Let Freedom Swing

Some of our Year 7s recently participated in the program Let Freedom Swing, run by the Lincoln Centre in New York. Due to Covid restrictions, the program this year was held online with students from around the world learning about the blues and submitting ideas and questions that were then turned into an Election Day concert streamed from New York. One of our students, Akeira Somphananpanya, had part or her work read out towards the end.

Blackburn High School Music Concert Series

The students and ensembles of BHS cannot currently perform live to audiences, so we have taken it online with the release of the first two of our online concert series. Featuring soloists and ensembles from across the program, the concerts give a taste of the great work that our musical community has been undertaking.

Newsletter – Issue 5

During Term 4, we welcomed back all students and staff to onsite learning and teaching following the COVID lockdown. There was an understandable level of both excitement and anticipation on the return to school but, from all accounts, it has been a very smooth and positive transition.

Issue 4 – 21st September 2020

Outstanding Effort with Remote Learning & Teaching On behalf the Assistant Principals Ms Gachon and Mr Geoff Vezey, and myself, I would like to congratulate and thank the Blackburn High School community for working together and navigating through all the challenges presented by this disrupted remote and flexible learning period. The health, wellbeing and academic progress of our students has been, and will always continue to be, at the forefront of the School’s decision making. We would like to acknowledge our wonderful students for the patience, resilience and positive manner in which they continue to adapt to remote learning. In addition, I would like to thank our dedicated and committed teachers and education support staff who have steadfastly supported the students. Finally, well done also, to our fantastic parents and carers who have been important partners in this process.

Newsletter – Issue 3

Congratulations to the Blackburn High School community for the manner in which we have navigated through the challenging COVID-19 lockdown period. There was a real sense of excitement and anticipation for everyone when the students returned back to onsite learning and teaching recently. From all accounts, it was very smooth and positive and we are slowly getting back to some sense of normality.

Newsletter – Issue 2

I warmly welcome back the students, staff and parents from the nine weeks of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and congratulate all of our students for their effort and hard work throughout this period.

We still need to maintain our vigilance to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our school community, as directed by the Chief Health Officer and Education Department. Please continue to read the weekly Newsfeeds, as they contain important information and updates.

Newsletter – Issue 1

The Principal Team warmly welcomed the students, teachers and education support staff at the two school assemblies conducted on Thursday, 30th January. We have had a very positive and smooth start to the 2020 school year at Blackburn High School and acknowledge the students who have been fantastic during the mentor sessions, assemblies and classes.

BHS performs at Essentially Ellington, NY

In 2020, Jazz at Lincoln Center was set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Essentially Ellington (EE) festival held in New York City. For the first time in history the renowned festival will instead be held virtually due to COVID-19. With EE going virtual this year, the lineup has expanded from the usual 18 US bands set to perform. This year, five international youth jazz bands from across the world were sent special invitations to perform at this year’s festival; one of them, the incredible Blackburn High School Big Band from Melbourne, Australia.

Deep Blue Ocean, Science Talent Search 2020

Deep Blue Ocean, Science Talent Search 2020 This project aims to encourage an interest in science and STEM among our younger people to become fascinated by our planet’s oceans, which cover two-thirds of its surface and help control its weather systems and the make-up of the atmosphere. Categories Available Experimental research Working models Inventions Posters…

Senior Jazz Orchestra represents Australia

Blackburn High Schools’ Senior Jazz Orchestra will join jazz supremo Wynton Marsalis when they become the first band in the southern hemisphere to participate at this year’s Essentially Ellington competition in New York City.

The most prestigious event of its type in the world, Essentially Ellington is celebrating its 25th anniversary and would normally be staged live at Lincoln Centre, but has taken the opportunity to move to an online festival during COVID.