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||2012 Band Report
Read Mr Keogh's band report for 2012
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expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
– Victor Hugo
"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." –
Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of taking twenty six remarkable little
beings on a trip to Terranora, the Gold Coast and Dream World. It was, in many
ways the culmination of an amazing year. I have been delighted with everything
we have achieved this year. I would like to thank the staff of the school for
their flexibility and support. I would like to acknowledge and congratulate your
children. They have been a pleasure to work with.
It’s all about the journey.
While the GPS Band has performed regularly this
year, to me the emphasis is on the journey. We have an active Beginner Band of
approximately twenty students. Many of them will be the basis of what should be
a very successful 2013 Senior Band. I hope they have all enjoyed the journey as
much as I have. We should start the year with a Senior Band of about forty five
students. This year we started with nine so things are looking good.
This year our band has performed as school assemblies, Education Day Book
Reading in the Park, the Frog Pond Opening at GPS, as part of the Senior
Citizens mini tour to retirement villages in Grafton, the GPS School Fete, at
Terranora and Dream World and our GPS Presentation Day 2012. We will be
performing at a shopping centre concert and at our Infants Xmas Concert. Credit
where credit is due The instrumental staff, from the Clarence Valley
Conservatorium, have been great. Peter, Sharon, Kris and Jake have been
fantastic. Garret Salter came on board late and has been a real asset. I have
loved their enthusiasm and commitment. I could not ask for a better team.
Saying goodbye to a few
It is with a tinge of sadness that we farewell our Year 6 students. We are only
losing a few. They have been terrific. I hope they have the opportunity to
pursue music next year where ever they end up.
I am absolutely pumped. Terranora will be
visiting us. If you have not heard our school choir, you should. It is amazing.
There is talk of a tour and the choir are keen to join us if it can be arranged.
have moments of madness. I have dreamt up a plan for a fundraiser that, if the
logistics can be sorted will be an absolute ripper. I may need some help.
Currently it is in ‘Secret Squirrel’ mode as it is an original idea that others
would steal. I will keep you posted.
My thank you list
I would like to publicly thank Mr Randall for his support and his ability to
‘think outside the square’. He has given me unconditional support. (Principals
like this are a rare breed indeed.)
I would like to thank Mrs Robertson (the engine room of GPS). Her behind the
scenes work has been amazing.
I would like to again thank the GPS staff (what a team!). I would also like to
acknowledge my trusty sidekicks Miss Rhonda, Miss Karen and Miss Selina who came
on our trip away and were
I would like to thank the delightful group of children that have been a
pleasure to work with. Obviously they are well supported at home. Thank you. My
mum and dad were not flushed with funds. They went without to ensure that all of
their five children were given the gift of music. It is a gift that I have
always treasured and one that I enjoy sharing. I guess it was a gift that keeps
giving. It is a gift that you, in turn, are offering to your children.
I guess Plato said it all when he said,
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the
imagination, and life to everything."
Have a safe, enjoyable break. See you next year.