On Friday 27th February our Yr 7 and most of our Yr 8 students took part in a fantastic cultural experience. The students were led in a drumming workshop by musicians Mohamed and Yakou from West Africa. The students were mesmerized by Mohamad’s stories about the African way of life and his drumming skills were extraordinary. Yakou led the students and the teachers in several dances and every student had the opportunity to play the drums. Yr 7 were able to consolidate much of the rhythmic work that they have been studying in class, experiencing techniques like call and response, improvisation and being involved in a huge ensemble of over 200 drummers!
It also links directly to the unit they are studying on STOMP Out Loud, which is exploring the use of rhythm patterns, different sound sources and layering of these patterns to create interesting percussive compositions. For Yr 8 it has been an excellent opportunity for them to link experiences across the different disciplines of Performing Arts by studying how music, dance and drama are inextricably linked in cultural music.
Thank you very much to Mrs Prestidge for organising and coordinating this fantastic event, which was enjoyed by students and staff alike.
On Friday 20 February Year 10 French and Japanese classes attended a language Study Day at the UOW. This day was organised by the Faculty of Law, Arts and Humanities to showcase the opportunities and benefits of language learning beyond Year 10.
“It was interesting to see the campus and listen to the students’ stories. I enjoyed the day and it made me more interested in going to the University.” Olivia
“Really fun day. Opened my eyes to the possibilities that learning a language can bring. It was interesting to hear, not only Japanese, but other languages in that setting. Plus the food was free so that was a massive bonus.” Emily
“It inspired me to think about uni and consider languages in the HSC.” Marley
We are grateful to the University of Wollongong for providing this opportunity to our students. We hope that more students consider further language study in their senior years and beyond.
Last year in Term 4, our Yr10P Science class was invited to attend a Science Enrichment Project which supports high achievement in Science. The students undertook a Marine Biology and Plankton study at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, a Marine Biodiversity study and water quality testing at Chowder Bay and after lunch they completed a national marine debris study to determine the amount of plastic and other pollution in the bay. The day was completed by inspecting the aquatic life in the rock pools. The students gained a rare insight and knowledge into the marine life of Sydney Harbour and the development of the Barangaroo site. Special thanks to Lend Lease and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) for their support of this program.