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    Performance & Instrumental News

    Article by Mrs Linda Pape

    Performance & Instrumental News

    VCE Soiree

    VCE music students commenced the fourth term with the annual Soiree held at Terindah Estate. This soiree is to showcase the works they have been rehearsing throughout the semester. 

    Many thanks to the instrumental tutors who  prepared these students  and to the parents and friends who came along to support the students. It was a wonderful evening and the students performed  beautifully. Thanks also to Cate and Peter Slattery for their support at Terindah Estate.  


    Percussion students recently performed at our final assembly for the Year 12s. Thanks to Mr Corrin for directing this very entertaining ensemble.

    Thanks also to our two Year 12 vocalists, Jack Woodfine and Callum Branch, who also performed at the assembly. It was such a treat for me to have a photo taken with our College captain, Heidi Bakker and her mother Prue. Prue is a past College captain of our college and believe it or not, I have taught both captains and both were in the College choir!

    Public Speaking Competition

    Congratulations to Ms Chelsea Gibb and ten of her students who recently entered the UN VOICE competition. A very special mention to three students who made it through to the finals: Lily Flight, Ellot Renton-Gibb and Emily Green.

    Voice itself is a public speaking competition with a problem solving bent. Students are encouraged to present a solution to world problems and concerns. At the core of Voice is student empowerment, giving every student the confidence that they have what it takes to change the world. The process of giving a speech and answering questions mimics the day to day lives of many world leaders, meaning Voice helps develop leadership skills. 

    Brass/Woodwind Concert

    Many thanks to Mr Tim Neal, Mrs Sally Hobbs, Mrs Veronica Marrie  and Ms Naomi Cordell who prepared their students for the annual  Brass/Woodwind Concert. There were a number of solos, duets and small ensembles that entertained the many parents and friends who attended. 

    Year 7 Showcase

    It was very exciting to see the young Year 7 students perform recently in the Year 7 showcase. It is amazing to think that these students have had only two terms to practise on their instrument. 

    Well done to Mrs Marrie and the Year 7 music staff for this fabulous concert.

    Piano/Percussion Evening

    On Monday November 11th, parents and friends were entertained at the annual Piano/Percussion evening. The weather was perfect as students performed on the chill out stage in the Performing Arts area. 

    Special mention must be made of brothers Will and Finn Hanley who played “Funky Town” on our beautiful new Marimba.  Many thanks to our instrumental tutors - Mr Adrian Montagnese, Mr Bruce Corrin, Mr Vish Vadivalu and Mr Tony Musella

    Blessing of the New Multi-Purpose Centre

    Directed by Mrs Marina Brown, the choir sang the blessing hymns in the Opening Liturgy. During the actual blessing of the building by Bishop Mark, Mrs Marrie conducted the combined bands as they played “Afterburn” by Standridge. It was a fanatastic opportunity to showcase the talent of our talented performing arts students. 

    High Maintenance!

    It was lovely to see former Maintenance Manager Mr Andrew Humphrey at the recent blessing of our new Multi-Purpose Centre. 

    Mr Humphrey was delighted to chat to our new Property Manager, Mr Dave Peters.


    Once again our Performing Arts students excelled in all their performances at our recent Mosaic celebration. It was to wonderful see a couple of “The School of Rock” songs resurrected and  amazing also to see our students still have that contagious energy and exhuberance for which they are famous!   

    Club Italia - The Leopold Concert

    On Tuesday November 26th, many of our talented performing arts students entertained the very appreciative senior audience at Club Italia. The College showcased our Senior Symphonic Winds, the Choir, Stage Band and some excellent soloists. This is one of our very favourite performances and it was a wonderful way to end our very busy year. 

    Many thanks to our hard working staff : Mrs Marina Brown, Ms Caitln Doble, Mr Angelo Scotto , Mr Attel Martschinke, Mr Paul James and to our maintenance staff - Mr Dave Peters, Mr Brendan Jones and Mr Neil Hodder for their assistance with our equipment. 


    We are all very sad to say farewell to our talented Year 12 students who have given so much of their time and talents to our college over the years. Sean Neylan, Ben Robertson, Emily Gordon and Tilda Sturman will leave a large gap in our Senior Symphonic Winds.  Our vocalists, Jack Woodfine, Callum Branch, Montana Hillman and Billy Souflas will also be very much missed. 

    I would especially like to thank Jack Woodfine for his hard work as Arts Captain and Billy Souflas for always being there to lend a hand. We shall also miss the percussion performances of the ever smiling Parker Janetski and for his assistance with our equipment.  

    Have a very happy and holy Christmas. 

    Music is food for the soul. 

    Mrs Linda Pape  Performance & Instrumental Coordinator

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