Newsletter for May 2019
The Year 11 Music class is currently doing an overview of Renaissance Music. On Wednesday 8 May, Ms Di Suthons visited the class and demonstrated her two viola da gambas to the students. These instruments are typical of the Renaissance and Baroque Eras in Music. The Music students were lucky enough to get to try out the instruments as well and were taught the basics of viol playing by Ms Suthons. I’d like to thank Ms Suthons for making the time to visit us and show us her instruments, and for allowing the students to try them out. Aimee Rossler
On Wednesday 8 May, the three HSC Music students – Liam Russell, Angus Lambert and Jayden Moore – attended the HSC Music Study Day at Dubbo College, Senior Campus. Students attended workshops on aural as well as on constructing and presenting viva voces. During the last session, students observed some performances by students from other schools and listened to feedback given to the performers by experienced examiners. All in all, it was a very constructive day! A huge thank you goes to Mrs Mary Doolan who stepped in at the last minute and helped out with transporting the students to Dubbo and back to Coonabarabran.
Congratulations to Year 10 student, George Bell, for piloting his first solo flight in TVW (‘Tango, Victor, Whiskey’); the Coonabarabran Aero Club, Piper Warrior. In the last school holidays, Catherine (George’s Ward Air Instructor) decided that he was ready to take on the Coonabarabran circuit area solo. His first solo flight was one year and one day since he started training with Ward Air. Although a little worried at first when the instructor left him to pilot the plane alone, he said he just remembered his training and went through the motions, landing safely and happily on the ground around ten minutes later. The next day, with conditions slightly more windy, George was able to complete three more complete circuits of the airport solo.
George has been participating in the school’s Flight Simulator Program that was set up by fabulously committed members of the Coonabarabran Aero Club, quite a few of whom give up their time each week to guide high school students through the rudiments of flying. The Flight Simulator was set up some years ago through the generous support of the National Australia Bank. George says that the program is what sparked his interest in flying. So, it was a very exciting day for George and the Aero Club to see their initiative to get people interested in flying and have another of their student pilots reach the next phase of their flight training.