MUSIC, DRAMA, DANCE

Duncraig Secondary’s 2019 MaDD night has had an update to its title with the introduction of Dance! Join us on Tuesday 19 November at 7pm to see a showcase of Year 10 and 11 solo Music performances, Year 10 student-devised Drama performances and show-stopping routines performed by the St Stephen’s School Dance Company.

STRINGS ATTACHED

St Stephen’s School was proudly represented by three Classical Guitar ensembles at the recent WA Schools Classical Guitar Festival. Congratulations to our groups who were great ambassadors for the School!

Carramar – Secondary Guitar Ensemble achieved an ‘Excellent’ for their category.
Duncraig – Junior Guitar Ensemble achieved an ‘Outstanding’ for their category.
Duncraig – Senior Guitar Ensemble achieved an ‘Excellent’ for their category.

TUTTI FESTIVA

During the holidays a group of our musicians travelled to China to take part in Tutti Festiva, working in masterclasses and performing in festival honour groups with students from Australian and Chinese schools. As well as creating lifelong memories (such as performing on the Great Wall of China and listening to the Beijing Opera) the group was able to contribute to a local charity funding the education for children of migrant workers.

China Music Tour

During the holidays a group of our musicians travelled to China to rehearse and perform in “Tutti Festiva”. http://www.tuttibeijing.com/ They spent hours honing their own music skills in masterclasses as well as performing in festival honour groups with students from other Australian and Chinese schools. The festival was held at Kaiwen Academy – a new K-12 school built to educate 2000 students…as well as amazing Performing Arts facilities it also has an ice hockey rink… http://cy.kaiwenacademy.cn/en/

Educationally, this tour was an incredible opportunity for our musicians to reach the next level with their musicianship. The Tutti faculty included professional musicians working at elite levels as professors, conductors, composers and performers in Northern American, Chinese and Australian universities.

As well as creating lifelong memories such as performing on “The Great Wall of China” and listening to Beijing Opera and other musical performances from the faculty, our students, staff and school contributed to “The Dandelion Project”. This charity funds the education costs (including music) for the children of migrant workers as they are ineligible to access an education in Chinese schools. Overall, we were part of a $13500 donation!

Andre and I loved taking these wonderful musicians away to China. They were superb ambassadors for St Stephen’s School. We are very proud of what they achieved and we are excited to see how their experiences will feed back into the Music program. We would also like to acknowledge the wonderful work of Don Candy, who prepared the Classical guitars so well for the tour.

Please enjoy these photos:)

Mrs Andrea Stimpson – Director of Music
Mr Andre Bourgault – Music Teacher

BON VOYAGE

As we look towards the school holidays, we bid farewell to two tour groups taking the world by storm! The Indonesian Service Tour leaves to host cultural lessons, teach English and take part in activities with students and families from the Bali Life Foundation’s school for underprivileged kids.

Meanwhile, the International Music Tour sees a cross-campus group of Secondary students travel to Beijing, China for the Tutti World Youth Music Festival. Students will take part in rehearsals, masterclasses, concerts, sightseeing and will even perform on the Great Wall of China!

NIGHT TO REMEMBER

In an evening of jubilation, the Senior Music Concert brought the St Stephen’s School community together to celebrate the career of Mrs Marion Jamison. Marion is retiring after 24 years at St Stephen’s, with Friday’s concert seeing past and current students come together to thank Marion for her lasting impact on their lives.

Thanks for the memories, Mrs J!

Grease is the Word


Over 100 students across both campuses auditioned to be a part of next year’s musical, Grease. Our Drama teachers have been blown away by the sheer talent of our students, which will make for a slick production.

“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!” – Psalm 27:6