Mu­si­cians re­ceive boost

Isis high school in­stru­men­tal pro­gram to gain share of $2.46 mil­lion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

STU­DENTS from Isis District State High School have re­ceived a wel­come boost to their in­stru­men­tal pro­gram, thanks to the Queens­land Govern­ment.

The high school will share in more than $2.46 mil­lion in fund­ing for se­condary school mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion that will be rolled out to schools across the state.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett said the ad­di­tional fund­ing would ben­e­fit in­stru­men­tal pro­grams at Isis District and Rosedale State High Schools.

He said the schools were two of more than 225 state schools with se­condary mu­sic pro­grams to share in an ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion to buy more in­stru­ments and equip­ment.

“The ad­di­tional fund­ing will help cater for the move of Year 7 into se­condary school in 2015 and en­sure stu­dents have ac­cess to the in­stru­ments and ex­per­tise they need,” he said.

“I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to see Isis District and Rosedale stu­dents excel in the in­stru­men­tal pro­gram.”

Isis District State High School prin­ci­pal Brett Ka­vanagh said there were 45 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the in­stru­men­tal pro­gram.

“The boost to school mu­sic pro­grams across the state is guar­an­teed to pro­duce ex­cel­lent re­sults. I am de­lighted that Isis District State High School will share in this fund­ing. It will en­sure we con­tinue to de­liver high qual­ity, award win­ning mu­sic pro­grams,” he said.

“As a mu­si­cian and prin­ci­pal, pro­vid­ing the gift of mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion to young peo­ple as­sists with so many facets of their devel­op­ment, both aca­dem­i­cally and so­cially, not to men­tion the joy of mu­sic mak­ing.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter John-Paul Lang­broek said from 2015, Year 4 stu­dents will be able to study wood­wind, brass and per­cus­sion in­stru­ments at school for the first time, a year ear­lier than the cur­rent Year 5 start­ing point.

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FUND­ING BOOST: Isis District State High School has re­ceived fund­ing to­wards their in­stru­men­tal pro­gram.

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