June 25, 2014
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Finale Song- Firework won the student vote!

This month all of the students at HWPS have been voting for their choice of finale song for the term 3 concert “Splash of Colour”. The song needed have something about colour in it and be suitable for the school concert finale. There were 10 songs to choose from.

This has been an exciting exercise in our democratic rights and a wonderful opportunity to give the students a voice.

The winning song had 288 votes. The students had many songs to choose from. They could vote for any song they liked but only once per song. The winner was “Firework” by Katy Perry. If you would like to rehearse at home please use this lyrics version rather than the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG9qEIAKMOQ

Second place getter was Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” with 161 votes.

Third place was Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell or the Counting Crows version)- 153 votes

Fourth place was “Reach” S-Club7 with 149 votes.

Fifth place was “Somewhere over the Rainbow” with 145 votes.

You may enjoy looking some of these up.

I hope you have a wonderful concert at the end of August. A music teacher called Kate will be replacing me for term 3 whilst I am on long service leave in Europe. I look forward to hearing all about the dances the students have learnt with Georgia L when I get back in term 4.

Please make sure you book in online asap! It is a very special part of being at HWPS!

June 20, 2014
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Japanese Letters – Grade 5/6

P1000839 Grade 5/6 students have been busy writing letters to our sister school in Japan. Students have written about themselves and their interests in Japanese, making sure to use correct Hiragana characters.

We hope to receive the letters from our Japanese sister school next term.

June 19, 2014
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Student of the Week 7

Term 2- Week 7

Congratulations go to…

Japanese: Tom D (12S) for your terrific effort this year in Japanese. You have shown a great approach Tom. Keep it up!

Performing Arts:  Grade 5/6’s- These students researched and presented information about the music, drama and dance found in a country of their own choice to an excellent standard: Kenzie, Mylo, Charlie A, Grace, Gary and Milla.

Visual Arts: A wonderful effort to all the Foundation students for their Louise Nevelson inspired sculptures, especially Alys in FE.

June 17, 2014
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Loom Bombing!

IMG_5180The Loom Bomb Project is in its last weeks. Thank you to all the kind families who have donated a bag or 2 of loom bands to the project. The children have loved using all the donated loom bands to create extra long lengths of loom! 



If you would like to donate a bag, we are happy to accept them in the art room.  Come and see our enthusiastic ‘loomers’ each Wednesday lunchtime in the art room and learn a new pattern of loom.

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June 13, 2014
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Grade 5 and 6 “Compose an Anthem” task

The students in grade 5 and 6 have started working in groups of 3-5 to compose an anthem of a country, planet or special place.

They are focusing on melody- change of pitch, rhythm- change of duration of the notes, lyrics and song structure.

It would be great if they could listen to some anthems at home. Perhaps you can listen to anthems related to your own family history? Discuss the historical, descriptive and inspirational aspects of the anthem’s lyrics together. You can also discuss how the instruments add to the melody or rhythm. What do you think the purpose of an anthem is?

June 11, 2014
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Grade 3 and 4 Recorders

This week the grade 3 and 4’s are learning to consider the duration of a note when playing the recorder. They are learning about the symbols used to represent the length of time a note should be played. Keep up the great work everyone!

4 beats (semi breve),

3 beats (dotted minim),

2 beats (minim),

1 beat (crotchet)

1/8 beat (quaver = half of a crotchet) notes

June 6, 2014
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Impro drama – Grade 1 & 2

The students in grade 1 and 2 have been having a ball learning about improvisation in drama. They have played a variety of impro games that teach them to be in control of their face and body when they tell a spontaneous story. Last week we played “Funny Faces” and this week we took turns being puppeteers and puppets. We have been learning to warm up our mouth ready to speak with simple phrases that over-emphasize sounds eg. “Eat each green pea” (long e), “Ed said get ready”- short e. “It is in Italy” -short i, “I tried my kite”- long i.  Good actors know how to warm up before they perform!

June 6, 2014
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Student of the Week – 6

Term 2- Week 6. Congratulations go to…

PE:  This will given in the next week.

Japanese: Antosha and Tanmaya. You have both worked well in Japanese sessions and your Hiragana writing has developed. Good on you two!

Performing Arts:  We will be recognising Gr 5/6 students next week

Visual Arts:  For listening to all instructions and understanding why we place complementary colours together when studying the Artist – Henri Matisse! Well done Lucas and Archie in FD.

June 5, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese – Foundation Vocab List

Numbers 1-10

ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, nana, hachi, Kyu, jyu.


Aka – red

Ao – blue

Orenji – Orange

Pinku – Pink

Murasaki – Purple

Midori – green

Kiiro – yellow

Shiro – white

Kuro – black

Chairo – brown


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