A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Performing Arts - Edition 16 - 2018

Music Notes!

Congratulations to the following students on their recent achievements:

Emily Cesana (Year 7 Wesley) - Grade 4 AMEB Clarinet A Honours
Ella Williams (Year 7 Abbey) - Grade 2 Saxophone A Honours
Ethan Lewis (Year 5 Crown) received an A in his Preliminary piano exam.

Preparatory School Showcase

The annual Prep School Showcase was held on Tuesday 30 October in the Michael Murray Centre. The showcase offered a variety of performances based on the theme of a Century of Music! The ensembles were great in number but every year the standard of musicianship also continues to improve. Well done to all the Ensemble Directors, Accompanists and Managers for their hard work in preparing and leading up to this concert. Comments received from a number of parents and concert goers were full of praise for the wonderful standard of music on show. Special congratulations to the vast amount of students involved who took part in this event.

Twilight Concert

On Wednesday 31 October the Years 8 to 10 Music classes and the Year 8 and 9 Dance classes took to the stage for the annual curriculum Twilight Concert. The Year 8 Music class performed as three smaller ensembles; a Brass and Woodwind ensemble, a Saxophone ensemble and a Rock Band. The Year 9s also performed as a Rock Band with a horn section. We witnessed a stirring version of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline sung by Ajay Rose and Daisy Jury.

The Year 10 Class sang together, before playing two class band charts. Following this, all of the Year 8 to 10 Music students played an arrangement of the ACDC hit, It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock ‘n’ Roll), complete with Daniel Shepherd (Year 8 Woollacott) on bagpipes.

The Year 8 and 9 Dance students finished the concert with their usual polished and slick Dance performances under the direction of Ms Sophie Wilson and Ms Carolyn Obst.

Well done to all the students involved and thanks to everyone who came along and supported the students in their performances.

USA Dance Tour Capri Movie Fundraiser

In July next year, 20 Senior School Dance students will take part in the USA Dance Tour. We will travel to the Jacobs Pillow International Dance Festival in Beckett Massachusetts, participate in classes and workshops, and view performances by leading international dance companies in New York.

To assist with costs we will be holding fundraising events in the lead up to the tour. The first of these events will be a Capri Movie Fundraiser. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (CTC) will be screened at the Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road Goodwood at 6.30 pm, Friday 23 November, and additional fundraising activities and refreshments will commence in the foyer from 5.30 pm.

Tickets are $15 for concession and $20 for adults. All tickets must be purchased by Monday 19 November, via TryBooking.

Thank you for your support of this event.

Sophie Wilson
Co-curricular Dance Co-coordinator/Fundraising Manager, 2019 USA Dance Tour

Poster Advertising The Nutcracker Movie

Don't Stop the Music!

…on ABC and iview Sunday 11 November

"A school principal joins forces with musical experts and a singing superstar on a mission, to transform the lives of disadvantaged Aussie kids through the power of music."

For those who are avid ABC followers you may have seen some advertising recently about a three part documentary that will begin on Sunday 11 November at 7.40 pm. Don’t Stop the Music is the beginning of a launch to promote music in schools, and it’s benefits. Guy Sebastian, James Morrison and Dr Anita Collins are all involved in this documentary, which looks at what impact music has on student’s academic, social and behavioural wellbeing, and how music can make a difference to children in disadvantaged schools. It also looks at Music and the Brain and the evidence around improved academia and student well being. I encourage all families to have a look at this documentary, whether involved in music or not.

Michael Degenhart
Head of Performing Arts