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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Posted March 30 2012
SENIOR HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL 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.
HOUSE MUSIC CAPTAINS 2012
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.
HUNTINGTOWER ORCHESTRAS/CONCERT BAND
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.
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 email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to perform.
HUNTINGTOWER STRING ORCHESTRA EUROPEAN TOUR
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.
HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO…
- 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.
SPECIAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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
1. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY ENSEMBLE
Wednesday 4 April 6pm Monash Civic Centre
NB. THIS CEREMONY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
2. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY ENSEMBLE
Wednesday 11 April 6pm Monash Civic Centre
TERM 2 2012
1. YEAR 11 and 12 SOLO CONCERT
Tuesday 24 April 7pm Orchestral Room
2. OPEN DAY
Sunday 29 April 2-4pm
3. BOROONDARA EISTEDDFOD – Hawthorn Town Hall
Friday 27 April 6.30pm – Junior Small Ensemble
Sunday 29 April 10am – Senior Chamber Ensemble
Sunday 29 April 2pm – Senior Chamber Ensemble
4. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY 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
7. YEAR 3 and 4 SOLO CONCERT
Tuesday 29 May 6pm Orchestral Room
8. LITTLE SYMPHONY and LITTLE CHOIR CONCERT
Thursday 7 June 6pm PAC
9. ELANÉE ENSEMBLE CONCERT (for Junior School)
Friday 8 June 11.30am Junior Music Room
10. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY ENSEMBLE
Wednesday 13 June 6pm Monash Civic Centre
11. ELANÉE ENSEMBLE CONCERT (for Middle School)
Friday June 15 11.50am Orchestral Room
12. JUNIOR and SENIOR ORCHESTRAL and CHORAL CONCERT
Thursday 21 June 7pm PAC
13. STRING ORCHESTRA EUROPEAN TOUR
Friday 29 June 2.35am Depart for Munich
Monday 16 July 1.05am Return from Paris
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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.)
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.
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: www.eism.org
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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