R-7 Classroom Music, Festival of Music, Instrumental Music

Off-site Choir Rehearsal next Monday


The Woodville Town Hall rehearsal is next Monday – 28th August. Music Room roll call at 8:30am.


We should be back at school by Lunch 2. Check previous post for more details about this rehearsal, ticket purchasing and AEC rehearsal & performance times.

I need one parent volunteer to accompany us for the day next Monday. Clearance required. Please let me know asap (via email please robyn.videon208@schools.sa.edu.au)  if you can spare the time. It is always an exciting and uplifting experience to see and hear the massed choir come together with the orchestra for the first time.

Details regarding performance night logistics will be posted after next week’s rehearsal is behind us.


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Festival Choir info. pack given out today


These notes hand delivered today – named, so no-one missed out!

Ticket ordering is all directly with Ticketek, so read the note in today’s pack carefully. Bookings don’t open for a week, so there’s time to get your head around it I hope.

Availability reply slip by Tuesday 1/8/17 (next week).

There will be additional info. about the logistics at AEC coming out later.

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Festival Choir Tshirt order


The order form (copy below) was given out in choir today. One week only to order if required. Not compulsory, although performance Tshirt must be plain, bright (but not white, black or grey) and loose fitting. See pic below – apologies to the 2015 ‘models’. Look in the boys’ department of Big W, K-Mart etc. as girls’ tees often have smaller cap sleeves.

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Week 10 update


Music Night

Thank you to all performers and supporters for such a lovely evening on Tuesday 4th July.

The audience skills were outstanding! So important to create a positive, respectful space in which the musicians can do the best job possible on the night.

Festival Choir AEC Concert Saturday 16th September

The Concert Grid has arrived. We are in Row 3

Our Choir is needed for the whole morning for rehearsal on that day, plus the evening performance. The first, and only other  rehearsal, is on Monday 28th August, at Woodville Town Hall. Transport costs for the 2 rehearsals have already been paid by most families early in the year – thank you.

Ticket Information

Choreography Leaders

Nominations for Choreography Leaders and Online Audition Bookings are open. For more information go to the website http://www.festivalofmusic.org.au/choreography-leaders.html

Preparing for Semester 2, Year 1 – 4 Recorder Lessons

We have ordered new recorders for all Year 1 students, plus some extras for those Yr 2-4s who need a new/replacement instrument. Some of these extra orders have been received already – thank you.

Year 1s will be supplied with a bonus cleaning rod! (We’ll have some extra rods available for $1. Don’t send money yet.)

Here’s the Yr 2-4 Recorder Order note if you did not receive one:

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Week 8 Music update


Music Night – July 4th

Lots of rehearsing happening.

This event is the first ‘big’ instrumental or choir performance for quite a few of our students. Let’s celebrate and acknowledge that step in our students’ musical journey.

Here’s a copy of the note if needed. Paper copies available from the Music Room whiteboard.

Festival Choir

The ‘official’ Choir Photo will be available to order soon. In the meantime, enjoy our ‘fun’ version.

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Week 5 Music – DreamBIG, Choir, Music Night


DreamBIG Festival

We had a really good day. “A perfect day”, in the words of a Yr 6 Choir Member.

Being part of the Opening Event song and parade was fun and interesting. Thanks to all the parents who came into the City to be part of the atmosphere, and especially to Tammy and Megan for helping us all day.

The dance workshop was also very worthwhile, with our students making the most of the activities and engaging with the instructors energetically and respectfully.



The choir is working hard to learn all of this year’s songs. We’ll open next week’s Assembly with ‘Sea of Flags’. Kate W will be fresh from her Solo Audition and will front the choir for this song. Also next week will be internal auditions for the 8 solo roles in ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’. We are aiming to perform the entire work at Music Night in Week 10 – see below.

Music Night

If your child learns a musical instrument with a visiting teacher at school, they should be receiving an invitation to perform at our annual Music Night on Tuesday July 4th. See the Instrumental Teacher or Mrs Videon for a form if you have not seen one yet.

The ‘Recital’ part of the evening will commence at 6p.m., in the Gym. Students will play a prepared piece to demonstrate their current level of skill and learning. Their teachers will let me know what pieces to expect. The format of the Recital will evolve as replies are received. Please send YES/NO replies asap, thanks.

The ‘Showcase’ part of the evening should start at approximately 6:50p.m. Our Strings students are preparing some ensemble pieces and will play as a String Orchestra. The Festival Choir will perform the ‘Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ and some invited individual musicians will entertain us.

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Time to Dream BIG!


You may have heard media reports of the DreamBIG Festival by now.

We are all set for a great day.

This morning’s BOM forecast says showers tomorrow mainly in the evening. Let’s go with that!

See previous post for the Plan B parade in case is is too wet.

We have 2 parent helpers confirmed – thank you.

Any other parents who wish to get themselves to the city to watch will have a great view from a special terraced area on Telstra Plaza (or inside the Oval if it is Plan B) Just follow the excited noise.

See you there



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DreamBIG Opening Event briefing


Hi everyone

I attended a briefing at Festival Centre after school yesterday.

Everything is in place for a fantastic event, come rain or shine. If the weather is too wet, An excellent ‘Plan B’ will shift the parade into the Adelaide Oval Concourse. This will utilise exactly the same bus drop off, meeting points, times etc. The strong message we were given was “There is no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing choices!”  Also – no umbrellas in the parade, so shower-proof jackets with a hood will be best.

Should it be fine, 16 decorated parachutes will be spaced across the footbridge – held aloft by retired teachers. Students will pass under the parachutes. A ‘passing lane’ will be an option for any children who may feel uncomfortable about going under the ‘chutes

All registered parent volunteers who have offered to come and help are very welcome. We have plenty of seats on the bus. You will be part of the parade along with the students! Please meet me in the Music Room at 8:40a.m. on the day to receive your official wrist band. The students will need to be at their own classrooms by 8:50 to be marked on the roll – there is a special code for off-site DECD related excursions – then meet us in the Music Room at 9a.m.

Our workshop venue, after the parade, has been changed to the Banquet Room of Festival Theatre, so there will be less walking and more time for eating and taking in the atmosphere of the day.

Please drop in to school on Monday or Tuesday if you have any questions, or email me at robyn.videon208@schools.sa.edu.au

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Classroom Music Term 2, 2017

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Choir Excursion nearly here.


The excursion is next Thursday, 18th May – Week 3

Thanks for getting permission notes and payments all done. I’ll chase up the last few in the next couple of days. See earlier post (March 22nd) for permission slip. Michelle sent an electronic Invoice for the $18 last term.

The number of parents who have volunteered to come along and help is fantastic. If the bus has room, all of you are welcome (up to date police checks are essential). If we are restricted with seats on the bus, I’ll ‘draw straws’ during choir. All parents who have offered to come will be notified of the outcome this week.

Having such willing and able assistants for excursions adds a lot of value to everyone’s experience of the day, so thank you very much.

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