Cultural incursion excites

Year 6 participated in a Taiko Japanese cultural incursion on Tuesday 8 June that saw students immersed in movement, drumming and art.

This incursion was facilitated by Taikoz, in collaboration with our Music and Language Departments.

The event was designed to actively immerse students in movement, drumming and craft workshops. The program integrated syllabus outcomes from several KLAs.

“This was an exciting opportunity to engage our Year 6 cohort in a range of stimulating hands on experiences that reinforce our IGS values of diversity, authenticity and connectedness,” IGS Head of Primary Music Nikolas Glass said.

Students rotated across four different activities in their home room class groups including:

  • Study Onikenbai, a beautiful, powerful and fascinating dance and music form that hails from Iwate Prefecture in Japan
  • Learn and perform excerpts from Dirt Rhythm, composed by Anton Lock, a former member of Taikoz, in response to his work in regional NSW where the ochre earth was prominent and vast
  • Study Taiko and movement elements of Hana taoyakani ni, performed recently at the City Recital Hall
  • Study Japanese art and craft.

    Students also performed excerpts from an Australian Taiko drumming work, composed by Anton Lock, a former member of Taikoz. Titled, Dirt Rhythms, this drumming work responds to Lock’s own experiences in regional NSW where the ochre earth was prominent and vast. The students also explored the movement elements of Hana Taoyakani

    Sensei Machiko worked with Year 6 students to create a beautiful blossom tree mural out of Origami. The Year 6 Blossom Tree is on display next to the Year 6 classrooms.

    A full video showcase will be sent out to all year 6 parents before the end of term. See a snapshot of the day in the video below.