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Interactive Experiences Enjoyed by All at the Murrook Culture Centre

On Monday 21st August 3F and 3B students travelled to the Murrook Culture Centre.

“It was a long bus ride, so when we arrived we had our recess and broke into groups. After that we went to see a smoking ceremony. That’s what they do if someone dies, gets married or if a baby is born. Then the Indigenous guides, Chris and Steve sang a song about God while we watched the smoke. Chris taught us how to speak “Gutung” and it was fun.  After that we got to do some painting of Aboriginal art on canvas. We could choose to trace some animal stencils and do dot paintings. They looked great! Next, we had lunch and played on the oval. After lunch we went to see how didgeridoos were made and saw some Indigenous artefacts. The boys got to play the didgeridoos and the girls played the sticks.Then we got to do a funny dance and had our faces painted with white ochre. Last of all we got to throw returning boomerangs. It was super fun! We said goodbye to Chris and Steve and thanked them for having us. Then we went back to school on the bus. We had such a great day!” By Amelia B and Alarna M (3B)

“For the welcoming ceremony Steve put a fire on and added green leaves so it would produce a lot of smoke. They walked through the smoke and released all their bad energy. Then Chris said some words in Wallimia language then translated it into English for us.  For our painting activity we used mini canvas, paints, brushes and stencils to create our own little story with aboriginal dot art. It was interesting to see and hear all the different picture stories.  Then we learned a traditional dance, which required us to put on paint, learn the moves, show our friends. There are certain animals to their dancing as well the ones we learnt were the kangaroo and emu. Then we looked at different artefacts that were used in hunting, gathering and cooking, such as spears, plates and cutting down materials.  We were able to come up and choose our favourite artefacts. One of the kids chose an occer (Oh-ker) which makes different colours when rubbed against a rock (red, white and yellow). Red is for boys, yellow is for girls and white is for everyone.  We each got a turn at throwing a boomerang. There were three different types: returning, non returning and hunting boomerang. We threw two different sizes of returning ones, the big one was the easiest.” By Eva (3F)

Please click here for a selection of images from the day, on our Facebook Gallery.

Pre-School Music Program

Our Pre-school families are enriched by an early-learning music curriculum which is formally integrated within the Pre-school’s Early Years Leaning Framework.  The high-energy music classes are held weekly, and are taught throughout the year by our experienced Pre-school and Junior School Music Teacher, Mrs Ingrid Shaw.

This speciality music program engages students through interactive sessions in which they learn how to “sing it and say it, before you can play it”.  Music is a dynamic medium and the Pre-school music program teaches children how to express themselves through musical techniques and concepts such as:

  • loud and soft sounds;
  • rhythm;
  • dynamics of pitch; and
  • movement (singing, dancing and playing).


By participating in both individual and group music activities, children learn the value of patience, taking turns and experience the joy of celebrating with friends when they achieve foundational music skills and regularly present these as mini-performances.

Music can provide breakthrough experiences for children as they learn communication and socialisation.  Weekly music lessons deliver a repertoire of material for each Pre-school teacher to take back into their Rooms (Possum Room and Wombat Room), incorporating music teachings with weekly activities involving all children.

Our beginner music programming is unique within the Region.  This introduction to individual and group musical activity in Pre-school is a perfect stepping stone for children progressing into the Macquarie College Junior School, where music is celebrated and performed consistently in all Stages of Junior School learning and development.

Parents are welcome to attend the weekly Pre-school music classes and to observe their child’s interaction with others, experimentation with instruments and participation in group music activities. 

Please contact the Pre-school Reception on 4954 9449 to arrange your visit.

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BYOT

The Macquarie College Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program is now in its third year for Senior School Students.    This Program enables the College to pursue digital normalisation in education in the most efficient, and cost effective, manner for parents/guardians and the College.   BYOT involves personal ownership by students as they integrate technology into their engaging and efficient daily learning environment.
 
 
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