In recent weeks there has been a great deal of colour, energy and enthusiasm as our girls have participated in a range of activities. As students move through the Middle School it is important that they are given the opportunity to experience and try out new activities, in order to better understand their interests, passions and strengths.
Last week as part of Core Music and Drama in Year 7 and 8, students were fortunate to attend a performance titled ‘Spirit of Polynesia’ by Bernard Mangakahia. During his engaging and entertaining performance he shared with students aspects of various cultures throughout Polynesia, including Maori and Samoan and their expression through music and dance and demonstrated some impressive dances using Poi, Hoops and costume. Bernard also spoke with great passion about showing courage and growing as an individual. He charged students with the task of learning their history and ancestors, sharing their history and telling the world about where you come from. Students undertaking Year 8 Drama/Music had an additional workshop with Barnard and will be building on the skills to incorporate into their Performing Arts Night on Wednesday 25 November.
Last week in the area of Performing Arts we enjoyed two performances by students in the 9/10 Production. These performances were of a really high quality and the positive student interactions we’ve seen throughout rehearsals over the last two terms was really pleasing to see. At the Term 4 Twilight Concert it was pleasing to see so many students taking up the opportunity to perform pieces for staff, friends and parents. For some it was their first solo performance whilst for others they had the opportunity to play new pieces.
Last Wednesday the Tintern Pool came alive with colour and sound as the girls participated in the House Swimming Carnival. Under the leadership of our newly appointed Captains for 2016, the girls showed great House spirit and camaraderie as they supported each other in and out of the pool. Congratulations to all girls who participated, whether in traditional or novelty events or even helping out with officiating.
On Tuesday 27 October our Year 7 girls held their first ever ‘Night of the Notables’. Parents, teachers and friends enjoyed learning about each notable as they visited the displays put together by students.
A group of Year 9 girls has just returned from their Outdoor Education Elective Canoe Camp to Lake Eildon which has seen them put in to practice the skills worked on in class. The weather was fantastic and students enjoyed the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership and initiative throughout the camp.