Text Box: Term 3 Week 1
Tuesday 13th July 2004

 

Eltham High Stars at Shakespeare Festival

EHS is playing a leading role in the exciting new Montsalvat Shakespeare Festival.  Our own Scrambled Prince Theatre company will perform Midsummer Night’s Dream reloaded, their hit Adelaide Fringe show, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th at midday.  This will be followed from 1pm on Saturday 17th by two performances of scenes from Macbeth and Twelfth Night by EHS performers.  The festival will feature a wide range of performances, workshops and forums featuring many of Australia’s leading actors.  EHS technical geniuses, Taiyo Takazawa in year 11 and Taran Medcalf in year 9 will be responsible for light, sound and A.V throughout the entire festival.

 

 

 

Montsalvat  7 Hillcrest Avenue Eltham phone 9439 7712

 

Principal’s Report

 

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all our students and staff. I hope that you all have had a great break.  I’m sure that Term 3 will seem to be over before it’s begun. I’m looking forward to a very positive term’s work from students and I know that our parents will be supporting their children strongly as we run up to exams in early term 4 for our VCE students.

 

Staff Changes

This term we welcome back Mr Greg Thomas and Ms Di Parry who have returned from leave.  It is good to see Greg and Di back in the school.  We also welcome to our school Mr Anthony Politini, from Melbourne University, who is working in the school during second semester.

 

Shakespeare Festival

This newsletter carries information about Scrambled Prince at the Montsalvat Shakespeare Festival . Eltham High School is a major supporter of the festival and the work of Scrambled Prince is one of  a number of highlights.  Scrambled Prince, our school based, semi–professional theatre company combines present and past students and has been critically acclaimed at the last two Adelaide Fringe Festivals – so I urge you all to get to see their performances at the Montsalvat Shakespeare Festival.

 

House Leaders End of Term Concert

Congratulations to the House leaders on their highly successful end of term concert which raised significant amount to start the building of a Children’s Garden at the Royal Children’s Hospital

 

Year 9 Camp

Middle School is planning a Year 9 camp this year. This exciting development is outlined in this newsletter.  I hope that all year 9 students and their families consider participation in this student leadership camp.

 

Symphonic Band Tour

Congratulations to Mr Ken Waterworth, Ms Alexandra Cameron, Mr Andrew Kypriotis, Mr Ben Smart and all the members of the Symphonic Band on their outstanding tour of Tasmania during the school holidays.

 

EMA

This newsletter contains details of EMA application requirements for the second semester.  Please read this information carefully if you believe that you qualify.

 

Funeral Arrangements

A reminder to parents that a Special Newsletter was distributed yesterday (Monday) regarding the arrangements on Wednesday to allow staff to attend the funeral of our highly esteemed colleague, Ms Bev Cust, Canteen manageress, who passed away after a battle with cancer last Saturday.  Normal classes will conclude at 2:10 pm tomorrow, Wednesday 14th.  A special supervision program will be provided for students who are required to remain at school after 2:10 pm.  A copy of the Special Newsletter is available on the Eltham High School website: www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au

 

Congratulations to Aaron Whitley for completing a gruelling 10 week outdoor education program sponsored by Victoria Police.  Aaron had to undergo a lengthy interview process initially to get accepted into the program and graduated ahead of all other students who participated.  Aaron received his encouragement and graduation certificate from the Police Commissioner, Christine Nixon.  Well done Aaron.

 

Paul Rose, Principal

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK AT EHS

Thursday 15

Careers - Year 12 Motivation Talk

Monday 19

Music Camps commence see all details inside this edition

 

 

THIS WEEK IN SOSE

Year 9 History Competition

The entries for the competition were of high quality and the winners will be announced

Junior SoSE

Year 7 students will begin the new semester by studying mapping while Year 8 students will complete a geography unit.

Year 7B were the winners of the Greek Festival which was judged on a number of factors such as the chariot design race, costume, and tunnel ball.  They enjoyed their day out at the movies seeing Harry Potter.

Middle School Legal Studies Excursion

The class recently visited the Heidelberg Magistrates court where they observed cases involving traffic related matters.  Constable Belinda Luscombe took the group on a tour of the court complex which included the holding cells.  She also spoke to the students on the topic of right and responsibilities and police powers.  The visit proved to be a most valuable learning experience for all students involved.

Helen Morris, SoSE teacher

 

SPORT SPORT SPORT

On Tuesday 8TH June, our Year 7 girls and boys played Round Robin soccer.  The girls won a very close penalty shoot out to play against St.Helena in the grand final.  Unfortunately St Helena were too strong and beat our girls.  The boys had a convincing win to again meet St Helena in the grand final.  They were also too strong for our boys.  All in all both teams played very well and did the school proud.  A special thank you to Callum for organising training for the teams.  Well done boys and girls

Carolyn Fratto, Physical Education teacher

 

EHS Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad will resume activity for Term 3 this Thursday morning at the Eltham Leisure Centre. Under the guidance of coach, Neroli Nixon, the sessions will be conducted from 7:00am until 8:00am each week for the ten week term. The Squad ran at an average attendance of 15 students during Term 2 with girls and boys from Year 7 to Year 11. Sessions are varied and interesting and cater for students of all abilities. New students are always welcome. On returning to school at the end of each session, students are given a hot chocolate (with marshmellow!). Cost for the term is $70, which covers lane hire and coaching fees. Fees should be paid to the cashier at school. For further information, contact Mr Balchin at the school. See you poolside.

 

EHS Cross Country

Coming dates on the School’s Cross Country calendar:

Victorian School’s Road Relay Championships (La Trobe Uni.) Saturday 24th July 2004

VSSSA State Cross Country Championships    (Bundoora Park) Friday 30th July 2004

Students interested in taking part in the Road Relays at La Trobe Uni on the 24th July should register their interest with Mr Balchin this week. Times & events are as follows: G&B U14 4x2km at 11:00am; G&B U16 4x2km 11:45am; G&B U18 4x3km 12:35pm; G&B U20 4x3km 1:15pm. Cost of entry is $5. Parents are expected to transport students to and from the venue. Contact Mr Balchin at the school for further information.

Training: (All students welcome – no charge)

EHS Cross Country Squad: Monday mornings at 8:00am. Meet at front of school.

EHS Athletics Squad: Friday mornings at 8:00am. Meet on front oval or Stadium depending on weather conditions.

Max Balchin, Athletics coach

 

END OF TERM CONCERT

On Thursday 17th June, the EHS House Leaders organised a lunch-time concert in the school hall to raise money for the Children’s Hospital. The concert attracted several hundred students and was a great success. Compered by Ria Hearse, Simon Walshe and Braden White the concert featured acts by a girl’s rock band ‘Waiting for Luke’, songs from Jess Paulka, Courtney Dummett, Rosie Milne and Collette Couper, ball-room dancing by Nadia and Lloyd Smith, and jazz ballet by Leah Hamlet and Danielle Murray. The appreciative audience received each of the acts with warm applause. The concert raised $215.

 

YEAR 9 CAMP TERM 3

During the week of Year 10 work experience August 2 - August 6 Year 9 students will spend three days Monday 2 August until Wednesday August 4 at Lady Northcote YMCA camp.  Total cost is $150 which covers transport, food, accommodation and all activities.  Info will be provided this week to all students.

Ross Pringle, Head Coordinator Middle School

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ACHIEVERS

Many people in Yr 9 & 10 are achieving both inside and outside the school.

Those to be recognised this week-

for academic excellence Connie Brown & Doug Scott

for program improvement Alicia Vengust

for practical excellence Todd Cresp

and for extra Curricula Excellence Jessica Adams

Well done to all, remember to collect your prize from Middle School, keep up the excellent work and have a good holiday.

Luke Ferns, MS Coordinator

 

FROM THE CAREERS ROOM

On Wednesday 28th July our Careers Night will be held. This event helps students in Years 10-12 make informed career decisions. More detailed information and the session selection sheet will be distributed to students this Thursday

Peter Goddard, Careers teacher

 

MUSICAL NOTES

Band Camp

Next week sees the commencement of our intensive camp program.  Forms and payments for Training, Intermediate and Concert Band students were due yesterday, Monday 12th July.  If parents have overlooked this, it would be appreciated of this can be attended to immediately.

July

Mon 19-Thurs 22

Music Camp

Mon 9am-

Tues 5:30pm

Training Band

 

 

Tuesday 9am-Wed 5:30pm

Intermediate Band

 

Wed 9am –

Thurs 8:30pm

Concert Band

Fri 23

National Band & Orchestra Directors Conference

8:30am – 3:30pm

Intermediate Band – some players

 

11am-3:30pm

Symphonic Band

Fri 23 – 3:30pm-8:30pm

Extended rehearsal

Jazz Band

Thurs 2, 3:30pm – Sat 31, 4pm

Camp

Symphonic Band

 

Symphonic Band Tour to Tasmania 2004

Note : This is an edited version of Shannon’s report.  The complete version is available on the web site – please see final page for article.

Sunday 20th June:

At 7.00pm all Symphonic Band members along with music teachers Mr Waterworth, Mr Smart, Mr Kypriotis and Ms Cameron arrived at Station Pier to board the Spirit of Tasmania. After loading our equipment we ventured onto the boat and left Melbourne at 9.00pm.

Monday 21st June:

After arriving in Devonport we unpacked our luggage and headed off to Argosy Motor Inn where we had a great breakfast. We then met our tour bus drivers Max and Allan who drove us off to Launceston. It was a very quiet bus trip as most of us were still tired from the night on the boat. At 9.00am we arrived at our accommodation, The Devil's Playground, where we would be staying for the next three nights. Afterwards we went to Launceston Grammar School where we gave our first performance on the tour for their junior school students. We then set off to the senior campus for a workshop with their band students.

Tuesday 22 June:

Today was a very busy day, which started off with a performance for St. Patrick's junior school and then their senior school. We then combined the school bands together and had a workshop. At 2.30pm we had a three-hour workshop with Monte Mumford from Launceston University. Monte worked on some of our band pieces with us, telling us how we could improve them but also improve our own playing. Monte was a really nice and funny man who put a lot of work into helping us and we all enjoyed and learnt a lot from him.

Wednesday 23rd June:

The group went for a morning stroll up to Scotch Oakburn College where we did a great performance for their students. This proved to be a fun and "random" concert when Mr Waterworth stopped conducting our piece African Symphony and started a cha cha dance with the audience. It was very hard to keep playing, as most of us could not control our laughter at the sight of this happening! We then had a short rehearsal at the Launceston University and set up for the concert that night. The concert was shared with another band so we got to listen to their great playing and then they listened

to ours. We got some of Shelley’s birthday cake when we got home which was an excellent end to the day. It was then off to bed for some sleep.

Thursday 24 June:

We departed our accommodation, The Devil's Playground, this morning and headed over to New Norfolk High School. We did a performance for their students. This was also another great chance to mix with the school students, who were really nice and friendly. We then moved on from there and our bus drivers took us to Lindisfarne Motor Inn. After dinner it was off to St David's Cathedral where we did a concert with Hobart City Band and the Derwent Community Band. This concert had an amazing atmosphere and was a great night. After the concert we went back to our hotel, watched the footy show and then got some sleep.

Friday 25th June:

We started our final day by doing a concert at Clarence High School. This was our last concert for the tour and Mr Kypriotis was our guest conductor for The Little Ripper March. I must say we all thought he did a top job and really got into the spirit of the piece. We then departed and went for our tour of the chocolate factory! Many people in the band had awaited this tour! It was then back to Devonport where we had dinner at the Argosy Motor Inn. We then headed back to the boat and loaded our stuff up. We said goodbye to Max and Allan who had been the best tour drivers and boarded the Spirit of Tasmania.

Saturday 26th June:

We had all put a lot of work into the tour and played really well which made it a really fun trip. Thankyou to all teachers, Mr Waterworth, Mr Smart, Mr Kypriotis, and Ms Cameron for looking after us so well. And finally, in the words of a wise conductor known to us all, 'The band that plays together plays together'.

Shannon Twomey Band member

 

STOP PRESS!! Important Notice to Parents –

changes to dates for South Street 2004

Information just to hand indicates significant changes to the schedule of the competitions this year   please note changes

Ensemble

date

Session starting time

Symphonic

Sat 4th Sept

4pm

Concert

Fri 3rd Sept

4pm

Intermediate

Thurs 2nd Sept

1:15pm

Stage

Sat 4th Sept

10am

Jazz

Thurs 2nd Sept

8:30am

Percussion

Wed 1st Sept

2:30pm

Combo

Wed 1st Sept

9pm

Clarinets

Wed 1st Sept

7:30pm

Saxes & Flutes

Thurs 2nd Sept

7pm

VCE vocal

Tues 7th Sept

10:30am

Choir

Tues 7th Sept

1pm

Details of transport, meal arrangements will be notified closer to the event

 

Upcoming events

Term 3 is always a very busy one for the Music faculty.  Camps, additional rehearsals, workshops, concerts and competitions make it quite exhausting time for all of us.  Information will come home regularly about various events so it is important for parents to make sure that they are aware of details of specific activities

 

FOUND:  a BROWN SCARF at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar following the mid year concerts – if it is yours please contact the Music Office to collect.

Music Support Group News

Attached to the newsletter is a flyer promoting a VIP evening at the GOOD GUYS Electrical Store in Thomastown, on Friday 23erd July.  EHS Participation in this VIP evening gives the Music Support Group a donation of an item for use in a future raffle, as well as very competitive prices on all store items for members of the school community, extended family and friends.

Just phone Thomastown Good Guys to confirm your attendance at this VIP evening (for store staffing purposes.  The Eltham High School Council does not endorse this company or any products it sells.

A reminder of our Second Hand Instrument Register….. you don’t have to be in the Music Program to take advantage of this service.  If you have an instrument you would like to sell, or are looking to purchase an instrument please contact Kathy on 9439 3597 for details.

The next MSG meeting is Monday 26th July at 8:00pm at 14 Moola Pl Eltham.  New faces most welcome.

 

Reminder to Year 7 Parents

Yr 7 Immunization Hep B follow up Wednesday 21 July

 

WORKING COMMUNITY SAUSAGE SIZZLE

Saturday 26 June was not only the first day of the holidays but it was also Working Community’s first fund raiser – a sausage sizzle in the Eltham Town Square.

The sausage sizzle was to raise money for events which will take place around the opening of the Eltham Skate Park.  While the day was freezing cold and threatened rain it was all action at the Town Square as James, Riley, Cas, Charles & Nick supported by James’ dad swung into action. The smell of cooking sausages and Nick and Ryder’s spruiking soon filled the Square.  On probably the coldest day so far this year fifteen kilos of sausages were sold for a profit of over $60.  There is a large range of cold drinks available for the next Working Community fund raiser.  Thanks go to all those who helped, including Aaron who was part of the planning team and supporters – Safeway and Coles for vouchers and Gibsons.

Riley Smith, James Mauger, Aaron Fluck, Nick Cannard & Alexi Dowley

 

Parent members of School Council – available for contact via the General Office

Pam Blewett, Richard Browne, John Considine,

Sue Dyet, Peter Hanlon, Tamara Knowles, Jill Tait and Grace Tham

 

 

 

Thank you to all the people who have contributed to our food for refugees appeal.  EHS has collected 4 boot loads of non-perishable food and toiletries.  We still have a box inn the office foyer.  All contributions gratefully accepted.

Thanks George Franklin/Brendan Monigatti

 

EDUCATION MAINTENCE ALLOWAQNCE

Parents/guardians who were not paid the EMA in Instalment 1 but who are eligible as at 12th July 2004, must submit an application to the school by 6 August 2004 to receive instalment 2.

Eligibility requirements are that parents/guardians must be,

·   an eligible beneficiary of a Centrelink pension, allowance or benefit and hold a current Health Care Benefit Card or Pensioner Concession Card or

·   a Veterans Affairs (TPI) pensioner or

·   a foster parent

If a student turns 16 during the year, the EMA is paid on a pro-rata basis of the total payment.  The pro-rata is on a monthly basis i.e. if a student turns 16 on 4th July, he or she will be paid until the end of July

Please note that parent applications for the second instalment close on 6th August.  Late applications may not be processed after this date.

Bruce Martyn Business Manager

 

 

 

CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________

July

Wed 14

Jan Vance, Anne Marshall,

Debbie Hansen

Thurs 15

Maritta Car, Sue Ball, Glenda Guilfoyle, Margit Maji

Fri 16

Helen Devlin, Margie Parsons,Volunteer

Mon 19

Trish Kent, Kerry O’Hara, Helen Hunter, Debbie McCormack

Tues 20

Leanne Bligh, Sharon Way, Jennie Harcourt

Wed 21

Sharon Dimech, Yvonne Yeering, Anne Marshall

Thinking of “doing canteen duty?” why not give it a go! meet some great people and be a part of this dynamic group – free lunch supplied.  Give Gael a ring on 9439 5111 between 8am and 2:30pm

If for any reason you cannot continue with your earlier commitment to Canteen duty phone, please.

 

 

S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

July 2004

Wed 14 until

Fri 16  June

see front page

Mon 19

Music Training, Intermediate & Concert Bands Music Camp details mailed to all students on June 23

Wed 21

Year 7 Immunization

Yr 8 Maths Games Day at Essendon Penleigh Grammar School

School Council Meeting 7 :30pm

Thurs 22

SoSE-Yr12 Politics Lectures Excursion

Thurs 27

Yr10 Maths Games Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Announcements/Advertising

 

Montsalvat Shakespeare Festival

Forums, films, workshops, sonnets, sword-fighting, music, food, dance, performances by well-known professional actors and presentations by high school students….. All things Shakespearean celebrated in the beautiful grounds and galleries of Montsalvat July 16, 17 & 18.

Enquiries 9718 1665 Bookings 9439 7712

 

 

Need Assistance?

A register of tutors is held at the office, please enquire – we may be able to assist.

 

 

Puppies for Sale

Prue bred Jack Russell puppies, six weeks old, vaccinated.Contact Tim 9457 5314/0418 590 188 AH

 

 

Interested Parents in Bend of Islands area who would like to be involved in car pool

Please contact Linda 0423 284 720

 

 

Parents and family members are invited to an informal and confidential information evening about

Same Sex Attracted Young People and School

Responding to homophobia, talking to schools, everyone’s rights and responsibilities.

Monday 19 July

6:30-8:30pm

Nillumbik Community Health Service

917 Main Road  Eltham  3095

Contact Felicity SSAY Project worker 9431 1333

 

 

My Monty

Photography Competition

Entries close Wednesday 4th August at 5pm- submit entries to plenty of colour

This is Montmorency Traders Association 3rd annual competition –there are some great prizes and cash to be won!!

 

 

Watsonia Neighbourhood House

47 Lambourne Road, Watsonia

Term 3 programme runs from July 19th – September 10th

Time for you – to be creative, to learn, to exercise, relax, meet new people….Walking groups / hatha yoga / busy fingers / art for adults / competitive scrabble / social cards / drawing classes and many more

Phone  9434 6717 or call in between 10am and 2pm from July 13-16

 

Are there some parents who would like to receive the newsletter via email? If so, go to our website, www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the Newsletter link and choose subscribe, fill in the form and the newsletter will be emailed to you each week.

 

 

 

 

Berry Street Victoria

Standing up to Teenage Aggression

A support group for parents will be held on eight MONDAY mornings in Term 3, 2004.  The emphasis of the group will be on mutual respect and support, building on parents’ strengths and reducing feelings of isolation.

To find out more, or to ask for an enrolment brochure, please contact Hien or Naomi 9458 5788 fax 9458 5825 or email: hbui@berrystreet.org.au

 

 

 

Warrandyte Neighbour House

Learn about MYOB from an experienced trainer who will teach you how to use Version 13 and the requirements of GST

Wednesdays 28th July – 15th September 7-9pm

 

 

 

Baseball Umpires Association of Victoria

Annual Umpire Training Camp

6, 7, 8 August

Venue: Waverly Baseball Club (Melways 71 J2)

The weekend consists of separate sessions designed to cover most aspects of baseball umpiring.  Instructors will include accredited instructors and umpires who have attended Professional Umpire schools in the USA.  This will ensure that the latest teachings in Mechanics, Theory and Rules interpretation are presented.

This weekend is vital for continued and further accreditation.

For expressions of interest please contact Greg 0412744491/Ian 0409704459/Mark 0418382339

 

 

 

 

Old Gardening Equipment Wanted

A group of Middle School boys, interested in construction outside of school hours, need equipment such as long handled spades and ordinary spades and picks.  If you have any old equipment lying around, unused at home and would be willing to donate it to the boys please contact Mr Jenkins on 9439 5111 who will arrange for its collection.

 

 

The Bolt youth lounge

Shop 4.266 Bolton Street just near the Ridge Health Club.

Available to ALL students at Eltham High School Friday afternoon 3:30-6:30pm

Study/homework assistance available

Café, pool & foozball facilities.  Come in to study, chat, or just hang out. 

If you need any information ring 9431 1115

 

 

 

 

Complete Report of Band Tour to Tasmania.

 

Symphonic Band Tour to Tasmania 2004:

Sunday 20th June:

At 7.00pm all Symphonic Band members along with music teachers Mr Waterworth, Mr Smart, Mr Kypriotis and Ms Cameron arrived at Station Pier to board the Spirit of Tasmania. After loading our equipment we ventured onto the boat and left Melbourne at 9.00pm. During this time we checked out the boat, bought food and most of us took sea sickness tablets to make sure we did not feel ill during the night. But for those of us who did not take the tablets thinking we would be fine…it was a long boat ride over! There had also been some talk about the spotting of icebergs but fortunately none were seen.

 

Monday 21st June:

"Good morning passengers. It is now 6.30 am and we will be arriving in Devonport at 7.00am. We hope you enjoyed your stay on the Spirit of Tasmania."

 

After arriving in Devonport we unpacked our luggage and headed off to Argosy Motor Inn where we had a great breakfast. We then met our tour bus drivers Max and Allan who drove us off to Launceston. It was a very quiet bus trip as most of us were still tired from the night on the boat. At 9.00am we arrived at our accommodation, The Devil's Playground, where we would be staying for the next three nights. After unpacking our luggage and showering we headed off to Morty's Food Court for lunch. Afterwards we went to Launceston Grammar School where we gave our first performance on the tour for their junior school students. We then set off to the senior campus for a workshop with their band students. At dinner time the school provided us with a BBQ. It was then back to our accommodation for an early night. This was also the time when we got to see how many people in our rooms snored or talked in their sleep…unfortunately for my room it was everyone.

 

Tuesday 22 June:

It was a 7.30am wake up call this morning with breakfast being at 8.00am. This gave us a great chance to see which members of the band were morning people…and just how many weren’t! Today was a very busy day, which started off with a performance for St. Patrick's junior school and then their senior school. We then combined the school bands together and had a workshop. By doing this it was a great chance to get to know some of the other music students. We also got to meet some of the other students at our lunch break. At 2.30pm we had a three-hour workshop with Monte Mumford from Launceston University. Monte worked on some of our band pieces with us, telling us how we could improve them but also improve our own playing. Monte was a really nice and funny man who put a lot of work into helping us and we all enjoyed and learnt a lot from him. It was then time to hit the road back to our accommodation and enjoy the great dinner that was provided.

 

Wednesday 23rd June:

Today was a very eventful day with it being one of the members Shelly Sforcina's 17th Birthday! We all ate breakfast and sang a round of happy birthday to her in our best morning voices. The group then went for a morning stroll up to Scotch Oakburn College where we did a great performance for their students. This proved to be a fun and "random" concert when Mr Waterworth stopped conducting our piece African Symphony and started a cha cha dance with the audience. It was very hard to keep playing, as most of us could not control our laughter at the sight of this happening! You can only really imagine. It was then lunchtime and we headed off to good old Morty's food court where we also had some free time to look around. During this period of time some of us stumbled across the lolly shop. This was a great find and I for one spent most of the spare time working out which lollies I should buy. We then had a short rehearsal at the Launceston University and set up for the concert that night. The concert was shared with another band so we got to listen to their great playing and then they listened to ours. We got some birthday cake when we got home which was an excellent end to the day. It was then off to bed for some sleep.

 

Thursday 24 June:

We departed our accommodation, The Devil's Playground, this morning and headed over to New Norfolk High School. During this three-hour bus trip a lot of sleeping went on. We then had a great lunch provided by the schools Home Economics students. It was like being in a restaurant! The waiter service was outstanding. We then did a performance for their students. This was also another great chance to mix with the school students, who were really nice and friendly. We then moved on from there and our bus drivers took us to Lindisfarne Motor Inn. After unpacking our stuff we went to LaPorchetta to have dinner. It was then off to St David's Cathedral where we did a concert with Hobart City Band and the Derwent Community Band. This concert had an amazing atmosphere and was a great night. After the concert we went back to our hotel, watched the footy show and then got some sleep.

 

Friday 25th June:

I was woken this morning by the sounds of my roommates snoring…but it was our last day and I would not have to hear their snoring for much longer! The girls got the 7.30am breakfast call. Luckily none of us fell asleep in our breakfast. But hey I can’t speak for the boys! We started our final day by doing a concert at Clarence High School. This was our last concert for the tour and Mr Kypriotis was our guest conductor for The Little Ripper March. I must say we all thought he did a top job and really got into the spirit of the piece. We then departed and went for our tour of the chocolate factory! Many people in the band had awaited this tour! During the tour we got to taste different types of chocolates and we were allowed to put some in our pockets to take home. Mr Waterworth was in my tour group and I must say his pockets were very full! He also asked me many times if he could have some of my chocolate! It was then back to Devonport where we had dinner at the Argosy Motor Inn. We then headed back to the boat and loaded our stuff up. We said goodbye to Max and Allan who had been the best tour drivers and boarded the Spirit of Tasmania. Those of us who did not take our seasickness tablets on the way over, definitely remembered to take them this time. Fortunately, once again no icebergs were spotted.

 

Saturday 26th June:

"Good morning passengers it is now 6.40am…." We were woken early again this morning but we were happy to be home. We had all enjoyed the tour very much but were glad to be home because we missed our mums. We all did our allocated jobs for the last time. Emma and I were not sorry to see the last of that podium and were considering suggesting Mr Waterworth just stand on the ground next year. We had all put a lot of work into the tour and played really well which made it a really fun trip. Thankyou to all teachers, Mr Waterworth, Mr Smart, Mr Kypriotis, and Ms Cameron for looking after us so well. And finally, in the words of a wise conductor known to us all, 'The band that plays together plays together'.

 

Shannon Twomey,  band member