Music Matters

House Singing goes off a treat!

Our annual House Singing Competition was held on Monday 27 May. This is a compulsory event involving all the Years 7-12 students singing a set song that is compulsory for all competing Houses. This year the chosen song was ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire. In addition, a free choice song also was selected by the House Captains. This year the free choice song had to be from the 1980s era. There was tremendous enthusiasm shown by the contestants and the audience throughout the performances, as each House tried to impress the adjudicators. The first House to perform was Gordon-Grant with their choice song ‘You’re the Voice’. Next up was Somner-Stewart with the choice song ‘I’m Still Standing’. After Somner-Stewart we heard Butterss-Cross with ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody’. Dann-Watt performed ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and finally, Mansfield-Mckie performed ‘Uptown Girl’. While the adjudicators decided on which House was to be the winner of this event, everyone enjoyed some karaoke which got everyone on their feet and going crazy. This helped to ease the stress while we waited for the judges to make their final decisions. The winning House was Mansfield-Mckie, who have not won the House Choral Competition since 2001! Congratulations to all of the House Captains and their helpers. The quality of the performances was outstanding and the whole event was really enjoyable.

by Nicole Whyte, Instrumental Music Captain 2019

Olivet Performance

On 4 June, six students, namely Sienna Dass, Olivia Dowling, Chloe Hong, Millie Jensen, Helen Yang and myself, had the opportunity to perform at Olivet Aged Care Home in Ringwood. We entertained the residents of the home with solo pieces, ranging from classical to jazz works.

It was a privilege to share our love for music with these senior citizens, along with the reward of seeing the smiles on their faces. After the performance, we were treated to a scrumptious morning tea prepared by the staff at Olivet. We thank Olivet for the opportunity to perform and also Ms McKenzie for accompanying us at the piano. Well done to all performers!

by Isaac Hong, Middle School Performing Arts Captain 2019

Speech and Drama Performance

A wonderful array of entertaining Speech and Drama performances was shared with family and friends at the annual Speech and Drama Concert in the Theatre last Thursday 6 June. Students from Years 4 – 9 recited poems and excerpts from play scripts, complete with projected backdrops and colourful props and costumery. There was passion, dancing, some slightly gross references to nose blowing and a very humorous rendition by Tim Yu (Year 8) of the grandma character from Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’.

Mr McManus, in thanking the students at the conclusion of the event, referred to the courage and resilience it takes to put oneself ‘out there’ and perform on stage and to overcome the nerves and the occasional stumble, if words are forgotten momentarily. Mr McManus was most struck by the sense of enjoyment on display throughout all of the performances. This is attributable, in large part, to the work of our wonderful Speech and Drama teacher, Ms Clarke, who helps our students to explore and develop their public speaking and dramatic interpretation skills in both individual and group lessons each week. If you have a child who might benefit from such skill development, please contact Mrs Feenane in the Music Department on 9845 7837 for further information about Speech and Drama lessons.

IB Music Recital 2019 – Wednesday 19 June, 7.30pm

Join us for a wonderful evening of music from our talented IB students.

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