Music Matters

Polynesian Incursion & Workshops

On Friday 16 October, a Polynesian man named Bernard Mangakahia visited Tintern to perform and to teach the Year 7 and 8 boys and girls about Polynesian culture, music and dance. He showed us how to use Poi, which is a white sack on the end of a short rope. He would swing the Poi around his body to make different shapes and movements that can actually be quite hard when you try it. Next he showed us the Native American hoop dance. With the five hoops he made animals, such as a snake, horse, eagle and a bumblebee. He then danced with the hoops to music while making the shapes. It was quite interesting. Bernard also did a haka, which was amazing because it is so different from any of our western dances. We learned that the haka is not to scare off the opponents but rather it is a dance of cultural importance.

After the performance, some of the Year 8 boys and girls had a workshop with Bernard, where we learned the steps and moves of a number of his dances. This gave us an even better insight into the culture of Polynesia. We got to work first-hand with him, which was a great honour. Overall, it was a very enjoyable event and I think all the Year 7s and 8s learned a great deal from the experience.

by Mitch Wooller, Year 8

Final Twilight Concerts for 2015

On Wednesday afternoon 21 October there was a flurry of activity in the Music Department as we set up two venues for Twilight Concerts. I had the pleasure of enjoying a range of musical offerings in the CM Wood Centre. These included performances on voice, flute, trumpet, piano and a senior student ensemble performing a contemporary Chinese song. Of particular note was the performance by the Tintern Girls’ Guitar Ensemble, with students ranging from Years 7 to 10. The acoustic performance by this group was impressive for its energy and drive, with clear evidence that these students are learning to listen and work together to ensure a cohesive musical outcome. Many thanks to Heidi Ruckert for hosting this event and to our Instrumental Captain, Zoe Zhang, for being our usher and greeter at the door.


If you were wandering through the music department last Wednesday around 5pm you would have heard some delightful string playing wafting down the corridors from the Kelson Room. At this Twilight Concert, students from years 7-11 performed on violin, viola, cello and harp to an appreciative audience of parents, friends and staff members. These students are all very active members of our ensemble program but we don’t necessarily hear them on a regular basis playing solo. Some of the students I had not heard perform since the same time last year and I was thrilled to hear the improvement they had all made individually on their chosen instrument. A special moment was provided when Victor Tran accompanied Lily Spence-Fletcher on cello. Accompanying is an art form in itself and Victor played sensitively and musically. I congratulate all students on their performances and their commitment to their musical studies.  

by Anne Bortolussi, Classroom Music Teacher

Our Young Composer on show

Molly's Ensemble

Molly Fleming (Year 8) was the recipient earlier this year of the Penelope Thwaites Original Composition Award. We are delighted that yet another of Molly’s original works will be receiving its premiere performance on Sunday 15 November at a Young Composers Concert at Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew. Molly, and some of her friends have been diligently working on her new work, ‘Au Revoir’ at lunchtimes and Molly appreciates the dedication of her friends in giving up their lunch breaks to attend rehearsals for this performance. We wish them well with their performance.

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For a number of years Hans Music Spot in Croydon has been a staunch supporter of music at Tintern. From donations to raffles to supply of music awards and prizes, Peter Meyer and his staff are always willing to assist in whatever manner they can. If you are in the market for instruments, printed music, guitar strings, reeds for your clarinet or a ukulele (they have a huge range!), please stop by and mention ‘Tintern’ to receive a 10% discount.

Upcoming Events

Sunday 8 November 
Maroondah Festival, City Park, Croydon
10.30am     Concert Band on the Youth Stage
2.00pm        Saxophone Ensemble on the Aurrum Stage
2.20pm        Electric String Quartet on the Aurrum Stage

Wednesday 18 November
Year 7 Information Evening
7.30pm         Concert Band in the CM Wood Centre

Thursday 19 November  
Victorian School Music Festival, Deakin Edge, Federation Square
4.30pm        Concert Band (Depart school 3.30pm)

Sunday 22 November
Friends of Music Munch with the Musos
10.00am      CM Wood Centre

Please click here to download the Munch with the Musos Flyer.





2023 Term Dates