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Arts and Technology Experiences at Westwind

Arts and Technology Experiences at Westwind
Posted on 01/10/2019
In December, four of our grade 6 classes enjoyed a drumming workshop with Leo Brooks in the Westwind Library. Students learned how to properly strike the djembe drums, to follow rhythms in unison, matching them to a spoken word pattern, and then to layer 2 and 3 different rhythms over each other. We appreciate Ms. Tayler’s work in organizing this learning activity.

Also in December, Westwind’s grade 5 and 6 students enjoyed the Fall Dance Recital at South Carleton High School in Richmond. It was a great opportunity for our students to visit their high school and consider some future course pathways; the huge number of dancers tells us that this is a very popular program! We appreciated the talent and enthusiasm of the students performing a variety of dance styles, and admired the way that the music, lighting, and colourful costumes all contributed to a wonderful show. We are grateful to South Carleton High School and Principal Bill Arden for providing the bus transportation to this event so that our students could attend easily.

In January, our primary classes will each enjoy a special pencil crayon workshop with a focus on growth mindset. Some of the key messages will include embracing challenges, persisting despite obstacles, seeing effort as a path to mastery, learning from criticism, and viewing failure as a crucial component in learning. We look forward to these learning sessions with Amie Talbot and thank the Westwind School Council for fully subsidizing the cost of $1,400 for the workshop. You can see some of Amie’s work in this video: https://youtu.be/NWXX_ATwybU 
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