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On Saturday September 2nd, is year’s Atwell Area Band performed at the Australian Band Orchestra Directors’ Association (ABODA) adjudicated concert festival. This event is run in partnership with the Instrumental Music Schools Services, Department of Education W.A. The aims of the Concert Bands and Orchestra Festivals are:
- To give ensemble members a performance opportunity at an outstanding venue.
- To give ensemble members an opportunity to hear other ensembles perform.
- To provide each ensemble with constructive comments from a panel of informed adjudicators.
- To present to each ensemble a certificate which recognises its participation and standard of performance
The Atwell Area Band is lead and conducted by Ms. Betty Young. Her passion is to be commended as she did an outstanding job at this festival. The band consists of Year 6 Instrumental Music School Service students playing; woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Atwell Primary School has a large presence within the band, the whole bass section is Atwell Primary School’s very own baritone and trombone players! Four of our guitar players also have taken on the challenge of playing percussion in the band. We look forward to their performance being held at Atwell Primary School in Term 4!
Flutes: Ella Dawson, Michelle Luo, Emily Zhao, Jade Regal
Brass: Issac Head, Alex Mills, Aadi Warrier, Maclin Berry
Clarinet: Emma Connolly, Lucrezia Bonini
Percussion: Matthew Able, Scarlett Brimage, Arrahbella Watts, Jack Martin
On Wednesday August 2nd, the Year Five students had the pleasure of attending and engaging in a music incursion. It was presented by Jenny Guant of “The Littlest Fox” and Phil Gray of the “Loaded Dog” groups. This performance covered Western Australian history and incorporated folk songs about famous (and less well-known) Western Australians; Grace Bussell, Moondyne Joe and Fanny Balbuk, as well as tales of the difficulties first settlers found in their new home. Some of the folk instruments that were used to accompany these songs included acoustic guitar, banjo, cello, traditional ukulele, harmonica, stomp peddle and fiddle. Each song included a catchy chorus that the students sang along to. This interactive performance also incorporated bush dance. Selected students were taught and performed this dance, while keeping in time to the live music being played. It was interesting for the students to learn that when Australian settlers first came, they didn’t have TV’s, stereos or phones! They spent their free time in the community hall meeting and getting to know each other through dancing. This was a wonderful opportunity presented to our Year Five students, stimulating their music learning and enriching their audience participation skills.
Atwell Primary School Year 6 student, Jade Ackerman is one of the winners of this year’s Therapy Focus Art Competition. Her illustration will be published in the storybook, ‘Ben Tries to Fly’ . She will also recieve a prize pack and attend the official book launch. Her artwork is incredible and was selected out of more than 4000 students!