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Performing Arts News - Week 10




Somerset Times Edition

Week 10,
Term Two, 2016

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Today sees the conclusion of a reasonably busy Term Two. Hopefully, all will have a restful and enjoyable holiday and return refreshed and ready to tackle the new term. Term Three will present us with various challenges including the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, the Senior Musical, the Festival for Young Performers and the Gold Coast Secondary Schools Drama Festival just to name some.

This coupled with the many examinations that take place with the various external examining boards makes the upcoming term a busy one for all our performers.

Past Events

Last Friday evening, the Jazz Band took the opportunity to present an informal concert for interested parents and friends. The Great Hall was the venue and the audience had the opportunity to enjoy the music presented by the band whilst partaking in some light refreshments. Thanks must go to the band members, the Year 12 students for comparing the concert and to Mrs Anne Rowe for her continued hard work and effort with these young musicians. Well done everyone!

Last weekend saw the workshops associated with the Somerset Festival for Young Performers take place. There were many happy faces as students took part in the various workshops on offer in strings, woodwind, piano, brass, drama and singing. Some students also took the opportunity to undertake private lessons with these very experienced tutors. In all, a very successful event. Thanks must go to Mrs Helen Little and her happy band of workers for making this possible.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday lunch time saw Year 12 IB Theatre students, Olivia Bourne and Ryan Hamilton present their solo performance pieces to a select audience in the Performing Arts Amphitheatre and Senior Learning Centre. Demonstrating the styles of realism and political theatre, these two talented senior students impressed the audiences with their creativity and talent. Well done!

Wednesday evening saw the Year 11 Drama students experience a night at the theatre as they viewed Shake & Stir Theatre Company’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, South Brisbane. This powerful and engaging piece of Gothic theatre was greatly enjoyed by all and provided an opportunity for our Drama students to extend their theatrical engagement and hone their theatre critiquing skills.

Thursday evening saw the annual Purple Faces event take place, once again entertaining the crowded Performing Arts Theatre. Results from this will be reported next term.

Today sees the House Activities Day take place. Throughout the afternoon, students will be involved in various performing arts activities. Strong rivalry is always apparent among the Houses as they decide on the representatives for these activities, especially the SingStar competition. A full report will appear in the first edition of Somerset Times next term.

Upcoming Events

The first week of Term Three sees our Founders’ Day Celebrations take place. The concert band and vocal group will both be performing at this event on the first Friday of the term, whilst the Technical Services Crew will be ensuring that all audio and visual requirements are running smoothly. It is hoped that all band and ensemble members will spend some time during the holiday break looking at the music that will be presented and be ready for their final rehearsals in the first week back.


Earlier in the year, some of our students undertook speech and drama examinations. Below are the results to hand. We are still awaiting the results for the Diplomas.

  • Nathaniel Soh (Grade 8 Performing Text) - Pass with Distinctions
  • Marc French (Grade 8 Performing Text) - Pass with Distinctions
  • Nalin Batra (Grade 8 Communication Skills) - Pass with Distinctions

Congratulations and well done boys!

Co-curricular Enrolment Changes

Any changes to co-curricular lessons for Term Three should now have been received. Notification for the cessation of lessons must be made in writing to Changes regarding the cessation of lessons not received by the end of term will incur charges for Term Three lessons. New enrolments are to be made through the Co-curricular Enrolment for 2016 form, as found here.

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