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.
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.
Fantastic news for our school community. We have approval for the initial funding of a Blackburn High School STEM Centre of Excellence. This funding was part of the Andrew’s Governments 1.1billion dollar building initiative for schools that was announced recently.
As part of the Music for Mateship project, asking musicians across Australia to simultaneously play the Last Post and Reveille at dawn on Anzac Day this year, Year 12 student Ben Ball honoured his great-grandfather Jack Giggins, who died fighting for Australia during World War II. Speaking to Age reporter Carolyn Webb (The Age, 22 April 2020) Ben said he played for neighbours who were not able to attend Anzac marches and services this year because of coronavirus restrictions.