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Performing Arts News - Week 9




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Week 9,
Term Two, 2016

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The term is drawing swiftly to a close with only one week remaining until the holidays. Term Three is always an exceptionally busy term. All students should be ensuring now that they are aware of their performance commitments for the upcoming term.

Past Events

2016 - T2 - w9 - Showcase 2

Monday evening saw the Junior School Showcase take place. Students had spent time busily practising their instruments and warming up their vocal cords ready for the Monday evening concert.

The students presented themselves extremely well to a very supportive audience. In the concert there were performances by instrumental ensembles – Suzuki Strings (directed by Mr John Mitchell), the Junior Recorder Ensemble (directed by Mrs Helen Little), JSO 2 (directed by Mrs Helen Moffatt), Junior Concert Band (directed by Mrs Anne Rowe), JSO 1 (directed by Mr Mario Keczan) and Junior Flute Ensemble (directed by Mrs Denise Collins), Junior Percussion Ensemble (directed by Mr Russell Pearce), the Junior Dance Eisteddfod group (directed by Ms Phoebe Young) and choirs – Cool Cats, Melodic Mynahs and Junior Chorale (directed by Miss Melissa Black). As well as these ensembles, students also presented solo performances on violin, piano, voice, flute and saxophone as well as speech and drama presentations, duets on viola and guitar, a piano trio as well as a string Quintet.

Congratulations must go to all the performers in the concert and thanks to all the staff listed above for their direction of their ensembles and their work with their other performers. Thanks must also go to teachers who prepared students for these performances, Mrs Helen Little, Mrs Jenine Parkinson, Ms Mia Fanning, Mrs Denise Collins, Mrs Helen Moffatt, Ms Martha Bartz, Mr Bryce Leader, Ms Jane Irvine and Mr John Mitchell. Thanks must also go to the staff who gave of their time to help the concert run smoothly. A special thank you must go to Ms Melissa Black for all her time and efforts in preparing and organising the concert.

Tuesday evening saw the Year 12 Drama students experience a night at the theatre as they viewed Queensland Theatre Company’s Switzerland at the Billie Brown Studio, South Brisbane. This powerful and engaging piece was greatly enjoyed by all and provided an opportunity for our Drama students to extend their theatrical engagement and hone their theatre critiquing skills.

Wednesday evening saw the members of the Year 12 Music Extension class performing their first recital. This performance was just a taster for their longer recital later in the year. Congratulations must go to all the students studying this subject, which for some, brings their total of subjects being studied to seven. Well done to all! We are looking forward to hearing their performances and see their work later in the year.

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow, Saturday, sees the workshops associated with the Somerset Festival for Young Performers take place. We look forward to reports of the various experiences students have at this event.

Next Wednesday also sees our Year 11 Drama students travel to Brisbane to view Shake & Stir Theatre Company’s contemporary gothic production of Wuthering Heights. This is sure to be an experience which is much appreciated by both students and staff.


Congratulations to Catherine Gerrard! Catherine, along with her very busy schedule at the College, has been working exceptionally hard with her ballet. Recently, Catherine sat for her RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Advanced 2 examination. To her delight and in recognition of her hard work, Catherine received a Distinction for this examination. This examination is a vocational examination. There is only one remaining, the Solo Seal, which today is rarely completed. Catherine dances with the Hinterland Dance Academy and will be performing in their concert being held at the College on 17 June. Well done, Catherine!

Changes to Co-curricular Lessons For Term Three

Any changes to co-curricular lessons for Term Three must be made by the end of the term. Notification for the cessation of lessons must be made by completing the form, Cancellation of Co-curricular Activities found on this page here. Changes regarding the cessation of lessons not received by the last day of term will incur charges for Term Three lessons. New enrolments are to made through the Co-curricular Bookings as found on this page here.

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