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Annual Lower School Music Camp

On 27 July 2017, 128 music students and nine staff embarked on a trip to Serpentine for the annual lower school music camp. The camp was held over three days, with music rehearsals and team building activities the focus of the program.

Students from Years 7-10 engaged in full and sectional (small group) rehearsals for band, guitar ensemble and choir. In addition, to encourage greater cohesiveness in the ensembles, students also participated in many activities (archery, wall climbing, flying fox, laser skirmish and a challenge course) designed to boost ensemble relationships and challenge students to move outside their comfort zones. Many students were also able to bring their leadership qualities to the fore to support their peers in overcoming their fears to participate in all activities. 

The camp culminated in an informal concert to which parents and caregivers were invited to hear their child’s musical progress. New pieces were showcased by many of the groups. The concert also gave three vocal students the opportunity to perform solo in a relaxed and positive environment. More than 150 parents, caregivers and friends came to Serpentine Camping Centre to see their child perform and support their musical endeavours.

Thanks must go to the staff and volunteers who gave freely of their time to make the camp a success. Phil Mullane, Bronwyn Matthews, Jennifer Nelson (school chaplain), Victoria O’Neill (vocal teacher), Keith Perry (guitar coordinator), Verity Brean, Chelsea K (former student), Jennifer T (prac student) and Caitlyn S (volunteer) all braved the very cold, wet and windy weather to provide excellent musical and personal growth opportunities to the music students. Without these extraordinary people, undertakings, such as camps, would not be possible.

Ruth MacDonald

Head of Learning Area (Arts)