St Cath’s stu­dents in love with mu­sic

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MU­SIC stu­dents at St Cather­ines Catholic Col­lege in Proser­pine have en­joyed suc­cess at the re­cent Mackay Eisteddfod.

Stu­dents per­formed in 83 ses­sions from Oc­to­ber 7-13.

Four­teen stu­dents fin­ished first, eight fin­ished sec­ond, 14 fin­ished third, six re­ceived very highly com­mended and 26 re­ceived highly com­mended.

Emelina March-Peach also re­ceived a Tri Plumb­ing Ser­vices En­cour­age­ment Trophy for elec­tronic pi­ano.

School mu­sic co-or­di­na­tor Cyn­thia Delaney was thrilled with the re­sults as well as the pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm her stu­dents showed to­wards mu­sic.

“My kids rock,” Mrs Delaney said.

“Even the kids who didn’t place - they’re all just re­ally awe­some.”

Mrs Delaney said stu­dents were en­cour­aged by the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing mu­sic in front of big crowds.

“The kids are re­ally keen to keep go­ing,” she said.

“They just love mu­sic and they’ve come back on an ab­so­lute high – they re­ally want to get stuck into it again.

“Th­ese kids come in and give up their lunch times to prac­tice.”

She said stu­dents were ex­cited about the ar­rival of a new set of hand chimes be­ing de­liv­ered from the Hand­bell So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia.

An early de­liv­ery means mu­sic stu­dents will be able to get their hands on them this week.

“They [the stu­dents] are al­ready ask­ing about them,” Mrs Delaney said.

MUSO VIR­TU­OSO: Jess Knox and Kimba Lee Simmonds came sec­ond in the 10 years and un­der pi­ano duet sec­tion.

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