ANZAC Commemorative Tour
On Wednesday the 1st of May, 16 students returned from the 2019 ANZAC Commemorative Tour to France Belgium and England. This tour was a 15 day journey that started well over a year ago when we received an invitation from the Mayor of Fromelles, M. Jean-Gabriel Masson, to participate in their ANZAC Day Service which for Fromelles is held on the 24th April by gathering at VC Corner then processing to the Pheasant Wood Cemetery and doing their service there.
As part of this trip we created an Itinerary which included performing at the La Flamme Ceremony at the Arch de Triumphe in Paris, The Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony in Ypres, the Fromelles Anzac Service as well as the group attending the Villers-Bretonneux ANZAC Service. In addition, the group visited the graves of 17 fallen Pulteney Old Scholars and commemorated their grave site. Further, the group attended a WW1 Battlefield Tour as well as spending some time with the students of the Cobbers School Fromelles where the students and community gathered and provided lunch, we did a concert performance and shared some activities with the young students. The Tour Group also explored Paris, Bruge, Ypres, Amiens and London! What a fantastic opportunity for our students.
Regrettably I was not able to attend the tour as I injured my ankle two weeks prior to departure and international travel was not an option for me. So, at very late notice (a few days) Mr Paul Ryan attended the tour along with Annie Kwok (musical leader of the tour) as well as Old Scholar and trusted adult, Sam Hore. Mark and Jo Bourchier also attended the tour and organised the London Old Scholar Dinner at which the ANZAC Tour group performed and mingled with the Old Scholars now living and working in London. Another extra ordinary opportunity for our current students. Our Principal, Anne Dunstan and her husband Ben also attended some parts of the tour especially the ANZAC services on the Somme as well as the Old Scholars Event in London and I take this opportunity to thank Anne for her participation in the tour.
While I know the students had a fantastic time, I do need to take this opportunity to thank Annie Kwok, Anne Dunstan, Paul Ryan, Sam Hore, Mark and Jo Bourchier for there support without which the tour would not have proceeded. I would also like to thank the staff of ANGAS Travel who supported our tour all the way. They have become tremendous corporate partners to the school and I cannot thank them enough for their contribution to this tour being as successful as it was.
Generations in Jazz
The 2019 GIJ event was huge as was expected. As we arrived at Mt Gambier on Friday afternoon last week, we were greeted by one of the biggest tents in the world. It is huge and just gets you excited knowing that over the next three days my students will get to experience making their own music and competing with schools and musical groups from around the whole country including a school from New Zealand! This year there were over 6000 students competing in stage band divisions, small jazz groups and vocal jazz divisions. This year we presented for competition the Stage Band 1, Stage Band 2, Small Jazz Vocal and Jazz on the Terrace. The results we achieved were amazing, but it is the common love of music and music making that drives the success of this huge event. On Saturday night we witnessed a concert featuring the adjudicators playing as part of a big band as well as guest artists from around the world, then on Saturday night we saw the featured guest artists, Lizz Wright (jazz singer), Kurt Elling, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Group, Joey Defrancesco, Rickey Woodard, Julies Rodriguez and of course James Morrison along with many other Australian jazz music legends!
The results this year achieved by our students were simply fantastic; Stage Band 1 - 7 of 28 bands, Stage Band 2 - 13 of 24 bands, Jazz on the Terrace 6 of 24 choirs and Small Jazz Vocal 7 – of 13 choirs. A fantastic collection of results and the highest result for both stage bands with all students being able to come off the stage knowing they did really well and proud of their performances.
Special thanks to the school executive for supporting the music faculty in participating in GIJ. Also, special thanks to the staff that attended the trip, Narelle Steffan, Katia Labozzetta, Sam and Gabrielle Hicks and Sam Hore. While I attended, due to my damaged ankle I was very reliant on my team to help me through the weekend and I cannot thank them all enough for their support. WE can’t wait for GIJ 2020!!!!!
American Handbells Association Scholarship
Ali O’Connell has been running the Pulteney Hand bells group for many years now as she is the states preeminent authority on hand bells performance and is herself an international hand bells performance adjudicator. We ware so blessed to have Ali not only be our incredible Performing Arts Administrator but for her to also run our hand bells group. A new member to that group is new Pulteney Grammar student Akacia Vanmali (yr 11). Akacia is a percussionist and member of the Stage Band 1 and Concert Band as well as a member of our hand bells group. Recently, Akacia became aware of a scholarship becoming available for a student to apply to the American Hand Bells Association to a student to attend the 2019 American Hand Bells Association Conference in St Louis USA in September. Akacia applied and has won the scholarship and will now fly over to St Louis and spend four days at the conference. I could not be prouder of a Pulteney students seeing an opportunity and having the courage to apply and then be successful. We all congratulate Akacia.
Winter Concert 2019 – Winter Musical Festival!
It is nearly time for our annual Winter Concert once again. Over the past few years we have used the ABC Studio 520 complex on North East Road but this year we are changing formats! We are pleased to announce that we will be having the concert here at Pulteney and while it is still the Winter Concert, we are changing the focus and it is now called the Winter Music Festival and will feature two halves with a Festival Courtyard featuring food vans, hot soup kitchen, bar and coffee cart. The idea is that we will have the first part of the concert at about 5pm for an hour then all can go to the courtyard for food and beverages to then do the second half of the Winter Festival. More details will be out soon but please save the date Saturday 22 June at Pulteney Grammar Wyatt Hall.
Learning Area Leader Performing Arts