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This week in Culture there is information on Chess Club, Music News (including details for the Co-Curricular Music Night), Round 2 Debating, Theatresports and Film Crew as well as a reminder for the cast involved in the College Musical. The College Musical - save the date 20 - 23 May.

Chess Club

Chess Club is back and we are looking forward to an exciting term. Our Championship at the end of Term One unearthed some amazing talent and we are looking forward to our upcoming AIC season.

Our first AIC match is an away game against Iona on May 1. We will be contacting parents soon to confirm their son's availability for matches after school Friday (until approximately 7:15 pm).

Our team for Round 1 will be announced next Wednesday and selected students need to sign on in the Library on Thursday.

This year will be the first year that students from Year 5 to 7 will be involved in the AIC competition. The success of Chess Club has given us the opportunity to find some very talented junior players.

Chess Club is a great place for your son to gain skills that could see him represent at AIC in future seasons. We encourage all young men to keep attending even if they have not been selected for AIC this season.

Senior Chess Club – Monday 3:15 to 4:30

Junior Chess Club – Tuesday 3:15 to 4:30

All are welcome.

Music News

Music News - Mr Justin Hockey (jhockey@stpatricks.qld.edu.au)

Term Two will feature an increasing number of performances for our student musicians. This Friday's Anzac Day liturgy will be accompanied by our Show Band and Drum Corp. Mr Andrew Will and Mr Michael Stegeman have worked hard to prepare the students for this occasion, including holiday time rehearsals for the members of the Drum Corp. One of our Year 7 brass players, Mitchell Bell will be playing 'The Last Post' and the 'Rouse'. Our Drum Corp, along with Mitchell, have been invited to play for the local Dawn Service and Anzac Day March on Saturday.

Our Co-Curricular Music Night is on this coming Tuesday 28th April. The evening commences at 6:30pm in the Callan Centre. Many students from the co-curricular music program will be involved. Parents and students will have received information from ensemble directors regarding the evening.

We are pleased to welcome a new member of staff to the Music team. Ms Claire Carvolth is taking on the percussion classes as well as percussion co-curricular lessons and ensembles. She has worked at several other schools and is an experienced performer.

Finally, we welcome new enrolments for the co-curricular music program. To enrol your son in weekly lessons please visit the program page at Connect>Link Here and fill out the relevant enrolment form. Alternatively please get in touch with Ms Carmel Moir cmoir@stpatricks.qld.edu.au for more information.

Theatresports News

The Inter-house Theatresports competition dates are 28th, 29th and 30th April, during Period 6 lunch break in the Waterford Drama rooms (for Years 9 - 12 students). The draw is as follows…

Tuesday - Coffey / Kennedy / Xavier

Wednesday - Ryan / Treacy / Rice

Thursday - Mooney / O'Rourke / Quane

The Youth Theatresport Competition dates are:

Year 10s - Monday 11th May @ Nudgee
Year 12s - Tuesday 12th May @ SPC
Year 11s - Tuesday 26th May @ Nudgee
Mixed Junior Team - Thursday 28th May @ Stuartholme

Film Crew

Reminder: Junior Film Crew (Years 5-8) meets in the Library every Monday lunch of Week B. Senior Film Crew (Years 9-12) meets in the Library every Monday lunch of Week A. Remember to check your emails each day for new updates/room changes.

Photo Competition - the Competition continued over the holidays and here are a few photos that have been submitted...

Debating News

Debating News – Mrs Lorraine O'Sullivan (losullivan@stpatricks.qld.edu.au)

Some exciting news just to hand from last night debates ...

Our Grade 12 teams "regretted the decision by Triple J to exclude Taylor Swift from the Hottest 100" and their stance in this topic was superbly argued by both teams resulting in victory against St. Paul's School School and Bracken Ridge State High School.

In their secret topic debate, our Grade 10 teams had the task of arguing against the topic "That professional sporting teams should have a mandatory quota from their local area". Team 10.1 won their debate but Team 10.2 lost narrowly by one point against Genesis Christian College.

Next week Round Two will conclude with our Grade 8 team debating the negative argument "That we should ban reality TV shows that are focussed on children". They will compete against St. Columban's College on 29 April 2015 at 7pm at St. Paul's School, Bald Hills.

College Musical News

Cast Members - PLEASE NOTE: No rehearsal this Friday due to Cross Country and Senior Formal. Full cast and band rehearsal next Monday.

Mr Geoff Samuels - Head of Culture