100% hOPE African Choir Incursion
It was an absolute blessing to be involved in organising this F-6 incursion! Our students have learnt so much about African music, instruments and culture (in particular, 100% hOPE Village) during our last few music lessons. Thanks to parents who have encouraged their children to check the African Music Folder on Showbie (Gr.1-4). I have put some footage of the Choir performance on there for everyone’s viewing pleasure!
My heart was so filled by our students’ compassion towards the 100% hOPE organisation. They donated their pocket money, their icy-pole money, even money they’d received from the tooth-fairy to give to this wonderful cause. Carol, a 100% hOPE volunteer who attended the performance, was overwhelmed by the generosity and the welcome we extended to the Choir. She thanks you all for your amazing efforts in raising $700 in donations – yes $700! - that’s excluding the incursion fee! 100% of donations will contribute to building 3 additional classrooms, a computer lab and a multi-purpose hall at the Ugandan School in Hope Village. Currently the school only goes up to Grade 3; the aim is to expand it so children at higher levels can attend. Our students heard the older choir member’s tell of the long hours they spend every day at their schools (not in Hope Village) and the conditions in which they learn. It really was an eye-opening experience for them!
Carol was especially touched by a letter she received from one of our Grade 3 students – whoever you are, thank you so much for your words of compassion!
Last Wednesday’s Choir performance blew us all away! When they came out singing 'The Circle of Life' from 'The Lion King', I thought my heart would explode from happiness! I’m thrilled that everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Music really does connect us all - no matter which part of the world we come from!
The 100% hOPE Choir has now completed their tour of Melbourne and are continuing their ‘Never Give Up’ Australian Tour until the end of May. For more information regarding the life-changing work of 100% hOPE including their projects and child sponsorship, please visit: http://www.100-hope.org/
F-4 Student Reflection Worksheets - 100% hOPE Performance
All F-4 students have completed a reflection of the performance (due today, for those who haven’t yet finished – either on the worksheet OR on the Showbie app (Gr.1-4).
Below are some reflections I collated from our wonderful F-4 students – I hope you enjoy reading them!
Thanks again for your support!
Yours in harmony,
Lisa Shacklock F-4 Music Co-ordinator (M-W)
· Did you know that 45.71 million people live in Uganda? (Abbey, 4A)
· The 100% hOPE Ugandan Choir performed at BPS today and sang traditional songs, danced traditional dances and did lots of incredible tricks. (Nikki, 4A)
· When they were young most of them were homeless. In Uganda, high school students go to school at 5.00am in the morning and finish at 10.00pm at night. That’s 17 hours at school. That’s a lot of hours. (Louie, 4A)
· Their flag is red, black and yellow – red means the colour or blood, black means the colour of dirt and yellow for the colour of sunshine. (Danni, 4A)
Which instruments were used during the performance?
· Drums (Ishika, 1L)
· Ankle bells (Karen, 2E)
· Maracas and voice (Tomas, 2E)
Describe the music that you heard the 100% hOPE Choir sing.
· Fantastic music and dancing. (Mengsi, 1L)
· It was loud and gutsy for the traditional music, but hip hoppy for the pop music. (Kate, 4A)
· It was fun and exciting, also very intense and entertaining. (Marvin, 4BT)
What will you remember about the ‘100% hOPE Choir’ performance?
· I like the tricks and the dancing. (Gemma, FC)
· I loved the drums and the dance moves. (Demmy, FH)
· I had fun watching the drums. (Jackson, FP)
· When lots of kids and teachers got up to dance (Amelia R, 1L)
· When the 100% hOPE Choir ran out of the toilets because it was very funny. (Carlos, 1L)
· The back flips. (Peggy, 1L)
· I will remember the head spinning and the cartwheeling because I love gymnastics. (Insiya, 2D)
· Mind blowing, loud, funky, stomping. (Lauren, 2D)
· The songs especially ‘Never Give Up’. (Ashton, 2E)
· When I got to go up to the front and do a few dances. (Celeste, 2E)
· I’ll never forget how loud the drums were. (Xavier, 3HS)
· George break dancing, the costumes and to never give up. (Indi, 3/4F)
· My favourite part was when they sang ‘Circle of Life’ from The Lion King’. (Kallum, 4A)
· I got to meet a girl named Jess and learn more about her like we learnt she has to get up at 3 in the morning and come back to their home at 10 at night. (Tessa, 4A)
· After the show, me and Tom even made a new friend! His name was West-Wack. (Brandon, 4A)
· The Choir was really emotional because they told us their stories about their past. All of the kids said that school is important. (Jack, 4A)
· We watched a video about Patrick’s story. It was so sad, but it did have a happy ending. (Vania, 4A)
· My favourite dance would be the one where they climbed up on each other. (Vianne, 4A)
What was the TV documentary ‘Aussie Mum, African Heart’ about?
· The children’s parents didn’t have enough money to help their children grow (Charlotte, 1L)
· It was about kindness. (Joanna, 2D)
· Saving kids who live on the streets and building new classrooms. (Tom, 2D)
· Every kid should have the right to learn (Emma, 2E)
· How the children were poor and didn’t have any families and how people helped them get water and food and get a school (Ivy B, 2E)
· How Africa is a poor continent and Trishelle came and helped children in need that didn’t have any family. (Sam, 2E)
· Trishelle looked after kids at risk and adopted one. (Yvaine, 3/4F)
· Being kind to people (Harry, 3/4F)
What did you learn from the video ‘Aussie Mum, African Heart’?
· Follow your dream, stay safe, look after yourself. (Patrick, 2D)
· I learnt that you should always believe in yourself and you should never give up if something is hard for you. (Grace, 2D)
· It’s really hard to live on the streets (Chris, 2E)
· That most people struggled lots to get food (Hana, 2E)
· You can save and feed other people and still feed yourself. (Adam, 3/4F)
· Not to only think about just yourself. (Persia, 3/4F)
· Never give up, help each other and go to school. (Cassie, 3/4F)