We started the term with the annual Junior School Music Competitions Evening in April. Students were required to present two contrasting pieces and were marked by a guest adjudicator.
The audience enjoyed listening to a range of musical styles performed by participants in the Instrumental Competition; Bradley Sherer (violin), Madison-Rose Koniseti (drumkit), Cameron Sherer (acoustic guitar), Jeffrey Dimi (piano), and Bradley Sherer (bass guitar). Our participants in the Vocal Competition included Abbey Hammond, Madison Lok, Sofia Cristovao, Jeffrey Dimi, and Madison-Rose Koniseti.
The performances by all students were outstanding, and enjoyed by a very supportive audience parents, students, and staff. Special thanks must go to our adjudicator for the evening, Bev Kennedy; our vocal and instrumental tutors for preparing the students for such high-quality performances; and our accompanist for the evening, Lucy Bermingham.
Congratulations to our overall award recipients:
- Instrumental Competition Winner: Bradley Sherer
- Instrumental Competition Highly Commended: Madison-Rose Koniseti
- Vocal Competition Winner: Madison-Rose Koniseti
- Vocal Competition Highly Commended: Abbey Hammond
- Vocal Competition Highly Commended: Jeffrey Dimi
As part of the Junior School’s Grandparents Day in May, our K – Year 6 students presented a concert in the Conference Centre. The Performing Arts Instrumental Ensembles enjoyed their first performance of the year. Our Ann McDonald scholars performed solos.
The Junior School school rock band had everyone moving to their music. The Years 3 – 6 Choir performed Never Walk Alone, and our K – 2 students performed a funny speech rhyme titled Grandma’s Glasses. The concert ended with the entire Junior School singing “Thank you Grandma, Thank You Grandpa.”
The theme of this year’s Junior School Music Showcase held in June was The Sounds of Nature. The Junior School Captains, Mia Honeysett and Jeffrey Dimi, compered the evening.
The first half of the concert featured each class performing an item they have been working on with Mrs Sherer during their Curriculum. Music lessons. There was much singing and moving, combined with bells, boomwhackers, recorders, ukuleles and xylophones. Madison-Rose Koniseti and Bradley Sherer impressed the audience with their solo performances.
The second half of the concert featured our String Ensemble, Woodwind/Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and our Guitar Ensemble. These ensembles performed their own pieces, and then all 40 students came together to bring down the house with their rendition of I Hear Thunder. The Junior School rock band entertained the audience with a Bob Marley classic Three Little Birds followed by an old favourite Shake a Tail Feather that had everyone ‘chair-dancing’. The Showcase started with the entire Junior School singing a three-part round titled This Pretty Planet and ended with Turn The World Around.
It has been a busy yet musically-rewarding term and in addition to these three major performance opportunities, the Junior School also performed choir pieces at the College’s ANZAC Day service and at the Mother’s Day assembly. The students love performing on stage and it has been fantastic to see improvement in such a short space of time (many of our students only started learning their instrument at the start of Term 1). It’s such a joy to see their faces as they perform on stage.