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SCEGGS HSC Music Examination – Music 2 and Music Extension
Well done to the Music 2 and Music Extension students who have completed their HSC performance examinations this week.

The practical components for the HSC Music students are now completed. They will return in Term 4 to complete their Aural skills paper (Music 1) or Musicology/Aural skills paper (Music 2) during the HSC examination period. We wish the girls all the very best on their musical journey beyond SCEGGS.

Clarinet Lunchtime Concert – Studio of Ms Nicole Barrett
Congratulations to the students of Ms Nicole Barrett who performed in their lunch time concert on Monday 16 September in the Primary Music Classroom. It was wonderful to see the talented students in the Primary school who are making wonderful progress on their instruments. Thank you to Ms Barrett for her enthusiasm and guidance of her students. Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Upcoming performances and events in Term 3:
Primary Piano Concert – Friday 20 September
3.30 – 4.30pm Great Hall

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

SCEGGS HSC Music Examination – Music 2 and Music Extension
Well done to the Music 1 students who have completed their HSC performance examinations this week.
Next week, the Music 2 and Music Extension students will be examined by NESA markers on their performances. Good luck girls!

Vocal Lunchtime Concert – Studio of Jessica O’Donoghue
Congratulations to the students of Ms Jessica O’Donoghue who performed in their lunch time concert on Monday 9 September in the Diana Bowman Music Classroom 1. It was wonderful to see the array of talented vocalists who are progressing well in their stages of development. Thank you to Ms O’Donoghue for her teaching and guidance of students. Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Year 3 Choir Visit to Beehive Industries
Congratulations to the Year 3 Choir who performed in Beehive Industries on Monday 9 September. The students’ performance was much enjoyed by the staff and volunteers. They sang five songs, including "My Favourite Things" and "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah". Thank you to their teachers, Ms Kate Brown, Ms Felicity Permezel and Ms Ellen Sheil, who accompanied the students for this performance. Special thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth who directed the performance and to Ms Stephanie Holmes who accompanied the choir. This was a lovely opportunity for our students to share their music with our local community.

Australian School Band & Orchestra Festival
On Sunday, three SCEGGS String Ensembles performed in the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (ASBOF) at the University of NSW – Sinfonietta and Chamber Strings from the primary school and Amati Strings, the top string ensemble in the Secondary School. Girls from Year 2 to Year 11 represented the School with their music making. Sinfonietta, Chamber Strings and Amati Strings each gained a Gold Award for their performances in different sections of the Festival. Mrs Anne Sweeney was joined by Mrs Stephanie Holmes, Ms Dominique Gallery and Ms Rachel Valentine who assisted greatly on the day. Congratulations, girls!

Have a listen to Sinfonietta's performance below.

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Upcoming performances and events in Term 3:
Primary Clarinet Concert – Monday 16 September
1:10–1:40pm Primary Music Room

Year 8 and 9 Elective Music Excursion – Meet the Music with Sydney Symphony
Wednesday 18 September, 6:30pm – Sydney Opera House (Concert Hall)

Primary Piano Concert – Friday 20 September
3:30–4:30pm Great Hall

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

SCEGGS HSC Music Examination
Congratulations to the Music 1 and Music 2/Extension Class of 2019! The students presented part of their HSC Performance program on Monday 2 September in the annual SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert. It was a wonderful showcase of our very talented students in Music 1 and Music 2/Extension courses.
The class teachers this year are Mr Peter Jewitt for Music 2 and Ms Chow for Music 1 and Extension. Special thank you to Ms Heidi Jones and the team of supporting musicians who accompanied the students in their ensemble performances. Thank you also to the following students: Charlotte FitzSimons (Year 10), Sarah McNaughton (Year 11), Uma Volkmer (Year 11) and Hiroi Migita (Year 12) who have also supported the students in some of the ensemble items.
We wish the girls all the best as they complete their HSC Examinations in the coming weeks.

AMEB Flute Examination Achievements
Congratulations to the following students of Ms Lucie Benz who achieved the following grades in their recent AMEB examinations:

Grace Morrow Grade 6
Alma Lawrie Grade 4
Holly Salter Grade 5
Janet Zheng Grade 5
Emilie Chick Grade 4

Thank you to Ms Lucie Benz for her careful preparation of the students and to Ms Belinda McGlynn for her accompaniment. The girls achieved wonderful results and are to be congratulated for their hard work!

AMEB String Examinations
Congratulations to the following students who have completed their AMEB String Examinations on Monday 2 September:

Anara Murugesan – Preliminary Grade Violin
Isabella Anastasiou – Preliminary Grade Cello
Karla Ng – Preliminary Grade Cello
Amelie Hewitt-Taylor - Grade 2 Violin
Anais Hewitt-Taylor - Grade 3 Double Bass
Cassandra Davies – Grade 5 Cello

Well done girls on this achievement! Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney who organised the students for the examinations. Special thanks to Ms Rachel Valentine and Ms Stephanie Holmes for accompanying the girls in the examinations.

SSO Fellows 3-Day Orchestral Workshop
Congratulations to Anais Hewitt-Taylor (Year 9) who successfully auditioned for a place in the Sydney Symphony Fellows 3-Day Orchestral Workshop in Parramatta. The workshop will take place from 2 to 4 October with students being mentored by the Sydney Symphony Fellows and performing together on the final day in a concert together. Well done, Anais!

Primary Brass Concert
Congratulations to the Primary Brass students who performed in their lunch time concert last Friday 30 August in the Primary Music Room.

Beehive Industries
Congratulations to the Year 4 Choir who performed in Beehive Industries on Tuesday 3 September. The volunteers and staff enjoyed the students’ beautiful singing. The students also had an opportunity to share the work created by the artists and volunteers. Thank you to Ms Kate Brown, Miss Emma Corbett and Miss Bree Johnstone who accompanied the students. Special thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth who directed the performance and to Ms Allison Harrigan who accompanied the choir.

Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival
Good Luck to members of Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta who are competing this Sunday 8 September in the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (ASBOF). The competition is being held at the University of NSW in the Clancy Auditorium. Special thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney for her preparation and direction of the students. Thank you also to Ms Stephanie Holmes who will accompany the ensembles in the competition.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
To read more about the Festival, go to the following link:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

Jessica O’Donoghue Vocal Studio Concert – Week 8, Monday 9 September 1:15pm DB 1 classroom.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Festival on Forbes
Congratulations to all members of Basie, Beginners’, Bugles’, Clarion and Holst bands, Amati Strings, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong, Sinfonietta, Rock Bands, Percussion ensembles and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE). Your performances were filled with energy and much appreciated by those who attended the Festival on Sunday.

Thank you to the conductors and assistants who were on hand to help the students perform – Mr Mark Brown, Mrs Alexandra Dalman, Ms Jayne Groves, Ms Allison Harrigan, Ms Stephanie Holmes, Ms Heidi Jones, Miss Alice Kotowicz, Mr Garry Lee-Lindsay, Mr Matt Moore, Ms Alison Ryan, Ms Alex Siegers, Mrs Anne Sweeney, Ms Rachel Valentine.

Special thank you to Mr Peter Jewitt who co-ordinated the music performances and organised the logistics for the event. It was a mighty effort by everyone to share their music with the SCEGGS community.

Assembly Performance
Congratulations to members of Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE) who performed “Bellas Final (Mashup)” from Pitch Perfect. It isn’t easy to sing in five parts and the girls did this very well! Thank you to Ms Alex Siegers for her direction of the performance and to Ms Stephanie Holmes for her accompaniment. Well done CVE!

SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert
We warmly invite everyone to attend this concert featuring our students from both HSC Music 1 and Music 2/Extension courses. The concert will showcase some of the students’ performances from their HSC Performance program.

Week 7 – Monday 2 September 2019
Great Hall
Refreshments served from 5:00pm
Concert commences at 5:30pm and concludes by 7:00pm

This is the final opportunity for the students to share their work before the commencement of the HSC Music Practical Marking period starting on Monday 9 September. Come and support our talented Year 12 students before they perform for their HSC Practical Examination. We would love to see you there!

Flute Lunchtime Concert
Congratulations to the students of Ms Lucie Benz who performed in a lunchtime concert on Monday 26 August in the Diana Bowman Centre. The students performed repertoire from their AMEB examination program. Special thanks to Ms Benz who worked carefully with each student in preparation for their performance and to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30 August, Primary Music Room 1:10–1:40pm
The concert will feature Primary brass students from the studios of Ms Louise Horwood, Ms Alex Silver and Ms Cindy Sims.

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
To read more about the Festival, go to the following link:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

Jessica O’Donoghue Vocal Studio Concert – Week 8 Monday 9 September 1:15pm DB 1 classroom.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Year 7 2020 Orientation Morning
Congratulations to members of Amati Strings who performed for the incoming group of Year 7 2020 students and their parents and carers at the Orientation morning last Friday 16 August. The students played a variety of pieces to entertain the guests. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney for her direction of the ensemble. Well done Amati Strings!

SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert
We warmly invite everyone in our school community to attend this concert featuring our students from both the HSC Music 1 and Music 2/Extension courses. The concert will showcase some of the students’ performances from their HSC Performance program.

We are going to have a slightly different format for our concert this year and we would like to offer some light refreshments at 5pm before commencing the concert at 5:30pm.

When: Week 7 – Monday 2 September 2019
Where: Great Hall
Time: Refreshments served from 5pm
Concert commences at 5:30pm and to conclude by 7:30pm

This is the final opportunity for the students to share their work before the commencement of the HSC Music Practical Marking period starting from Monday 9 September.
Come and support our talented Year 12 students before they perform for their HSC Practical Examination. We would love to see you there!

Flute Studio Concert – Monday 26 August
The Flute students of Ms Lucie Benz will be performing a lunchtime concert on Monday 26 August at 1:15pm in the DB1 classroom.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August Week 5
The following ensembles will be performing as part of Festival on Forbes:
Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst.
Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta.
Rock Bands
Percussion
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)
Click here to view performance times and locations.

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30 August, Primary Music Room 1:10 – 1:40pm
The concert will feature the Primary Brass students from the studios of Ms Louise Horwood, Ms Alex Silver and Ms Cindy Sims.

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
a link to the website so that parents can read a bit more about the Festival:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

Jess O’Donoghue Vocal Studio Concert – Week 8 Monday 9 September DB 1 classroom 1:15pm

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert
A showcase of Music 1 and Music 2/Extension students performing their HSC Performance program coming to you...

Week 7 – 2 September 2019
Great Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Come and support our talented Year 12 students before they perform for their HSC Practical Examination. We would love to see you there!

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August Week 5
The following ensembles will be performing as part of Festival on Forbes:

Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst.
Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta.
Rock Bands
Percussion
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)

Click here to view performance times and locations.

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30th August, Primary Music Room 1.10 – 1.40pm

The concert will feature the Primary Brass students from the studios of Ms Louise Horwood, Ms Alex Silver and Ms Cindy Sims.

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
a link to the website so that parents can read a bit more about the Festival:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August, Week 5
Not long till the Festival on Forbes on Sunday 25 August. To provide some musical entertainment, the following ensembles will be performing at various times throughout the day:

  • Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst
  • Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta
  • Rock Bands
  • Percussion
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)

The times and location for each ensemble’s performances will be shared with students and families over the next week. We look forward to seeing you there!

Music Tuition and Lesson Interruptions
The Peripatetic tutors who come to teach at SCEGGS take great care with their allocation of times for their students. Tutors abide by the school’s rule that music lessons cannot take place during the following times:
• During Chapel or Assembly times, or during Year Meetings (Secondary only).
• Music Lessons must NOT take place during timetabled Religious Education lessons (Yr 7-10) or PE lessons (K-10).

The decision by families to have individual music tuition in school time does mean that students will miss a part of their lesson. Tutors who come to the school have limited time and their rotation of lesson times is dependent on the size of their teaching studio.

The school has 80-minute lessons to facilitate for the missed time. Music tuition are 30 minutes in length and allows students to attend the remaining portion of their class lesson to catch up with work missed.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind families that tutors require at least 24 hours with regards to a change of lesson time.

With these points in mind, it is hoped that the working relationship between tutors and students can result in a successful musical outcome.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August Week 5
As mentioned earlier in this article!

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30 August, Primary Music Room 1.10 – 1.40pm
The concert will feature the Primary Brass students from the studios of Ms Louise Horwood, Ms Alex Silver and Ms Cindy Sims.

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
A link to the website so that parents can read a bit more about the Festival: https://asbof.org.au/ 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Annual NSW School Band Competition
Congratulations to members of the Holst Concert Band who performed in the Annual NSW School Band Festival on Sunday 28 July at the Conservatorium of Music. The students performed in the Graham Lloyd Concert Band Event and were awarded a Gold award! The band performed “Horkstow Grange” by Percy Grainger and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff. Thank you to Mr Peter Jewitt for his organisation of the band and to Mr Mark Brown who prepared and directed the performance. Well done Holst Band!

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Holst Band Assembly
On the back of their Gold performance, Holst Band shared their performance with the School community at Monday’s Assembly. Thank you to members of the Holst Band and to Mr Mark Brown for his direction of the performance.

City of Sydney Eisteddfod
Congratulations to Madison Au (Yr 9) who was awarded second place in the 15 & Under Woodwind Instrument Solo event. Well done to Madison on this wonderful achievement!

HSC Music 1 and 2/Extension Performance Evening
Well done to the HSC Music 1 and Music 2/Extension students who shared part of the Performance program last Thursday evening in the Great Hall. The performance evening formed an important part of the students’ preparation as they embark on their Trial assessments in the coming weeks. Many thanks to Ms Heidi Jones for her organisation of the musicians who supported our students and for her coaching of their performances.

Reminder for members of Clarinet Ensemble
Rehearsals for Clarinet Ensemble will commence on Monday 5 August with Ms Nicole Barrett at 7:30am in DB1.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes
The following ensembles will be performing at the Festival on Forbes:

  • Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst
  • Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta
  • Rock Bands
  • Percussion
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)

Times and location of the performances will be advised soon.


ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival)
 
Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta

Date:  Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue: University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington

Click here to read a bit more about the Festival.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Gondwana World Choral Festival
Mighty congratulations to the students who performed in the SCEGGS Choir as part of the Gondwana World Choral Festival in the third week of the school holidays. As one of only three Australian school choirs that were invited to perform, the students were magnificent cultural ambassadors and representatives of SCEGGS Choral program. Our choristers performed at the Sydney Conservatorium and Sydney Opera House alongside many of the world’s leading choirs from France, Estonia, Latvia, France, the USA and China as well as playing host to the famous Inner Mongolian Youth Choir. Thank you so much to the families of the following students who welcomed Inner Mongolian choristers into their homes for a week: Nathalie Wilder, Lily Hallgath-Jolly, Annika Deitz, Mikayla Maher, Maggie-Rose Dunlop, Dakota Kedzier-Hurst, Astrid Girdis, Millie Hughes, Eva Harris, Scarlett Pearce, Jemima Louie Smith and Anna Gesouras. Special thanks to Languages teacher Judith Vrachnas for housing four Mongolians during the festival!

This opportunity and experience would not have been possible without the organisation of Ms Allison Harrigan who has spent many months working alongside Gondwana Choirs to make our participation in this international event possible. Thank you also to music staff Mr Heinz Schweers, Mrs Anne Sweeney, Ms Holmes, Miss Ginger-Rose Harrington and Ms Alice Kotowicz and SCEGGS sound wizard Ms Eddi Goodfellow who accompanied and assisted with this performance.

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Annual NSW School Band Competition
The Holst Concert Band will be participating in the Annual NSW School Band Festival. The students will be performing in the Graham Lloyd Concert Band Event. The competition will take place this Sunday 28 July at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Students will be dressed in full Winter School uniform. Please remember to bring your instrument. Mr Jewitt and Mr Brown (Director of the Holst Concert Band) will be meeting students at the venue at 12.15pm.

Foundation Day Assembly
Thank you to the members of the School Choir and Madrigal choir who led the singing at the school’s Foundation Day Assembly. Thank you to Ms Harrigan for her direction.

HSC Music 1 and 2/Extension Performance Evening – 4.00 pm, Thursday 25 July, Great Hall
Year 12 Music students studying Music 1 or Music 2/Extension will be performing a selection of their Performance pieces on Thursday 25 July.

Please note the starting time for the concert is at 4.00pm.

We look forward to seeing friends and family there to support the students. This concert forms as part of their preparation for the upcoming Trial examinations which will take place in Week 4.

Australian Flute Festival Master Class
Congratulations to Year 12 student Elizabeth Armour who participated in a Flute masterclass with renowned Australian Flute pedagogue Margaret Crawford during the school holidays. Elizabeth was the only secondary student to be selected for this masterclass of four students. Well done Elizabeth!

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Annual NSW School Band Competition – Holst Band
Date/Time – Sunday 28 July 2019, 12 noon.
Venue – Sydney Conservatorium of Music

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
a link to the website so that parents can read a bit more about the Festival: https://asbof.org.au/

 Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

House Music - Beatles!
Get ready for this Friday as the Houses share their Beatles themed performances on the stage in the Great Hall! Our adjudicators for this year are Ms Jacqui Dark and Ms Tanya Christensen. The Rock ensembles “Small Seas” and “Second Nature” will also be performing while the final judging takes place. Looking forward to hearing the array of performances from each House.

International House Guests and the World Choral Festival
The Music Department is thrilled that SCEGGS’ Choirs are playing an important part in the Gondwana World Choral Festival in the third week of the school holidays. Only three Australian school choirs were invited to perform so we are feeling very fortunate to be chosen. The festival is the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century and promises to be a life changing experience for our SCEGGS choristers. Our choristers, and some of our staff, have generously opened their homes for a week to billet the world famous Inner Mongolian Youth Choir. If you are interested in supporting our SCEGGS choristers in their performances then please click on the links below to secure tickets:

Wednesday July 17: 2.30pm: Harbour City 2 Concert featuring SCEGGS Darlinghurst and Inner Mongolian Youth Choir in Music Workshop Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Tickets to this concert can be purchased at: Wednesday Concert.

Sunday July 21: 3.00 – 5.00pm: Sounds of the World Closing Gala Concert at Sydney Opera House. Please note SCEGGS are not presenting their own bracket of songs in this concert but are singing in the final two massed items with the combined international choirs. This concert is selling out fast and features all of the international choirs so will be a once in a lifetime chance to hear some of the best choirs in the treble choir world all in one place. Please use the following link to book tickets: Sunday Concert.

Primary Piano Concert
Well done to the Piano students who performed in the concert last Friday afternoon in the Great Hall. It was wonderful to see the array of talented pianists who for some, was the first time they had played on a Steinway Grand! Thank you to Heidi Jones for her preparation and organisation of the concert.

Strings Studio Concert
Congratulations to the students who performed in the Strings Concert in the Primary Music Room. The concerts were held over three afternoons from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June. It was a positive learning experience for the string students, playing with the support of their family and friends. Thank you to Anne Sweeney for her organisation of the afternoon concerts. Thank you also to the team of String studio teachers and Stephanie Holmes who assisted with the accompaniment.


Upcoming performances in the Holidays and Term III:

World Choral Festival
Harbour City 2 Concert – Wednesday July 17 at 2.30pm
Featuring SCEGGS Darlinghurst Choirs and Inner Mongolian Youth Choir at Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sounds of the World Closing Gala Concert - Sunday July 21 3.00 – 5.00pm
SCEGGS Darlinghurst Choir are performing in 2 massed items with combined International choirs at Sydney Opera House

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8th September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
Link to the website so that parents can read a bit more about the Festival: ASBOF

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations to members of the Bugles Band in the Primary School. Last Tuesday was a lovely chance to celebrate some of their achievements. The day began with an open rehearsal, where they shared some music with parents and Year 6 students were recognised for their contribution. We also recognised four students who had 100% attendance for the ENTIRE year: congratulations to Mia Costa, Hannah Guest, Julia Richards and Alexandra West!  At lunchtime the band performed in the Primary School. They added a little Christmas cheer to the playground and Baby Shark was a popular piece to move to!

Well done to the 23 students from the studios of Jonathan Whitting, Kathryn Crossing and Dominique Gallery who achieved very pleasing results in their AMEB examinations last Friday.

Great work those students who recently performed at the Suzuki graduation concert.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music