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The past few months have been a flurry of musical activity, highlighted by our grade 2 and 3 choirs performing at the Winkler Festival of the Arts. Both groups received high praise from adjudicator Millie Hildebrand with the grade 3's being told their piece was "Really well communicated" and "You convince us!" and the grade 2's being commended for their "Excellent rhythmic energy" and "Superb word formation and fine intonation." All the hard work our students put in during lunch hour rehearsals really paid off!

The grade 3 choir received a special invitation to perform at the Festival Awards Night and also won a scholarship for their efforts!

Relating to the picture above, students were invited to decorate a character, showing who they are as musicians. They were invited to draw different notes, rests, and words they know on their character and highlight musical styles, artists, and experiences they have had, all to show how we are growing as musicians. We created two bulletin boards to highlight our musical school so students could see how they may have similarities to other students but also how we all have unique musical tastes, knowledge, and involvement. I encourage all students to keep building the musician in them!

Coming up, we are busy recording the choirs so they will have a keepsake at the end of the year; several selections to listen to. The Family Picnic is also fast approaching and the choirs will be performing several pieces they haven't performed yet so that should be exciting.

It is so great to be a part of a school community that values music such as this one and a huge thanks goes out to all students for participating so heartily in music activities!