Musical Notes

The year has begun with children excitedly attending their music lessons, either advancing on instruments already started or having brand new challenges. The diversity of instruments chosen continues to strengthen our program, offering the gift of different styles and sounds of music within our school community.

We have several new music tutors who have joined our team, as well as tutors teaching across campus, following students through to the Senior Campus. 

Please join me in welcoming these tutors to our vibrant team:

Malcom Huddle – saxophone and clarinet
Marney Pope – flute 
Charlie Wood – guitar 

For our new families, we are very privileged to have a strong, passionate music team who have been dedicated to the growth of Penbank music for many years: 

Cameron Fallaw – piano 
Steph Crowder – voice
Sarah Bam – violin and viola
Lisa Wallace – cello
Davin Holt – double bass
John Beckley – trombone and trumpet
Chris Li Wan Po – guitar 
Aaron Sim – drums 

In the music classroom, the children have been embracing the challenges presented to them as they grow and have new musical experiences. As I stepped into my new role of Deputy Head of Penbank Campus this year, I have also stepped back from my music teaching load. It is with pleasure that I continue to teach 4-year-old ELC–Year 2. We are most fortunate to have Esther Holt join the team this year, who is teaching Year 3–6 students. After being a Woodleigh student and having a career in teaching and as a singer / songwriter, Esther is fitting in very well to our musical family with her warm, generous manner. We look forward to many more fantastic musical performances at School Meeting throughout the year! 

2020 will be an exciting year of music. In Term 2, we have a Cross Campus Musicale at the Frankston Arts Centre. Students in selected Penbank Music Ensembles will begin to rehearse their pieces to then collaborate with instrumentalists from Minimbah and Senior Campuses. Information for this event will go out in Term 2, but please put the performance date of Thursday 18 June in your diary.

The Boite Schools Chorus will also be going ahead this year for Junior and Senior Choir with the theme of 'Akoma, The Heart – songs and dances from the West African nation of Ghana.' Akoma will bring together playful songs, with vibrant movement and tales that are 1000’s of years old with a message of tolerance and peace. This concert will once again be held at the Melbourne Town Hall at 1–2pm on Thursday 6 August. More information to come next term.

Wishing all families the joy of music throughout Autumn, 

Warm regards,

Coordinator of Music – Deputy Head of Penbank Campus