Happy Holidays

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

I’m sure you have heard plenty about what an unusual and difficult year it has been.

All of which is true, but this is not to say that all of it was bad. 

There have been many positives to come out of this year and the performances you see below are a testament to that. 

The MEP would like to say a heartfelt thank you all of you for sticking it out and being there with us at the end. It’s been a tough year and we hope a singular one. It’s unlikely we will experience anything similar again, but we trust your teamwork, your spirit and the sense of purpose you exhibited these past months will continue into the future.

Have a great break and a happy and safe Christmas.

With love and gratitude. 

Murray Jackson.

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MEP end of year concerts

Our music ensembles will be performing for each other on Wednesday 2nd December and Thursday 3rd December. This will be a COVID-safe performance with appropriate social distancing on stage and in the audience, with the audience organised in year levels.

Due to COVID no parents are able to attend but the concerts will be filmed and shared with the parents via YouTube at some point in the future. For those parents picking up children, they should arrange to meet their children outside of school grounds after the concert.

Wednesday concert is on 5-7pm. Performing on the night (but not in this order) are Junior Concert Band, Junior Stage Band, String Ensemble, Senior Concert Band, Senior Stage Band, Percussion Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble

Thursday concert is on 4-6pm. All rock bands will be performing.

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All rehearsals and instrument tuition is returning to face to face. Information about rehearsal times and locations will be emailed and a strict Covid safety plan will be in place.

The Covid safety plan for the MEP has been completed and is available here

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Following the latest guidelines from the Department of Education, we are pleased to announce that private instrument tuition will resume onsite at the school from Week 2 next term.

We are confident we will be able to resume ensemble rehearsals early in Term 4, however, there are several logistical details that we need to sort out first. Kelly Vine and Murray will work through a Covid-safety plan for the MEP in Week 1, with particular reference to the latest risk assessments. We will update you about a timetable for rehearsals to resume as soon as we can and appreciate your patience and support in the meantime.

Any questions, enquiries or concerns to Murray (murray.jackson5@det.nsw.edu.au) or me (anna@cartwheelpartners.com).

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Term Three Update Take Two

MEP face-to-face rehearsals and tuition have temporarily been suspended in keeping with the NSW Department of Education’s guidelines. Keep an eye out for updates via email as rehearsals transition to online. Tutors will be in touch with their students individually.

At the August 4th P&C AGM, the following parents were voted successfully onto the MEP subcommittee: Anna McFarlane, Chair, Erica Vorsay, Secretary, Andrew Grogan, Treasurer.

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Term Three Update

All rehearsals have resumed as of Tuesday 21st July. Please contact your tutor if you haven’t heard from them regarding instrument tuition.

Piano tutor, Daniel May, has taken a full-time position at a regional school for terms three and four. We’d like to thank him for all his hard work over the last few years and look forward to welcoming him back in 2021. Until then, we will be welcoming piano tutor Steve Barry to our school. Dr Steve Barry is a pianist, organist, composer and improviser, and a sessional lecturer in improvisation and jazz piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. We are delighted to be welcoming him to MEP.

Finally, we would like to remind parents to pay or part-pay their fees as soon as possible. If there are any issues with invoicing or payment, please contact our administrator, Jo Lia at Joanne.Lia1@det.nsw.edu.au

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We’re back!

All face-to-face ensemble rehearsals and instrument tuition will resume at school from Monday 15th June.

Hand sanitiser and wipes are available in the MEP rooms. Students will need to apply hand sanitiser at the beginning and end of each session. All high contact areas and shared instruments will be wiped clean after each session.

Please contact your respective tutor should you need to clarify times or location and check the rehearsal schedules to confirm your rehearsal times.

Our MEP team have worked tirelessly over the last few months and we’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and adaptability.

We really look forward to seeing you all again at school.

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Mid-term 2 update

With school returning full time from Monday 25th May, the MEP will not be able to run online rehearsals before, during or immediately after school. As a result, the conductors have set up online-only activities for the remainder of Term 2. The primary focus of this will be a cloud-application called Soundtrap. This is a platform that will allow the students to record themselves with their ensembles online.

Students will be required to check in with their conductors for a 15 minute Zoom meeting each week to discuss, debrief and problem solve. These sessions will be organised by the conductors for a time when all members of the ensemble can participate. The conductors will be posting weekly video tutorials with instructions for all activities in the Google Classrooms.

The new online arrangements will start from Monday 1st June. Each student has been sent an invite to participate in the relevant ensembles. Please check your relevant Google Classroom or with Murray or Sean if you have not received any communication.

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Subcommittee Meetings

We aren’t currently able to conduct P&C meetings due to current restrictions and P&C constitutional issues. We will let you know as soon as the MEP subcommittee can officially meet until then any queries regarding fees can be sent to our administrator Joanne Lia (Joanne.lia1@det.nsw.edu.au).

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MEP online

MEP is up and running again. If you are in Concert Band or Stage Band and you haven’t received your invitation to join in your ensemble, please message Murray. If you are in Rock Band or Fundamentals and you haven’t received your invitation to join, please contact Sean.

Choir and Percussion Ensemble rehearsals are taking place once a week using video conferencing software. And all instrument tuition has moved to video conferencing software. If you have any questions, please contact your tutor direct.

And stay tuned for further updates …

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