RSS Feed

‘Community’ Category

  1. Happy Holidays!

    April 6, 2014 by khornby

    It is the beginning of school holidays – I would love to hear all about how the arts, music and drama can entertain your family.

    Some ideas may include….

    • Create a band using kitchen appliances (pots, pans, wooden spoons) and prepare a concert.
    • Dress up in clothes to create a character and put on a play.
    • Listen to music that is unfamiliar (Classical ABC is always good: FM 105.9) and draw a picture as you listen to the music. 
    • “Fun with paint” workshops at Dandenong Bunnings on Saturday 12th April (check their website to book and for upcoming activities)  
    • Create dances to songs, using ribbons or scarves to move with the music.
    • Sing songs that your family knows.
    • Create puppets using socks.
    • The Drum Theatre has some exciting performances on over the school holidays, including the Wizard of Oz and the Wiggles!
    • If heading into the city, there are usually free events at the Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, ACMI (a DreamWorks animation exhibition will be opening in school holidays) and Federation Square


    There are online sites as well that offer great music games and learning:


    +FREE Apps available for iphone, ipad, tablet and android include:



    • Sock Puppets
    • Fairy Tail Puppet Theatre
    • Little Red Riding Hood
    • Shadow Puppet (there are MANY more apps in relation to puppet plays and story creations!)



    • Shake music instruments
    • Drum Kit
    • Music Instruments!
    • Discover Musical Instruments
    • Garage Band
    • Baby Chords: Music Instruments
    • Music Match-Match Game (there are LOTS more!)


    Music Theory:

    • NoteWorks Free
    • Music Minds: Flashcards (the games depend on your child’s understanding and knowledge)



    • Piano Lesson PianoMan

    What activities do you like to do with your family that explores the arts, music and drama?

    Have you got any at-home activities, websites or apps that you could recommend or share to the Wooranna Community?

  2. Term 1 Assembly

    April 3, 2014 by khornby

    Congratulations to the Wooranna Park Community for a wonderful “Performing Arts” Assembly! The school was entertained by the first performance of the School Band, recorder groups, dance numbers, singing numbers, the School Choir (under the direction of Mrs Patel) and “make a space” presentations (under Mrs. Nugent). Congratulations to Tijana K (Grade 1) who won the Blog raffle! (everyone that has commented on the Performing Art Blog went into the raffle)

    DSC04482 DSC04487 DSC04494 DSC04497 DSC04505 DSC04492 DSC04498

  3. What have we learnt in Term 1?

    April 3, 2014 by khornby

    Performing Arts Term 1 2014

    The above link is to a movie that summarises all the wonderful learning and fun that the children at Wooranna Park have done through the first term of 2014. I hope you enjoy watching it with your family and friends. Term 2 is going to be a very busy term, with the production getting underway. Wishing you all safe holidays, see you all in Term 2!

    🙂 Miss Hornby

  4. Welcome to our Learning Community

    March 19, 2014 by khornby

    I hope that you have been enjoying seeing the learning that has been shared on the Performing Art blog. The children love reading comments on their learning made by families and friends of the Wooranna Park community.  Our blogs are a great way to share our learning with the rest of the world.  Last year the 2013 Grade 2’s had 1,786 readers from all over Australia as well as quite a few from across the globe including France, Hong Kong, London and America.  The previous year, the 2012 Grade 1 blog had 6,779 readers!  I am excited to see how many readers view our Performing Arts blog in 2014.

    Please comment on the student’s learning – your comments may be questions or statements. This assists prompting students about their learning and provides them with an authentic experience to read and respond to written text. Examples for comments made by friends and family are:

    • How were you using pattern to make music?
    • Well done Grade 2’s! It looks like you’re having fun.
    • Is playing the ukulele hard?


    Encouraging students to respond to posts and comments provides them with an authentic reading and writing experience. It also encourages them to reflect on their learning and themselves as learners.  Examples for student comments are:

    • Yesterday in Performing Arts I was playing the ukulele. I found it very hard to place my fingers on the strings. 
    • We have been exploring making bars of rhythm. There need to be 4 beats in the bar. Ways that I came up with to make a beat was 1 + 1 + 2, 2 + 2, 1 + 1/2 + 1/2 + 2. 


    All comments on the blogs are read and approved by a teacher before publishing to help ensure privacy standards are maintained. Enjoy conversations with your families about your child’s learning and have fun!

    Kristen Hornby, Performing Art Teacher 2014


Skip to toolbar