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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Information Night Monday 15th February

Our information night is online tonight. Link on the right. It’s a Department of Education Zoom meeting so if you want to attend you will need to sign in. It’s easy and free, and allows our meetings to run over 40 minutes.

Tonight you’ll meet director, Murray Jackson, and rock band director, Sean Windsor, as well as conductors, and Arts Captain Jasper. Any queries, please email Murray.Jackson5@det.nsw.edu.au and any difficulties joining the meeting, please text Anna on 0424 618 600.

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Welcome to 2021

For continuing students, our Music Ensemble Program rehearsals start from February 8th. The rehearsal schedule will be the same as last year.

For new students, our information night will be Monday 15th, February. Please indicate your interest by filling out our Expression of Interest form.

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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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BACK TO FACE TO FACE

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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MEP IN TERM FOUR

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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