The WSCC curates a variety of age appropriate arts programs each year that use drama, storytelling, music, dance and visual arts to enhance our children’s curriculum.
The most recent and last program of the series was Cosima Grunsky’s Cozy Music. Cosima performed for the JK to Grade 2 students as well as the 2.5 to 3.5 year-olds from Dandylion Daycare on May 6.
Cozy Music is a fun-filled interactive music performance for young children which aims to entertain and educate. Cosima is a singer-songwriter who plays the guitar, ukulele, hand drum, dulcimer and a variety of other instruments from around the world. The show is a mixture of traditional and original songs with engaging melodies that explore different moods and celebrate the life and joy of making music. Through singing and musical games the children explore volume, pitch, rhythm, movement and dance.
Click here for a review and drawings by the students of Room 2.
The first program of the 2015-2016 school year was a performance by Mike Ford on Friday, December 4th.
Mike Ford played a bilingual concert for the Grade 4, 5 and 6 core and extended French students. Formerly of the musical group Moxy Früvous, Mike is currently a Juno-nominated Franco-Ontarian solo artist who has released 4 acclaimed albums of Canadian history-inspired songs (see sample performance).
Check out these reviews to see what some of our students thought of his performance!
Camping Royale – Very Entertaining And A Big Hit With The Kids!
On Thursday, January 11, students in Grades 1-4 enjoyed this CORPUS production which combined dance, theatrical imagery and surrealist humour to tell the story of two queens from a different time who went on a camping trip far away from court. Without servants, they had to use their creativity to “survive” in the wild. Below is a photo from the performance.
Click here to read a review written by the students of Room 14.
Photo courtesy of @wilkinsonTDSB
BOOSTAN Multicultural Collective (BMC) – Understanding Community Through Art
On Monday, February 1, the Grade 3 and 4 students participated in an arts program lead by BMC, a not-for-profit organization devoted to creating co-curricular programs that celebrate diversity and heritage through the arts. In honour of Wilkinson’s centennial, BMC led a series of culture-based art programs involving photography, basket weaving, and painting as well as a walking tour of local establishments along Danforth Ave. from Pape to Greenwood. Through guided inquiry, students gained an understanding of the area’s changing demographics, uncovered cultural histories and built connections with the diverse identities that exist within our community.
Photos courtesy of the WSCC Arts Committee
Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story – A Touching and Insightful Play
On February 23, the Grade 4-6 students watched this one-man show which tells the incredible story of Maurice Ruddick, “the singing miner”, an African-Canadian who survived nine days underground during the historic Springhill mine disaster of 1958. He was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for saving the lives of his fellow workers by keeping their spirits up through his music. This play is a celebration of hope, courage, and community, which recalls the events during the Springhill mine disaster, the effect it had on the rural Canadian community and the racial tension that grew from it.
Click here to read reviews written by the students of Room 21.
Photo courtesy of @wilkinsonTDSB
Thank you Arts Committee for bringing this programming into the school!