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Eisteddfod Success 2017

​Choir Trophies
​Research conducted at the University of Melbourne and published in May 2017 has confirmed that many Australian schools are under-delivering music education to students for a range of reasons. The researchers observed a decline since the 1990’s in space for arts in generalist teacher-training and noted an increasingly crowded curriculum as obvious causes. The solution for many schools has been to introduce music specialists to their teacher pool and deliver extra-curricular arts programs for their students.

At Edge Hill State School we have always supported the delivery of quality instrumental tuition, as a complement to core learning for those students with interest, and Music as a subject area for students in every class. We believe and have seen evidence of the range of benefits musical participation can bring to early learners. From fostering creativity to increased inclusion, and therefore student wellbeing, music education is undeniably positive. 

The musical opportunities on offer at our school are an exception to the general decline in arts education being seen elsewhere in our nation. In fact, in the last few years we have expanded extra-curricular programs to include a Music Academy as well as the established instrumental program, ensembles and class music lessons. 

Students involved in our Instrumental Music Program participate in Concert Band and String Orchestra ensembles. Involvement in ensembles enhance learning and provide performance opportunities to these budding musicians. Choristers are also able to practice and perform in one of the three choirs now conducted at the school. The specialist staff delivering our music programs are highly regarded musicians and performers in their own right, as well as educators and we are grateful to have them at our school. 

So it is a combination of leadership level support for music, highly skilled practitioners and willing student participants that keep music alive at Edge Hill State School. Of course we are thrilled when our choirs and music ensembles take to the stage in local and state-wide competitions and return to school with accolades and prizes.  These rewards are achieved through hard-work, effort and commitment and are certainly not the sole benefit of participation in a well-supported music ensemble.  

We would like to take a moment though to congratulate all of our student musicians and singers for the exceptional results achieved at the 2017 Cairns Eisteddfod Competition this week. It is also appropriate to extend our thanks to the parents of these students for the role they play in ensuring their children are getting the most out of their music experiences. Here at the Edge we believe “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work” in every area of life and learning.

The results from the Eisteddfod are as follows:


EHSS Senior Concert Band         1st Place
EHSS Senior String Orchestra 1st Place


EHSS Maroon Choir   Chief Chorus 1st Place
        Sacred Chorus 1st Place
        Unison Chorus 2nd Place
        Folk Chorus 2nd Place

*Overall Aggregate Prize Winning Choir

EHSS Gold Choir Chief Chorus 3rd Place
        Folk Chorus Highly Commended
        Novelty Chorus 2nd Place

EHSS Year 1&2 Choir Chief Chorus Highly Commended
        Unison Chorus Highly Commended

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