Message from Sean Windsor, Rock Band Director

Hope everyone is well and coping with this latest lockdown ok.

Rock Band will be transitioning to our online format for the time being. We will be back to regular rehearsals asap, but in the meantime, we will be using Google Classroom to communicate and Zoom to have a weekly catch-up.

Each band has its own Classroom. You should either still be members of your class from last year, or you should have received an invite if you have changed bands or are new to the program this year. Please check your education emails and make sure you join your class right away. Keep an eye on your Classroom over the coming days, as we will be posting messages for you there. Remember to keep all interactions on Classroom appropriate and in line with the regular code of conduct for RBSC.

Bands will be given music to practice and assignments involving writing original songs and recording etc. Each band will have a short Zoom meeting each week, to check on the progress of these assignments. I will send out one Zoom link, which will be used for all the Zoom meetings. Students will need to join the meeting at their scheduled time (to be worked out via Google Classroom) and will be admitted into the meeting from the waiting room.

Students will need to be logged into Zoom using their education email. No personal accounts can be used and students attempting to join using a personal account will be asked to leave and login again with the correct account.

Please let me know if you have any questions. As I said, we will be posting info on your Classrooms in the coming days, so please make sure you check in there often.

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No MEP rehearsals 12th to 16th July

All MEP rehearsals to be postponed next week as we continue to work and learn from home.

Please keep an eye out for more communication as we will be monitoring the situation and Murray will send through another update next week.

Tutors may be able to give instrument tuition remotely, so please contact your child’s tutor to confirm whether or not individual instrument lessons will be held online.

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TIMMY TRUMPET SHOUT OUT

World famous DJ and trumpeter, Timmy Trumpet, has taken a moment from his busy schedule to send an encouraging message to our MEP students. Check out @rbscmepofficial

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Concert Success

Thanks to everyone who came to our concert series last week especially the Rose Bay SC teachers Mrs Archer, Ms Vine and Mr Shakobei, our conductors and tutors and our esteemed leaders, Murray Jackson and Sean Windsor.

Thanks to all the parents who helped on the night including Merran Hughes, Andrew Grogan and Erica Vorsay.

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Update on Mid-winter Concerts

We have a handful of tickets left which we are making available to anyone who wants an extra ticket. Follow the booking links below

Rose Bay Rocks, June 9th – https://www.trybooking.com/BRQYG

Ensembles Concert, June 10th – https://www.trybooking.com/BRDRF

Thanks to our resourceful treasurer Andrew Grogan, we have also been certified by Service NSW so entry is via gold coin donation or you can redeem your unused Dine and Discover voucher (they expire on June 30th) in exchange for 4 free soft drinks and entry.

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Link to Concert Tickets

Due to Covid restrictions there will be limitations on the number of tickets, with only one per student for the Rose Bay Rocks concert on June 9th and two tickets per student for the MEP concert on June 10th. Both concerts start at 6pm and will be at the School Hall.

Rose Bay Rocks – https://www.trybooking.com/BRQYG

Ensembles – https://www.trybooking.com/BRDRF

This will be our first opportunity in 18 months to fundraise for the MEP so bring your gold coin donation and be prepared to enthusiastically support our raffle which will be held over the two nights. Prizes include a Bunnings voucher worth $200, a $50 Westfield voucher and a personally signed copy of Bill Granger’s immensely popular cookbook, Australian Food.

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UPCOMING MID-YEAR CONCERTS

We’re delighted to be returning to face to face concerts. All our bands will perform in two concerts over two nights at the school.

All rock bands will perform at Rose Bay Rocks on Wednesday June 9th.

Junior concert band, junior stage band, senior concert band, senior stage band, Rose Vox, percussion ensemble, string ensemble, jazz ensemble and vocal ensemble will perform at our MEP mid-winter concert on Thursday June 10th.

Venue: School Hall

Time: 6pm

Entry by donation and fundraising raffle at the door though in keeping with current Department of Education Covid guidelines, the concerts will be ticketed and no food or drink can be sold on the night. Information on how to buy tickets will be sent out closer to the event.

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New MEP members and a new initiative

We are on a drive to recruit new members for MEP so please tell your friends/children it’s not too late to join and encourage them to express interest with the EOI form on our website. And if you know anyone who is keen to join MEP but might not have any musical experience, can you please ask them to email Murray (murray.jackson5@det.nsw.edu.au)? We have an exciting initiative starting up next term to encourage and support budding musicians.

At last night’s P&C AGM, Andrew Grogan (treasurer), Erica Vorsay (secretary) and Anna McFarlane (chair) were returned to their roles on the subcommittee. If you want to get involved too, don’t despair. There are still plenty of opportunities. Come to our next MEP meeting at 7pm on 3rd May (on Zoom until further notice) and meet the team and find out more.

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MEP is a registered Creative Kids provider

Remember to apply for your Creative Kids vouchers to get $100 off your MEP fees through Service NSW. Send the voucher through to rbsc.mep.vouchers@gmail.com with the following information:
1. Student’s name  exactly as it appears on the Creative Kids voucher.
2. Student’s date of birth
3. Creative Kids voucher number

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Info Night 2021 video

Many thanks to Murray, Sean, Anna, John, Alysa and Cassy who have addressed the questions from parents and students. The recording is here for those who could not make it.

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