May 22, 2014
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Student of the Week 3

Our Assembly this week was full of highlights for our Students of the Week. Term 2, Week 3

PE: Sam will be announcing week 3 Students of the Week in week 4.

Japanese: Well done to both Kitty 12E and Angus G 12S! You have both been terrific students in Japanese with your great enthusiasm and hard working approach to tasks. Keep it up Kitty and Angus!

Performing Arts: Grade 5/6- Alexandra for terrific research on the Performing Arts in Sweden, Victor for being self-motivated when researching the Performing Arts found in the Philippines.

Art: Melinda will be announcing these students in Week 5

May 22, 2014
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Foundation and Grade 1 & 2


The students have continued to learn about the instruments of the orchestra. Last week we learnt about the Brass family (trumpet, tuba, trumbone, french horn). This week we listened to each instruments sound and drew pictures about the Woodwind family (recorder, flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, saxophone). Please try to point out any of these instruments when you are listening to music at home or in the car- or if you have the chance to see an orchestra or band. Thanks!

Grade 1 and 2:

We have begun to learn about improvisation drama. Most classes have played “I’m a Tree”, “What are you doing?” and “Action Replay”. They are learning the importance of using your facial expressions and body actions. We are beginning to understand that you must make an offer (of an idea) to the other actor and they must accept the offer in order for an impro scene to be a success. For example- if your partner pretends to cut all your hair off you need to act as though it has really happened. If you refuse to accept the idea the scene won’t flow. The students are using a great deal of humour and creativity in their scene work! Try it out at home if you like!

May 20, 2014
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Japanese Term 2

This term all students are working hard on their various topics to better grasp the Japanese language and develop their cultural understanding.


This term foundation students will continue to develop their vocabulary and knowledge of Japan. They are focusing on learning to say and recognise numbers, greetings and colours in Japanese and becoming more aware of cultural festivals.

Grade 1/2

Students will learn to say and identify family members, pets and adjectives in Japanese this term. Grade 1/2 students will also learn to recognise and write various kanji characters.

Grade 3/4

This term grade 3/4 students will further broaden their Japanese vocabulary by learning to say various grammar patterns and developing a better awareness of Japan’s geographical location and cities.

Grade 5/6

Students have shown great commitment to learning hiragana characters this year and this will continue this term. Grade 5/6 students will also become more familiar with the Japanese vocabulary for continents and countries to guide them in better understanding the world around them.

May 20, 2014
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Term 2 Art – Henri Matisse

Students across all levels are studying the artist Henri Matisse. We have read picture books, information books, watched videos and even listened to Art Curators talk on podcasts about this famous artist. The exhibition at the Tate Modern art gallery in London has inspired this study of Matisse’s famous paper Cut Outs.

The Snail 1953 by Henri Matisse 1869-1954The Foundation students will focus on colour choice and scissor techniques as they study ‘The Snail’. This will lead the way to their own version of mini beasts being shown through colour and movement of shape. What are the primary colours? What are secondary colours?

Can you see the complimentary colours in Matisse’ work? Can you guess how big this art work is in real life? Leave us a comment with your answers.



La Gerbe 1953The Grade 1/2 students are extending their scissor technique as they create their own version of Matisse’s paper cut outs. What do you see when you look at this work titled, La Gerbe?

Come and see 1/2C’s La Gerbe in the Art room.

We positioned the complimentary colours next to each other so they stand out. Using the scissors to cut the organic shapes is very difficult and all students have concentrated well to achieve this result.



goldfishThe Grade 3/4 students have been studying the still life drawings of Matisse’s early career. This piece titled Goldfish, allows us to focus on back ground choice of colour and shape. We used real indoor plants as inspiration to draw our version looking at shapes in plants and flowers.

Next we will incorporate HWPS Science week into our Art program and explore how oil pastels and water colour paint don’t mix. We will sprinkle salt over the top of our painted gold fish bowls to create an effect of air bubbles in the final finish.

We can’t wait to try it out!



2 dancers 56CThe Grade 5/6 students have been combining the still life drawings with Matisse’s final Paper Cut Out works. This piece titled, The Two Dancers, has inspired us to draw figures showing movement.

Come and see the drawings on display in the foyer of the school and on the Art Blog.

We will transfer the skills we learned in making the body in correct proportions when we create our own paper cut out versions.  

May 20, 2014
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Student of the Week 4

Our Assembly this week was full of highlights for our Students of the Week. Term 2, Week 4

PE: Jake P,  Bella S, Chloe W, Matisse S, Harvey MH, Anna F, Maia C, Ben N, Rachel M, Mimi H. Congratulations on brilliant runs at Kew District Cross Country.

Japanese: A great effort to Summer 1/2D and Darcy S 1/2C for being the Japanese students of the week. You two are role models for your classes and always show a positive approach to sessions. Keep it up!

Performing Arts: For excellent poster presentations about the Performing Arts in country of their choice- Freddy- Bangladesh, Emily – Uganda.

May 19, 2014
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Students of the Week – 10

Our final assembly for Term One was full of highlights for our Students of the Week.

Japanese: A great effort to Mayan 3/4H and Zoe 3/4K this week. You are both positive role models and workers in Japanese. Keep  it up!

Performing Arts: Foundation students- Fiona, Huon, Archie

Art: Congratulations to Yuan Yuan and Kitty from 1/2E on their excellent use of different lines to create an effective background to their art work ‘Monsters Don’t eat Broccoli’.

May 15, 2014
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Grade 3-6 Recorders

This term we will be picking up our recorders again. Recorders help students understand how to read music notation. It is also an introductory instrument that may inspire them to take up another instrument. (ABC music classes in woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar and keyboard and Cathy- violin are available at a fee at HWPS. See the office for further details and brochures).

Please ensure you have a recorder at school ready to go in week 6. If you need to purchase a recorder “Music Junction” in Camberwell has student recorders for $10. They also have a wide range of ukuleles. Just let them know you are from HWPS.

May 15, 2014
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PE – Term 2

In term 2 for PE:

FOUNDATION will continue working on catching, throwing and movement games.

GRADE 1 & 2 will focus on skills used in games including Football, Basketball and Soccer. Students will be introduced to introductory Athletics. 

GRADE 3 & 4 will focus on Basketball skills for Hoop Time and start Athletics training.

GRADE 5 & 6 will focus on Winter Interschool Sport, Athletics and prepare for Hoop Time in Term 3.

May 14, 2014
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Grade 3 and 4 Performing Arts

This term the grade 3 and 4’s have been enthusiastically rehearsing and performing scripted plays. They have enjoyed experimenting with roles including; director, costume designer and stage manager. After many brainstorms/thought showers on what it means to be a good actor, director or even put on a good play they have performed their plays in costumes and have begun to self assess their performance and the unit of work. What was positive/negative/interesting?

May 13, 2014
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Japanese Celebrations


It has been a busy time in Japanese with various festivals being celebrated. Last week students developed a better understanding of Japanese Children’s Day and they had a chance to create their own carp fish kites. Children’s Day is celebrated as a national holiday every year on May the 5th in Japan, where children enjoy spending time with their family and friends.


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