Heritage Happenings from the Head of School

Patricia Cailler

Head of School


All-School Musical

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Parents, grandparents, and friends of the school filled our Amphitheater last Friday evening to enjoy “Broadway’s Best.” Our own Miss Deb Wilcox shares her insights about the performing arts:
“As students enter Peninsula Heritage School, they are introduced to the performing arts. We teach the skills of musical theater, so they are competent in speaking with a microphone, using dialogue, singing, and dancing.”
“The arts are an integral part of the culture of our school. In the performing arts, the children gain amazing confidence as they practice and celebrate their own unique style of artistic expression.”
Music teacher Charles Miller adds, “Our students sing without any vocal track in the background. They are strong, heartfelt singers!”
Mr. Miller also directed the school choir at this event, and the sixth graders gathered to play their ukuleles taught this year by Mr. Miller. For the visual arts, under the direction of Danielle Standart, Peninsula Heritage School students created their own scrapbook collage that included theater posters, tickets, a “Playbill,” and iconic images of New York
“These experiences,” concludes Deb Wilcox, “have great carryover, as our students learn to connect and apply the skills they learn in the visual and performing arts to all areas of our academic curriculum.”

Vive la francaise!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Yesterday was a grand day for a French luncheon!Our Sixth Graders, along with their teachers and the Cailler family celebrated this year’s French I class with an exquisite luncheon at Dominique’s Kitchen in Redondo Beach. Our adventurous students tried escargot, various French cheeses, pâté, and for the most part ended with steak frites. The students were dressed in proper attire; the boys in suits (including one three-piece), and the girls in lovely dresses. Needless to say, I was very proud of their French as well as their lovely manners. The chef invited us back at any time. How we love the Sixth Grader class!

Talent Showing

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Our All-School Talent Show last Friday showcased many of our students as they shared their variety of abilities with their fellow students in the Amphitheater. Our music teacher, Mr. Charley Miller, shares the details:
Beginning last October, students were asking me for the date of our spring Talent Show! This is a very popular production that is quite different from our grade-level assemblies in that the preparation is all in the hands of our students. Technically, I set up the sound system with microphones and the piano in a generic way so that they can easily be changed from one act to the next. I also work out a basic schedule that is subject to change depending on parents’ availability to come and watch.
For this show, I was greatly assisted by Sixth Grader Ariel Campbell who was “Mrs. Cailler for the Day.” Her poise and maturity in adjusting to the changing schedule were exemplary, and this enabled me to work with preparing the microphones and piano locations for each act. Mrs. Kat Banales and Mrs. Deb Wilcox directed our backstage area (the School Library!) in readying the children for their performances. Volunteer parent Mrs. Ruby Clemmons produced a lovely printed program, and one of the student’s music teachers came for the entire show, graciously helping in various ways.
Parents commented on how confident our children were while presenting their acts in front of the teachers and student body. We feel that this stems from the multiple opportunities our students have, beginning in Kindergarten, to learn during the rehearsals and performances of the grade-level assemblies from the direction of Mrs. Deb and me.
This year we had students of all ages who shared some wonderful talent, ranging from excellent piano playing to singing an original song, from solos to group acts, and from comedy to karate. With all that we saw, we are confident that the performing arts are an integral part of our PHS students’ lives!

Mothers Day at PHS

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Although Mother’s Day is this Sunday, we honored our mothers last Friday at our PHS International Mother’s Day event. This day was probably one of the finest we’ve ever had at PHS! The surprise feature was a barista serving cappuccino, lattes, hot chocolate, and espresso! There was a beautiful table for the moms as well as one for the children – both were filled with goodies from all over the world. After visiting the classrooms, our guests were treated to a Broadway production by our Fourth Graders focused on our Character Quality of Attitude – and these students did display a great attitude for all of us to emulate. Although the weather was hot, it was also very beautiful. Our PHS Choir sang the Happy Song so well that they had to sing it twice! It was indeed another happy day at PHS. As one of our Third Graders exclaimed, “Each Friday is a Happy Day at PHS!”