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This week in Culture there is a reminder for Year 7 Debating, updates for QDU Debating and news from the recent music festivals.

Co-Curricular Music News

Co-curricular Music News - Mr Justin Hockey - Acting Program Leader - Music (jhockey@stpatricks.qld.edu.au)

Going for Gold at the Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival - QCMF

There were over 13,000 student performances from nearly 100 Catholic schools in the four day festival that is QCMF. Now celebrating its 25 th year, the festival is a celebration of the musical activity across Queensland Catholic schools. St. Patrick's College sent five of our ensembles this year, with Mr Will's Contemporary Band and the Year 5 Band receiving Gold awards. Mr Hockey's Middle School Band, and Miss Simmers' Year 5 Strings and Senior String Ensemble received Silver awards. A number of parents and staff were in attendance to lend support. All enjoyed hearing the St. Patrick's College students in action as well as savouring the musical offerings of the other performers.

Well done to all participants and conductors! We look forward to entering more ensembles and seeing greater participation in 2016.

Drum Corp at RNA

The Drum Corp consists of students from Years 8 to 11. In addition to performing for various Spirit Assemblies, the students have been rehearsing with their counterparts from St. John Fisher College. On Thursday, 13 August they performed at the Ekka. Led by Mr Michael Stegemann, the students marched for their second public performance and gained valuable experience. By all accounts it was an enjoyable and educational experience. This will be Mr Stegemann's last performance with the Drum Corp and we wish him all the best fo the future. We are grateful to Ms Claire Carvolth for coordinating the Drum Corp and look forward to the new ideas and repertoire that she will introduce as she takes over the direction of the Corp for the remainder of this year.

Please see photos below of the combined St. Patrick's College and St. John Fisher College Drum Corp out and about at the Ekka.

Bramble Bay Music Festival

Earlier this term a number of students from Year 5, 6 and 7 were nominated for the Bramble Bay Music Festival. The Festival runs for four days in the last week of July and culminates in an evening concert, featuring the String Orchestra, Concert Band and Choir. Nominations for the camp recognise significant student achievement in upper primary instrumental programs in the Bramble Bay cluster schools. Around 25 St. Patrick's College students participated in the String Orchestra and Concert Band. Participants enjoyed the camp and concert, with many already looking forward to next year.

Music Night – Tuesday 25 August

The proposed Music Night scheduled for next Tuesday, August 25 has been cancelled.

Debating News

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

Last Friday night our Year 11.1 team lost to a very strong competitor. Congratulations to the Brisbane Girls Grammar School team and their coach Ms Hewitt.

Luke Vanni's Year 7.1 team will be debating against All Hallows School at 6.15pm this Thursday 20 August. They'll be arguing "That Year 7 should still be in primary school." Our students will be arguing the affirmative case. This topic bodes well for an interesting debate.

Visual Art

Overnight Art Workshop - Mr Finlay Lester

Last week, enthusiastic and talented Visual Art students were invited to participate in an intensive overnight art workshop. Students were able to experiment with new techniques, spend longer on artworks in order to resolve them, learn about contemporary and historically influential artists and enjoy spending time creating art with likeminded people.

The highlight for the young men seemed to be the inspiration they received from the Banksy documentary and the ensuing experimentation with street art techniques. All students enjoyed the overnight art program and have hopefully solidified their interest in the Visual Arts program at the College.

Thank you to the dedicated teachers (Mr Finlay Lester, Mrs Julie Catalan, Mr Adam McPhee and Mr Niland-Rowe) for enabling this innovative art experience for the students. Please see examples of their artwork in the photos below.

Mr Geoff Samuels - Head of Culture