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18 March 2015

@ SCHOOL Green Eggs and Ham International man of music OL HOLIDAYS forSCHO kids in hats STUDENTS at Retaval Infants School in Belfield recently celebrated the birthday of the American writer and cartoonist, Theodor Seuss Geisel, (Dr Seuss to all his readers) who is most widely known for his children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr Seuss. Wearing silly socks, inspired by the book Fox in Socks, was all the rage, as well as fun hats, all the while participating in a creative fun-filled afternoon of learning.

The young students made their own Cat in the Hats and green eggs and ham were accomplished by moulding coloured icing sugar and placing it on top of a cupcake. Who hasn’t read Dr Seuss books? The rhymes and seemingly silly stories are wound together brilliantly in life-long values lessons through the words and wonderful illustrations that remain timeless. The Retaval students watched a clip from Bartholomew and the Oobleck in which the mythical

King Derwin of the Kingdom of Didd is bored with rain, sun, fog, and snow. He summons his royal magician to create something new and exciting to fall from the sky. What the King receives is a sticky green globe – Oobleck, which causes a royal mess. To remove the mess and undo his magical mishap, King Derwin must say he is sorry for not being grateful, thus reinforcing the moral of the story that is: Saying sorry makes everything better.


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Alexander Palmer has returned to the inner west. by Mitchell Jordan

FORMER Trinity student Alexander Palmer has come a long way from the inner west. Since graduating from Trinity Grammar with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2009, Alexander decided to study abroad and enrolled in a music degree at Cambridge University. “I had studied music at undergraduate level and wanted a music course quite different to what was on offer.” Though he began playing the cello at the age of eight, followed by piano and singing not long after, Alexander opted to study composition at university. After spending three years in Cambridge, he then went on to study for another year in Valencia, southern Spain. The latter experience proved vastly different from what he expected, mostly because the culture shock Alexander was prepared for did not eventuate.

Back To Schoo l Primary students from Retaval School in Belfield celebrate Dr Seuss.

“I was studying at an American college – most of the students and teachers were American, so it was a little strange. A lot of people went away not speaking a word of Spanish,” Alexander recalled. Recently returning to Summer Hill, Alexander took part in this month’s Spectrum Now Festival, performing at Customs House and is considering heading back overseas, this time to the United States.

Global Orchestra to play for the planet

ON THE count down to Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28, a live stream of chief conductor David Robertson will be beamed out direct from the Sydney Opera House across the world as part of a mass participation global orchestra, multi-location, simultaneous performance of Holst’s ‘The Planets’. Students from Santa Sabina College will take part in the historic event by playing along with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the inaugural Concert for the Planet. Santa Sabina College’s Artistic

Director Karen Carey is the Global Orchestra’s Education Ambassador. “I believe in collaboration and developing professional partnerships to help our students have meaningful and life changing musical experiences,” Ms Carey said of the new technology, which will allow the students to play along from their own school. “To work alongside the creative and inspiring Global Orchestra team has been an incredible privilege putting us in contact with the SSO educational team and many industry professionals.”

The evening at Santa Sabina will feature a pre-concert performance by the students. A combined orchestra with participation by the audience will then perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Global Orchestra is uniting people all over the globe through the universal language of music, to engage in conversation about the future of our planet. The event is open to the public and bookings can be made at http://

Information Tour

Friday 20 March - Middle & Secondary Campus

Global Orchestra’s Education Ambassador, Karen Carey.



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Burwood Scene Vol.9 No.16 - Wednesday 18 March 2015

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Burwood Scene Vol.9 No.16 - Wednesday 18 March 2015