Archive for March, 2012

Message from the Head of Junior School

Posted March 30 2012

Easter is a time of reflection for Christians. As we consider the significance of Christ’s resurrection and ascension, we reaffirm our understanding of our faith. We are led to contemplate our beliefs and the role these play in our lives.

The holiday period provides us all with some respite from our normally busy lives; a time to reflect on what drives us and what is important.  This is a time when, hopefully, we can change gears, relax and watch the scenery!

Have a lovely Easter break and we look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready for the new term on Tuesday 17 April.


Dot Greiveson

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The PTA Page

Posted March 30 2012


2012 PTA COMMITTEE MEMBERS                                             

The 2011 Committee has agreed on roles for the year.  The team is as follows:


President – Paul Sylivris         

Secretaries – Phillip & Cathie Bradwell

Treasurers – Jim Chen & Linda Ren

Fete Project Manager –  TBA

Committee Members –  Dane Manzie, Lili Chang, Kellly Perry, Simone Nuroo, Kristin De Vos, Penny Hayes, Imah Sylivris.


We are all looking forward to a great year and have some exciting events coming up.


PTA Fundraisers

We are once again selling the Entertainment Book.  These books containing discount coupons for Restaurants, Cafes, Movies, Sports, Shopping, travel, theme parks, hotels and much more. This year we have two options when purchasing the 2012/2013 Entertainment Book, you may hand in the form that was emailed out to your earlier this week to the office or you may pay online and choose which option you would like for delivery.  More forms will be available at the office.  All orders going through the office should be in by  Monday 23 April.


Aquatic Centre Opening

Many thanks to all how helped with the Aquatic Centre Opening earlier this month.  We were able to serve a lovely morning tea to Anna Burke and other officials that attended and we all agreed that it was indeed a great morning.


Trivia Night – 2nd Term

Plans are currently underway for a Trivia Night in May, please consider getting a table together and enjoying a fun evening. The Trivia Night will be held upstairs in the Aquatic Centre. More details to follow early in term 2. 


Class List, Class Reps and Fete Reps

We are happy to announce that we have class reps  for all year levels and a request was sent out early this week inviting you to be included in your year level class list. We are however,  still looking for fete reps for the following year levels:  4 YO Pre Prep, Year 8.  If you are interested in being fete reps for these year levels please email Cathie at .

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Music Notes

Posted March 30 2012


During Term 1 the school has resounded with harmony as many groups (small and large) of choristers and instrumentalists took up the challenge of preparing for the 2012 House Music Festival. Every student in Years 7 to 12 was involved in the House Choir and over half of the students in each House performed in the House Orchestra. The House Music Captains delved deeply into the resources of their House and produced magnificent results in all sections. The orchestras and choirs played and sang with excitement, enthusiasm and a great variety of tone colour and the Instrumental Ensembles, Chamber Choirs, Soloists and House pianists also performed with remarkable poise, brilliance and musicianship.

The Festival was held over four exciting nights, the first three evenings featuring talented soloists and instrumental ensembles. The fourth evening was held at the Besen Centre, Mt. Scopus College, and the Huntingtower community must be thanked for the wonderful support given to the choirs and orchestras as the vast auditorium was filled to over capacity by an enthusiastic audience.

The final item, the “Light Entertainment” was enjoyed immensely by all. Many students from all four Houses displayed their unique talent for dancing and sincere appreciation is given to the Light Entertainment Directors Sarah Camier, Amy Croll and Ebony Twyford and to all the participants.

Hearty congratulations to all students who participated in the House Music Festival and were able to produce performances of such a high standard. Special thanks must be given to our wonderful House Music Captains who undertook the enormous task of directing their respective Houses and did so with such commitment and electrifying success.


Bruce  Alex Hill, Yoojung Hur, Yasmin Kokkalis

Mather Ben Armstrong, Sarah Camier, Max Crellin

Rayner  Charles Liu, Vicki Tsanaktsidis, Colin Wu, Si Si Yu

Warrell Michelle Clarke, Jason D’Rozario, Luke Thiagarajah, Eloise Verbeek

The adjudicator Mr Ken McClimont spoke about the immense value and privilege of being involved in performing in such a Festival and he was extremely appreciative of all participants including parents and members of the audience and of the extremely high standard achieved by the students. He was very happy that the results were very close as all Houses deserved to be winners and the importance of the Festival is the participation, not the result! Nevertheless Mr McClimont had to give an overall result and Warrell’s performances put them slightly ahead of Bruce, Mather and Rayner. Congratulations and sincere appreciation to all involved.



All groups have now settled extremely well into the rehearsal schedule and are making wonderful progress. Full attendance is required at every rehearsal please so it would be extremely helpful if parents could remind students of the rehearsal times. Your help is much appreciated.

Rehearsal Schedule

Mondays         7.45am            String Orchestra

Tuesdays         7.45am            String Orchestra

Wednesdays    8.25am            Junior Orchestra

Thursdays        7.50am            Concert Band

Fridays             7.50am            Senior Orchestra

Fridays             8.25am            New Wind Ensemble (to commence in Term 2)

Fridays             12noon            Middle School Orchestra

Fridays             12.40pm          Brass Ensemble (to commence in Term 2)

Other smaller ensembles will rehearse at various times and individual players will be notified. Little Symphony (Years Prep, 1 and 2) will commence in mid Term 2.

All these instrumental ensembles (plus smaller groups such as string orchestras, brass ensembles, stage band and chamber groups) are a great source of enjoyment, fun, social interaction between students of all ages and intellectual stimulation creating a sense of belonging and self worth.

It is not too late to join!! If you are interested in learning an instrument and would like to investigate the possibility please don’t hesitate to contact Lynley Bramble (BH 9807 8888 AH 9803 7701 or email These coming holidays may be a great time to arrange to come and have a try out of some instruments – looking forward to seeing you!

You may like to try a bassoon, tuba, trombone or oboe (these instruments would suit older students from Years 6 to 12) or double bass (Years 3 to 12). Please speak to Lynley Bramble if you are interested in any of these instruments as a special deal may be available.


At least one solo concert and sometimes two are held for each year level throughout the year. There are also special concerts for players in Years Pre-Prep, Prep, 1 and 2. Short solo concerts are also held for players from any year level throughout the school. These are especially useful for students who are preparing for exams, eisteddfods or auditions and would like more opportunities to perform.

Our first solo concerts were our wonderful House Music Festival Solo Concerts held several weeks ago where we heard 90 amazing performances from students in Years 7 to 12 over four concerts. The next solo concert was for Year 5 and 6 String Players (concerts for piano and wind players are held later in the year) held last week in the Orchestral Room. The array of talent was wonderful and we also enjoyed two entertaining items played by the Year 5 and 6 Orchestra. This week we have just enjoyed another wonderful solo concert officially for Year 10 students who were joined also by wonderful items by Year 8, 9 and 11 performers.

Many more solo concerts will be held next term and during these coming holidays there will be opportunities for exam students to perform so please contact me (Lynley Bramble BH 9807 8888 AH 9803 7701 or email if you would like to perform.


The members of the Huntingtower String Orchestra are extremely excited to be giving a concert tour of Europe in July. We are extremely privileged that principal players from the MSO, flautist Prudence Davis and oboist Jeffrey Crellin will be accompanying us on the tour as soloists. They have performed with the orchestra on tours to Tasmania and South Australia in 2008 and to New Zealand in 2010 and audiences at all the venues were ecstatic to hear such outstanding world class soloists.

 The orchestra will be departing for Munich at 2.35am on Friday 29 June and will return early on Monday 16 July ready for school and Year 9 Ski Camp the following day! Plans for the tour are near completion and 7 concerts will be given in Munich, Salzburg, Lake Garda (Italy) and Paris including performances at the Dom Platz, Chartres Cathedral and Disneyland Paris. Money raised from all String Orchestra tour concerts is given to local charities.

 A detailed Concert Diary will be printed in the next Bulletin in case you have friends or relatives who may live in Europe and be able to attend some of the concerts.



  • Members of the String Orchestra who performed so magnificently at the Opening of HSAC. Appropriately some movements from Handel’s “Water Music” were played and hearty congratulations to one member of the audience who recognized the music! (a member of the School Board and long time supporter of the school, Mrs Pauline Hutchinson.)
  • The “new” Citizenship Ensemble who performed for the first time at a Citizenship Ceremony. The small group consisted of students from Years Prep to 3 with three “helpers” from Years 5 and 6. The question was asked whether the usual group had been put in the wash as they had all shrunk!! The children performed and behaved beautifully and the audience loved them. They, in turn, loved the copious amounts of sandwiches, biscuits and juice provided on this very special occasion.
  • The members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conductor Brett Kelly and composer Stuart Greenbaum who came to give an extremely exciting and informative workshop and concert at Huntingtower last week. It was a fantastic opportunity for our own players from Senior Orchestra, Concert Band and Middle School Orchestra plus students from 11 other visiting schools to hear how a composer had structured such a work of art, developed his ideas and involved the technique and tone colour of so many instruments which could be viewed so closely. We are extremely grateful to the MSO and feel very privileged that Huntingtower was used as a venue for such an important occasion.



1.       Junior and Senior Orchestral and Choral Concert

Thursday 21 June at 7.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre. All choirs, orchestras and Concert Band (involving students from Years 3 to 12) will perform so please keep the date free and enjoy a fantastic evening!

2.      Waverley Eisteddfod Ensemble sections which usually involve every player from Years 3 to 12 on Saturday 25 August – please keep this date free also (TBC)

3.      Huntingtower Camerata Gala Concert

Sunday 14 October at 2.30pm. There will be many more details to come but once again all players (Years Prep to 12) and choristers (Years 3 to 12) are involved in this extremely important event.


TERM 1 2012


Wednesday 4 April      6pm    Monash Civic Centre



Wednesday 11 April    6pm    Monash Civic Centre



TERM 2 2012


1. YEAR 11 and 12 SOLO CONCERT

Tuesday 24 April 7pm                         Orchestral Room


Sunday 29 April 2-4pm


Friday 27 April 6.30pm – Junior Small Ensemble

Sunday 29 April 10am – Senior Chamber Ensemble

Sunday 29 April 2pm – Senior Chamber Ensemble


Wednesday 16 May 6pm                    Monash Civic Centre

5. JUNIOR PIANO CONCERT (Years Prep to 6)

Wednesday 23 May 6pm                    Orchestral Room

6. SOUTH EASTERN ARTS FESTIVAL – Rosanove Auditorium, Berwick

Thursday 24 May Time TBC – Junior/Senior Ensembles


Tuesday 29 May 6pm                         Orchestral Room



Thursday 7 June 6pm                          PAC

9. ELANÉE ENSEMBLE CONCERT (for Junior School)

Friday 8 June 11.30am                        Junior Music Room



Wednesday 13 June 6pm                    Monash Civic Centre

11. ELANÉE ENSEMBLE CONCERT (for Middle School)

Friday June 15 11.50am                      Orchestral Room



Thursday 21 June 7pm                        PAC


Friday 29 June 2.35am                        Depart for Munich

Monday 16 July 1.05am                      Return from Paris


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Sport Notices

Posted March 30 2012

EISM Senior Summer Sport Wrap up

The Senior Summer Weekly sports competition has now been completed and there have been some great performances and results over the term.  Of ten teams in the competition, six contested the semi-finals: Girls softball, soccer, volleyball B, and tennis, and Boys tennis and hockey.  Three of these teams went on to play the Grand Finals this week and all three teams won convincingly.


Congratulations and well done to all players and coaches. The results were:

Girls Tennis – HT 9 d Oxley College 0

Boys Tennis – HT 6 d Bialik College 3 (Fourth year in a row as title holders!)

Boys Hockey – HT 3 d Donvale Christian College 0 (Second year in a row as title holders.)


Sports Uniform

A reminder that correct PE or Sport uniform is requisite for all sports afternoons and PE lessons. This includes the Huntingtower regulation shorts. Students must also wear proper sports runners. Other casual footwear is not acceptable and must not be worn.


EISM Swimming

Following the stunning success of the Huntingtower Swimming Squad wining the EISM Division 1 Carnival at MSAC on 13 March, the entire Squad returned to MSAC on Wednesday 28 March to participate in the Champions Carnival. There were several personal bests achieved at the meet, many podium performances, Celeste Astorino broke three records and in particular, there were an outstanding number of 1st places in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay.  These relay performances truly reflect the depth of talent that our swimming team has

Congratulations to all students, and Helen Aden and Jeremy Howell our coaches for all your hard work. Thank you to all staff who assisted on these evenings. And a special thanks to parents, not only for your support in attendance on these evenings but for all those early mornings! Everyone’s hard work and commitment is being rewarded with these fine results.

All the swimming results are available for viewing on the EISM website:


Forthcoming Events:

A reminder that on Wednesday 18 April the House Athletics Carnival is being held at Duncan McKinnon Reserve, Murrumbeena. All parents are warmly welcome to this event.


AIS Basketball Sports Camp (July holidays) – there are 3 places left on this camp.  Contact Ms Savage for details.


Jan Savage, Head of Sport

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HT Swimming Club

Posted March 30 2012 has been launched.  A little corner of the internet where you can find out more about the Huntingtower Swimming Club, get information on upcoming club events and the latest results, and generally catch up on what’s going on around the club.

Check the HTSC Noticeboard for important dates and deadlines at a glance, or browse our Club News section for stories of interest. 

If you’d like to get in touch with us, please do so through our Contact panel.  We’d love to hear from you if you have any news or photos to share, or just to hear what you think of our new site.

A reminder the Huntingtower Swimming Club Awards/Encouragement evening will be on Friday 27 April from 6.00pm at the pool.  Bring your family, bring a friend, bring your bathers for a huge celebration, awards presentations, free sausage sizzle and fun at the pool.

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Year 9 Financial Literacy Workshops

Posted March 30 2012

In the afternoon of Wednesday 28 March, Year 9 students attended three workshops on financial literacy. The workshops covered earning, saving and spending.


The Earning workshop covered pay, award wages, taxation and superannuation. The Saving workshop looked at the value of saving, setting goals, interest and reading financial statements. The Spending workshop focussed on mobile phone costs, hidden charges and comparative shopping.


Students will be discussing these further in their Maths classes and learn more about money management.

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From Middle School Coordinator

Posted March 30 2012

As we all become inundated with electronic media it may be timely to consider carefully the manner in which we use this new technology. The attached article could prove a valuable discussion point in your home and the website has many other links to important information.

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PTA Entertainment Book 2012/13

Posted March 30 2012

Click here to view PTA Entertainment Book 2012 Order Form or order online via the HT PTA Entertainment Book website.



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Performers Hub Easter Workshop

Posted March 30 2012

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HT Highlights

Posted March 19 2012


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