Atwell Area Band ABODA Performance

Atwell Band1On 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!

Atwell Band 2Students who proudly represented Atwell Primary School in this Band were:

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

 

Kirby Cook

Music Specalist

Year 5 Music Incursion

DSC08359On 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.

 

Choir Performances Term 2

Music at Atwell Week 8 Term 2

New Choir UniformsThe Music department had a very busy week this week!

Tuesday June 13th during Assembly, the Year 6 flute players; Bethany Banister-Jones, Emma Connolly, Yuxin Weng and Brooke Robshaw played a wonderful harmony part, while Rose Wu from Year 3 accompanied the school in the National Anthem.

In that same assembly the Year 3 Choir performed their first two songs; “Supercalifragilistic expialidocious” and “Snakes and Ladders”.  This was their first performance as a cohort this year and they started strong! Their voice projection was outstanding and they clearly enjoyed the performance rush!! A great job Year 3’s!

On Wednesday June 14th, The Year 4-6 Choir went on an excursion to compete in the Children Sing Festival at UWA.  It was our first excursion this year where we got to wear our new uniforms and we looked AMAZING!  We received so many compliments that the Children Sing Festival asked if they could use our photos for their advertising purposes!

We had the privilege of being asked to be on stage first, which meant we got to show off our performance skills even more and we got to sing the national anthem in front of everyone too! We began with two show-stopping tunes; “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”, from the Lion King and “Furaha!”, which is Swahili meaning Joy!  The audience was blown away with our amazing confidence. It was also our first time practicing and performing with live accompaniment.  We were very lucky to have the wonderfully talented Keisha Klassen as our accompanist.  We received some wonderful comments from the adjudicator such as; “I very much liked the way you watched your conductor, which meant your entries were clear and clean.” AND “I definitely could hear the joy in your voices as you sang this song.”  Paige Thornton introduced the choir in a confident and entertaining manner, she even got a wonderful compliment from the adjudicator too!  The choir captains for this excursion where Ava Maher and Fabian Leituala and they did a fantastic job at helping our choir students represent us so beautifully in the community! Thank you to our wonderful choir for such an enjoyable day.

Finally, on Friday June 16th all the Year 2 students performed in a 40min song and dance extraganza for their parents! They learnt the dance moves and words to 26 songs, each song singing something funny about that letter in the alphabet.  Our audience was very pleased with all the great smiling faces. The Year 2’s did a fantastic job and best of all they enjoyed themselves.

After this busy week, I am sure all of Atwell Primary is feeling the great BUZZ the choir and music students are emanating, following their amazing on-stage performances. There is nothing quite like it!

A wonderful week of Music here at our school!

Miss. Schell

Music Teacher

 

 

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Atwell Area Band Performance

On Thursday April 6th, the newest Atwell Area Band performed a short concert for parents and teachers.  The Atwell Area Band is lead and conducted by Ms. Betty Young and consists 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.

It is not an easy task learning to play with other instruments and this morning this group of students proved they are meeting the challenge! Their sound was amazing, with excellent timing.  They are already playing while watching their conductor and listening to the other parts of the song.   An excellent job and a big congratulations for their hard work so far.  We look forward to their other concerts this year!  Their conductor, Ms. Betty Young, should also be commended on her efforts on getting the students where they are so quickly!

Students proudly representing Atwell Primary School in this Band are:

Flutes: Ella Dawson, Michelle Luo, Emily Zhao, Jade Regal

Brass: Issac Head, Alex Mills, Aadi Warrier, Maclin Berry (absent)

Clarinet: Emma Connolly, Lucrezia Bonini

Percussion: Matthew Able, Scarlett Brimage, Arrahbella Watts, Jack Martin

Music Monitors 2017

I am so pleased to announce this year’s Music Monitors.  They have officially received their badges at assembly earlier this year and already done so many wonderful helpful things around the music area of our school. I am sure they will continue to do a great job and look forward to a successful year!

Miss. Schell

Music Monitors 2017

Music Monitors 2016: Olivia Harper, Kara Parkinson,  Kendall Haines, Lucrezia Bonini, Emma Connolly,  Paige Thornton.

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