A Christmas performance for the Salvation Army

Last Sunday, a large group of lower brass players directed by tuba teacher Adam Arnold serenaded the shoppers at Victoria Gardens shopping centre with a wonderful medley of Christmas music. Student performers ranged from Year 5 to Year 11. Apart from providing both a great performance experience for our players and some festive live music for the shoppers, the group raised several hundred dollars for the Salvation Army, who do so much wonderful work supporting families in need, particularly over Christmas. Sincere thanks to all students who gave freely of both their time and their artistry last Sunday.

As this is the last newsletter for 2019, we look back on what has been a very busy and productive musical year. Our participation rates continue to grow. Anyone who visits the PAF will notice the plethora of instruments in the corridors. This is not due to messy kids, but rather to the fact that we have outgrown our spaces. We are very much looking forward to gaining some additional space when the new Middle School opens next year.

There may still be a few families deciding whether to continue with instrumental lessons and ensemble into 2020. We strongly encourage you to keep up your involvement in music. We are particularly proud of our instrumental ensembles. We know that they offer both wonderful musical experiences and great social experiences for students. For those concerned about maintaining their child’s academic progression – and I’ve just been reading the morning news which is all about plummeting academic test results – the research evidence is very strongly on our side. Students who are involved in instrumental music do better in any type of academic test than those who are not involved.

It has also been a wonderful year for our choral program, with strong attendance and many wonderful performances. It is particularly pleasing to have a very strong contingent of boys singing. Both Chamber and Orpheus Choirs have been heavily involved in the Christmas services, and we are already preparing music for the Commencement Service where we will welcome our new Principal next year.

Sincere thanks to all who have supported the music program in 2019 and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas.

Martin Arnold
Head of Music