Immaculate Heart of Mary School
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Cultural Activities

Our Cultural Birthday Bash brought us Chinese Acrobatic Traditions.


IHM's Music Minister brought the operetta "Stone Soup" to our school and some of our students were asked to take part!\



IHM's Cultural Birthday Bash brought the History of Hip Hop for us to enjoy!


This month's Cultural Birthday Bash students with the inspirational Motion 360 Dance Theatre from Young Audiences.



Our Cultural Birthday Bash, brought to us by the sponsors below, provides assemblies such as The Young Audiences Freestyle Repertory Theater Company.

   

 Warren Helms, IHM Music Minister, and performers from Caldwell College presented The Happy Prince, an opera based on the tale by Oscar Wilde.  After reading the story, the entire school, pre-k included, enjoyed this talented group's rendition.

                         




IHM Students visit The Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

In March, students from grades 4 through 8 visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  The students had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the gallery and see original pieces from artists like Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. After viewing the collections in the main gallery the students were taken to the MoMA art studio and education center where they put their artistic skills to work.  After discussing several pieces of art the students got the chance to create their own theme based artwork.  The theme for grades 4 to 6 was "places" and they were asked to create a picture of their "special place".  The theme for grades 7 and 8 was "identity" and the students were asked to create a "Picasso Portrait".   The students work is on display thoughout the school.  We welcome you all to come in and peruse the great work of our IHM artists!

  
   

       
Grades 7 & 8 "Identity"                             Grades 4 to 6 "Places"


Cultural Birthday Bash

Unique Cultures - IHM was recognized for its Cultural Birthday Bash as a Diocesan School Best Practice.  This program enables birthday honorees to celebrate their special day with the student body by providing a broad range of assemblies across a spectrum of cultural interests. 
  Unique Cultures - IHM was recognized for its Cultural Birthday Bash as a Diocesan School Best Practice.  This program enables birthday honorees to celebrate their special day with the student body by providing a broad range of assemblies across a spectrum of cultural interests. 
  Unique Cultures - IHM was recognized for its Cultural Birthday Bash as a Diocesan School Best Practice.  This program enables birthday honorees to celebrate their special day with the student body by providing a broad range of assemblies across a spectrum of cultural interests. The format of this program was shared with others at a Federation meeting and also published in the Diocese of Paterson Book of Best Practices.  Recent events are below.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Amigos and Amigas celebrated May, June, July, and August birthday's fiesta style!  "Mexico Beyond Mariachi" brought us colorful costumes, authentic instruments, and lively music and dance, and explored the richly textured culture of Mexico.  It was an exuberant feast for the senses--like being at an outdoor Mexican market!

Immaculate Heart of Mary School celebrated February and March birthdays with a performance by "Exit 9," an extraordinary percussion ensemble.  The children participated in numbers that incorporated xylophone, Caribbean steel drum, Marimba, and West African Conga drums.  The musicians happilyanswered questions from the audience and the "birthday kids" were treated to a party after the show.


Immaculate Heart of Mary students were enthralled during the Winter Birthday Bash performance by "China Patterns."  The children were able to participate in some of the dances and learned about Chinese folk history and royal court
traditions.  The birthday celebrants posed with the performers after the
show.
  





Other recent programs include: 

Brazilian dancers

Mimed storytelling

Chinese acrobats

Irish Musicians and Dancers

Cultural Enrichment Program

Through the generosity of IHM's supporters, we have been able to build a cultural enrichment program focused on the appreciation of music and the fine arts. IHM’s students were introduced to the wonder of opera and had an opportunity to participate in a lively production of the
Pirates of PenzanceArtists from Opera New Jersey taught students about  opera plot, characters, performance tools, script-writing, and voice and acting exercises.  Each class then presented its own skit based on a topic from their current curriculum.  The program concluded with a field trip to Princeton to experience a performance and interactive educational session of the opera Die Fledermaus.  

We expanded our cultural enrichment program for the students focusing on the appreciation of visual arts - the creation of works which are primarily visual in nature, such as drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, filmmaking, sculpture and architecture.  Through in-class study and visits to places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Montclair Museum, we've continued to enhance the IHM educational experience.  The curriculum has been designed to provide the childern with follow-up lessons so that the "field trip experience" enriches the IHM education on an on-going basis.