I kissed my mum!

Here is the last film created by our amazingly creative and inspirational Year 5/6 students. This story was written ans narrated by Hussein from Year 5. His story tells of his desire to fit in and be one of the boys. The film is heartfelt and captures the essence of good story writing. Thank you Hussein, and the rest of your class, for making such a great movie.

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New School

Here is another one of fantastic films and stories created by our Year 5/6 students. Fadila wrote this story and explored the emotions of starting a new school. Fadila began st Debney Meadows in 2012 so her story is one of experience. Fadila’s classmates helped her recreate the story and bring it to life in film. The girls were the actors, whilst the boys were the film production team. Fadila is narrating.

Enjoy!

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Searching for….

In term 2. our Year 5/6 students were involved a project with The Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne University. The project, “Many Voices, Many Cultures” was an exploration of student voice and identity.

Our students worked alongside an inspirational artist, Shahin Shafaei and their teacher, Lucas Dredge, to write and publish their stories as films. They worked together to learn the skills of team work, cooperation, listening, supporting each other, trust and respect. These skills were imperative to create the safe container within which the students could tell their stories. Stories resonate with a wide audience and achieve the connections many of us look for.

Three films were created and they had their premier screening on August 17th in our library, in front of students, parents and community members. There was much excitement and one of our mums said she was surprised that students could create such wonderful movies. As I explained, given the opportunity, our kids can achieve amazing things.

Here is one of them…

Madina, a Year 5 student, wrote this story and the whole class contributed to its making. Well done Madina, and well done 5/6L.

Preps super stars at The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation luncheon

Our preppies stole the show as they performed for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation luncheon for Young Philanthropists. The preps performed three songs on stage with their Song Room teaching artist, Zoё. Their teacher, Flora took them to the special event.

They wrote a song about the experience in class to the tune of Frere Jacque.

Playing PE
Saw a big bus
Took us to the Town Hall
Lucky us!

We practiced and practiced
Ate fruit with a fork
Orange juice in glasses
We lined up in the dark

Stepping up the stairs
Walking on the stage
Samakab didn’t have a partner
The audience laughed!

We felt happy
We sang loud
We felt shy and scared
We felt proud!

Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you?

Our students have been learning songs from different cultures and lands. Zoë, our Song Room teaching artist has supported our three language areas: Vietnamese, Arabic and Italian. Here is a lovely version of the Italian song Angellare by Kavisha Mazzella

You can listen here:

Angellare 3:4s

“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”
sings the owl to the moon
“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”

the moon glows in the night
the moon is yellow and white
where does the moon go?
the owl wants to know…

Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba
Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba

the stars live up in space
shooting stars come to some place
where do the stars go?
the owl wants to know…

Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba
Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba

“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”
sings the owl to the moon
“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”

when owls grow up they go
mum says “you need to find your own home”
the owl, the stars and the moon
are leaving very soon
to the water, behind the sea
and there they all sing for me –

“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”

We look forward to a possible visit from Kavisha in the future.

Thank you to our beautiful singers and Zoë.

Exploring costume making at the Arts Centre

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The girls had a great time visiting the Arts Centre to find out all about costume making. They were very lucky to see first hand the new costumes for Swan Lake. Once again I got to go with the careers exploration group and was able to enjoy the amazing work that goes into making costumes for a stage show and ballet.

Photos and music has been selected by the group for their slide show.