Extra-Curricular - Music
At Condell Christian School, we consider the study of music and the development of musical abilities important in a young person’s life.
Our goal is to equip our students so they can glorify God and serve Him both vocally and instrumentally.
In order to attain this goal, children in Kindergarten to Year 8 are involved in weekly music lessons, with Middle Primary children also receiving instruction in recorder. Opportunity to commence in the school’s band programme and learn a band instrument is offered to students in Upper Primary; whilst High school students are able to participate in weekly choir and band rehearsals.
Our biggest event is the end of year Music Concert, where students have the opportunity to present instrumental and choral items. Additionally, every two years, high school students also participate in the Interschool Music and Platform Competition, hosted by Southern Cross Christian School. This is a wonderful oppurtunity for students to develop their musical talents for the ministry. Over two days, students perform and compete in Vocal, Instrumental and Platform divisions, culminating in an evening Rally, which features command performances, large ensemble items, and a challenge from God's word.
Currently Mr Wilson Wong, Miss Anna Newlyn and Mrs Erin Matthews are our main music teachers, with Mr Paul Jauregui and Mrs Judy Dixon assisting with instrument instruction.
Meet the Music Teachers
Mr Wilson Wong is our enthusiastic Senior Band director and high school choirmaster. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education. He is a highly skilled musician with mastery of a range of instruments, majoring on the French horn and piano. He actively serves as the music director of his local church and has been heavily involved in the development and promotion of sacred music in Australia. When not teaching, Mr Wong enjoys learning new instruments and travelling.
Miss Anna Newlyn has joined our music teaching team in 2016 as the main violin tutor and K-4 Music teacher. She is a graduate of Sydney University's Conservatorium of Music, having completed a Bachelor of Music Education in 2015. Her approach to teaching is influenced by a number of teaching approaches and is an Orff trained teacher having successfully completed her Orff Level II training in 2015. Her primary instrument is violin and has been involved with performing groups within the community and on an international tour to Colombia. She is also involved in a number of music and children’s ministries in her local church.
Mrs Erin Matthews has been involved as a music teacher in our school since the inception of the music programme. Having undertaken studies at a Christian College in the 1980’s to receive a Diploma in Christian Teaching, she furthered her qualifications by completing a Bachelor of Education at Morling College in 2013. She has many years of experience in teaching classroom music, however her current emphasis is providing individual tuition in flute and directing the Beginner Band.
Mrs Judy Dixon has been a very valuable addition to our music teaching team. She is a well experienced teacher, having only recently retired from classroom teaching. She is now assisting at CPCS part-time in several domains, including the tuition of brass instrument students. We also very much appreciate her skill on the piano and her enthusiasm for helping our young pianists to develop to their musical abilities.