Music in an integral part of our environment and since the function of education is to acquaint us with our environment, it is worthy of study. It is part of our heritage. The history of music is the history of mankind. Songs and other music forms contain the record of how man has re-acted to the world through the ages. Exposure to it brings alive this priceless and varied musical heritage.
It provides us with a means of aesthetic expression without being bound by the specific meanings of words and thus fosters emotional growth.
Children respond to music intuitively. In order to broaden the quality of their responsiveness, understanding, skills and appreciation are taught through:
- Presentation of the concepts involved in music organisation
- Learning skills of musical performance
- Knowledge of music literature
- Integrated left and right brained activity which provides a means of developing the whole person
The Music Concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, form and notation will be taught through:
- The Activities of singing, movement, active listening, reading, writing, performing and creating will be utilized during music lessons.
- Where possible subject integration will take place and connections made with other subjects.
- Foundation Phase Marimba Band
- Intermediate Phase Choir
- Intermediate Phase Marimba Band
- CBSingers (Gr 4-11)
- High School Marimba Band
- Liturgical Band – meet once a week to prepare for the Liturgy or Mass on a Friday.
AFTERNOON EXTERNAL INSTRUMENTAL TEACHERS:
As the music department, we run various individual classes by hiring external teachers who are qualified to teach individual instruments to the children.
Drumkit: Justin Snyman
Piano: Ferdi Rautenbach
Piano and vocal: Lucia Poggenpoel
Guitar: Ryan Kirsten
Cello: Neo Buthelezi
Progress concerts are held for students of the above teachers to have performance practice in front of an audience in term three annually.
CBC Mount Edmund offers Extra-Curricular Robotics classes to Grade 4 learners and Co-curricular robotics classes from Grade 5 to Grade 7.
Grade 4 robotics involves introductory programming for the basic robot built by the learners. Grade 5 robotics teaches the learner basic programming and problem-solving skills. These skills are used by the learners when entering their first robotics competition at provincial level.
From Grade 6, robotics classes help learners focus on intermediate programming and designing, building as well as programming robots in order to compete at the World Robotics Olympia (WRO) challenges. These challenges are the same for all students worldwide. Older robotics learners who have WRO experience and advanced robotics skills will be invited to compete in the robotics football category.
Robotics classes were first introduced to scholars of CBC Mount Edmund in the last term of 2016. The classes have been introduced to inspire young learners and develop an early interest in Robotics, Engineering & Programming.
As per all educational programmes Robotics follows a curriculum through various phases in order to prepare learners accordingly to their age groups, grades and level of understanding. The curriculum for Robotics is as follows;
- Beginners (Introduction to Robotics) (Grade 4 and 5)
- Intermediate Level (Grade 6 and up)
- Advanced Level (Based on Experience)
Past Performance by CBC Mount Edmund:
- 2016 saw two CBC Mount Edmund students taking 2nd place in the WRO Elementary Category on a National Level and ultimately they represented South Africa in the World Robotics Olympiad held in India.
- 2017 Was the first year that CBC Mount Edmund entered the South African leg of the world robotics Olympiad explorer category. Team Programmers were ranked 4th in Gauteng and 8th Nationally. Not bad for their first competition.
- Team Infernos competed in the elementary category and came 4th in their respective category.
Robotics is becoming increasingly important in education, and will play a major role in the future, so it is important we prepare the current generation of students for this. Working with robots enhances creative problem-solving techniques. Students stop being passive targets of teaching methods and become active learning subjects, showing initiative and independence, whilst having fun.
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