Over the school holidays, VCAA hosted auditions for their upcoming Top Class showcase of emerging Victorian Talent based on exceptional results in Units 3/4 VCE Dance. James Dillon, a Year 11 student who undertook Year 12 Dance in 2018, was fortunate enough to be invited to audition for Top Class Dance back in mid-January. The auditions took place in Dance Factory Richmond, in which 100 students would audition for one of 36 places in the showcase. The students must achieve an A+ perfect score to be chosen for audition. The 36 students are for VET and VCE dance so there are only approximately 18 places for all VCE students.
Salesian College have been fortunate to have had students audition in all but one year in the VCE Top Class auditions, this is a wonderful achievement as it is rare for schools to ever have a representative.
Although James wasn't selected, it was a outstanding achievement to gain recognition for his 2018 Dance Solo performances.
Would your child like to learn to play an instrument in 2019? At Salesian College we offer lessons on Brass, Woodwind, String, Voice, Percussion, Piano, and Guitar. Learning to play an instrument is a lifelong gift that has many academic and social benefits.
Specialist music lessons allow students to explore their instrument or voice on a weekly basis either as an enhancement to their classroom music program or purely for enjoyment and personal development. There is the opportunity to take instrumental exams through a number of exam boards as a way of motivating student progress. Any student studying curriculum music at Years 10 to 12 are expected to take weekly lessons.
Instruments available include:
Brass: Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Woodwind: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon
Percussion: Drum Kit and Orchestral Percussion
Guitar: Contemporary and Classical (including Bass)
Voice: Contemporary and Classical
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
To enrol in instrumental lessons for 2019 please fill out the form on Schoolbox.
There is now an enormous amount of research that has explored, measured, quantified and illuminated the benefits of music education on cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. Such is the quantity and quality of the research that it is now understood that music education benefits the development of the whole person like no other human activity.
How does it do this? The answer is in the activities that are inherent in reaching the goal of performing a piece of music on an instrument. In order to reach a stage where children can perform a piece in front of an audience, no matter how large or small, they have to master the following skills.
1. Control of their motor cortex that directs their bodily movements – Getting the right note to come out of a musical instrument at the right time with the right sound is an incredible cognitive accomplishment. This is because the human brain needs to coordinate the motor, visual and auditory cortices to synchronise together to produce just one correct note. Imagine the coordination your child’s brain is achieving after an entire piece or concert.
2. Control their emotional states and reactions – Rehearsals can be frustrating experiences, mainly because bring a whole piece together is a slow and repetitious process. This is actually an act in learning how to learn slowly and sequentially while controlling our emotional responses when we might get bored or frustrated or want to be anywhere else. This control becomes immeasurably more complicated in a performance situation when you add adrenalin and excitement into the mix. Your child has a huge number of stimuli running around in their bodies while they are up on stage performing, and yet they have to keep their wits about them and keep their emotional responses contained in order to contribute their part to a successful performance.
3. Staying flexible and responding to unforseen events – “Strange things happen in performance” is a common mantra of any musical conductor as well as “you have to be ready for anything”. If the drumkit player is struggling to restrain his excitement and starts getting faster and faster, the rest of the band needs to get faster with him and adjust on the spot to the new tempo. If the cello section miscount for some reason and come in a bar early, the rest of the ensemble need to make a decision right away – do we follow the cellos or look at the conductor and follow them? The ability to adjust our responses is incredibly difficult, because most of the time we just want to start the piece again. But in performance, that just can’t happen and you child is responding in the moment to a given circumstance. Remember, this also all happens without a verbal instruction being spoken.
These are only three of the cognitive activities that your child is managing right in front of your eyes during this concert. Inside their heads, their brains are working really hard to bring you a polished and seemingly flawless performance.
Adapted from Dr Anita Collins - educator and researcher in neuroscience and music education.
The end of 2018 really exemplified what the Arts is all about at our College, with students taking up every opportunity to showcase their hard work over the semester in every discipline. The junior students had displays of artwork in the new Learning Commons and performed for the community at their Music and Dance nights, and the Year 11 students also showcased their best to their families at our Music, Dance and Drama nights and at the Visual Arts showcase. For our Year 12s, they were able to focus all of their energies on finishing and submitting final folios, art pieces, films and solo performance works. All students certainly found success in their pursuits, with the Arts showing some wonderful VCE results.
We had many other successes in the last few weeks of 2018, with our first Christmas Play ‘Where is the Love?’ raising $1500 for the St Vincent De Paul Society. Our students were very grateful to have been involved and had the honour of hearing how their donation would help create happy Christmases for children in need in the Sunbury community. Our annual Art Competition winners were also announced, with James Dillon (11, 2018), Seana Garrett (9, 2018), and Mack Borchert-Krohn (8, 2018) taking first prize for Bosco Campus, Mazzarello Campus, and Savio Campus respectively. Lastly, James Mahoney (10, 2018), was accepted into the 2019 Catholic Education Office art competition. Well done to all.
This year the Arts continues to flourish at Salesian with a wealth of opportunities offered to our students, watch this space!
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast