Wow! When I watch this amazing video of the Bell Biennale by Steven Pam it felt like it was yesterday the festival happened. Thank you so much Steven for putting this together. You have really captured the moment and the overall feeling of the festival. Argh the rain! We are so glad that Steven captured the weather with the majestic sounds of the Balinese Gamelan DanAnda in the opening sequence. Reflecting back, Chelsea and I feel that the weather in some way enabled a shared struggle that bonded the school community around the festival.
Here are some wonderful photos from the Bell Biennale. Thank you Mardi for taking these beautiful photos, you have really captured the night for us!
Japanese lanterns and Barong masks by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese dragon puppets and Japanese koi scrolls by Grade 5/6 students. Indian Holi elephants by Asia Art Club. Chelsea dressed up in a kimono and a few students from the junior school dressed in asian costumes!
Gamelan Ensemble by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese Luogu Ensemble by Grade 5/6 students. Grade 3/4 Bollywood Dance Club performance at the opening ceremony.
The very rainy opening ceremony. Gamelan workshop. Interactive Manga Wall. The Cherry Blossom Comment Tree. Classroom displays.
Hi everyone Chel and I are working on a big Bell Biennale post. But until then we hope that you enjoy the comment tree time lapse.
The 3-6 students have been furiously working on their art works and composition performances getting them ready for the big day on June the 4th. The creative output from the students has just been amazing. Thank you so much to the parents who have been donating their time to help out with some of the preparations. There are still a number of volunteer spots available for putting tape on 5/6 costumes, decorating the music room on the 3rd of June, putting up and taking down displays. Please check bit.ly/bbvolunteers for details.
Things to know and think about:
- Whole school plus the community are invited to the Opening Ceremony begins at 2:30 on the Basketball Crt (weather permitting).
- After the opening ceremony students will return to class where they will be dismissed by their teachers.
- Whole school plus community are invited to view the art exhibition in the Learning Centre.
- The 3-6 classrooms will be open for the whole school to visit. On display will be examples of student learning undertaken as part of their Our Asian Neighbours Inquiry Unit.
- Programs will be distributed to the 3-6 students. Parents and friends of the P-2 students will be able to pick up a program at the information centre at the shelter shed.
- Coffee & Tea will be available and can be purchased from the Coffee Van next to the Information Centre. Hot drinks will not be allowed into any of the buildings.
- Only Parents and Family members of 3-6 students will be eligible to see the music performances. This is due to the limited space available for an audience. Please make sure that parents and family bring their preallocated coloured ticket which will will gain you entry into the performance space.
- There will be student and teacher marshals positioned throughout the school to help with directing people to the various exhibition spaces.
- Please make sure that you leave a comment with the cherry blossom tree situated at the learning centre entrance.
- Prep-2 students are not missing out! They are going to have their Celebrations Concert in term 4. Prep-2 students are also invited to wear an Asian Inspired Costume on the day of the Biennale June the 4th.