The Leadership Centre was buzzing this term as the Year 5 and 6 students worked together to create their production, Hatari.  The semester began with students visiting Rivoli Cinema to watch the inspiration for our production, Jumanji.  Students were then inducted into the ‘Leadership Actors’ Guild’, an immersive day in which students practised monologues, recorded screen tests, snapped headshots and wrote short biographies for themselves.  This information was uploaded and shared on the Leadership Actors Guild website, with profiles created for all our budding thespians.

With dramatic fervour running through the Leadership Centre, we visited Camberwell Girls Grammar School to see their fabulous production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  The CPS students got a taste of what our production might look like and returned to school filled with ideas on how our stages could be set up, our scripts could be written and all the other elements of a successful theatrical production. Students set about working on all aspects of their production.  Students were responsible for writing their class scripts, designing and building props and backdrops, creating costumes, choreographing dance routines and practising their acting.

Hatari made its debut in Week 9 as a matinee performance for Foundation to Year 4 students across the school.  The performance was extremely well received by younger students, with one remarking on their way out “I can’t wait to see Hatari 2!”  That night and the following night, the performance was put on in full for sold out audiences.  Students danced hard, acted dramatically and put on two unforgettable performances that left students, parents and teachers brimming with pride.  It was a fantastic occasion and certainly a memory that will stay with our students for a very long time.

Throughout the production, students looked at the elements of chance and probability, as inspired by the game played in Jumanji.  Students learnt about expected and observed outcomes, complementary events, trial data and representing probability using fractions, decimals or percentages.  Students created their own original chance games, identifying the elements of chance in their game and providing clear instructions.  The games were of very high quality and were well received as the entertainment during Hatari’s interval.

Term 3 has been another unforgettable term for the Year 5 and 6 students.  The teachers have been blown away by the support of our community this term, particularly the parents of the Leadership Centre students during production.  Once again, thank you for your ongoing support.  We’ve got sme exciting things brewing for our final term of 2018 and we are excited to get started!

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