Yesterday’s assembly saw many of our Year 5 students weaving, stomping and shuffling around the hall performing the Chinese Dragon Dance as part of our ‘World Dance’ unit.
It was wonderful to see these students sharing their learning in such a fun and interactive way!
Next week’s assembly will be the Year 2’s taking on the Maori ‘Haka’, and let me tell you, it’s one not to be missed!!
Thank you to the families that have brought cultural items in for us to display and discuss. They add so much value to your children’s education! Please keep bringing them in to share.
After a slight delay in our lunchtime dance workshops, this Thursday will be the first on offer to all students. It will take place at the beginning of lunchtime in the hall, and will be the upbeat and infectious ‘Gumboot Dance’. Gumboots are not required, however students are more than welcome to bring a pair along to wear if they wish.
‘The gumboot dance (or Isicathulo) is a South African Dance that comes from South Africa workers who worked in the gold mines during the Apartheid. The workers began to express themselves by making rhythms and beats with their bodies and gumboots. They made the noises by slapping their boots and stomping their feet. Not only did this express their ethnic identity by using their traditional songs and rhythms, but it helped them to communicate in the workplace. The mines were very dark and they were forbidden to speak to one another, so this was the only way to communicate with the other workers. Gumboot dancing is now performed all over the world, by men, women, and children.’
Choir will begin at the start of Term 2 and will be open to all students. It will take on a new and re-vamped program that aims to instill a genuine joy of singing while learning correct vocal techniques. More details to come closer to the time.