Centennial CD “Not Goodbye”
Within the Music department we are continually striving to provide students with a diverse number of options to help them develop their interest in music. Currently we have a number of performing groups as follows:
Conducted by Helen Charlton, the St Bede’s Senior Choir is made up of Year 9-13 students. They are committed to rehearse at least once a week and take part in school assemblies, variety concerts and the annual Secondary Schools Big Sing Competition.
Auditioned in the first week of the school year, all Year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Choir. Once selected, they are required to rehearse one form time a week towards a performance at Nazareth House.
Orchestra rehearses once to twice a week depending if there is a performance they are required to do. They provide the accompaniment for many Masses, Liturgies and Assemblies at St Bede’s College. Participation in this group is an opportunity for the boys to get NCEA Credits in Group Performance.
Students are required to perform for Prizegiving, Variety Concerts and some assemblies. Participation in this group is an opportunity for the boys to get NCEA Credits in Group Performance.
Jazz Trio, Matt Everingham, Sean Stowers and Aaron Clarke performed well in 2012 CPIT JazzQuest Competitions, picking up a silver medal. Matt Everingham also won gold for the best pianist.
A number of groups are formed while at St Bede’s, from Year 9 through to senior levels and including combinations involving other schools. These groups all have the opportunity to participate at Rockquest and rehearsal times are given so that each group gets a fair amount of time to perfect their performance. There is equipment available but students are encouraged to bring their own which can be secured at the school. Rockquest 2012 saw Year 13 students, Sean Stowers, Nathaniel Flynn and Jon Barakauskas and Maddy Berry from Marian College competing in the regional finals.
A new addition to the co-curricular activities, the group work towards the National Barbershop competition.
Lighting and Sound Club (XLR CLUB)
This volunteer group of boys are trained in Sound and Lighting. They then set up and run all technical requirements for assemblies, liturgies, masses, musicals and variety concerts. There is also the opportunity for them to gain extra credits by completing a Unit Standard in Sound Engineering which is marked by an external moderator.