Westminster Jazz Night 2018 - next week!
The Gov, Tuesday 10 April 2018, 7.00 pm
(Jazz Ensembles start at 6.20pm)

Our Big Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensembles are all working toward the annual Westminster Jazz Night at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel which will be held on Tuesday 10 April. The evening will also feature the our Jazz Ensembles and the 2018 “tour” Big Band who are heading to Japan on Saturday 21 April.

Tickets are available at the Music Office or at the door. Please come along to support our students who have worked so hard this term in preparation for this concert.

Please follow the link to download the Westminster Jazz Night poster.

Jazz Ensemble Performs for Royalty!

The Westminster Senior Jazz Ensemble will be performing for His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO. This will take place on Wednesday 18 April at Prince Alfred College between 9.30 and 11,30 am. The Jazz Ensemble are preparing for their performance at Generations in Jazz next term, but are very honoured to be invited to an occasion such as this.

Japan Music Tour 2018

On Saturday 21 April 17 Music students will depart for Japan on a 10 day Music Tour, visiting and performing in Tokyo at our sister school Tamagawa Gakuen, and taking part in the ANZAC Day ceremonies at the Yokohama Commonwealth War Cemetery. The tour will also include visits to Hiroshima, Osaka, and Kyoto. The students have formed a Big Band, Rock Band and Brass and Saxophone Ensemble for the tour.

Generations in Jazz 2018

The Westminster contingent will attend the biggest Generations in Jazz festival this year, with well over 5,000 students attending from all over Australia. We will be treated to an immersion in music with amazing acts and musicians including James Morrison, Ross Irwin, Nick Mulder, Jeff Clayton, Matt Jodrell, and Shannon Bennett, with a special appearance by the Cat Empire on the evening of Saturday 5 May. Big Band 1, Big Band 2, Vocal Jazz 1, Vocal Jazz 2, and the Westminster Small Jazz Combo will all be competing on Saturday 5 May.


Charlotte Laattoe (Year 3 Charter) recently received 99% for her Piano Grade 1 Theory. Congratulations Charlotte.

Michael Degenhart
Head of Performing Arts


Loki ‘Wheels’ Rickus

As many parents and students will know, we have been fortunate to have Ella Fenwick, a former Cirque du Soleil trapeze artist who recently appeared in the 2018 Fringe hit, ‘Attic’, training Year 10 Drama students in circus skills and performance. Due to increasing interstate performance commitments, Ella was unable to work with us this year. However, earlier this year, Ella introduced me to Loki ‘Wheels’ Rickus, a former Cirque du Soleil colleague.

Loki has been performing in Australia and Internationally for over 19 years. With years of training in Ballet, Circus, Gymnastics and Musical Theatre, his onstage credits include dancing the role of Fritz in 'The Nutcracker', The Squire in 'Camelot', Ensemble in 'Les Miserables' and in 'Paris: The Musical', playing the role of Prince Hector. Loki was also involved in work shopping and performing in the original season of the acclaimed 'Centerlink the Musical' in the role of Ed.
Loki performed and worked with Cirkidz Youth Circus School graduating in 2003 and then has worked, trained, and coached around Australia and overseas.

Loki is also the coordinator of The Fair Ground Project, Australia’s first integrated circus company and training project. We are extremely lucky to have Loki working with us, as he is a highly regarded trainer.

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Stolen (excerpts) by Jane Harrison highlights the breaking of biological bonds of kinship between family and between their connection to place and identity. Scenes from Stolen are treated as snapshots – moments in time – from the lives of five distinct children from the Stolen Generation. These scenes are imbued with the opposite emotions of despair and hope and often these emotions exist concurrently. The performance will take on a Brechtian stylistic approach, where each scene will make a comment on the effects and repercussion from the Stolen Generation and will emphasise the confusion, betrayal and abandonment experienced by these children.

Stage 1 Drama will perform Stolen (excerpts) in the Michael Murray Centre at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 11 April 2018. Tickets at the door!

Please follow the link to download the 'Stolen' poster.

John Doherty
Head of Drama


It has been a busy start to the year in Dance with our largest cohort of Dance students commencing studies in both curricular and co-curricular dance.

Curricular Dance - Akram Khan Xenos Excursion

On Sunday 18 March, 90 Years 8 to 12 Dance students and staff attended the Adelaide Festival Performance of Xenos at Her Majesty’s Theatre, to farewell world renown dancer/choreographer Akram Khan in his final full-length solo work. This final performance of Xenos in Australia was presented in commemoration of WWI and was met by standing ovation. Students are currently engaged in analysis and review writing responses in the theory component of Dance, as they unpack and explore the way meaning was communicated in this “…emotional and unforgettable performance…” (Julia Damato, Stage 2 Dance student).

Co-curricular Dance – Year 2 Dance and Preparatory Dance Assistants

Year 2 is our entry year to the Dance program, and the 18 Year 2 students undertaking dance this year have settled in very well so far.

The Preparatory Creative Dance classes involve a range of movement and support the development of creativity, problem solving, social and collaborative skills and discipline. Classes each week include the study of contemporary dance technique skills, creative games, improvisation, composition and performance preparation. The Year 2 Dance class pictured below are demonstrating their creative, dance making skills. They have improvised individual movement pathways and used high, medium, and low level freeze positions to create a whole group “Freeze Fountain”.

The Year 2s also create a foundation for their contemporary technique. Pictured below they are developing a tall posture, working in a turned out placement as they prepare for a seated spinal roll.  This will increase articulation, coordination, and flexibility through the spine and hips.

Year 10 to 12 Dance students have volunteered their time to assist and give back to the Dance program. Pictured with the Year 2 class is Year 10 student Annabelle Watson (Year 2 Dance Assistant) and Year 12 student Luke Rigden (2018 Dance Captain). The support the Senior students provide is instrumental in fostering a whole school Dance community and inspiring the next generation of dancers at Westminster.

Australian Dance Youth Theatre Ensemble

Westminster Dance students Julia Damato, Luke Rigden, and Sophie Sibbons will be performing as members of the Australian Dance Theatre Youth Ensemble at the Art Gallery of South Australia’s 'Neo Teen Takeover'. This event, held just for teens aged 13 to 17, will be held on Saturday 14 April from 6.00 to 8.30 pm. Tickets are free and available at: Details about the event can also be seen on facebook -

Sophie Wilson
Acting Head of Dance