March 26, 2014
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Students of the Week – 9

It is wonderful to see so many students doing amazing work in the Specialist programs. Well done!

PE: Congratulations to Nick and Sol on being selected to the Kew District Basketball squad.

Congratulations to Georgie and Mimi on their outstanding leadership and preparation for Netball training sessions and being selected to the Kew District Netball team.

Japanese: Well done to Matisse 3/4H and Aengus 3/4K. You have been terrific contributors to Japanese and your work outstanding. A great effort! 

Performing Arts: Congratualtions to Harvey, Sayer, Selina, Sunny, Jonah, Oliver (FD) and Vivien. They received their awards at our Foundation student’s first Assembly! These student’s put in a great effort to either learn the anthem or act confidently, direct a group or share their ideas. They were very proud recipients!

Art: Congratulations to Flynn and Sienna from 1/2C on their great use of line and warm and cook colours in their art work – ‘Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli’.

March 26, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Grade 5/6 Performing Arts update

Recently several student’s in 5/6E were asked to explain what we have investigated in P.A. this term…

Heather and Olivia:

“In P.A. we have been doing House chants. We made up short chants for the swimming carnival. Each 5/6 class made up chants for their house- Bradman, Rafter, Fraser or Freeman.

We also have been learning about making a speech and presenting it. The speeches were about teaching the class how to do something or learn about a type of dance, or how to play a musical instrument. We brought things in or we got pictures. We presented on a PowerPoint or we just spoke about it.”

Julian H:

“The House Captain’s got to choose from a number of different chants that the other people had made up.”

Thanks for sharing! :o)



March 26, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Grade 1 and 2 Performing Arts update “Acting Tips”

This term we have focussed on drama and have explored Hippo play’s and songs by Hazel Edwards. Recently I asked several students to share what they have learnt in P.A. this term on our blog…

Thanks go to Millie, Jessica, Harry & Charlie for this great list!

Following the script:

  • Keep on track
  • Stay on your line
  • Act as your character
  • Say your line and say the right words
  • Come on stage at the right time
  • Be a good performer
  • Change voices
  • When you need to say or do something do it
  • Use expression
  • Don’t turn your back unless you’re told to
  • Use props

…”Thank you for reading if you did”

March 26, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Foundation- Performing Arts Curriculum


This term we have explored drama through Reader’s Theatre. This means the teacher reads a story and the students act it out either as a whole class or in small groups. When acting out “The Gruffalo’s Child” (by J. Donaldson) students were encouraged to use their body to make the shape of tree, snow falling and wind blowing. Some students acted out the characters- The Gruffalo, the Child, fox, owl, snake and mouse. We also we acted out “A Squash and a Squeeze” (by J. Donaldson) in small groups and the student’s developed their cooperative skills and took turns acting out their character. They were encouraged to say their lines after I had read it aloud. Some of the actors already knew the story so well that they could say their lines without any help from me!! You can try acting out your favourite books at home together. We have also sung  songs related to the stories and also rehearsed the National Anthem.

We are now exploring music through song, body percussion and percussion instruments such as the maracas, claveys, bongos, drums and tambourines. The students are learning about the types of instruments and finding the steady beat and pitch (high and low sounds). You can explore this together at home through music and sounds you hear around the home or down the street. We will continue to investigate musical elements throughout next term.

March 26, 2014
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Japanese – Grade 5/6

Once again the hiragana writing script is being revisited. Students have been perfecting their stroke order and better matching the hiragana characters with their correct sounds.




March 20, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Hi to everyone in the HWPS Sporting Community.

It’s been a busy term in Sport & PE at HWPS. Our Swimming carnival was a huge success with over 200 students at Ashburton Pool for a great day of swimming. Congratulations to all students involved with Freeman taking the title! Well done to all students that progressed to Kew District swimming, Boroondara Divisional swimming & Eastern Region swimming.

Interschool Sport has been running smoothly thanks to the dedication of all our students, Grade 5/6 teachers and helpers. The results and sportsmanship has been outstanding. We all look forward to Gala Day at Mcleay Park on Thursday 3rd April.

It’s been great working with all the new classes in PE in Term One. The Foundation students have settled in nicely. Our Running Club on Tuesday mornings received overwhelming support with over 70 students gearing up for Cross Country! Keep working hard everyone!

HWPS Cross Country is on Thursday 24th April. Thanks to all the parents and teachers for your input and support this term!

Take it easy. Sam 🙂

March 17, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese – Foundation

Foundation students have made a great start to Japanese this term. They have actively engaged in sessions and they have enjoyed learning new songs in Japanese.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes (atama, kata, hiza, ashi)

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose (me to mimi to kuchi to hana)

atama, kata, hiza, ashi, hiza, ashi.

atama, kata, hiza, ashi, hiza, ashi.

me to mimi to kuchi to hana.

atama, kata, hiza, ashi, hiza, ashi.


March 16, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Grade 5/6 Photography

I spy with my little eye, a paper clip that’s blue, a cheeky monkey and the number 2.

IMG_4854The Grade 5/6 students have created a photo based on the popular I Spy books from the LRC. Working in groups, they created their theme page and wrote short sentences we can read with their work.

We will be working on the photo editing process and adding the text this coming week. We will display our finished work in the corridor for all to enjoy.


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