Tuesday, 21 July 2015

A Dazzling Night ~ Our 2015 Concert and Graduation

In June, we held our annual end of year concert and graduation.  The children helped choose the songs they wanted to sing and added actions and movements to some of those songs.  We practiced for weeks before the concert to make sure everything was just so.  Parents also told us that the children would go home and practice 'the concert' for hours on end.

On the evening of our concert, the air was electric with anticipation and excitement.  Our hostesses greeted guests and handed out programmes.  In the gymnasium, parents and family members mixed and mingled as they awaited the performance.

Our Hostesses - A. (left) is the sister of one of the night's graduates.
M. (right) is a former graduate and sister of one of the night's graduates.

In the foyer, the children couldn't wait to get the show started!

As we entered the gymnasium, a hush fell upon the crowd.  After a few adjustments, we were ready for our audience.
Backstage Before the Concert
Lead by our French teacher Madame D., the children began with a selection of their favourite French songs. 


We were happy to have Mrs. L., our Kindermusik teacher, join us on this evening.  She led the children in a medley of songs they had been singing with her all year.  There was some action involved in these songs and our adoring audience loved it!

Once we had sang our songs, it was time to celebrate our graduates.  The non-graduates joined their parents in the audience while our graduates remained on the stage behind closed curtains.  They needed time to prepare for their close-ups.
Backstage Preparations

Waiting For the Curtain

We can't wait!
 The curtain slowly opened to reveal our 2015 graduates! Congratulations!   


 For almost two decades, I have stood on the sidelines introducing the current year's graduates.  Words cannot describe the flood of emotion that washes over me as I see these beautiful, confident, intelligent children standing proudly on the stage.  Our time together seems to move so quickly and you find yourself wishing that you could hold on to them for just a little while longer.  Yet in my heart I know that they have never been more ready for what the next chapter holds in their lives.  The future belongs to them. 
 Now it was time to celebrate!  Here are some pictures of the graduates with their graduation cake.


Thank you to everyone who attended our concert.  It was a dazzler!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Magical Moments ~ Our Last Day of School

Our school year has truly been filled with many magical moments we will treasure for years to come.  What better way to celebrate our last day than with a magic show!  In June, we invited Roger the Juggler to visit our school and celebrate our last day with us.

Here is Roger doing some tricks in a puffed up suit.  He also brought some cool music along that we loved moving to.

He mesmerized us with his juggling skills!

He was also very good at spinning balls.

Roger gave many of the children a chance to try spinning balls.  They were great!
One Ball

Two Balls

Three Balls!
He pulled a ribbon out of D.'s ear!

How did that get in there?
Roger did many tricks for us and even showed us how to perform a few easy tricks.  At the end of the show, Roger gave each child a chance to spin a ball.  It was amazing how calm and patient the children were as they waited for their turn.

At the very end of the show, he brought out his pet rabbit to meet all of us.
Thank you Roger for filling our last day with magic!