Rupert’s Race for Rhythm

Rupert’s Race for Rhythm  was our middle primary musical production. The play was scripted by Chris Barrett along with ideas from grade 3 and 4 students. Chris also did the staging and choreography. Our musical director was Deborah Tait.

The play was about a boy called Rupert who had decided he wanted to be a dancer. Rupert was not coordinated and didn’t think he had rhythm. He travelled the world in search of rhythm. He travelled to Japan and saw Taiko Drumming, South Korea and watched a Fan Dance, in Russia he saw Cossack Dancing, he heard the Sao Roma song in Romania, in Austria he saw the Shuhplatter Dance, in Italy he saw the Tarantella dance, in England he saw the Maypole Dance, in Jamaica he heard Shake the Papaya song, in the USA he saw a Hoe Down and in Africa he saw the Rhythm Dance. Rupert learnt a lot from each of the communities he visited.

During his travels he wrote home to his family telling him about what he had seen, heard and tasted. So do you think he found his rhythm? Did he become a dancer? Well not on the dance floor… .Rupert became a world famous chef for his international cuisine restaurant.

I participated in the Fan Dance which is a traditional folk dance from South Korea. We decorated our fans and practiced weekly. I enjoyed being in this play.

It was a big event for middle primary. We did 2 performances for family and friends. One in the afternoon and one at night.


The Big Draw

I went to Artplay with mum, Hugo and my friend Nicole for The Big Draw. At The Big Draw we used different techniques to make pictures and displayed them. There were lots of different drawing activities. Some of the activities had rules to follow. It was interesting to see everyone’s finished pictures on display. Even though we followed the same rules they all looked very different.

Some of the fun activities included

  • Electrical tape drawing on the floor/sculpture making
  • The Boogie Woogie Grid
  • Chain Linking
  • Shadow drawing
  • Weave drawing and lots more….
Electrical Tape
This was fun. Using electrical tape we made pictures on the floor. The area was broken into different sections. In some areas you had to follow rules and other areas were free to create anything. I enjoyed this activity. Then we were instructed to peel up the tape and create something else. It was here I met up with Archie (an e-artkid) and with Nicole and Hugo we created “Bob”

The finished project













Bob he’s a blob all fat and round
He has a mouth but makes no sound
When Bob laughs his brothers come
To jump up and down and have some fun


Chain Linking

In Chain Linking we made a squiggly picture. At first I didn’t understand how to do it. But once I worked it out it was fun.

Shadow Drawing

This was cool. We drew on a piece of paper and with a projector the image was repeated across the screen.

Shadow drawing

We participated in all the different activities. This afternoon of fun gets the thumbs up!

Sinbad et le cheval enchante (Sinbad and the enchanted horse)

Sinbad et le cheval enchante is french play with marionettes. The play was mainly in French but had some English translations.

The story takes place in the Kingdom of Abyssinia. Queen of Shiba is celebrating her birthday when suddenly a mysterious man named Amar appears with an enchanted horse. The Queen asks Sindbad, her son, to ride it. Suddenly he takes off with the horse and lands in an unknown country, in front of a palace. In the palace lives Princess Lala and her parrot Papageno.

We participated by singing along and some cheering. The change of scenes took too long and overall the play was a little too long. This play was a little scary for some young children as they cried! It was OK.

Story Starter

I went to the Story Starter workshop which was part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Gabrielle Wang is an author who writes novels for kids. In the workshop we wrote beginnings to stories using Gabrielle’s topics. Gabrielle taught us different techniques for story writing. Gabrielle showed us how the use of imagination can help story writing. We closed our eyes and imagined we were at the beach. She asked questions like What can we see, hear, smell and feel? Gabrielle explained how memories can weave into stories. She explained how a childhood adventure with her sister is part of one of her novels. Then we started to write.

Gabrielle and me

Here is what I wrote….


Finally I got to the beach. I was tired because I ran away from home. I couldn’t see Lily my friend dolphin. My feet twitched like something was wrong. Had something happened to Lily? I don’t know. I went to the shoreline and could see something moving. I thought it might be Lily. I moved closer to see what it was….


My first steps into the witches mansion. In my mind I had a fuzzy feeling like a witch will come out of no where. I heard footsteps. Quickly I hide. I asked myself is she there. A voice says “No.” What just happened?

Gabrielle also taught us how to draw. Not only does Gabrielle write novels but is also a beautiful illustrator. We learned how to draw Peng (pronounced Pong) which is a mythological Chinese creature.

After such an inspiring workshop I wrote a poem about Peng. Here it is.

PENG by Tayger Checkley

Peng he’s a creature never seen before.

He’s like a fish,

He’s like a fire breathing tiger.

Have you seen him before?

Well, no!

Peng is a creature you need to know.

What does he look like look?

See below.

Peng by Tayger

I had a great day. From writing stories to drawing Peng. This workshop was inspiring and awesome. Thank you MWF, Artplay and Gabrielle for teaching us.