Pirate Island Assessment Sheet

It’s amazing how much inspiration you can produce with just a couple of props. This time around it was two flat-style palm trees that were left in our drama area after a storeroom cleanup. We moved them onto the stage and improvised a series of ‘Pirate Island’ adventures, with an emphasis on ‘beginning / middle

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Artificial Snow Machine

Christmas came early for the school Tech Crew this year, with the delivery of a 1500W Artificial Snow Machine. This awesome beast featured in our school’s Christmas Countdown Assembly; as the Junior Choir sang, the Tech Crew funnelled a steady stream of snow (actually light foam) over the singers’ heads. Yay! Snow in the Performing Arts Centre in Australia

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Christmas Countdown Song

My students love Advent calendars, especially the ones that include chocolates behind each door. This year, for our End-of-Year Christmas Assembly, we’re performing an advent calendar song called ‘Christmas Countdown‘. No chocolates, but lots of fun anyway. Christmas Countdown has six verses and six choruses. Each chorus proclaims the date and the number of days to go until Christmas. Each

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Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

  ACARA (The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) has released a consultation draft of The Arts curriculum. The paper is organised into eight sections: Rationale and Aims Organisation Dance Drama Media Arts Music Visual Arts Glossary Each of the five Arts subjects has its individual rational, aims and learning detailed. Learning outcomes are then

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Marionettes – take two

Marionettes – take two

The marionettes the year 6/7 students are making are nearing completion. This project has certainly captured their interest and I think the combination of tools use (pliers, side cutters, knives, hot glue guns etc), technical issues (stringing, balance, weight distribution) and aesthetics (painting, costume making and props) has meant there’s been something for everyone. I’m

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