Mark Walton visit

Mark Walton visited Coonabarabran High School during the school holiday on Thursday 16 July and Friday 17 July. Mark travelled all the way from Sydney to Coonabarabran to catch up with and teach his Skype students. Every week, Mark teaches 11 CHS students via short Skype lessons but this time students had 25-minute face-to-face lessons. The students who had the individual lessons were Megan Hain, Ellah Bowmaker, Olivia Meier, Claire Butcher, Sam Bowman, Declan Eshman, Riley Fleming, Caleb Smith, Clover Hippisley and Alexander McWhirter.

During the period of remote learning, Mark continued to teach all of his students via either short Skype lessons or telephone lessons at home. We are deeply grateful to Mark for his dedication and the amazing work he is doing with our students, even throughout all of the disruptions this year. Our students are so lucky to have him as teacher/mentor!

Aimee Rossler

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Live Music at Lunch: 18 June

On Thursday 18 June 2020, we had another Live Music at Lunch session at Coonabarabran High School. Lachlan Meier (Year 12), Luke Bonello (Year 12), Blake Murnane (Year 11), Mr Moffat and Felicity Maher (Year 9) entertained students during lunch. Students performed a wide variety of songs and medleys and did a fantastic job! What was particularly lovely was to see a large audience of students sitting and standing around, supporting our musicians! A huge thank you goes to Mr Moffat for always being so willing to perform with our students and for all the time he puts into rehearsing with them. Another huge thank you goes to Mr Armstrong for always being willing to not only help with sound-related matters, but also for helping train up some younger students in managing sound. A last thank you goes to Vance McDonald, Caleb Smith and Jacob Bonello for helping with the set-up and pack-up, and for being so willing to learn the basics of setting up sound for live events.

Well done to everyone involved for sharing your talents and music with the rest of the school!

Mrs Rossler

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Artology 2020 Fanfare Composition Competition

Earlier this term, Lachlan Meier submitted an original composition for the Artology 2020 Fanfare Competition. He had to compose a 30-second fanfare for orchestra and had to submit the score and mp3 recording of his composition. This is not an easy task as he had very few bars of music in which to demonstrate his skill. The competition was open to anyone under the age of 21, which meant that Lachlan was competing against university students as well. The organisers received 82 entries and these were judged by a panel of composers. Although Lachlan’s composition didn’t make the top eight, it was listed in the Highly Commended section – this is a great achievement for Lachlan!

Congratulations, Lachlan, on your fantastic achievement!

Mrs Rossler

Live Music at Lunch

On Thursday 11 June 2020, Live Music at Lunch returned to Coonabarabran High School. Blake Murnane (Year 11) and Vance McDonald (Year 10) played some beautiful acoustic guitar music during lunch. This was not only a great performance opportunity for the students, but also an opportunity to showcase some of the amazing talent we have at Coonabarabran High School.

Well done to Blake and Vance for sharing your talents and music with the rest of the school!

Mrs Rossler


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