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Students’ musical journey at Merimbula Jazz Festival

Standing l-r: Byron James, Fran Smith, Jade Sercombe, Charli McCabe, Angel Gleeson, and Brianna Kotru. Sitting l-r: Thomas Pickering, Nicholas Newton, Parker Bevan, and Lucas Schembri. Photo TWH

Lightning Ridge Central School

Head Music Teacher at Lightning Ridge Central School, Lucas Schembri, and Fran Smith, another dedicated teacher, led a group of ten talented students to the renowned Merimbula Jazz Festival over the June long weekend.

This is the second year Mr Schembri has included this trip in the school’s music curriculum.

The primary objective of the excursion was to broaden the listening experiences of the music students from Lightning Ridge Central School.

While music is a compulsory subject for Year Seven (Stage 4) students, Year Nine and Ten (Stage 5) students can take elective music classes.

After an expression of interest was sent out to students last year, Lightning Ridge introduced a music one class for Year 11 students this year, allowing them to join the Stage 5 music class.

Many Year 11 students had previously attended the festival as Year 10 students and eagerly returned for another year.

Lightning Ridge Central School boasts a comprehensive formal and extracurricular music program that extends beyond regular school hours.

The school concert band and drumline, which performed during the Anzac Day march, were particularly well-received by the audience at the emotion-filled march.

In addition to these offerings, Rebecca Jarvis, the creative and performing arts teacher, leads the school choir in the primary school.

Many primary students then transition to band, guitar, and keyboard lessons taught by Ms Jarvis, Heather Robinson (a dedicated volunteer keyboard teacher), or Mr Schembri for band and guitar instruction.

Mr Schembri, who had previously performed as a student at the Merimbula Jazz Festival, is thrilled at the prospect of his students experiencing the same thing. […]

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