Pro­duc­tion a his­tory les­son

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Tocumwal Pub­lic School en­ter­tained a large crowd of more than 300 spec­ta­tors at its an­nual whole school pro­duc­tion last week.

All stu­dents from Kinder­garten to Year 6 took the au­di­ence back in time through dif­fer­ent mo­ments in his­tory set to mu­sic and dance.

The premise of the script — writ­ten by teach­ers Nicole Laker, Beth Hatty and Kate Bun­nett — was a game show where the host Mor­gan Crab­shackle asked ques­tions to the con­tes­tant Mar­garine Muf­fin, based on short clips that she was shown.

Each clip was a class per­for­mance of a selected mo­ment in his­tory.

Mar­garine was as­sisted in her en­deav­ours by a ‘brains trust’ and there was much laugh­ter as she tried to an­swer the rather sim­ple ques­tions.

The Kinder­garten stu­dents re-en­acted the first moon land­ing, while Year 1 repli­cated di­nosaurs stomp­ing through the land.

Year 2 cov­ered the Greeks with gods, danc­ing and Spar­tan bat­tles and Year 3 recre­ated the dis­cov­ery of Tu­tankhamen’s tomb with mum­mies com- ing alive and walk­ing like an Egyp­tian.

Year 4 looked at the mo­ment ‘the day the mu­sic died’ in 1959, Year 5 cel­e­brated the tech­no­log­i­cal revo­lu­tion and the in­ven­tion of the iPhone and Year 6 took us to the Glen­rowan Inn and Ned Kelly’s last stand.

Prin­ci­pal Dar­ren White said the im­mer­sion of cre­ative arts in other ar­eas of the cur­ricu­lum cre­ated en­joy­able and mem­o­rable ways in which the stu­dents could dis­cover mo­ments in his­tory.

‘‘I would like to thank Nicole Laker who co­or­di­nated the pro­duc­tion once again with the as­sis­tance of mu­sic and sound ef­fects by Beth Hatty, as well as all the teach­ers who de­vel­oped their own class act,’’ Mr White said.

‘‘The stars of the evening were the stu­dents who put aside fears of per­form­ing in front of such a large au­di­ence and prac­tised hard to learn their dances and lines.’’

Year 3 stu­dents sparkled on stage in a retelling of the dis­cov­ery of Tu­tankhamen’s tomb.

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