Published on: 22 February 2013


A number of parents, both new and longer standing, enjoyed parent events last week hosted by the Parents’ Auxiliary and Friends of Music (FrOM). The auxiliary’s Welcome Morning Tea and FrOM’s ‘Meet the Musos’ sundowner were opportunities for welcoming new parents to the school community, meeting other parents as well as staff.

On Thursday evening, parents of music students had a chance to meet Christ Church music staff at the ‘Meet the Musos’ sundowner. Held in the School’s Music Department, the event allowed parents to connect with the talented musicians who teach their sons and learn more about the music program.

More than 60 people enjoyed a glass of wine, good food and conversation while guitar teacher Joe Ralph provided a wonderful bluesy musical backdrop. Classroom music staff and parents alike appreciated the opportunity to talk at length and hear from FrOM President John Lukin and Director of Music Kevin Gillam about 2013 events.

Before introducing staff, Mr Gillam said there was now more than 480 boys engaged music at Christ Church with five full-time music staff and 38 visiting instrumental teachers providing expert tuition on a wide range of instruments.

On Friday morning, more than 80 parents enjoyed a beautiful morning tea on Walters’ Lawn, overlooking the river. President of the Parents’ Auxiliary Penelope Drake-Brockman welcomed everyone on behalf of the auxiliary and encouraged all parents to become involved, either as a class or year group representative or as a volunteer for events held throughout the year.

Penelope stressed the importance of becoming involved in the parent network, especially in the Senior School where the ‘one class, one teacher’ link was lost. Parents chatted, shared ideas and hints in a fitting start to what is sure to be a social and rewarding year.

Meet the Musos photos courtesy of Mr David Kuek