Balgowlah Heights Public School Band Program

Band Assessment Schedule - Tuesday 29 January 2019

ACTION - RSVP REQUIRED - Please see below

 

Dear Parents/Carers
 
As you are aware, assessments for our band students will be held on Tuesday 29 January (school development day). 
 

Up to 100 children are being assessed on this day - it's busy day so we ask for your cooperation with observing the timing in the schedule so wait times are kept to a minimum. The schedule ensures that each child is given adequate time for their assessment.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

By now your child should be familiar with assessment criteria and be practicing for 10-15 minutes every few days to ensure he/she is comfortable with the requirements to be a member of the Senior or Concert Band.  
 
Assessment Criteria
If you have misplaced the criteria or need a reminder, you can find the assessment criteria here - www.bhpsband.com.  Other factors such as tutor reports, attendance at rehearsals/camps/performances, commitment to team and behaviour expectations as set out in the BHPS PBEL will also be taken into account.
 

Assessment Process - what happens on the day?
Senior Band Conductor, Mrs Emma Clain and Band Music Director, Mr Ray Hampton will carry out the assessments with each student. The assessments are very informal and relaxed and take around 5 minutes to complete in most cases. There will be parent helpers assisting with greeting the children, assisting them with their warm up, settling any nerves and supervising them until they are collected by parents. 
 
Where:  The assessments will be held in the BHPS Hall.
  
Times for Assessments
Students/sections have been allocated a time frame, please find the schedule below. It is important that the students attend at their allocated timeslot to help the process run smoothly for all involved. However there is some flexibility if we know prior to assessment day (use the RSVP form to let us know).  Siblings may attend together if it is more convenient for the parents.
 
Students will be placed in the next spot in the queue as they arrive.  We will send you a text if the assessments are running more than 30 minutes late or if we can get you to come in earlier.
 
If you have any questions about the assessment process please e-mail bhpsconcertband@optusnet.com.au.
 

Joining Band 2019 - Not sure?

At this time of year, some children are unsure if they want to re-join band as they are enjoying having a break from routine during the holidays. If your child isn't sure if they want to join band this year, please encourage your child to come along to assessments where they will see other students re-joining band and they can chat to the band conductors about their concerns.  Please note: if your child has successfully auditioned for Arts Alive Concert Band or NSSWE ensembles, it is a requirement of those ensembles that the students are also members of their school band.
 

 RSVP REQUIRED PLEASE - access the online RSVP form here
 Your RSVP will help us to manage the flow of students on assessment day therefore we need to know numbers. Thank you.
Please RSVP so we know you have read and understood this email and we can confirm numbers of students attending the assessments.  Use this form to let us know the following:
 
-  Your child is attending the assessment
-  You need to arrange another time on the assessment day
- Your child is leaving the school/band
- Anything else you would like to raise or we need to know/consider

Assessment Schedule.  Please read the schedule carefully noting your allocated time. 
 
 * Year is the school year the child is going into in 2019.
 
8.30am - Year 4 - clarinets
9.00am - Year 5 & 6 - clarinets
10.00am - Year 4, 5 & 6 - Euphonium/French Horn/Trombone/Baritone
10.45am - Year 4, 5 & 6 - Flutes & Oboe
12.00pm - Lunch Break for Conductors
1.00pm - Year 4, 5 & 6 - Trumpets
2.00pm - Year 4, 5 & 6 Saxophones
3.00pm - Year 4, 5 & 6 Percussion, keyboard and bass
3.45pm - New Band/BHPS Students (including new OC students) 

 
REMINDER - Please confirm you are coming to the assessment - RSVP via the online form.
 
What to bring
 - Instrument
- Essential Elements (if you have it) for students trying out for Senior Band. Junior Band 2018 students will have Essential Elements book. 
- A piece of music your child is comfortable playing - it could be a piece your child has been working on with their tutor.
- A quiet activity such as a book to read or colouring in etc
- Drink bottle
- 2018 Band members - please return your music folder if you haven't done so already.
 
Contact on the day: Caroline Fechner 0403 579 130. Please message/text.
 
Notification of band placement  - UPDATE Tuesday 5 February

 

Sorry there's been a delay in notification - we will be in touch soon. Please do not e-mail or text. Thanks for your patience.  


Every student will gain a place in a band.  You will be notified (via e-mail) by Sunday 3 February, letting you know which band your child will be a member of this year.  Please be patient with this process as we like to make sure we get it right and ensure that the majority of students have been assessed prior to notification.
 
Questions?  

Please use our online contact us form on this website or bhpsconcertband@optusnet.com.au to get in touch.  Please allow a few days for a response.


In the meantime please encourage your child to play their instrument for 10 minutes a few times a week between now and the assessments to ensure they maintain their technique and feel prepared for the assessments.
 
We are looking forward to working with the band students this year.
 
Enjoy the rest of your holiday break.
 
Regards
  
Ray Hampton, Director of Bands
Emma Clain, Senior Band Conductor
and BHPS Band Executive