May 29, 2013
by hwpsspecialists

Clay faces in Prep

The students in Prep have had their first experience working with clay last week. The kids worked with clay tools to make a  portrait of themselves. Here is a picture of Sam and Austin painting their faces in water colour paint.

May 29, 2013
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese Class Week 7

PD decorating their onsen picture

This week in the Japanese classroom, we are exploring about the “onsen” culture of Japan. We leant that “onsen” are naturally heated hot springs and they can be found almost everywhere in Japan because Japan is a¬†volcanically active country.

We know that there are many types of “onsen”, there are ones for your “ashi”(feet) and the outdoor ones with great scenic views are called “rotenburo” and if we don’t want to share one with other, we can rent a private “onsen” from a “ryokan”(traditional Japanese Inn). The Grade 5/6 even did a quiz on “onsen”! I am sure now they know lots about the characteristic of “onsen” and all the rules and procedures when entering an “onsen”. Do you remember which animal can survive in the cold winter relying on the “onsen” to keep them warm? If you can visit Japan one day, will you go to an “onsen”? Which one would you like to try?

5/6 A working on their onsen quiz

May 27, 2013
by hwpsspecialists
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Level 4 Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil, protest songs

The L4’s are investigating the use of songwriting as a means of protest or expressing an opinion. This week we are looking at Midnight Oil’s “Blue Sky Mine”. It’s all about blue asbestos/mining and the effects on people. This song was a #1 hit on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1990.

The students are also working with a partner to write their own songs about reconciliation or world harmony.

What do you think about using songs to protest about an issue?

May 23, 2013
by hwpsspecialists

Tragedy in the kiln ;-(

I am very sorry to report that we have had our first explosion in the kiln while cooking a group of grade 3/4 animorphs.

It looks like 2 can be rescued, unfortunately the others did not survive.

I am happy to support everyone who lost their animorphs to make a new one in art club tomorrow.

Sniff, sniff…


Inside the kiln

A sad sight ūüôĀ

May 21, 2013
by hwpsspecialists

Preps in the Art room!

Preps working on their treasure chests.



Chamonix and Sam

Lachie taking a breather

Hello Jazzy!

James and Luke

Caitlin working with glue

Charlie in deep concentration


Millie and Jess


Kiera and Leonardo

Nice pattern Sam!

Sylvie and her treasure chest

Luke and Will

Don’t let your glue drip!

Jason and Nik sharing

Sammy and Ben working together!

Olivia and Fleur

Ethan and Alex[gallery]


May 21, 2013
by hwpsspecialists

Visual Art at HWPS

Commedia dellarte in level 4

The students in level 4 have been working on a collaborative project with Performing Arts this term.¬† Commedia dellarte,¬†is a historical¬†theatrical art-from, that originated in the Italian Renaissance. It involves ‘stock’ characters, ‘lazzi’ (improvised comedic ‘skits’) and most of the performers wear masks. So far the students have worked with buddies to build plaster masks on each others faces and this week we have been working on bringing our masks to life!

The level 4 students selected a Commedia character and planned a mask in their art books. This week we have been adding features such as long noses, carbuncles (ugly warty things!) and big brows to make the characters  easily identifiable on stage.

Do you want to learn more about Commedia dellarte?

Go to-


Do you want to see commedia in action?

You Tube- The World of Commedia dell’Arte- National theatre

May 21, 2013
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese Class Week 5+6

1/2C and 1/2 H working on their animal wordsearch


Last week in the Japanese classroom, Foundation and Grade 1/2 have been learning about animals and the sounds they make. The YouTube link can be accessed here:

This week, we played animals bingo and it was a great way for us to remember the animal names!

Grade 3/4 and 5/6 learnt how to say the months of the year last week, and this week we are learning how to say the dates of the month which is a little bit tricky! You can watch this YouTube link again to help you remember the irregular dates that don’t follow a pattern:

Don’t forget!! We can also sing the dates song to help us remember the irregular dates:





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