I am very excited to announce that this year there will be two Grade 5/6 ensembles running to support a music extension program: 5/6 Band and Senior Vocal Ensemble. Over 50 students across the 5/6 cohort auditioned for very limited places in these ensembles and I was completely blown away by the amount of talent we have here at Bell. It made my job narrowing it down to a smaller group VERY difficult. I’d like to commend all those students who auditioned and hope to provide as many opportunities as I can for all students to perform at some point this year.
A big CONGRATULATIONS to those students who were successful in their auditions. I look forward to working with you all in developing your musical skills and passion for Music and the Arts.
The Grade 1/2s have been busy designing, drawing and painting robots as part of the Space and Science-Fiction art unit this term. They have been working on different shape and colour combinations, symmetry, and balance in the lead up to their final work, the mixed-media robot relief artworks. Here are some snaps from the developmental process so far.
I am in need of some parent helpers next week during the Grade 5/6 art lessons. It involves set up/pack up of clay and assisting students with their clay sculptures. If this is something that would interest you, please feel free to pop your name down on the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard outside the art room. The details are:
In music in term 3, the Grade 1/2 students worked in small groups to create their own Animal Raps! The raps were based on a rap that we learnt together called ‘Cats Sleep Anywhere’, and some hip hop songs we listened to in music. The focus was on rhyme and rhythm, and the students had a lot of fun writing and recording their raps, and choregraphing dance moves to go with them.
Drawing on inspiration from Visual Art with Chelsea, Grade 1/2 have created film music to describe what can be found in the desert. Sticks, Stones, Snakes, Lizards, Tumbleweeds, Dead Trees and Vast Open Spaces are just some of the things the students chose to recreate using anything and everything they could find in the music room. Some of my favourite music has been created in the desert, which is a place of seemingly infinite inspiration and mystery.
All of these soundscapes were performed live by the students while watching the accompanying video on the projector in the music room. Old school meets new school.
I’m after some volunteers to help cut out the Grade 3/4’s Barong Masks. It’s quite thick cardboard and the students have been struggling to cut them out. If anyone is available from 9-10am on Monday morning and would like to help, I would be very grateful!
As part of the Artists as Illustrators unit last term, the Grade 1s and 2s discovered the work of Maurice Sendak, with a particular focus on the illustrations in Where the wild things are. The students spent five weeks, sketching and constructing their puppets and the results were wonderful.