Happy New Year

Welcome back to all our students and tutors.
The firsts MEP sub-committee meeting will be on the 18th of February, 7pm, in the new Boardroom.

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LAST CHANCE TO HEAR OUR MEP STUDENTS PLAY FOR 2018

MEP end of year final

Our final concert for the year promises to be fantastic. All the ensembles have worked extremely hard and are looking forward to playing for you all — so see you at the School Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 21st November.

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Rose Bay Rocks Concerts

Looking forward to seeing you all at Junior Rose Bay Rocks and Senior Rose Bay Rocks on Wednesday November 14th and Thursday 15th November respectively. Our students have been working hard and are really looking forward to playing to a capacity crowd so make sure you spread the word! 

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BayFest 18 delivers great music, sun and fun, and much fundraising

Our third annual BayFest entertained hundreds of festival goers in the plaza on Sunday 16th September. Among the crowd was legendary drummer and musician rights’ activist Lindy Morrison. Lindy has worked with many of our students at Waverley Council’s Bondi Wave program and presented the inaugural Lindy Morrison Young Women in Music Encouragement Award to year 11 student Mia Folli for her ‘musical skill, commitment and team work’.

Lindy Morrison with Mia Folli BayFest 2018

Playing their last ever gig at school was popular Year 12 band, Hot Heads, who performed to a very enthusiastic crowd. Other highlights of the day included the Percussion Ensemble and our newest ensemble Rose Vox, as well as stellar performances from Senior and Junior Concert Bands who didn’t miss a beat even during gale-force winds. The plaza was filled with a fun, festival atmosphere as people enjoyed the music, the sun, as well as the stalls, the food, the information stalls and drinking coffee and/or chai out of RBSC keep cups thanks to the environment committee.

This year BayFest was also supported by the Woollahra Council Community and Cultural Grants Program. We were delighted to welcome headspace, WAYS and Wayside Op Shop into the school as well as Rev Graham Anson from Wayside Chapel, Woollahra Mayor Peter Cavanagh, Cr Paul Mitchell, Cr Lucinda Regan. Also attending BayFest were Waverley Council Cr Paula Masselos, Marjorie O’Neill, ALP candidate for Coogee, and the newly-announced ALP candidate for Wentworth, Tim Murray.

A lot of effort went into the fundraising this year and our silent auction was particularly successful. Many thanks to all the people and businesses who donated items to the silent auction as well as Gelato Messina, Allpress Coffee, Nudie Juice, Bondi Chai and Harris Farm. We have only got rough sums but it’s looking like we raised $8,000 for the MEP.

A big thank you to Mr Godby, Ms Godby, Ms Vine, Mr Flack, Ms Cave, Ms Waser, Ms Westbrook, Mr Carter, Mr Waugh, Ms Moon, Mr Jimenez and all the other school staff who supported the day. We’d also like to thank Murray Jackson, David Power and Sean Windsor for their constant hard work and support.

Thanks to Phil Moore, Merran Hughes, Jayne Hughes, Sue Humberstone, Elli Faktor, Anne-Louise Falson, John Mikler and Merran Lang who put so much work into making the day a success. Andrew Grogan and his daughter Eleni who managed the finance desk. And Andrew Worssam who took these heart-stoppingly beautiful photographs all day. We’ll work out a way for you all to see them shortly.

BayFest creates a number of opportunities – our talented students perform, we showcase our bands and ensembles, and we connect our school to the local community – but it’s also a great day out. Thank you for coming and showing your support for the MEP and for the school.

We want to know what you think. Please take a few minutes to fill in our survey and tell us how you thought BayFest worked and/or could be improved. Follow the link: BayFest 18 survey

 

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Incredible Items for Raffle and Silent Auction at BayFest

Businesses far and wide have donated highly-prized items to be auctioned at BayFest on Sunday September 16th. Read below to find out what will be auctioned on the day.

Empire Lounge: Dine at Empire Lounge voucher for Four People. Named after the 1938 flying boats, the Empire Lounge is part departure lounge, part luxurious lounge and cocktail bar. We guarantee that not only is there currently nothing like it in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, there never will be. Open for Breakfast and Lunch, the appealing menu includes breakfast staples like smashed avocado and roasted hazelnut muesli, and lunchtime favourites such as freshly-shucked oysters, quinoa and rocket salad, croque monsieur and pan-fried snapper. Empire Lounge approx $200

Oxford Art Factory: Gold Pass for two people to attend 12 events in 12 months. The Oxford Art Factory is a two room, live music venue that has re-shaped entertainment in Sydney. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York during the 60s, the venue creates a cultural focal point for international and local artists, providing them with a world-class platform from which to showcase their talents.
Oxford Art Factory approx $500

Bondi Bowling Club: lawn bowls voucher for 10 people with drink on arrival valued at $250. A new scene is emerging in a beautiful 1930s clubhouse, secreted away in the back-streets of Australia’s most famous beachside suburb. This is a spacious historical site, programmed with a small bar mentality. Bondi Bowlo can be found at Barracluff Park, (Corner of Old South Head Rd) Warners Ave, North Bondi NSW 2026 Bondi Bowling Club $250

Two photographic prints by Tobi Wilkinson: Tobi Wilkinson is a Sydney-based fine art photographer who works predominantly with black and white film and handcrafts her prints on fibre-based paper in a traditional wet darkroom. Tobi has had work hung in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Olive Cotton Awards and the Blake Prize Director’s Cut as well as several private exhibitions. Since 2008 Tobi has been engaged in a study of the Gyuto Monks of Tibet, photographing them in their monastery in Dharamsala, on location around Australia as well as in her studio in Surry Hills. In 2009 Tobi was the official photographer on the Australian tour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Tobi Wilkinson Photography $800 each

Two x Let’s Go Surfing vouchers 1.5hr surfing instruction gift certificate: Bondi’s only officially licensed surf school on Australia’s most famous beach with a team of passionate and experienced Surf Instructors who have been changing lives one wave at a time since 1995. 1.5 hour lessons are designed for kids 7-15 years who want to surf on the weekend. A team of experienced PE teachers and sports scientists have designed all programs to provide education, maximum fun and safety, that covers the basics from warm-up to paddling, catching waves and standing while also catering to intermediate and advanced students (technique refinement and style improvement). Your kids will also learn important surf and safety rules including info on rips, tides, sandbanks and waves. Let’s Go Surfing $49.00 each

Sean’s Panaroma gift voucher: This ‘salty jewel’ of a restaurant at the north end of Campbell Parade first opened in 1993 and has been delighting restaurant goers ever since. An intimate 45 seat restaurant that serves comforting home-style food balanced with modern tastes, while the golden sands of North Bondi are beautifully framed by the restaurant windows. Sean’s Panaroma $250

Flying Yogis Bondi Junction teen yoga course gift voucher: Located in Bondi Junction, the Flying Yogis have created unique programmes that incorporate yoga’s mindfulness with Gym and Acro’s agility and coordination for kids and teenagers. This gives young people fun ways to gain all the tools needed to cope with their hectic lives: focus; trust; confidence; cooperation; self-esteem, awareness; resilience and fearlessness in a completely non-competitive environment. Unit 12/ 5-11 Hollywood Avenue Bondi Junction. Phone: (02) 9386 0031 Flying Yogis $260

Sage Beauty 60min facial + LED treatment: This treatment offers you a gentle nurturing experience for you to rest and relax, and to experience a deep calming hydration for your skin and a renewal of your energy levels. Our therapists will be giving you a gentle deeply cleansing treatment, a clay or antioxidant mask, a wonderful foot and leg massage, followed by a hydrating mask, a hydrating decollete massage and to finish this relaxing treatment, a personally chosen serum and moisturising treatment to suit your skins’ needs. Includes LED light therapy with its ability to help your skin age gracefully by repairing skin damage and superficial wrinkles, treating acne, improving circulation and promoting skin rejuvenation. Sage Beauty $230

One Summer Music Workshop at The Music Suite in Rose Bay: The Music Suite has been providing music lessons to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for over 10 years. Our aim is to instil our love of music on every student we have the pleasure of teaching. The jewel in our crown is undoubtedly our summer camp. Four straight days of nothing but music, our workshops provide a fun environment for all participants to improve their skill on their current instruments, learn the fundamentals of other instruments and meet new friends who also share a passion for all things music. Value TBC

Two tickets to The Gentlemen Magician’s Magical Soiree at Sir Stamford Hotel, Circular Quay: Every Friday and Saturday, at 7.03 (approx), Bruce Glen, a gentleman magician entertains in this unique Sydney experience for adults but not necessarily grown ups (ages 12+). Champagne and canapes, followed by sophisticated magic and storytelling. $150

Sound engineering and studio recording time: Three hours’ sound engineering from David Walsh worth approximately $500 and five hours’ studio time worth $300. David Walsh is a seven-time winner of the Ampex Golden Reel Award, and has worked with a diverse range of musicians from international acts like Elton John, The Clash and Kiss, to local bands Cold Chisel, INXS and Richard Clapton. The studio hire at Bondi Pavilion Studios will include: music room plus studio @$34 per hour, induction (house engineer for 2 hours @ $60) – $120 (essential when using an external engineer), and backline @ $15 per instrument if necessary. $800

Acoustic guitar, case and strap: Prestige Musical Instruments Bondi Junction $250.00

Two A Reserve tickets valid for any standard subscription SSO concert: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra comprises 96 permanent musicians under the direction of Chief Conductor David Robertson, performing under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House and regularly throughout Sydney, regional NSW and internationally. In 150 or so concerts each year, the SSO presents masterpieces from the classical repertoire, music by some of the finest living composers, and collaborations with guest artists from all genres – reflecting the orchestra’s versatility and diverse appeal to a combined annual audience of more than 350,000.The SSO is committed to supporting the next generation of musicians and making music accessible to all. Projects include the award-winning TunED-Up!™, which supports primary school teachers in developing music programs in their schools, and mentoring young musicians through Playerlink regional orchestral workshops. Through its Music4Health program, the SSO has also worked with health and community organisations such as the Autism Advisory Board. Sydney Symphony Orchestra $250.00

2 x tickets to The Tap Pack Saturday 3rd November: Energetic, amusing and stylish, The Tap Pack sees some of Australia’s most talented cabaret performers at the peak of their powers. Immerse yourself in this modern twist on the classic moves, tunes and banter in the style of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. In the Studio Sydney Opera House $158.00

AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES

First Prize

Three Blue Ducks: $150 voucher and a signed copy of Real Food                 TOTAL $190

This Bronte neighbourhood restaurant is a good news story about great food, born in the surf! It all started with three good mates travelling the world, cultivating ideas around a better, more sustainable approach to living. Somewhere there, in a shared belief in good ethical food – Three Blue Ducks was hatched. We returned to Bronte to live alongside sun and surf and soon our crew of three grew to six. We became friends organically over our love of sharing great food with no frills, cooking, fishing and surfing together whilst maintaining an ethical and sustainable business of which we are amazingly proud.

Second Prize

Sage Beauty 90min massage voucher                      TOTAL $175

Sage Beauty is a compact holistic hideaway with a spectacular vista of Bondi Beach. Located in North Bondi, it retains its peacefulness and a sense of charm. At Sage Beauty, we offer only highly respected organic skincare, body care and mineral make-up. Remedial massage treatments are not only needed for alleviating pain and managing injuries, but are also a wonderful way to relax and restore energy.

Third Prize

2 x tickets to Disenchanted and Bondi Chai gift pack         TOTAL $100

Witty, musical and totally original, Disenchanted is a cabaret of fairy tales for adults. You will be transported to a 17th Century Parisian salon, hosted by the Godmother of fairy tales Madame d’Aulnoy. Here, you will be entertained, amused and aroused by a cast of curious characters who gather to re-tell folk tales with a twist. The wolf from Red Riding Hood tells you what’s real and what’s not; the dead wives from Bluebeard sing their song of warning; the goose from Jack in the Beanstalk laments her fate; the real story of the three little pigs is revealed, the ugly sisters tell their side of the story… and more. Featuring the writing and performance talents of Eliane Morel (principal singer with Opera Bites and creator of Madam Long), musical direction and accompaniment by Daryl Wallis (Leonard Cohen’s Koans, Ali and the Thieves) and costumes by Mark Steele (choreographer to Les Girls), you are guaranteed a night of fun. Come dressed as your favourite fairy tale character for a chance to win a prize, and hang around afterwards for cake and champagne. $60 

Bondi Chai mixed chai latte gift pack including keep cup Bondi Chai is the Gold Standard in chai latte.  A silk-smooth creaminess and ‘almost addictive’ taste make Bondi Chai one of Australia’s favourite drinks, enhancing the best moments of every day. A premium quality chai latte pre-mix combining black tea extract and a complex blend of ‘comfort spices’, milk, honey and sugar that have made it the most awarded chai latte in Australia.            $40

Fourth Prize

City Recital Hall 2 tickets to a Little Lunch Music  and $50 gift voucher to The Bucket List  TOTAL $80.00

Drop in for City Recital Hall’s long running series of lunchtime concerts, A Little Lunch Music. Each concert is an hour of musical escapism performed by some of Australia’s best artists, curated by Kathryn Selby AM, Artistic Director of this series. Take your pick from one our events in 2018-2019, and return to the rest of your day feeling uplifted and inspired. $30

Situated on arguably one of the world’s most famous beaches, you will find The Bucket List set within the iconic Bondi Pavilion – a great place for a meal or a drink, and watch the world go by. The Bucket List is open for lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks seven days a week. $50

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BAYFEST 16 September 2018

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MEP mid-winter concerts

Our great mid-year concerts are coming soon: our MEP ensembles will be playing on Wednesday 20th June and our MEP rockbands playing on Thursday 21st June.

6pm in the School Hall.

Pizza by the slice will be on sale as will home-baked goodies to help raise much-appreciated funds for the MEP. We look forward to seeing you, your gold coins and your delicious baked goods there!

 

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