Celebration of Bilingualism
Over the last fortnight, we have had many events that have showcased and celebrated our bilingual school setting.
The school production ‘The Hidden Talent’ was an excellent example of this combining bilingualism, student voice and our school values of creativity, courage and personal best. This production was created by our students- the initial ideas, script, music, props, set, publicity and of course the acting and gymnastics! On the night everything that the students had worked towards came together in what was a spectacular show!
In order to achieve this success they were guided by a wonderful set of parents and volunteers and their teachers. I thank everyone for their team effort in putting this together and the leadership of Miss Nozomi Koyama and Mrs Wakana Karchnak in putting together a great production. We also had a wonderful bunch of Japanese Volunteers who gave their time and dedication towards our production and we sincerely thank you!
Our Taiko drumming group and choir performed on 10 September at the MLC Conference. The school choir were able to perform in their new tops which looked great on them! MLC donated $1000 to the school as a token of thanks and appreciation for the outstanding performances of our students. Thank you to Mr Tadashi Hanazono and Mrs Tomoko Smith for guiding our students. What a wonderful way to share our bilingual music program to the wider community! here are the videos of the performances:
- Huntingdale primary school – festival song
- Huntingdale primary school – train song
- Taiko drumming – Huntingdale primary school
Last Friday the foundation students performed the play ‘O Bento Bus’ as
part of their inquiry unit ‘Voice’. It was fabulous to see our students
showing great courage to perform in front of such a huge crowd. Their Japanese oral language production was outstanding as well as their eye contact, stage movement and expression. The students and teachers have dedicated their time in practising this play and bringing all of the elements together!
Yesterday I visited the hall to a packed crowd to see 1W’s performance of the ‘Three Little Pigs’. Again it was fantastic to see the children performing in front of their peers, teachers and parents so bravely and giving their personal best. The students’ oral language production again was excellent and several students had to ‘jump in’ and learn extra lines to cover for students who were away. This performance was a great partnership with the Visual Arts Program, with students helping to make the props in art sessions to use in the play. Well done to 1W, Mrs Tomoko Smith and Mrs Naoko Inuzuka for supporting the students in this activity.
Last Tuesday was our Show and Share Night, where students were able to share their learning in both languages- English and Japanese. I spoke with several parents who enjoyed seeing their child’s classroom and work. I know students worked hard to prepare for the night and the positive feedback and interaction with their parents is really valued. In the hall we had a display of collaborative artwork, a video about the production and audio of an SBS interview some of the children did.
MP Steve Dimopoulos Community Award Winner- Madeleine 5/6K
On Monday 10th September, Oakleigh MP Steve Dimopoulos award Madeleine from 5/6K his Community Award. Guided by feedback from the Year 6 teachers, Madeleine was selected for her work as a Multimedia Captain, AFL player and ambassador and her general kindness towards others. Well done!
Don’t forget that students must wear their Huntingdale hat while outside from September 1- 30 April. This includes recess, lunch, excursions and outside sports activities.
If your child does not have a Huntingdale hat, please ensure you purchase one from PSW in Ormond over the school holidays.
We will be checking to see that students have their hats next term and informing those parents of students who do not have hats.
Planning is well underway for the 2019 school year. We ask that any current Huntingdale students who may be leaving next year to inform the school office as soon as possible.
Do you know of any neighbours, friends or family who have students starting in foundation in 2019? If so recommend that they come on a tour of our wonderful school.
We are currently taking new enrolments for students in all year levels in 2019.
Advice on Contaminated Strawberries
As a precaution, DET has asked schools to remind their families to follow the current health advice about strawberries. While it is safe to purchase strawberries, until advised, consumers should cut strawberries up before consuming them.
This advice currently applies to all strawberries.
Anyone in possession of the Donnybrook, Berry Obsession and Berry Licious, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, and Oasis strawberries should dispose of them or return to the place of purchase. These brands have been removed from sale.
Anyone who finds a contaminated strawberry should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
I hope everyone has a great holiday and a restful break.
See you in Term 4