On Wednesday, April 17, Grades 5 and 6 celebrated Princeton Academy's annual Evening of the Arts. Students performed musical arrangements and read poetry in the MS Choir Loft of the Main Building. The evening culminated with a visit to the MS Art Room where parents viewed their sons' art portfolios.
Head of Middle School Kathleen Humora refected on the evening in a recent MS Notes:
The spirit of the Sacred Heart was fully present on the Choir Loft. Students and teachers persevered in Sacred Heart Goal 2 as they put forth on-going effort across the school year to "think, imagine, and create" the most beautiful poetry, art, and music.
The fifth-grade boys wrote fantasy poems, based on their reading of "Sleeping on the Ceiling" by Elizabeth Bishop and "Gargoyle" by Thomas Rabbitt. The boys equipped with antennae and flashlights read a poem in two voices, "Fireflies" by Paul Fleischman, as green lights sparkled on the walls. The sixth-grade boys wrote poems based on their reading of "Rumplestiltskin" by Anne Sexton. After the first drafts were submitted, four poems from each class were selected for further revision. The boys worked in groups of four per class to revise one of each of the four poems. They presented the poems in their groups.
The sound of music was alive as General Music students, Strings students, and Band students performed a variety of musical selections. The fifth-grade hand chime ringing of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" and "The Rattlin' Bog" and the sixth-grade hand chime ringing of "Amazing Grace" and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," were full, rich, and expressive. The Strings students played "Canon in D," Johann Pachelbel, "Sagebrush Overture," arranged by John Higgins, "Pomp and Circumstance," Edward Elgar, and "Swallowtail Jig Irish Jig." They were strong, distinct, and beautiful. The fifth grade Band students played the "Theme from Johannes Brahms Symphony No.1" and "Bingo," and the sixth grade Band students played a Famous Theme Medley. They were lively and spirited.
The Middle School art classroom was set up as an exhibition to provide an opportunity to see and experience the fifth grade and sixth-grade artwork. Fifth grade Rube Goldberg machines and cuneiform on clay tablets were displayed. The sixth-grade huge chess board and chess pieces constructed out of clay, plaster, paper mâché, and duct tape, as well as aluminum foil and plaster cloth sculpted animals/creatures were in full view.
Thank you to Lorrie Benditt, Jonathan Britt, Haiben Wu, Ryan Lilienthal, and the fifth grade and sixth-grade students for sharing their gifts and talents in performing arts and visual arts. Truly, it was a celebration.
Enjoy pictures and videos from the evening below:
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