A Reflection on the Aspire International Music Festival
One of the most incredible aspects of St Luke's Anglican School is the outstanding culture within our student body. Whilst on tour, our male vocalists took part in a workshop with Anthony Young, the Head of Music at St Laurence's College in Brisbane. He made a comment along the lines of 'You are all males who sing, so you must be bullied by the sporty kids at school'. A lot of the students from other schools nodded with agreement, but not ours. Anthony looked at our boys and appeared confused. One of our students responded with, 'That doesn't roll at our school. Every student participates in the Instrumental Music Program from Year 3, so sporty or not we all understand and respect the value of music, plus we are the sporty kids too.' I couldn't help but sit there with the biggest smile on my face. At that moment, I knew without a doubt that our students recognised the value of the Performing Arts as a part of their education and as an integral aspect of the fabric of our wonderful school.
So, I can tell you that the Concert Band and Senior Orchestra both placed 2nd and that the String Orchestra placed 3rd. I can tell you about all of the amazing comments we received from the staff and students from some of Australia's most elite schools. However, what is even more important than this is that thanks to the culture that has been created through the Instrumental Music Program as a respected and integral part of the school’s curriculum, we have been able to create an inclusive culture with incredibly creative thinkers, effective collaborators, compassionate peers, motivated sportspeople, critically thinking academics and extraordinary human beings.
To all of you who have supported the Instrumental Music Program over the years; to the teachers who have accommodated students attending lessons during class time, to the parents who have driven their children to school early for rehearsals and encouraged them to practise and to the students who conquered their fears when they stepped up for their first solo performance at the Year 3 String Concert; thank you! Our ensembles would not have been able to achieve what they did at Aspire without the culture of our school, the commitment of our students and your support.
~ Miss Sarah Ferguson
An exciting start to Term 3 for our Junior Singers!
Term 3 has commenced on a high note for our Junior Singers as we were surprised on our first rehearsal back with a visit from Michelle Leonard OAM.
Michelle Leonard OAM is the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and its chamber choir Ristretto. She is also Artistic Director of the Moorambilla Voices Regional Children’s Choirs.
Michelle was visiting the region last week to visit participants involved in the Milbi Festival which is being held in Bundaberg from 15 - 24 November. Junior Singers have been invited to be involved in this exciting event with rehearsals being held from 11 November culminating with a gala performance on Friday 15 November.
During her time with us, Michelle workshopped one of our pieces in preparation for our Eisteddfod performance and shared information with us in order to commence rehearsals for the Milbi Festival.
Michelle’s visit was a valuable and fantastic experience for all involved and we can’t wait to work with her again in the near future.
More information regarding the rehearsals and festival performance will be communicated to you closer to the event.
~ Mrs Angela Jones
St Luke’s String Students to Travel to China!
Johanna Brey (Double Bass Year 12) and Marianna Konopka (Violin Year 11) will embark on an adventure of a lifetime at the end of Term 3 to Nanning, China.
In partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, the Bundaberg Youth Hub and local schools, Johanna and Marianna have been selected to visit our Sister City Nanning to showcase our Bundaberg regional Instrumental Music students through participation in the Nanning Annual Folk Festival in September.
Johanna and Marianna will embark on this journey with 10 other Instrumental students from the Bundaberg region. The trip will encompass students playing at a variety of festival events (plus sightseeing) and will be approximately eight days in duration. The music performed will have an “Australiana” theme.
Johanna and Marianna look forward to the opportunity to be ambassadors for not only St Luke’s Anglican School but for the Bundaberg community.
~ Mrs Amanda Roche
Scene Project – Monday 5 August, Moncrieff Entertainment Centre (Drama Club)
Year 12 Drama Play – Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September
Year 11 Drama Performances – Friday 13 September
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Mrs Leanne Hutchings
Head of Arts Faculty
Director of Co-curricular (Cultural)