From the Classroom
By Gina and Chloe, Year 6D
On Tuesday the 12th of September, a group of Year six students interested in robotics, got the privilege to see a presentation on a recently invented human-like robot named Nao (Pronounced 'Now'). Everyone sat there impatiently waiting to see what she could do. Nao was able to sense where the human was talking to look at them and use facial recognition as well. Nao was programmed to listen to human commands then follow, and she is like a very advanced version of Siri.
Nao started by fully introducing herself to everyone and showing off her phenomenal features. Nao has her own software and is fully programmable. She can connect to the Internet, recognise human faces, answer questions and even play music! Nao can pick up objects, recognise when she is on the floor so she can stand back up and even play soccer like a pro! If Nao is pushed over, she is programmed to brace herself and say "Ouch! What am I doing on the floor?" and can recognise when she is standing up again. Nao also can sense how close or far objects are to her when needed. She is pretty incredible and life-like and something we all would definitely want to look into.
The students got to practise their coding skills and program her on a special app designed especially for it, to act like a robotic waiter serving a customer at the Robot Cafe. She would read out the menu, the customer would pick an option then she would listen to our order, and serve it. To finish it off she did an entertaining dance to the song 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson. Everyone had an incredible time and we would all be desperate to see it again.
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Commedia dell’arte Visits NMPS
On Wednesday 6 September the Year 6 students shared in a special performance called ‘Venice in Love’. The theatrical show was performed in a fifteenth century style of Italian Theatre called Commedia Dell’arte, which involves masks, costumes and stock characters. It was very interactive in nature and included the audience in the improvised performance. Our very own Italian language assistant, Sara, received a lot of Arlecchino’s attention after he drank a love potion!
Here are some photos from the performance and comments from Year 6 students.
“Last Wednesday, the whole 6th cohort got to see the Commedia dell’arte which is an Italian comedy show for kids. My favourite part was when Pantalona drank the different potions.” Year 6 student
“I enjoyed seeing the characters Arlecchino and Arlecchina solve their problems by interacting with the audience and asking for help. The play was really funny, especially when Pantalona drank the love potion, thinking it was something else and fell temporarily in love.” Tina
“The thing I liked was when Arlecchino fell in love with Sara. I also enjoyed watching Pantalona eating and putting all the marshmallows in her mouth!” Jasmine
“An interactive play of Carnevale was performed at our school. The part that I mainly enjoyed was when Pantalona drank a love potion, fell in love with il Capitano and started chasing him around her house. The play was extremely funny and enjoyable.” Tristan
“Last week was amazing! A woman and man did a play at our school. It was amazing and funny and was in English and Italian.” Tibian
“They had a good sense of humour and good costumes.” Archie
“Commedia dell’arte was an hilarious comedy play that involved much contribution from the audience. It was really funny with all the silly acts and I loved when Pantalona spat marshmallows at us.” Declan
“It was an inspirational presentation and I would recommend it for all ages.” Charley
“Something I enjoyed was the way they delivered the jokes and pulled off mistakes via improvisation.” Eric
“Something I liked was how two people played so many different characters and also how they used the audience to make the play better.” Sean
“I really enjoyed how interactive the play was and how I got to go on stage and be a part of the play.” Gisele
“I loved how funny the play was and it really made me smile.” Allegra
“I liked the old lady because she was very funny.” Angus
NMPS has an Italian blog!
This is a wonderful new initiative that allows students to share with friends and families what they know and are learning in Italian classes. There are videos and interactive games that can be accessed anywhere, which encourage language learning.
Have a look and visit as often as you like! http://maestraanna.global2.vic.edu.au