Performing Arts Term 4 Week 9

Thursday, 07 Dec 2023
Classical Concert

On Friday 17th November, BDC held a Classical concert at St John’s Anglican Church. Student performers ranged from Year 3 to Year 12 and featured a number of our High Performance Performing Arts students.

It was heartwarming to see many siblings performing together including Camble and Kael Scott and also Connor and Jamie Nathan.

Thank you to all of the performers, family, and friends for attending and to Ms Sandra Smith for organising the program. A special thank you also to Tim Hardman who was the MC for the evening.

Shop Hop Tour

On Friday 17th November, the Primary Performance Choir participated in a Shop Hop Tour. Students performed at Toormina Gardens, Park Beach Plaza and Coffs Central. They sang a number of pieces including Christmas Carol. Tim Hardman (9) accompanied the choir and thank you to Mrs Rachel Caesar for organising the excursion and to Ms Truus Muelenbroeks and Ms Kate Freeman for assisting with the choir.

Drama World Options Performance

Also on Friday 17th November, the Drama World Options Class Production / Individual Performance group presented a production of ‘Stories in the Dark’ by Debra Oswald to a range of secondary classes as an audience. The students also presented a range of video drama pieces, monologues, costume designs and production portfolios as part of their assessment for the course. Thank you to Mrs Rachel Crismale for her work with this class.

End of Year Soirees

In week 8, a number of end of year concerts were held. Thank you to Liz Jamison for her piano soiree on Monday 27th November, Ms Sandra Smith for the Year 3 Semester 2 concert on Tuesday 28th November, Georgie Chorley for the Brass concert on Thursday November 20th and Sabine Element for her violin concert on Friday 1st December. These concerts are a great way for students to develop their performance skills and also for parents to view their children's progress on their instrument. Thank you to all of the tutors and staff who organised end of year concerts. A great way to end the year!

Piano Soiree (Mon 27th Nov)

Year 3 Strings Semester 2 Concert (Tues 28th Nov)

Brass Concert (Thurs 30th Nov)

Dance Academy Certificates

At the end of the term, students in the Kindy, Primary, and Secondary Dance Academies were presented with certificates for all of their work and commitment to the dance program in 2023. Well done to our dancers and Ms Johnson.

Olivia and Mia O’Reilly

Congratulations to Olivia and Mia O’Reilly on their recent achievements in Dance. At their end-of-year concert Mia was awarded the Intermediate Overall Most Outstanding Dancer and Olivia received The Shining Star Award as well as a half scholarship to attend the Sydney Tap Festival in 2024. Congratulations Olivia and Mia on your success.

Items required for Musical

The musical is well under way however we are now seeking items that will help with costumes and set designs. If you have any of the following items, please bring them into Mrs Caesar in the Music Faculty.

  • Pool noodles
  • Sari fabric
  • Organza / tuille all colours
  • Old tutus
  • Bubble wrap (bigger than 500 x 500mm, no scraps)
  • Foam protective wrap / padding
  • Used bubble mailers plastic and paper
  • Spray paints, all colours
  • Clean large yoghurt pots for paint mixing
  • Plastic and paper cups
  • Tissue paper (plain or coloured)
  • Unused foil and cellophane giftrwap (decent sizes)
  • Lolly stick
  • Decorators paintbrushes
Music Tuition Fee rise in 2024

It has been a long time since BDC raised its tuition fees for instrumental lessons. In 2024, we will be raising the cost of 30-minute lessons by $2. The current $35 per half hour will be $37 from Term 1 2024. This is still one of the cheapest rates for music tuition in the area and our tuition staff are the best in the area.

Music tutors will adjust their fees reflecting this increase from Term 1 2024.

Instrumental Lessons in 2024

All instrumental lessons will roll over into 2024. If your child is discontinuing lessons, please advise Ms Rachel Caesar and the music tutor before the end of the year. Lessons for 2024 will resume in Week 2 Term 1. Any students wishing to start learning an instrument in 2024 are welcome to complete an application form before school resumes.

Secondary Assembly performances

Thank you to our performers at Secondary Assemblies. In Week 6, the Junior Jazz Band performed “Sunny Side of the Street” with Ms Truus Muelenbroeks on saxophone. Thank you to Mr Danny Stitt and Ms Georgie Chorley for their work with this group and preparing this item.

Thank you also to Tim Hardman who performed at the Week 8 Secondary Assembly

In the holidays, we wish Adelaide Robinson the very best as she leads the singing of the Coffs Coast Community Carols at Brelsford Park. Please go along and support Adelaide if you can. It is always a lovely family event.

There are also a number of performances and workshops throughout the area in the Christmas break featuring staff, students, and parents from the BDC Community. Some of these include Camp Creative workshops with Tony Rowley in Bellingen and also the next WPAS Production - Cats featuring many of our Performing Arts students and alumni.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful 2023. Have a well-deserved break and I wish you all a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Rebecca Day
Head of Performing Arts