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‘We are Australian’ Art Show 2022

‘We are Australian’ Art Show 2022

What a spectacular Art Show our students showcased this week! Please find below a link to the music video that the Performing Arts club put together for the Art Show opening night and a link to some of the highlights of the evening.

Well done to Mrs Laming for another amazing Art Show!

 

 

 

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HT School Song!

HT School Song!

It is my great pleasure to share with the school community our very own school song! The song was written by a group of amazingly talented students. I am so proud of each and every one of them for all the time and effort that went into putting this together. In 2021 these students had the opportunity to be part of a lunchtime Performing Arts club. During these sessions they did some singing and songwriting workshops. During the singing workshops they learnt about different singing techniques and breathing techniques. During the songwriting workshops they learnt about how to structure a song and write song lyrics. We decided to write a song about our fantastic school! 

The students worked in small groups and brainstormed ideas for our song lyrics. They also had a go at coming up with different melodies  for the song. Once we were happy with the lyrics and the melody, the students were lucky to have Jordan Glanville, a professional musician and sound engineer, make the music into a real song. I was hoping that we could go to a professional recording studio to record our song – unfortunately because of COVID we had to put these ideas on hold. 

In 2022 we continued to work on our song and even though we didn’t get to go to a real recording studio, with the help of my very patient husband – we set up our own recording studio here at school! Check out the music video that we created!!

What a wonderful tribute to our amazing school!

Josie Formichelli

Italian/Performing Arts Teacher

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Magic at HT!!

Magic at HT!!

On Thursday 23rd June we were very lucky to have Tim Mason from the Melbourne Magic Academy come to our school to entertain the students with his magic show! It was lots of fun and the students had a great time. We are hoping to get magic classes started at HT  -more information about this will be coming soon. Check out Tim’s website for information about his classes and shows: https://www.magicacademy.com.au/

Click on the link below to see highlights of the magic show:

Have a great break everyone!

Ciao a presto

Signora Formichelli

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ITALIAN DAY/TRINITY FEAST DAY 2022

ITALIAN DAY/TRINITY FEAST DAY 2022

On Thursday 9th June we celebrated Italian day and Trinity Feast Day. It was a great day with many wonderful activities including a parade, Roman bulla making, Ancient Rome escape room, bocce, Trinity feast day activities and mass. Check out the video link showing highlights of the day!

 

 

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ITALIAN DAY/TRINITY FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS – THURSDAY 9TH JUNE

ITALIAN DAY/TRINITY FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS – THURSDAY 9TH JUNE

The students are very excited about our upcoming Italian Day/Trinity Feast Day celebrations. We will be celebrating this day on Thursday 9th June. The theme for Italian day this year is Ancient Rome. In class the students have been learning about life in Ancient Roman times. It would be lovely to see all the students dressed up on the day. Some costume ideas would be: Roman God or Goddess, Roman Emperor, Roman soldier, Roman man, woman or child or a Roman gladiator. A simple toga can be made out of a bed sheet or a costume could be put together simply with an oversized t-shirt, belt, rope or scarf.

Here are some examples:

Here is a youtube link showing you how to make a toga using a bedsheet:

Toga for boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8gN3YiMZn

Toga for girls link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4hWqIW–rQ

It is only optional to dress up as a Roman, students can also dress up in the Italian colours – green, white and red if they prefer.

There will be many fun activities organised for the day! We will be having a parade in the morning starting at 9.10am – parents are more than welcome to stay and watch the parade. The parade will be out on the basketball courts. The students will be entertained by the amazing Tim Mason from the Melbourne Magic Academy and will also participate in activities in their classrooms which will be centred around the Ancient Rome theme. After lunch we will celebrate Trinity Feast day mass in the community hall – parents are more than welcome to attend mass. This special mass will commence at 2.10pm.

Looking forward to a great day!

Viva l’italiano!

Signora Formichelli

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Prep ‘P’ Day!!!!!

Prep ‘P’ Day!!!!!

Today the Preps celebrated ‘P’ day! It is our letter focus for the week and students came to school dressed up in anything starting with the letter P! We had pizza for lunch and popcorn for afternoon snack and we even did a parade for parents. All in all it has been a positively fabulous day!

Check out the video of our great day!

Prep P day.mp4

Miss Rooney and Miss Rodrigues

Prep teachers

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Buon Natale – Merry Christmas!

Buon Natale – Merry Christmas!

As we come to the end of 2021 I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our HT and St Mary’s families  – Buon Natale! It has been a jam packed year but we made it!! The link to our Festa di Carnevale production was sent to all families via Operoo yesterday. There has been some lovely feedback from parents and students.

Best of luck to our graduating class of 2021 – Buona fortuna! Wishing you all the best as you go to secondary school.

From my famiglia to yours – Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!

Ciao Signora Formichelli

 

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WEEK 9 ITALIAN/PERFORMING ARTS STARS OF THE WEEK!

WEEK 9 ITALIAN/PERFORMING ARTS STARS OF THE WEEK!

It has been another wonderful week in Italian/Performing Arts! This week we had a bit of a “masterchef’ challenge! The Prep/1/2 students had the opportunity to bake some bear cookies, if they were unable to do the baking they had the option of making an origami bear and the 3-6 students made ‘una pizza rustica’ – an authentic rustic pizza.

Our stars of the week for week 9 are:

The Prep star of the week is: Ashan

The grade 1/2 stars of the week are: Yianni, Madelyn, Oliver T, Samantha C, Lakshmi and Lauren.

The grade 3/4 stars of the week are: Gloria, OliviaH, Pierre, Cara G, Chantal and Ella V.

The grade 5/6  stars of the week are: Liv, Mya, Tazio, Sunny and Lucy.

Check out some photos that students sent in:

Ciao Signora Formichelli

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Week 8 Italian/Performing Arts Online Stars of the Week!

Week 8 Italian/Performing Arts Online Stars of the Week!

It has been another fantastic week in Italian/Performing Arts!

This week the Preps revised the numbers 1-10. The Prep star of the week is: Anishka

The grade 1/2 students listened to a story called Orso marrone cosa vedi? – Brown Bear what can you see?  and learnt a new dance. It was great to see the videos of them dancing! The grade 1/2 stars of the week are: Ria, Yianni, Courtney and Chiara.

The grade 3/4 students continued working on an online investigation about Italy – this week they listened to a story called La macchinetta rossa – the little car. The car went on a race around Italy and visited lots of different monuments . Our stars of the week from this level are: EmersonD and LachlanG.

The grade 5/6 students have continued with their online study about Leonardo da Vinci. This week it was all about his inventions. Our stars of the week for this level are: Nathan,Liam, Noah and Holly.

Keep up the fabulous work everyone!

Ciao Signora Formichelli

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Week 7 Italian/Performing Arts Stars of the Week!

Week 7 Italian/Performing Arts Stars of the Week!

It has been another fun week in Italian/Performing Arts! The Prep students learnt a new chant called Signor Pollice – Mr Thumb. They recorded themselves saying the chant and doing the actions. It made my day to see the videos and I was very impressed with the way the students acted out the chant! Fantastico lavoro!

The Prep stars of the week are: Jordan and Kaya!

The grade 1/2 students revised the body parts and learnt a new dance. It was great to see the videos of them dancing!

The grade 1/2 stars of the week are: Aarav and Ruby in year 1 and Thomas in year 2.

The grade 3/4 students have been working hard on an online investigation about Italy and completing some more modules in the Languagenut program.

Our stars of the week from this level are: Taya and Zoe B in year 3 and Chantal in year 4.

The grade 5/6 students have continued with their online study about Leonardo da Vinci. This week it was all about the Mona Lisa. Our stars of the week for this level are: Ella G and Charlotte in year 5 and Scarlet, Sunny and Ryan in year 6.

The grade 3-6 students have continued completing modules in the Languagenut program. The class that is leading the charge at the moment is – (insert drum roll here)  – 4 Yellow with an outstanding score of 443,200 points! Eccellente!

Our total medal tally:

3551 Gold

540 Silver

233 Bronze

And our world ranking is – 69.

Keep up the AWESOME work everyone!

Ciao Signora Formichelli

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ITALIAN/PERFORMING ARTS STARS OF WEEK 6!

ITALIAN/PERFORMING ARTS STARS OF WEEK 6!

It has been a great week of remote learning this week in Italian/Performing Arts lessons! The grade 5/6 students learnt about Leonardo da Vinci and mirror writing. They were set the challenge of creating a sentence in Italian about themselves and presenting it in mirror writing.

Check out some of the mirror writing that they came up with! Can you work out what it says?

The Preps have been learning about Le parti del corpo – the body parts. They were given the challenge of creating Signor Patata – Mr Potato Head using an interactive google slide. Check out some of their creations!

Class stars of the week:

Prep Blue: Primrose and Ryder

Prep Yellow: Lily, Hazel and Giselle

The grade 1/2 students revised the numbers in Italian and played some online interactive games to practice. They did a great job! Fantastico!

Class stars of the week:

1 Blue: Patrick S

1 Yellow: Evie B

2 Blue: Zara R

2 Yellow: Owen S

The grade 3/4 students continued with the online Languagenut program.  3 Yellow are undefeated champions with an amazing score of 369,800 points!!!!

Keep up the AMAZING work everyone!

Ciao Signora Formichelli

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ITALIAN/PERFORMING ARTS REMOTE LEARNING STARS OF THE WEEK!

ITALIAN/PERFORMING ARTS REMOTE LEARNING STARS OF THE WEEK!

Last week (week 5 of remote learning)  the students in year 3-6 were set the challenge of completing some language learning modules in an online program called LANGUAGENUT. Each class and each individual student is awarded points as they complete each language module and also awarded a gold, silver or bronze for their efforts. We are also given a world ranking against other schools and countries.

The students rose to the challenge magnificently so I have chosen some remote learning stars of the week! Check out the list below:

REMOTE LEARNING CLASS OF THE WEEK:

3 YELLOW with a whopping score of 203,800! What an awesome effort from 3 Yellow!

Top students from each class:

3 Blue – Charlize C

3  Yellow – Wyatt C

4 Blue – Amelia F

4 Yellow – Ella V

5 Blue – Angel J

5 Yellow – Abbey G

6 Blue – Lucy G

6 Yellow – Josh G

TOTAL GOLD – 3159

TOTAL SILVER – 468

TOTAL BRONZE – 206

WORLD RANKING – 148th

Keep up the great work everyone!

Ciao Signora Formichelli

 

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AUGURI! CONGRATS!

AUGURI! CONGRATS!

Last term I placed a picture of the Mona Lisa on my classroom door. I waited all term for someone to notice that there was something a little different about this Mona Lisa. Finally on the very last day of term 1 Thomas in 6 Yellow said “Signora is that you?!!” Well done to Thomas you are our winner for finally noticing that it was Signora’s face on the Mona Lisa painting! Bravo!

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HELP!! COSTUME ITEMS NEEDED!

HELP!! COSTUME ITEMS NEEDED!

Hello everyone! We are looking for donations of items for this year’s ‘Festa di Carnevale’ whole school production. Please have a look at the list below and if you can help in any way please email me and let me know ASAP:

jformichelli@htws.catholic.edu.au

Red tutu skirts: for Preps x 9

Vests:  to fit grade 6 boys any colour x 6

Bright coloured neon or fluorescent fabric/tops/skirts: etc…. (80’s look items.)

Baby onesies – sizes 2-4: x 6

A box will be left at the front office for all donations. 

Grazie Signora Formichelli

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School Production 2021 – Festa di Carnevale!

School Production 2021 – Festa di Carnevale!

It with great excitement that I share with you the theme for this year’s whole school production! Our production will be all about Carnevale time in Venice! At this stage the production will be in term 3 on Thursday 9th September at Crossways – more information will be available in term 3 once we know more with regards to numbers at the venue etc..

Last term the grade 5 and 6 students had the opportunity to audition for a main role in the production – the auditions were absolutely fantastic! The production committee will be announcing the main characters very soon!

The grade 5’s theme for the production will be ‘Magia’ – Magic! They will be particpating in magic workshops with Tim Mason from the Melbourne Magic Academy. Their first workshop was on Friday 23rd April. The students had so much fun and are very much looking forward to learning some magic tricks.

Check out the video below:

Ciao a presto!

Signora Formichelli

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‘Natale at HT’ Showcase 2020

‘Natale at HT’ Showcase 2020

The students are very excited to share with you the link to the ‘Natale at HT’ showcase. It was very sad that we couldn’t participate in this year’s whole school concert so this was a way in which the students could still be part of a performance.

Click on this link to view each class performance:

https://sites.google.com/htws.catholic.edu.au/italianandperformingarts/home

Buon Natale!

Ciao Signora Formichelli

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