26 May 2023

Learning to a Higher Level - Performing Arts and Instrumental News

Article by Linda Pape | Head of Performance & Instrumental Coordinator

Learning to a Higher Level - Performing Arts and Instrumental News


Anzac Day Service

Under the direction of Mr Wilding, the senior band and the choir led the College as they sang the National Anthem at our recent very moving Anzac Day Ceremony.

Special congratulations to our senior trumpeters, Mali Taylor who played The Last Post” and Erin Robertson who played “The Rouse.” To play these pieces to a crowd is known as ‘a tough gig” and Mr Wilding and I were very proud of these students.

Holy Week at Star of the Sea

I was very proud of our senior students Zoe Walter, Lily Petterwood, Ebony Plowman and Summer De Vries who sang during the Holy Week ceremonies for Fr Darien.

I was also delighted to see past student Liam Tormey accompany our students so beautifully on guitar.

Dancing into the Quarter Finals

During the term holidays, year 11 student, Erica Payne, went over to New Zealand for the biggest Australasian ballet competition called the “Alana Haines Australasian Awards” in which there were just over 400 competitors. The competition consisted of an adjudicated class which performed on stage, a performance of a classical variation and an own choice contemporary solo. This competition was run over 5 days. After all of this was adjudicated across the board by 3 international adjudicators, Erica was fortunate to progress into the quarter finals in which she danced the classical variation again.

Erica has been dancing for 8 years and now she dances 16 plus hours a week at her studio. As well as these rehearsals after school each day, Erica travels to Melbourne every Sunday to dance with a contemporary youth company. She also dances at various competitions both locally and interstate and scholarship awards competitions.

Mr Rudd’s Junior Rock Band.

Mr Rudd is new to our College and he is very keen to see the Junior Rock Band develop. We are looking forward to seeing this Rocking Rudd band perform so stay tuned!

“Catch Me if you Can” - Past and present students shine!

Very recently I was delighted to see our students, Lily Petterwood, Ryan Millich and past students, Storm Randall and Paris Walsh star in the performance “Catch Me if you Can” produced by The Theatre of the Damned.” These performers were such a credit to our College and we wish them all the best in their future performances.

I was also delighted to see that this amazing performance was directed by past student Ben McNaughton.

Alumnus Ben who completed VCE Music was one of our talented vocalists. The direction of this musical was very polished and I am so proud of Ben. I shall certainly be on the lookout for more shows advertising- “Directed by Ben McNaughton”.


Students from VCE Music entertained the College when they performed one of their works- ‘I wish” by Stevie Wonder. Ella Beasley was on bass, Charlotte Gray on keys, Josh Dougherty on guitar and MacInley Watson on drums. Vocalist, Summer De Vries, demonstrated her outstanding skills as she owned the stage. It was a wonderful performance by all.

Three of our talented students from the College production took to the stage to perform one of the songs -“Learn to do it” from “Anastasia.” They were certainly a great advertisement for the show which will be performed in September.

Eltham High School Visit

At the end of Term 1, Eltham High School visited us as part of their tour. They worked with our Junior Band on a couple of combined pieces in the Multipurpose Centre. They then performed for some of our Year 7 classes and our VCE music class who used the session to work on their music analysis skills. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to hear a large ensemble which also included Tuba, Euphonium and a full percussion section.

Michael Wilding

Band Coordinator.

Combined Bands Workshop

On Thursday, 11 May ,the Junior Band visited Kardinia International College for a Combined Bands Workshop and Performance. Joined by 6 other schools, students rehearsed together, honing their skills and preparing for a performance to families and friends in the evening. After a long afternoon of rehearsing, Kardinia cooked up a BBQ for us all before the concert began.

Each school performed two pieces followed by a combined concert band of 206 students to perform two pieces altogether. The supportive audience encouraged us all and the final piece was a good send off!

This event is sincerely fabulous for students and staff alike. We were very proud of the work our Junior Band had put in, their progress and performance and the way each of them represent Saint Ignatius College.

Janice Wilding

Junior Band Conductor


IDAHOBIT DAY was a huge success and I congratulate many of the music students for their contribution to the event. Music was live -overlooking the basketball courts as students celebrated the day.

Thanks to the Music in Industry class for setting up the equipment and stage.

VCE Soiree

Congratulations to the VCE MUSIC students who performed to the many parents and friends of the College. The Piano Bar was rocking as the students confidently performed their works. Mrs Brown and Mr Rudd were so very proud of their students and it is so hard to believe the Unit 3 students have only one more soiree left before they leave school. Many thanks to the piano bar for their fabulous support .

Public Speaking- “Our Future, Our Issues, Our Stance”

Last week our Public Speaking students gave a very impressive recital to their parents and friends. The Loyola Centre was the perfect venue for these talented students. The theme of the evening was “Our Future, Our Issues, Our Stance.”

The students have collaborated together and have created poems inspired by a youth survey in 2022, which addressed the concerns of a teenager in the world. These talented students brought their words and intentions to life.

Congratulations to our Public Speaking teacher, Ms. Nikki Zhao, for her amazing work and energy with the students.

Future Events for term 2:

10 Music in Industry Concert

Monday, 29th May,

Potato Shed. 7pm-8pm.

Woodwind & Brass Instrumental Music Soiree

Tuesday, 30th May

Loyola Centre 7pm-8pm

Year 7 Music Showcase

Monday, 19th June

Multi Purpose Centre


We look forward to seeing many parents at our future events.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or just need to chat.


Linda Pape | Head of Performance & Instrumental Coordinator