Company, University of Sydney, Deakin University and ACARA. It has been a great experience and I am enjoying testing out what I have learnt with the students in Grade 4. Students are doing process drama activities in response to different texts that encourage deep thinking about the characters, relationships, feelings and themes from the books.
Grade 5 students are using every day actions or sports to adapt into creative movements and dance steps.
Grade 6 students are experiencing West African drumming with djembes. This is a new unit of music, stemming from professional learning I undertook in June and then the purchase of a class set of djembes. Students seem to be having fun each week learning more techniques and parts of a song. Drumming is also a great tool for mindfulness!
Welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable School holidays and from chatting with the students there certainly was some fantastic adventures and experiences had during the break.
The last two weeks has been about setting expectations in Performing Arts and getting to know one another by playing different games -acting skits, improvisation, movement and movie trivia. It has been enjoyable working with the Grade 3 to 6 students again!
For Term 3, we will have a break from choir and instead will commence a dance troupe. At this stage it looks like there will be a junior and senior group. Each group will work together to choreograph dances with Mrs Daly’s guidance and then rehearse to share later in the term at assembly. If your child is interested please come along Tuesday 31st July 1pm, so that we can finalise our numbers.
Thousands of Victorian students are perfecting their dance moves, memorising their words and tuning their instruments as part of this year’s Victoria’s State Schools Spectacular.
Musicians, singers, dancers, skaters, puppeteers and circus artistes will amaze an audience of more than 10,000 people at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on Saturday 15 September, with shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.
This year’s show, titled “With the Beat”, explores ideas of belonging and identity. The journey of exploration will see Hisense Arena transformed into a mystical Venetian masquerade ball and a wondrous Steam Punk Fairground.
There is something for everyone’s musical taste. Talented vocalists and musicians will perform more than 40 songs from artists like Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, Shepard, Tim Minchin and Beyoncé.
This annual event provides a unique training opportunity for students onstage as well as behind the scenes on audio, lighting and video production, stage management, costume and film, make up and photography.
Tickets to the event are on sale now through Ticketek.
It is hard to imagine that Friday marks the end of another term and half of 2018 already gone! It has been a great start to the year working with Prep to Grade 2 students. I particularly enjoyed the music activities on Boomwhackers and glockenspiel we did together this semester. I hope they all have enjoyed their time in Performing Arts and that they have just as much fun in Chinese with Mrs Dulics.
Well done to the Grade 1-2 students who have performed at Assembly the last two weeks. It is always a big challenge to stand on stage in front of your peers, family and friends. You all did a terrific job!
I look forward to working with the Grade 3 to 6 students in Performing Arts, after the holidays! Have a wonderful and safe break.
It certainly has been a busy time in Performing Arts!
This term, many Grade 4 students have been assisting with our transition programs for our future Prep students in 2019.
One of these programs is where I visit our local Preschools/Childcare centres and take our Performing Arts Captains and some Grade 4 students along to facilitate dance, drama and music activity rotations for the 4 year-old groups. Thanks to the following students for their patience, kindness, great leadership skills and showing the TPPS values so well whilst working with the kinder students:
· Lachlan, Christian, Ruby, Ashi, Ariana and Mia (Deep Creek Preschool),
· Aless, Thesan, Leeroy, Zac, Performing Arts Captains – Chantelle and Hayley (Gumnut Gully Preschool),
· Lynette, Rihanna, Jemma, Molly, Toby and Cruz (Imagine ELC),
· Jagger, Josh C, Rihanna O, Josh R, Hudson and Polly (Templestowe Preschool) and
· Ari, Nicole, Georgia, Nolita, Finn and Maddison (Yarra Valley Preschool).
Thank you also to Viana, Marko, Stylian, Riley, Alexis and Emily who all assisted the Performing Arts ‘Taste of School’ session. They were a great help ensuring it all ran smoothly and that our new Preps were entertained.
Prep students have continued to play games, sing and perform songs with the Boomwhackers. They are doing a great job at remembering all the colours (Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Dark Green, Purple and Hot Pink), notes (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and Solfege names (Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti) that all go together.
The following classes 1A, 1B and 1E have been busy learning the song “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars and playing the chorus on the Glockenspiel. They will perform the song at assembly on Friday 29th June. Please note that this will be at an earlier time slot of 1:40pm, due to it been the final day of Term 2.
Grades 1/2T, 2AF and 2M have also been learning the Glockenspiel. They will be performing their version of “Frere Jacques” at assembly on Wednesday 20th June.
Well, what has happened in Performing Arts the last two weeks?
Our Prep students have continued with playing Boomwhackers and singing songs. Along with working with the Grade 4 students to prepare them for their upcoming visits to some of our local preschools and kindergartens.
Prep S and D were able to experience a complimentary dance lesson with the Australian School of Performing Arts (APSA). They had a fabulous energetic session with Laura!
Grade 1 and 2 students have been learning different musical notes on the glockenspiels and singing some songs. We hope to be able to share our work at an assembly later this term.
Choir has also recommenced, please see the Choir page for further details.
Welcome back to Term 2! Hope everyone had a fabulous Easter and school holidays - it does go quickly doesn't it?!
This term the Prep students are undertaking a Music unit with Boomwhackers, tuned percussion instruments.
Grade 1 and 2 students will be working with Glockenspiels for their Music unit.
Next week during Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime, Choir will be commencing for Grade 2-6 students. Please come along to the Performing Arts Room if you are interested and see if it's something you'd like to do.
Jo Daly - 2016 to current.