Senior Drama

26 October 2017

In Year 8, students have recently completed assessments based on Physical Theatre and quotes from Shakespeare. They came up with some truly creative responses using symbolism, music, costume and lighting. We performed on the stage at the MacKillop Centre and recorded the performances for assessment.

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Music Update

26 October 2017

Music Update – Newsletter 13 – Wednesday 25 October

 

TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS – SAVE THE DATE!

The Twilight Summer Concert will now combine with the Christmas Carols to create a large community event for our college on Friday 17 November. Our three Choirs, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Concert Band and selected soloists will be performing in the concert. All students in Prep, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 will also be performing a Christmas Carol. Drinks and Snacks will be available for purchase on the night from 5pm, thanks to the hard work of our P & F Committee. The concert will commence at 6:00 pm and will conclude at approximately 8:00 pm. We hope to see many families at this very exciting event!

 

MUSIC EXAM RESULTS

Congratulations to the following students who completed music exams last weekend:

Samara O’Leary Farrelly 3K

IMEB Vocal Performance Exam – ‘A’ result

Ava Tate 5M

IMEB Vocal Performance Exam – ‘A’ result

Ruben Kruger 3T

IMEB Vocal Performance Exam – ‘A’ result

Adele Adams 3T

IMEB Vocal Performance Exam – ‘A’ result

IMEB Piano Performance Exam – ‘B’ result

These are outstanding results, and reflect months of hard work in music lessons and at home with practice. Congratulations to you all. Thank you to our Voice and Piano teacher, Courtney Feldman, for her wonderful music tuition in lessons, and for her encouragement of her students to work towards music exams.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to our piano teacher, Morgan Chalmers, for his Musical Direction of the acclaimed “Accidentals’ choral performance at the Empire Theatre last weekend. Morgan arranged all the choral pieces for the choir and led the choir in rehearsals. The show was a resounding success. Well done Morgan!

 

YEAR 4/5/6 CHOIR REHEARSAL CANCELLATION

The Year 4/5/6 Choir rehearsal will be cancelled on Tuesday 31 October due to a Music teacher Professional Development day.

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

The 2017 Instrumental Music Enrolment Contract is attached below as a refresher about how our Instrumental Music Program operates.

 

The main points to remember are:

  • Lesson fees are not refundable, and students are not able to discontinue lessons during a term.
  • Written notice must be received two weeks before the end of term if you would like your child to discontinue lessons.
  • If invoices remain outstanding after the due date, your child’s teacher is not obliged to conduct any further lessons.
  • It will assumed your child will be continuing lessons next year unless written notice is received. The 2018 Enrolment Contract is currently being finalised and will be available for parents soon.
  • If your child is unable to attend a lesson due to exams, appointments, retreats and camps etc, please call your child’s Instrumental Music teacher at least 24 hours in advance.
  • In the case of illness, please call your child’s Instrumental Music teacher early in the morning to inform your child’s teacher that they will not be at school.

 

 

Our music teacher contact details are:

 

Piano

Mrs Monica Brennan

mabrennan2965@gmail.com

0427 823 126

 

Strings

Ms Teresa Brix

teresabrix@live.com.au

0422 438 127

 

Piano

Mr Morgan Chalmers

morgan.chalmers@hotmail.com

0447 489 442

 

Drums

Mr Ian Dixon

drumstudio@optusnet.com.au

0423 317 954

 

Voice & Piano

Ms Courtney Feldman

hello@courtneyfeldman.com.au

0422 362 035

 

Brass

Mrs Lorraine Fuller

lozram62@gmail.com

0412 659 996

 

Guitar

Mr Jack Hickey

jackhickey@live.com.au

0413 974 177

 

Woodwind

Dr Philippa Robinson

philippa@karaleeschoolofmusic.com.au

0412 056 834

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Music Update

12 October 2017

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following students who performed beautifully at the Arts Assembly on Wednesday, 13 September and at the Mary MacKillop Day on Friday, 15 September:

Year 2/3 Choir

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith

Bronte Gillett

Adele Adams, Gabriella Semmens and Lucy Aleksandrowicz

Senior Dance Troupe

Concert Band

Senior Singers Choir

Year 4/5/6 Choir

Holly Hutchison

Ruben Kruger

 

NEW INSTRUMENTS

Over the holidays, the College purchased a lovely Kawai piano from the local Paroz family. This piano will be permanently located in the large music studio. It is the first acoustic piano the College has owned, and will be a great addition to our music program. The College has also recently purchased some brand new Yamaha electric guitars and amps for our Guitar Ensemble to use in rehearsals and concerts.

TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT – SAVE THE DATE!

Please save the date for the College’s Twilight Summer Concert on Friday, 17 November. Many of our talented music students will be given an opportunity to perform in this exciting concert.

COMPOSING SOFTWARE

The College now owns the Music Composing software, Sibelius. This software will be used in the Senior School to assist our music students with their composition assessment tasks.

MUSIC EXAMS

Good luck to the following students who are in the final preparations for their upcoming music exams:

Jack Haddow (Trumpet)

Monique George (Flute)

Keira Lucy (Flute)

Max Penhaligon (Flute)

Monica Murphy (Clarinet)

William Heinemann (Saxophone)

Elliott Worner (Saxophone)

Madeleine Dobson (Piano)

Dylan Baryla (Trombone)

Rebecca George (Piano)

 

MUSIC QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.”

Source:  http://childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/12benefits.html

 

Natalie Otto

Head of Music

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

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News from the Music Department

1 September 2017

PERFORMANCES ON ASSEMBLY

The Year 2/3 Choir, selected Drama Soloists and the Senior School Dance Troupe will be performing on Assembly on Wednesday 13 September from 2:20 pm. Thank you to Ms Susie Fredline, Mrs Kate Cadzow-Smith and Ms Rebecca Morgan for leading their students in rehearsals and preparing them for this performance opportunity. Parents and carers are warmly invited to attend the assembly to see their children perform.

 

MARY MACKILLOP FEAST DAY

On Friday 15 September the Year 4/5/6 Choir, Concert Band and selected soloists will be performing in a Mary MacKillop Feast Day concert from 2:20 pm. Thank you to our voice teacher Ms Courtney Feldman and our Piano Teacher Mr Morgan Chalmers for helping to prepare the soloists for their performances. It is a short concert so there is only an opportunity for a small number of students to perform, but please keep reading below for an exciting larger performance opportunity being organised next term! Please take careful note of the Feast Day details in the Date Claimers section of this newsletter as parents and carers are warmly invited to celebrate this day with the College.

 

TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT – SAVE THE DATE!

The date has been booked, the preparations have begun and the Christmas lights will be plugged in! Please save the date for the College’s inaugural Twilight Summer Concert on Friday 17 November! Many of our talented must students will be given an opportunity to perform in this exciting concert. Further details will be provided next term.

 

MUSIC QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“You are never so together with other people as when you make music with them, in tune, in time and expressing the whole world of meaning. It is in the early years of life, especially, that we build the grounding for these abilities - and in our society, it is in the schools that it happens.”

 

Dr. Richard Letts http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/why-teaching-music-is-vital-for-kids/story-fni6unxq-1226764574720

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Drama Department News

18 August 2017

The Music and Drama Eisteddfod 2017

 

Congratulations to all performers! Everyone showed commitment and determination and produced their best performances on their day.  Performances were held in the Armitage Theatre with an audience and adjudicator! We ended up with 39 performances across the Solo poem, Monologue and Mime sections.

 

Incredibly Well done to the following:

 

Year 3 and Under Humorous Poem:

Samara O’Leary Farrelly (Highly Commended)

Bella Scrivens

Quincy Austin

Calen Williams (Highly Commended)

Chelsea Ward (Highly Commended)

Katherine Preston

Adele Adam (Highly Commended)

Mia Goddard- Smith

 

Year 4 Monologues:

Indigo Cadzow-Smith

Lucy Williams (Highly Commended)

 

Year 4 Humorous Poems:

Will Paynter                        

Indigo Cadzow- Smith (1st)

Lucy Murphy  (Highly Commended)                  

Jorja Thurston

Lucy Williams

Lily Woonton (Highly Commended)

 

Yr 5 Monologue Solo.

Gabrielle Stubbings

 

Year 5 Humorous Solo:

Lucy Hutchison

Chloe Gillett

 

Year 6 Humorous solo

Lara Brophy                          

Bella Stenzel  (Highly Commended)                   

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith  (1st)

Elise Scrivens

Lucy Wright (Highly Commended)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

Charlotte Dobson (Highly Commended)

Lucas Paynter (Highly Commended)

 

Year 6 Monologue:

Lara Brophy                         

Bella Stenzel     (Highly Commended)               

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith

Lucy Wright (Highly Commended)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

 

Primary Mime:

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith  (3rd)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

 

Yr 7 Mime Solo

 Cassandra Lawson (2nd)

Ashlyn Martin (1st)

 

Yr 8 Humorous Solo:

Anabel Austin

 

Yr 9 Monologue Solo

Holly Hutchison (3rd)

 

Yr 7 –Yr 9 Original Story Telling Solo :

Bronte Gillett (3rd)

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From the Music Department

4 August 2017

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

A large group of our Senior Singers Choir students, parents and staff attended Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro on Tuesday 18 July at the Empire Theatre. Thank you to the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund for sponsoring the cost of the tickets. All who attended the evening reported that it was an incredibly enjoyable performance. The next performance sponsored by the St Baker fund will be the Queensland Ballet’s performance of La Fille mal gardée on Friday 15 September. Ms Rebecca Morgan will be contacting her dance students to offer tickets for this performance.

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Congratulations to all music and drama performers for their magnificent performances in our inaugural Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the excellent work that is going on in our growing Performing Arts program. Many thanks goes to:

 

  • Susie Fredline, Kate Cadzow-Smith, Lorraine Fuller, Courtney Feldman, Jack Hickey, Monica Brennan, Teresa Brix, Morgan Chalmers, Ian Dixon and Philippa Robinson for preparing their students for their performances, sharing their talents on the night through conducting or accompanying, and helping backstage during the concert.
  • Kate Cadzow-Smith for being our entertaining MC for the evening.
  • Carla Adams, Leanne Andrews, Adelle McQueen and the P & F team (including many music parent volunteers) for their outstanding catering on the night.
  • Marius Kruger and Monica Brennan for their assistance on the sound and lighting desk.
  • Annette Hutchison, Julie Camm and Anne-Maree Patterson for their wonderful assistance with the beautiful winter decorations.
  • Our generous music students who assisted staff in many areas on the night.
  • Our wonderful music parents for their daily support and encouragement of their children’s music education.

 

Thank you also to our teaching staff at the College who make many allowances in class on a daily basis for our students to attend their weekly music lesson. Please enjoy the photos in the slideshow above!

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for some of our music students, as our String Ensemble and Concert Band have also recently performed in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The String Ensemble, comprised of members from Year 1 to Year 6, was awarded a Highly Commended in the Primary School String Ensemble section on Friday 28 July. The Concert Band, comprised of members from Year 3 to Year 8, was awarded Third Place in the Middle School Instrumental Ensemble section on Tuesday 1 August. What a thrill it was for these groups to perform on the Empire Theatre stage for the very first time. Thank you to Teresa Brix for her wonderful work with the String Ensemble. Congratulations to all performers!

 

In addition to the large group performances we have also had a number of soloists perform in the Eisteddfod. Congratulations to Bianca Philp (Violin - Highly Commended), Kokoka Cadzow-Smith (Trombone - Second Place and Third Place), Jack Haddow (Trumpet), George Worner (Trumpet) and Indigo Cadzow-Smith (Violin).

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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From the Drama Department

21 July 2017

Eisteddfod.

It’s time for the solo Eisteddfod!

The week starting Sunday the 6 and going till Friday the 11 August will see 47 performances from Mary MacKillop students from year 3 to Yr 9. They will feature in Solo  Poems, Monologues, Mimes, or Original Story Telling. There are different categories and age groups performing in morning and afternoon sessions throughout the week. All the students have been working very hard on their pieces with extra rehearsals, and we wish them all the greatest of luck!

Break a leg!!

Watch this space for exciting tales of our fun Eisteddfod week!

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From the Music Department

21 July 2017

QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

A few photos in the slideshow above are of the nine lucky senior school students who took up the opportunity to attend the Sweet Night Music performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performance on Thursday 22 June. Many thanks goes to the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund for sponsoring the tickets.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Rebecca George 6F for receiving Honours in her Grade 2 AMEB Trumpet Exam.

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble will be performing in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The String Ensemble is performing in the 5:30 pm session on Friday 28 July, and the Concert Band is performing in the 6:00 pm session on Tuesday 1 August. A letter will be sent home very soon.

 

25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Congratulations to our piano teacher, Mr Morgan Chalmers, for his wonderful Musical Direction of the very successful 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Good luck to our dedicated and talented music students for their performances at our inaugural Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July.

 

The details of the concert are as follows:

Date: Friday 21 July

Venue: MacKillop Centre

Food and Drinks available: 5:00 pm

Performer arrival time: 5:30 pm

Concert commencement: 6:00 pm

 

All ensembles will be performing in the concert (Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble), as well as selected vocalists and instrumentalists. Some of our drama students will also be performing!

 

The menu, available from 5:00 pm, is as follows:

BBQ Chicken Rolls, served with coleslaw $5

Pulled Beef and Gravy Roll, served with coleslaw $5

BBQ Chicken or Beef and Gravy with Rice $5

Half Size Children’s Roll $2.50

Chocolates $1 or $2

Popcorn $0.50

Water $1

Pop-top Juice $1

Soft drink $2

Beer or Cider $3.50

Rum or Whisky $5

Wine $3

 

The rolls will only be served from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Snack and drinks will still be available during the concert.

 

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From the Music Department

23 June 2017

 

TERM THREE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS AND REHEARSALS

Please be aware that music lessons and rehearsals will start on the very first day of Term 3 (Monday 10 July). As we lead up to the Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July it is vital that students attend all rehearsals and lessons in the first two weeks of next term.

 

Music Ensemble Timetable

Monday 7:45 am to 8:25 am – Guitar Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

Tuesday 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Year 4/5/6 Choir - Keppel

Wednesday 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Concert Band – MacKillop Centre

Wednesday 10:40 am to 11:20 am – Year 2/3 Choir – Keppel

Friday 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Senior Singers Choir – P8 Classroom

Friday 7:45 am to 8:25 am – String Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

 

Music Lesson Timetable

Monday – Piano with Mr Morgan Chalmers

Monday – Guitar with Mr Jack Hickey

Monday – Brass with Mrs Lorraine Fuller

Monday – Strings with Ms Teresa Brix

Tuesday – Woodwind with Dr Philippa Robison

Tuesday – Guitar with Mr Jack Hickey

Wednesday – Voice and Piano with Ms Courtney Feldman

Wednesday – Guitar with Mr Jack Hickey

Thursday – Voice and Piano with Ms Courtney Feldman

Thursday – Piano with Mrs Monica Brennan

Friday – Piano with Mrs Monica Brennan

Friday – Strings with Ms Teresa Brix

Friday – Drums with Mr Ian Dixon

 

MUSIC EXAM

Congratulations to Rebecca George 6F for completing her Grade 2 AMEB trumpet exam last week. Well done Rebecca!

 

STRING OUT

Our String Ensemble participated in the very exciting String Out Festival at the Empire Theatre on Wednesday 7 June. The festival is only held every two years, and this year it involved well over 200 string students from local schools. The students rehearsed with guest conductors throughout the day and performed in an exciting concert at night. Many thanks to our wonderful string teacher, Ms Teresa Brix, for her encouragement of our string students throughout the day and at night during the concert. Thank you to all string parents for your wonderful support at the concert.

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble have been entered in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The performance details are as follows:

 

Concert Band

Tuesday 1 August

6:00 pm

Empire Theatre

 

String Ensemble

Friday 28 July

5:30 pm

Empire Theatre

 

Please save the date! More information will be forwarded to parents after the school holidays.

 

25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

One of our talented piano teachers, Mr Morgan Chalmers, is the Musical Director of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, produced by Shoebox Theatre Comany. This musical is being staged in the Armitage Centre in early July. Congratulations to Morgan for being awarded this role and for all of his hard work with the cast and orchestra over the past few months. It is an adults only show, but would be suitable for students in Year 8 and above to attend with their parents. I am playing keyboard in the orchestra, and have had a great time working on the music with Morgan and the other orchestra members. For more information, please visit:

https://www.empiretheatre.com.au/event/390/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee

 

UNDERCOVER SHOW CASE

Our amazing drum teacher, Mr Ian Dixon, would like to invite students and parents from our College to attend his band’s showcase this weekend. His band is called “UnderCover”, and is comprised of Ian on drums, his wife Gayle on vocals and Martin Paroz on vocals and guitar. The details of the concert are as follows:

 

Date:     Saturday 24 June

Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Venue: Philharmonic Playhouse, 7 Matthews St, Harristown

Admission: Free!

Website: https://www.undercoverlivemusic.net/

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

 

Our talented music students are in their final preparations for our inaugural Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July. Congratulations to all students for their attendance at rehearsals and practice at home to prepare for their performances in this concert.

The details of the concert are as follows:

 

Date: Friday 21 July

Venue: MacKillop Centre

Food and Drinks available: 5:00 pm

Performer arrival time: 5:30 pm

Concert commencement: 6:00 pm

 

All ensembles will be involved in the concert (Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble), as well as selected vocalists and instrumentalists. Some of our drama and dance students will also be performing!

 

Please email Mrs Natalie Otto if you are able to assist the P & F with food and drinks on the night.

The menu, available from 5:00 pm, is as follows:

BBQ Chicken Rolls, served with coleslaw $5

Pulled Beef and Gravy Roll, served with coleslaw $5

BBQ Chicken or Beef and Gravy with Rice $5

Half Size Children’s Roll $2.50

Chocolates $1 or $2

Popcorn $0.50

Water $1

Pop-top Juice $1

Soft drink $2

Beer or Cider $3.50

Rum or Whisky $5

Wine $3

The rolls will only be served from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Snack and drinks will still be available during the concert.

Thank you to the wonderful P & F for the amazing menu! See you at the concert!

 

PIANO MAESTRO AND PIANO HD

All students in Year 4 to 9 require access to two free iPad apps, Piano Maestro by Joytunes and Piano HD. Parents are required to use an email address to sign up your children for Piano Maestro. Piano HD doesn’t require a login. Please ensure that your child has access to both apps in Week 1 of Term 3.

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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From the Music Department

9 June 2017

HEROES AND VILLAINS CONCERT

Our Brass teacher, Mrs Lorraine Fuller, is the Musical Director of the Toowoomba Municipal Band, and she will be leading her band in two exciting fundraising concerts this Saturday and Sunday. These fundraising concerts have been running for eight years and have become a favourite event in the band’s performance calendar. The concerts will be held at the USQ Arts Theatre, and tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for concessions and $12 for students.

The concert will feature some well known Toowoomba vocalists, Dance Central's Velocity Dancers and the Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir. Audiences will hear pieces from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman and Schindler's List, and songs such as Somewhere over the Rainbow and Bring Him Home.

The band consists of the best brass players in Toowoomba and some of the band’s members have won national competitions. It would be a fabulous opportunity for our young musicians to hear music played at a very high standard.

Congratulations to Lorraine for her fine work with the band over many years.

For more information please visit: https://artsworx.usq.edu.au/event/toowoomba-hospice-concert/

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble have been entered in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The performance dates for this section of the Eisteddfod are between 27 July and 11 August. Parents will be notified about the exact performance date and time as soon as the Eisteddfod committee releases the schedule.

George Worner, Jack Haddow and Kokoda Cadzow-Smith will be also be performing on their brass instruments in the eisteddfod. Good luck to these students for their preparations!

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

If you are a parent of a child performing in the Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July at 5:30pm, and you are able to assist on the evening, please contact Mrs Natalie Otto. Any offer of help, big or small, would be very gratefully received, especially in the area of assisting the P&F with organising and selling food and drinks. The evening will be a wonderful celebration of the College’s growth in the Arts. Judging by the wonderful line up of student performances that is currently being collated, the concert will be a very enjoyable evening for everyone.

Natalie Otto

natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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From the Music Department

26 May 2017

GUITAR ENSEMBLE

Our newly formed Guitar Ensemble has now had two rehearsals with our guitar teacher, Mr Jack Hickey. Thank you to all parents for encouraging your child to be a part of this exciting new group. The ensemble’s first performance will be at our College Twilight Winter Concert in July.

ST MARY’S COLLEGE DRUMATIC WORKSHOP

Thank you to the St Mary’s College drumline “Drumatic” for visiting our College last week. The St Mary’s drumline teacher, Ms Christina Marangelli, led our Mary Mac drummers in an exciting workshop so that the students from both schools could perform together on assembly. What a wonderful experience it was for our young drummers to be able to perform with students from another school!

YEAR 7 AND 8 MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Congratulations to our talented Year 7 and 8 Music students for their recent music performances in class. A few photos have been included in the slideshow above.

MA BAKER’S TONIC

Congratulations to our Drama and German teacher, Mrs Kate Cadzow-Smith, for her entertaining performance in the Crow’s Nest Arts Council’s production of Ma Baker’s Tonic.

STRING OUT

Our String Ensemble will be participating in the String Out festival at the Empire Theatre on Wednesday, 7 June. The festival is held every two years and involves over 200 string students from local schools. The students will be rehearsing with guest conductors throughout the day and will perform in a concert held in the evening. Parents of students involved received a permission letter this week. If any member of the school community would like to purchase tickets for the concert please visit this link:

http://www.empiretheatre.com.au/event/414/string-out-2017

PIANO HD APP

Students in Year 4 to 6 will be using the free app Piano HD in music classes. If you have a student in one of these year levels, and have a password lock on your child’s ipad, could you please download the app for your child at home so they can use their ipads in music classes.

ATTENDANCE AT REHEARSALS

Please remember to send a short courtesy email to the teacher when your child is unable to attend a band, choir or ensemble rehearsal.

MMPAC OUTING TO CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Please click on the link below if you would like to purchase tickets for Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Empire Theatre on Saturday, 8 July at 2:00 pm. The permission slip and money are due back by Friday, 2 June.

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble have been entered in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The performance dates for this section of the Eisteddfod are between 27 July and 11 August. Parents will be notified about the exact performance date and time as soon as the Eisteddfod committee releases the schedule.

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Please remember to save the date for this concert (Friday 21 July, 5:30 pm) if your child is in one of the following Ensembles: Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble. Please contact Mrs Natalie Otto if you are able to lend a hand at this concert, by either volunteering to help the P&F with catering, distributing programs at the door, or helping with stage management during the concert. Any offer of help from our music parents would be very gratefully received.

Natalie Otto, Head of Music

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

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Drama Eisteddfod

25 May 2017

Amazing work to all students at Mary MacKillop Catholic College who competed in the Toowoomba Drama Eisteddfod for Poems in Pairs, Groups, and Duologues. Everyone gave an outstanding performance, including parents who had to drive their children to and from sessions, and often wait a very long time to see the performance.

Mary MacKillop entered over 50 students in various categories and we received wonderful results. 

Year 3 Group Poem

Bella Scrivens, Natalie Rosenthal, Chelsea Ward, Jorja Bubb - Highly Commended

Year 3 Poem in Pairs

Ava Winter and Chelsea Ward

Quincy Austin  & Ann Dolan

Julia Rangott & Samara O’Leary Farrell - Highly Commended

Katherine Preston & Adele Adams - Highly Commended

Year 4 Group Poem:

Missy, Lily Woonton, Belinda Lawson and Keirra Lucy - Second Place

Year 4 Group Poem

Indigo Cadzow-Smith, Luc Murphy, Lucy Willliams - Third Place

Year 4 Poem in Pairs

Indigo Cadzow- Smith & Lucy Murphy 

Belinda Lawson & Keira Lucy  

Jack Lucy and Will Paynter

Year 5 Poem in Pairs

Chloe Gillett & Keeli Chapman

Gabrielle Stubbings & Riley McNally 

Kearra Connor & Lucy Hutchison - Highly Commended

Year 6 Group Poem

Lara Brophy, Kokoda Cadzow-Smith, Charlotte Dobson, Eloise Mckenzie, Elliot Worner, Sophie Winter - Third Place

Eloise Mckenzie  & Sophie Winter 

Elliot Worner & Lucas Paynter  

Charlotte Dobson & Kokoda Cadzow- Smith - Third Place

Bella Stenzel & Lucy Wright - First Place

Yr 7 Duologue Pair

Breanna Langley & Elouise Long  

Yr 7 Poem in Pairs

Bronte Gillett and Sarah Carr - Third Place

Yr 7-9 Mime Group - First Place

Ashlyn Martin, Rohan McKerrow, Lily Merritt, Breanna Langley, Cassie Lawson.

Yr 9 & 10 Duologue Pair

Holly Hutchison and Isabelle Preston

Rohan McKerrow & Max Cadzow-Smith - Highly Commended

Once again, congratulations to all!

Mrs Cadzow-Smith, Drama Teacher

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From the Music Department

11 May 2017

TOOWOOMBA EISTEDDFOD

Our choirs performed brilliantly at the Eisteddfod last week in the Empire Theatre. The Year 4/5/6 Choir sang Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning and Hello beautifully last Thursday night, despite quite a late evening (which the Eisteddfod committee has apologised to parents and teachers for). The Year 2/3 choir performed The Little Birch Tree and When I First Came To This Land on Sunday morning, and was awarded a Highly Commended certificate for their lovely performance. The Senior Singers choir was also awarded a Highly Commended certificate on Sunday afternoon for their performance of Oye La Musica. Thank you so much to our very supportive choir families for all of your efforts in ensuring your children were able to attend the Eisteddfod.

We enter our choirs in this Eisteddfod to give the students a memorable performance experience and to give them an opportunity to see other local choirs perform. Through their preparations for the Eisteddfod we hope that our choir students enjoy the music learning process, enjoy making new friends, experience teamwork, develop confidence and performance skills, and then finally we hope that our students walk off the beautiful Empire Theatre stage after their performance feeling absolutely wonderful!

Thank you to our Year 2/3 Choir Conductor, Susie Fredline, for her wonderful support at all performances. Thank you also to Brett Rangiira, Liddy Ward, Leanne Andrews, and our talented accompanists Lorraine Miller and Wendy Evans.

Adjudicator Comments

Year 2/3 Choir: Well focussed on the conductor, neat phrasing, good contrast, clear diction, bright and energetic performance.

Year 4/5/6 Choir: Nicely energised performance, good diction, tricky rhythms handled neatly, good dynamic range, well focussed on the conductor.

Senior Singers Choir: Good focus on the conductor, clear diction, well-syncopated rhythms, bright and energetic performance.

Congratulations to the following students who have performed at the Eisteddfod:

Gabriella Semmens: 1st place in the all age preparatory 2 piano solo novice.

Chelsea Ward: 3rd place in the all age preparatory 1 piano solo novice.

Sienna Williams: Highly Commended in the all age preparatory 1 piano solo novice.

Other participates: Bridie Norton, Ally Suliman, Annabelle Arnold, Abbie Pritchard - solos.

Annabelle Fox and Abbie Pritchard - duet.

SENIOR SCHOOL OPEN DAY

Congratulations to all group and solo music performers at the Senior School Open Day: Senior Singers Choir, Year 7 Music Class, Jemma Bishop, Holly Hutchison, Katelyn Haddow, Isaac Williams, Bronte Gillett, Sarah Coster, Anabel Austin, Celine Samin, Madeleine Dobson and Isabelle Preston.

Congratulations to the Dance Troupe and our Drama students who also performed.

The wonderful student performances created a lovely ambience throughout the morning and we sincerely thank all students and their families for the effort involved in coming to school on a Sunday morning.

YEAR 4/5/6 CHOIR

Thank you to all parents who have supplied a folder for your children to collect their sheet music. If your child hasn’t yet brought a folder to their rehearsal could you please arrange for a folder to be brought to next week’s Tuesday morning rehearsal. Thank you.

ST MARY’S COLLEGE DRUMATIC WORKSHOP

The St Mary’s College drumline “Drumatic” are visiting our school on Wednesday, 17 May as part of St Mary’s enrichment week. Their drum leader, Ms Christina Marangelli, will be running a drumming workshop with our drum students from 1:30 pm to 2:10 pm in the MacKillop Centre, culminating in a combined group performance on assembly. Thank you to Ms Marangelli and St Mary’s College for organising this trip to our College. It will be a wonderful experience for our young drummers!

ENZEMBLE REHEARSALS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule

Monday: 7:45 am to 8:25 am – Guitar Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

Tuesday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Year 4/5/6 Choir - Keppel

Wednesday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Concert Band – MacKillop Centre

Wednesday: 10:40 am to 11:20 am – Year 2/3 Choir – Keppel

Friday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Senior Singers Choir – P8 Classroom

Friday: 7:45 am to 8:25 am – String Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

It is vital that we have full attendance at rehearsals as we prepare for our performances in the upcoming Twilight Winter Concert. If your child is unable to attend a rehearsal please advise the teacher via email.

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Mary MacKillop will be holding an inaugural Music Concert on Friday, 21 July at 5:30 pm. Please save the date if your child is in one of the following Ensembles: Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.

Our Instrumental Music teachers will advise parents if your child will be able to perform a solo at this concert. Due to the large number of students in our Instrumental Music program we will be unable to provide a performance experience at this concert for all of our music students. However, we aim to create concerts like this on a more regular basis so one day, your child, will be able to have a performance opportunity. Please contact Mrs Natalie Otto if you are able to lend a hand at this concert, by either volunteering to help the P&F with catering, distributing programs at the door, or helping with stage management during the concert. Any offer of help from our music parents would be very gratefully received.

MMPAC OUTING TO CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Please click on the link if you would like to purchase tickets for Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Saturday, 8 July at 2:00 pm. The permission slip, attached below, and money are due back by Friday, 2 June.

Natalie Otto, Head of Music

natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

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From the Music Department

27 April 2017

ANZAC DAY

Congratulations to the Year 4 to 9 students who sang with the Combined Schools and Colleges Massed Choir on Anzac Day at the Highfields Cultural Centre.

ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Please be advised that Choir, Band, String and Guitar Ensemble rehearsals always start in the first week back after the holidays. These ensembles will also rehearse right up to the end each term (unless otherwise notified).

Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule

Monday: 7:45 am to 8:25 am – Guitar Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

Tuesday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Year 4/5/6 Choir - Keppel

Wednesday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Concert Band – MacKillop Centre

Wednesday: 10:40 am to 11:20 am – Year 2/3 Choir – Keppel

Friday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Senior Singers Choir – P8 Classroom

Friday: 7:45 am to 8:25 am – String Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

It is vital that we have full attendance at rehearsals from term 2 onwards as we prepare for upcoming performances. If your child is unable to attend a rehearsal please advise the teacher via email.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE

Our Guitar teacher, Mr Jack Hickey, will be inviting some of his guitar students to join our newly formed Guitar Ensemble. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 7:45 am to 8:25 am in the MacKillop Centre, commencing Monday, 8 May. We look forward to hearing this ensemble perform in the near future.

TOOWOOMBA EISTEDDFOD

Our three choirs will be performing in the upcoming Toowoomba Eisteddfod at the Empire Theatre. Parents have received a letter regarding these performances. If any member of the school community would like to support our choirs in the Eisteddfod, the performance times are as follows:

Year 4/5/6 Choir: Thursday 4 May at 6:00 pm

Year 2/3 Choir: Sunday 7 May at 9:00 am

Senior Singers Choir: Sunday 7 May at 2:30 pm

A number of our piano students are also performing in the Eisteddfod and we wish them luck for their performances: Sienna Williams, Annabelle Arnold, Bridie Norton, Chelsea Ward, Ally Suliman, Abbie Pritchard, Gabriella Semmens and Annabelle Fox.

SENIOR SCHOOL OPEN DAY

The Senior Singers Choir, Year 7 Music Class, and a number of vocal and instrumental soloists will be performing at our Senior School Open Day. A performance schedule will be forwarded to students and parents soon.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

The Mary MacKillop Performing Arts Club will be selling tickets for the Toowoomba Choral Society’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Saturday, 8 July at 2:00 pm. Please save the date if you are keen to come along. Details will be sent out in the near future.

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Mary MacKillop will be holding an inaugural Music Concert on Friday, 21 July at 5:30 pm for our choirs, band, ensembles and invited vocal and instrumental soloists to perform. Please save the date!

Natalie Otto, Head of Music

natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

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From the Music Department

9 March 2017

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

The Instrumental Music Program for 2017 is now well underway and we have almost 120 students having a weekly music lesson. Many thanks to staff and parents for your wonderful support of our rapidly growing program. We have now reached capacity in a few of our instruments (guitar, strings and brass) and are very close to reaching capacity in other instruments. We are keeping waiting lists in order of date of enrolment should a vacancy become available. Please fill in the attached form below, Instrumental Music Lessons Enrolment Contract, if you would like to enrol your child in music lessons.

Please remember to call your child’s Instrumental Music teacher if your child will be missing their music lesson for any reason, including excursions, exams, sporting commitments or illness. The music department doesn’t always receive notification of school events so it is vitally important that parents are in close contact with their child’s Instrumental Music teacher. Contact details are attached below.

EXTRACURRICULAR ENSEMBLES

Please see attached below the extra-curricular Music Ensembles on offer this year. There is no cost involved in being a member of one of these ensembles, however the College does expect full commitment to attending all rehearsals and performances.

It is highly recommended that all students enrolled in Voice and Piano lessons join one of the available choirs. The musical skills and knowledge gained from singing in a choir are greatly beneficial in piano and voice lessons.

It is highly recommended that all students enrolled in Brass and Woodwind lessons join the Concert Band as soon as they can master as least the first five notes on their instrument. It is expected that all beginner Brass and Woodwind students who have access to a school owned instrument join the Concert Band once they have reached the required standard.

For the String Ensemble, Teresa Brix will notify parents when her students have reached the required standard to join the group.

There are plans in the near future to create a Guitar Ensemble so please stay tuned for further information.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Zeke McColl 6F for his first performance as a drummer with the newly formed staff band at last week’s Ash Wednesday Mass. See above in the gallery for his photo.

Congratulations to Max Penhaligon 5D for being the first Woodwind student to play an exam piece without stopping in his flute lesson.

Congratulations to Isabelle Preston Year 7 for her solo performance on clarinet in her Year 7 Music class. See her photo in the gallery above.

STRING NEWS

The College has recently purchased many violins and cellos for our lucky students to hire. A photo of Bronte Stevenson-Hiley playing her beautiful brand new full sized Arioso cello is in the photo gallery above.

TOOWOOMBA EISTEDDFOD

Our Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir and Senior Singers Choir have all been entered into the Toowoomba Eisteddfod in May. The performances will be between the dates of Thursday, 4 May  to Sunday, 14 May. If your child has been thinking of joining one of the choirs now would be a great time to join. All members of the choirs are expected to commit fully to attending rehearsals from this point forwards so that we can prepare for our Eisteddfod performances.

ANNIE JR

Parents of our 2016 Annie Jr Cast are invited to bring in a clearly named USB so that photos and memorabilia can be uploaded for you to treasure forever. Please deliver the USB (recommended size is 8GB) to either the Junior or Senior Office, in an envelope or snap lock bag that is clearly named with your child’s name and class. Ms Jodie Howard has kindly offered to upload the photos and memorabilia for parents. Thank you very much Jodie!

EMPIRE THEATRES PRODUCTION OF WICKED

Thank you to all parents who purchased tickets for Wicked as part of our Mary MacKillop Performing Arts Club (MMPAC) group booking at the end of last year. Some tickets are still in the office waiting for collection. If you would like to arrange your child to collect the tickets on your behalf please phone the school to give your authorisation.

In my role as Musical Director of Wicked I have spent countless hours of my spare time over the past two months with some of the most incredibly talented musicians, singers, dancers and actors I have ever had the pleasure of working with. What an absolute thrill this experience has been, right down to the initial design process, through the auditions last year and now to the last phase of rehearsals before opening night. I am so excited to be able to share the new skills and knowledge I have gained with our students in band and choir rehearsals at Mary MacKillop. I am especially excited to share new ideas when we start initial planning work on our next MMCC musical that is scheduled for next year.

Four of our MMCC Instrumental Music staff are heavily involved in Wicked and I would like to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication with this production:

Wicked Ensemble:

Mr Jack Hickey: Cast member and understudy for the role of Boq

Wicked Orchestra

Mr Morgan Chalmers: Assistant Musical Director, Repetiteur and Keyboard 1

Mr Ian Dixon: Drums

Ms Teresa Brix: Violin

Jack, Morgan, Ian, Teresa and I thoroughly encourage you to come along and see this magnificent show. The set alone will be a feast for the eyes, not to mention the outstanding acting, singing, original costumes made in Toowoomba, lighting design, and of course, the live music from the orchestra pit. The show is recommended for the ages of 7 and up. Visitors to the orchestra pit after the show are greatly welcomed. Tickets can be purchased here:  http://www.empiretheatre.com.au/event/304/wicked

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

The Mary MacKillop Performing Arts Club will soon be selling tickets for the Toowoomba Choral Society’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Saturday, 8 July at 2:00 pm. Please save the date if you are keen to come along. Details will be sent out in the near future.

Natalie Otto, Head of Music

natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

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Drama Club

10 February 2017

Welcome back to Drama Club! We start the term playing many drama games to help improve confidence and our performance skills. We are practicing improvisation and script work and have started working on pieces for the Eisteddfod, coming up in May and then again in July. Poems in Pairs, Group Poems and Duologues are some of the categories that students can enter. We will schedule extra rehearsals closer to the Eisteddfod for those who would like to enter.

Drama club is open to students from Year 3 to Year 9 and is held on Wednesday afternoons at the College from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. If your child is interested in joining please contact me via email: katharine.cadzow-smith@twb.catholic.edu.au

Kate Cadzow-Smith, Drama Teacher

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From the Music Department

4 January 2017

MUSIC

Welcome to an exciting year for the Music Department at Mary MacKillop! We look forward to a wonderful year of music making with your children in music classes, choirs, bands and ensembles. We are very fortunate to welcome two new staff to our Instrumental Music team.

Mr Morgan Chalmers – Piano

Morgan has been teaching piano for many years and is also active as a tertiary teacher and accompanist for exams, masterclasses and recitals. He has filled the roles of pianist, accompanist, musical/associate director, composer, arranger and conductor for many shows and musicals. Currently Morgan is the Assistant Music Director of the Empire Theatre’s production of Wicked, and is also playing Keyboard 1 in the Wicked orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music/Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary). Morgan recently completed certification in Levels I, II and III of Somatic Voicework in the LoVetri Method.

Ms Lorraine Fuller - Brass

Lorraine has had extensive and varied experience as a brass teacher, accompanist, repetiteur, French Horn player and conductor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Creative), L.Mus.A in Piano, and Postgraduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching. Lorraine has been Musical Director of the Toowoomba Municipal Band for fifteen years. She has played with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra, and was a repetiteur for Opera Qld for five years. Lorraine has conducted a large number of musicals for The Empire Theatre and Toowoomba Choral Society, and has accompanied many of Australia’s leading musicians and singers in concerts and recitals.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

Mary MacKillop offers Instrumental Music lessons on all instruments. Our Instrumental Music staff for 2017 are:

Woodwind - Dr Philippa Robinson

Voice and Piano - Ms Courtney Feldman

Piano - Mrs Monica Brennan

Drums - Mr Ian Dixon

Guitar - Mr Jack Hickey

Strings and String Ensemble - Ms Teresa Brix

Brass - Ms Lorraine Fuller

Piano - Mr Morgan Chalmers

Instrumental Music Lessons will commence in week 2 from Monday, 30 January. Thank you to all parents who have contacted me regarding music lessons for 2017 or who have handed in an enrolment form. Your child’s enrolment is currently being processed and lesson times will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.

Please click on the attachment below to download the 2017 Instrumental Music Enrolment form.

CHOIRS, BANDS AND ENSEMBLES

Rehearsals for our Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers, Concert Band and String Ensemble will commence in Week 3. Details regarding rehearsal times and days will be finalised soon.

MARY MACKILLOP PERFORMING ARTS CLUB (MMPAC) BOOKING FOR WICKED

Thank you to all parents who purchased tickets for Wicked as part of our group booking at the end of last year. The tickets have arrived and parents will be notified when seats have been allocated and are ready for collection from the Junior or Senior Office.

ANNIE JR

Parents of our 2016 Annie Jr Cast are invited to bring in a clearly named USB so that photos and memorabilia can be uploaded for you to treasure forever. Please deliver the USB (recommended size is 8GB) to either the Junior or Senior Office, in an envelope or snap lock bag that is clearly named with your child’s name and class. Ms Jodie Howard has kindly offered to upload the photos and memorabilia for parents. Thank you very much Jodie!

Natalie Otto

Head of Music

natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

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