The Grade 4 students have been wonderful representing TPPS at our local kindergartens and preschools. Thank-you to these students for their excitement and commitment at the following visits:
· Templestowe Preschool – Brodie, Shylah, Annie, Aaron, Kristofer and William.
· Deep Creek Preschool – Levent, Christina, Josiah, Jake, Zara and Katie.
· Yarra Valley Preschool – Moses, Estelle, Georgia, Jed, Christian and James.
Grade 1 and 2 students are enjoying learning the glockenspiel and recorder. It is fantastic to hear how many are practicing at home and have requested to take their music books home to facilitate their learning.
Grade 3 and 4 students have nearly completed their instrument or music genre research and now are planning what they would like to learn next. I have a strong feeling that bands will be formed and songs created in the next few weeks!
Grade 4 students have commenced their visits to our local kindergartens and preschools. They have been wonderful representatives for our school and are doing a fantastic job as ‘Mini Teachers’. Thank-you to Rosa, Ben, Emily, Chloe, Harry and Ellyse from 4U who attended Imagine Childcare and Kindergarten Templestowe. Thanks also to the following students who visited Lower Templestowe Preschool: Shaya, Indi, Taryn, Alicia, Chloe from 4M and Stephen and Eran from 4U.
Grade 4 students have almost completed their Puppet Shows; it has been a crazy experience since we started creating puppets and sceneries but an enjoyable one.
Grade 3 and 4 students are now working on a dance and music unit. More details will unfold as we further investigate the students’ interests and then the direction of where we will be taking our inquiry.
Grade 2 students are commencing the recorder – they will learn how to play and read music following the Recorder Karate program. Along with answering some of their diverse wonderings they came up with when asked, ‘What would you like to know or learn about the recorder?’ The following are some of the students’ questions:
· How long will it take to be an expert? An expert is when you know how to play a footy team song.
· How is it made and by who?
· Can you use something other than your breath to play it?
· Where is it from?
· How does it attract snakes?
Grade 1 are commencing the glockenspiel – learning how to play and read music. We received delivery on Wednesday of our new instruments for the students to utilise, which was perfect timing for 1/2E.
Senior and Junior Choirs had their first performance for 2017 at assembly on Wednesday 22nd March. We had a quick rehearsal at lunchtime to hopefully chase away any nerves or anxiety. All students did an amazing job with theJunior Choir singing: "Get Back up Again" from Trolls and "How Far I'll go" from Moana and the Senior Choir singing: "Firework' by Katy Perry.
I hope all the Choir students have had a lot of fun this term! I shall look forward to working with the choir again at the start of Term 4.
Wow! Term 1 is almost over – time flies when you are having fun! What a busy, busy 9 weeks it has been with so much achieved already in this school year!
Grade 4 students are continuing to finesse their puppets and shows. There has been some amazing creativity shown and fabulously entertaining stories been told. I look forward to taking some of the Grade 4 students and their shows on tour next term when we visit our local kindergartens and preschools.
During the start of Term 2, Mr. Roberts and myself will be taking 4-6 Grade 4 students to our local kindergartens and preschools, where students will perform their puppet show and then do some dance, drama and music activities with the kinder students.
Grade 3 students are putting their final touches on their acts, in preparation for their final performance next week in class. It is sure to be an entertaining week.
Grade 1-2 students have finalised their own dances to “The Macarena” or “The Mexican Hat Dance”. They will now be sharing their dances and teaching the steps to other peers in class.
Grade 1-2 students have continued to revisit different group dances to expand our dance step catalogue. Over the next few weeks, students will be re-choreographing such songs with their own dance steps.
In Grade 3, students are continuing to put their final touches on their scripts and have started rehearsing their performances. We are looking forward to piecing it all together over the following few weeks into two class plays.
Starting next week, we hope that all Grade 4 students will commence creating their puppets! I am sure it will be a busy time with paper, cardboard, fabric, wool and thread flying around as we all get creative!
Jo Daly - 2016 to current.