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This week we are seeking enrolments for the co-curricular music program, debating and chess results are in, the College Chess Championships are coming up and there is an exciting photography competition opportunity for students.

Co-Curricular Music

We are seeking to enrol more students into the Co-Curricular Music program, particularly Years 5 to 8. Lessons are offered once a week at a fixed time.

As part of their commitment to these lessons, students will also participate in an ensemble. Ensembles include the Year 5 Strings, Year 5 Concert Band and Year 5 Percussion. There is also a String Ensemble and Junior Band to cater for older students.

Students in Years 9 to 12 are able to enrol in lessons across a broader range of instruments, and participate in ensembles. These include the Show Band, Drum Corp and String Ensemble.

To take advantage of the Co-Curricular Music program, please visit the program page at Connect>Co-Curricular Music ( link here ») and fill out the relevant enrolment form. Alternatively please get in touch with Justin Hockey at jhockey@stpatricks.qld.edu.au

Debating

Congratulations to the Year 8 team who competed for the first time last night. They had a convincing 3 point win against Sandgate District State High School. Well done!

Years 9 and 11 will debate next Wednesday night at Albany Creek State High School and Genesis Christian College respectively. See Connect>Debating (link here ») for details of locations, times and topics.

BIS Public Speaking and Debating

Here is a great cultural opportunity for those of you who are interested in honing your speaking skills. Term 2, 2015 brings the BIS Debating and Public Speaking Competition. So if you are in Year 5 or 6 and are interested in participating in Public Speaking (Year 5) or Debating (Year 6) in Term 2, or you would like more information, see Mrs Hey or Miss Stanley in their rooms in the Morrissey Building by Tuesday 24 March.

Inter-House Chess

Congratulations to the hundreds of boys who competed in this year's Inter-House Chess Competition. All Houses were well represented with results shared quite evenly across the grades.


College Chess Championships

Next week we will stage our College Championships on Monday (Years 9 – 12) and Tuesday (Years 5 – 8) in the Waterford Building.

Students will compete in a series of 10 minute games in a 'Swiss Pairing' format.

Please note: On these days the tournament will run from 3:15pm to 5:30pm, one hour later than our usual Chess Club finishing time so students will need to make alternate travel / pick-up arrangements. For more information please contact Mrs Butt in the library, rbutt@stpatricks.qld.edu.au.

Art Club and Film Crew

I AM BRISBANE - Photography Workshop

Last Friday 13 March a select few students had the opportunity to participate in an artist-in-school photography workshop presented by BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2015: goa billboards Project.

This year marks the 18 th anniversary of the goa billboards Project. The goa billboards Project is an important educational initiative of Brisbane Festival.

The workshop was facilitated by artist Henri van Noordenburg, who worked with students from Years 7 – 12 to further their visual arts skills through the medium of photography.

During the workshop students were invited to participate in the goa billboards competition. The competition invites students to create a work in response to this year's theme of I AM BRISBANE. Students are encouraged to use all forms of photography as part of their submission. The use of photo editing software is also encouraged.

If you would like to participate in the Brisbane Festival competition and you are in Year 7 - 12, even if you didn't come to the workshop, come and pick up an entry form from the Cultural Administration Office ASAP. Entries need to be submitted to Mrs Catalan by 17 April 2015 in time for submission. Details and size requirements are outlined on the application form.

Only 15 schools have been selected to participate in this invaluable experience.

Brisbane Festival 2015 will take place from 5 – 26 September.

Take a shot and get snapping!!

Mr Geoff Samuels - Head of Culture