Anzac Day Dawn Service and Valentine Anzac Day Service
Twenty dedicated members of our Warners Bay High School Choir provided the music for the Speers Point Anzac Day Dawn Service. Several members of the Choir then attended the Valentine Lions Club Anzac Day Service. The choir sang the National Anthem and led the community in hymns throughout the service. Members of the choir sang beautifully. This is a special way for students to show gratitude to our servicemen and women and an important connection with the community.
Two of our Warners Bay High School rock bands, ``The Bay Boys'' and “Industry Plant'' won places through a rigorous audition process, to perform at the prestigious Bandwidth Competition hosted by Hunter School of the Performing Arts. Our students gave dynamic performances with Calum B in Year 7 receiving an honorable mention for his virtuosic guitar playing and performance skills.
Our dynamic Rock Band “Puerile” performed with charisma and energy at the statewide rock band competition, Youth Rock. Youth Rock is hosted at the Bankstown Sports Club and televised via a live link. The students worked with dedication to compose and perform four original songs for this competition.
Triple J Unearthed High
Our fantastic rock band, “King Fusion” was selected for Triple J Unearthed High. The students' compositions went into the Triple J Unearthed High charts to be voted upon by the general public for the selection of Triple J Unearthed High winners. This is quite an accolade as competition is fierce within this nationwide event.
This excursion to the music showcase ENCORE played a crucial role in preparing Stage 6 students for their HSC performances. Our Year 11 and Year 12 Music students experienced world class performances by selected HSC students from the 2021 Music cohort. This excursion both educated and inspired our HSC Music students.
African Drumming Incursion
Year 7 students enjoyed an exciting and vibrant incursion by the African Drumming Group, Salaka. Teachers and students alike were called upon to improvise performances and experience the joy and energy of the unique cultural experience of African Drumming.
School Formal Assemblies
Selected Music students from all years conducted themselves with maturity and creativity withr performances at the Warners Bay High School Formal Assemblies. The Formal Assemblies are prestigious events that recognise students achievements. The Music staff were very proud of the young musicians who provided examples to the school and community of the high level of musicianship being nurtured at Warners Bay High School. Our Formal Assemblies celebrate and commemorate important events in the school and community calendar such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and NAIDOC Day Assemblies, and Student Executive Induction Assemblies.
Warners Bay High School was very well represented at the Regional Performing Arts showcase Star Struck. Our students shone in their allocated roles and gave dynamic and musical performances. Students successfully represented the school as Back Up singers, in the Core Choir and in the Star Struck Orchestra. One of our teaching staff also represented the school as the Assistant Choir Director.
Biddabah Spring Fair
Our Big Band and Rock Band provided entertainment for the day at the Biddabah Spring Fair. The students had opportunities to develop their busking and performance skills. The Biddabah Spring Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for the students to showcase their performance skills and provide important links to the community and partner Primary Schools.
Rotary Autumn Fair
The Warners Bay High School Stage and Concert Bands were invited to perform at the inaugural Rotary Autumn Fair. Thirty of our talented Music students performed in the Speers Point Park Rotunda, showcasing to the community the excellent level of musicianship being achieved by the Warners Bay High School Music Ensembles.
MAD Night, HSC MAD Night
Warners Bay High School Music Ensembles, Music and Entertainment students enthusiastically curated and performed at excellent MAD Night Showcases in Terms Two, Three and Four. The students put together an outstanding concert, wowing and engaging audiences with their stage presence and unique and creative representation of modern contemporary music.
Year 11 Showcase
Year 11 students combined with the Year 11 Hospitality class to design and deliver a Music Showcase for families and friends. The Year 11 Hospitality class honed their food preparation and service skills by providing homemade cakes, slices and hot beverages to the audience. This cross-curricular event was an excellent way for students to prepare for HSC Music and develop their skills for entering the workforce.
Senior Musician of the Year
Congratulations to two of our Year 11 Music students who will share the honour and responsibility of Senior Musician of the Year in 2023. Both students have shown unyielding commitment to Music at Warners Bay High School and excellence in their musical studies.
Stage 6 HSC Music Results
The Music Department impressed with their HSC results in 2022. All of these showcases and opportunities described previously contributed to outstanding HSC results; four Band 6’s and 10 Band 5’s.
Morton Rotary Scholarships
Congratulations to two of our students who were successful recipients of the Morton Rotary Scholarship 2022. The students auditioned for the Scholarship in front of a panel of three judges. As successful recipients, they were presented with their scholarship money and certificates at a concert where they performed with style and confidence at the Belmont Christian College auditorium in front of both community and Rotary Club members.
Musician of the Month
Every month an outstanding Elective Music student is chosen as the Musician of the Month. Musician of the month students are presented with a certificate and a gift voucher. This is a token of appreciation and recognition of our fabulous, hard-working Music students at Warners Bay High School.
The WBHS Big Band performed with confidence and style at the Lake Macquarie Bandfest Eisteddfod. They were awarded a commended place. This was a great way to end a fantastic year.
Choralfest provided opportunities for Choir members to compete and perform. The Warners Bay High School Choir gave a confident and musical performance earning a Highly Commended Award.
Warners Bay High School Music Ensembles
The Warners Bay High School Music Ensembles consist of Choir, Big Band and the Rock Band program. Our Music Ensembles operate outside class time and are an important opportunity for High Potential and Gifted Music students to extend their skills. Our dedicated Music Teachers work tirelessly outside normal school hours to provide these opportunities for the talented and dedicated Warners Bay High School students.
High Potential and Gifted Education Music Program
Students from our partner primary schools came and engaged in our High Potential and Gifted Education Music program. The students joined the Big Band rehearsals and then participated in Composition, Music Technology and Performance opportunities including watching a special concert given by our Music elective students. The program highlight was a combined performance with the Big Band at the Term Four MAD Night. The program provided important opportunities for extension Music students and built connections and friendships with our partner Primary Schools.
School Musical "Runway, Run Away"
Our Music Elective students and Tech Team joined the Drama students to produce the fantastic Musical "Runway, Run Away". The fifteen piece music ensemble worked tirelessly to help to bring the show to life with fantastic music performances and flawless sound and stage management. The musical was performed over two evenings with a matinee for our partner Primary Schools, resulting in a wonderful opportunity for family, friends and the wider community to see students perform in a co-ordinated large scale event.
Big Band Incursion
The newly formed Big Band started the year with a team building Music Incursion. The Big Band worked on new repertoire throughout the day culminating in a concert for students and the band member parents. The incursion was a great success providing the opportunity for the extension of instrumental and performance skills.
Sounds of Colour- High Potential and Gifted Education Program
The inaugural Creative Arts High Potential and Gifted Education Program "Sounds of Colour" was a special event for our exceptional students at Warners Bay High school and the CAPA Faculty to collaborate and celebrate the talents of our creative arts students. This Creative Arts High Potential and Gifted Education Program engaged students across Years 7-11, who attended a full day workshop at the MAP mima space, a full day Incursion at Warners Bay High School and several concurrent workshops after school on Monday afternoons. Music students drawn from the Rock Band program along with our dedicated Tech Team worked tirelessly to produce a dynamic concert in the innovative MAP MIMA space. Students worked hands on with MAP MIMA Curator Pippa Budge and Cultural Experiences Officer Jessica Lakatosh, local artist Wanjun Carpenter, who has also completed an artist in residency at MAP MIMA, and collected sounds and imagery from the area, many of which were immersed into the installation.
The Music Sound Team composed an electric sound scape that accompanied an Art Installation created by the Art students. This event was a celebration of High Potential and Gifted Students and provided a real world experience and an opportunity to showcase our students to the broader community.