July 29, 2014
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New Concert Finale song

Last term, the students voted for the Concert Finale song and whilst we all loved the idea of singing Firework, we all agreed that it was too hard to learn to sing. So we have a new song to learn in a short amount of time.

Watching the Voice kids has been an inspiration for many. So here is the official version from The Madden Brothers – We are done.

We hope you enjoy listening to our version as our concert finale song.

July 19, 2014
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Welcome to Term 3

We welcome Kate Llewellyn to our Specialist team for Term 3 whilst Melanie takes her well deserved Long Service Leave. Please come and say hello and introduce yourself to Kate next time you are at HWPS. We know the students will enjoy the music lessons Kate has prepared.

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!

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 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 8, 2014
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Performing Arts Term 2

This term the grade 3/4’s are going to camp. On Monday and Tuesday’s at lunchtime they can come to the P.A. room and rehearse their items for the camp concert. (Please bring your own music- CD, iPpod memory stick- you’ll need to have it ready for camp anyway!)

MONDAY lunchtimes:

The ROCK’N UKE’S continue to rehearse at the ukulele club. These amazing grade 4 girls are also teaching younger students that have joined this free Monday luncthime ukulele club. Everyone is welcome! Thanks so much Ruby, Ella, Alicia and Alice. (We miss Olive and hope she is playing ukulele in NZ!)

Grade 5/6:

This term they are learning about music. The student’s have set goals on what they need to revise in music. These could include history/genres of music, music theory- writing and reading music, playing an instrument- recorder, ukulele, tuned percussion or revising the instrument names and their families (e.g. woodwind, string, percussion, brass).

The students are also completing a mini project on Performing Arts around the World. In their classrooms they have been studying a country of their own choice and we are adding to this by investigating the music, drama and dance found there. If you can find some information out at home and bring it in that would be fantastic!!

March 26, 2014
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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
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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.

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