Last week two groups of students represented AISHK proudly and with professionalism.
On Friday 22 January eight students as members of the AISHK Acapella Ensemble sang the Australian National anthem at the Australian Chamber of Commerce Australia Day lunch held at the Island Shangri-La in Central. They sang a four part vocal arrangement of the anthem without instrumental accompaniment. The feedback we have received has been excellent, and we say a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to all members of the ensemble – Michael Tan, Temana Short, Nicholas Yuan, Sahil Mahbubani, Grace van Geest, Iris Yuan, Kashish Mahbubani, and Ana Milliner-Parsons.
The above event was closely followed by the Police Road Safety Carnival held on Saturday 23 January. The AISHK Jazz Band performed at this event after only two days of rehearsal to prepare three pieces – Peter Gunn, Brazil and the theme from Mission Impossible. We also say a big thank you to these students, not only for their commitment of their own time on the first few days of school and a Saturday event but also for coping with extreme conditions on the day. The elements certainly created challenges with only 9 degrees air temperature, a strong cold wind, and rain. As the event was outside, the students had to deal with these conditions in performing on their instruments under difficult circumstances. I would like to highly commend all thirteen of the students for their high level of dedication to their task of performance, and the senior Police officials who spoke with me on the day were extremely grateful for our contribution to the carnival. Congratulations to Bas Buwalda, Natasha Wong, Moses Chan, Daniel Stapleton, Isobel Fuller, Iris Yuan, Morgan Sanders, Ted Albracht, Arnold Kam, Georgiana Fuller, Andrew Pu, Chloe Lam, Nicholas Yuan.
I would also like to take this opportunity of thanking most sincerely Mr Peter Stapleton who has worked tirelessly to direct both of the above groups, especially the hard work involved in getting both groups performance ready in a very short amount of time.
The above two groups are now having a busy second week with performances at four more events, including yesterday’s Australia Day and birthday celebration, the first secondary assembly for the year, and the inaugural Scholar’s Assembly and the Welcome BBQ on this Friday. We thank all of these students for their high level of dedication to performing arts at AISHK.
Graeme Tyler | Head of Performing Arts