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spring 2015

Enduring the Antarctic-like weather and tireless school-bus songs for six hours, the

Ruyton Madrigal Choir and Stage Band lugged their voices and instruments down

to Mount Gambier at the beginning of May for Generations in Jazz. With the sweet

sound of jazz and the promise of a hot chip truck in the back of their minds, the

girls worked extremely hard for months, getting their programmes ready for this

amazing opportunity. Reaching the venue, a huge circus tent in the middle of

nowhere, nothing could have prepared us for the large scale of this event. Jazz

vibes filled the air and a sea of school children filled every square inch of paddock.

Every year, the small South Australian town of Mt Gambier hosts Generations in

Jazz, a festival that welcomes over 4000 students from all around Australia. The

students are invited to perform and compete, as well as participate in exclusive

workshops with professional jazz musicians. The acclaimed ‘muso’, James

Morrison, hosts the event, and incredible artists from around the world are invited

to co-host with him.

This year was the first time Ruyton has participated in the festival. Among the best

parts of this year’s festival were performances by the a cappella vocal group Take

6, who came out especially from the US to perform at the event. Other groups,

such as the Idea of North, and members of the Hot Horn Happening, including

Ross Irwin, Mark Nightingale and James Morrison, performed and adjudicated at

the event. In addition, the scholarship winners for 2015 at the James Morrison

Academy of Jazz performed with inspirational talent and skill.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed this weekend, coming away with new experiences

and happy memories. The Madrigals placed an amazing sixth and Stage Band an

impressive 12th in this first effort. I’m sure all of the girls agree that their first

performance at Generations in Jazz was a huge success and we should be

extremely proud of ourselves. On behalf of all the girls, I’d like to thank the Music

Department for giving us the opportunity of a lifetime and for all their hard work

preparing us for the event. It really was an incredible experience, one the girls will

remember as a highlight of their school lives.

Jennifer Tarry-Smith,

Music Captain

Artistic Performances

What is VCE Drama?

When we talk about drama, we often remember times when we dressed up as characters and

put on ‘skits’ for our family or friends. We might think about famous scenes from plays, or

wonderful films, or drama as it reflects life. This is what we do in VCE Drama. We create stories.

We create characters. We ask questions. We shine a light on society. This year Unit 3’s topic is

Communication for Change. The students are investigating the power of communication over

time. They are also looking at the consequences society now has to deal with because of modern

forms of communication. The students bring to life their research and their own thoughts in

a dramatic ensemble performance. What an incredible opportunity these students have to explore

and to consider aspects of our world today!

Ms Michele McNamara,

Co-ordinator of Drama

First performance at Generations in Jazz