Mark Walton visit and Concert


Mark and Jo Walton visited Coonabarabran High School on Thursday 22 November. Mark has been teaching eight students via Skype every Monday and Wednesday since the beginning of the year and on Thursday, the students had the first opportunity this year to have a face-to-face lesson with Mark. The students – Megan Hain, Ellah Bowmaker, Olivia Meier, Clover Hipisley, Sam Pickette, Declan Eshman, Caleb Smith and Alexander McWhirter – had a lesson with Mark followed by a lesson with his wife Jo for some extra input.

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In the evening, these eight students as well as other CHS music students performed in a concert in the school hall. There were some lovely performances and all students should be congratulated on  not only their performances, but also their preparation and commitment. The members of the Jazz Band in particular have been giving up many lunch times to get ready for their performance and should be commended for their time and effort. Special mention should be made of the senior music students – Liam Russell, Angus Lambert and Jayden Moore – for their willingness to support the younger music students in their performances. All the students who participated did the school proud. Mark ended the concert with a beautiful performance of some pieces included in one of the books he published. A huge thank you goes to Mark and Jo for stopping in Coonabarabran on their trip which was supposed to be from Sydney to Mudgee, and for all their time and effort in working with the students.

Aimee Rossler