September 2016 Newsletter






Please be aware that if you do not re-enrol with reception before the end of this term it is possible that your lesson time will be given to another student. A deposit of $100 per student must be paid before Saturday 24th of September to reserve a position for next term. Payment can be made in person at reception or via internet banking. An invoice will be emailed to you in the holidays showing the balance of your term fees, which must be paid within the first two weeks of term 4. 

Should you need to change your current lesson day/time or want to change teachers please speak to reception as soon as possible so we can reserve an alternative lesson time for you. And if you will not be continuing your lessons with us next term please let reception know. Giving notice of your cancellation allows us to offer your place to another student.

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I would like to congratulate all the students who performed in this year’s music concert., particularly those who played for the first time. We had such a variety of ages, abilities, and music styles – the diversity was really impressive. Every year I am genuinely amazed by the level of talent on display, not to mention the mature, relaxed was in which the students handle themselves on and off the stage. I hope that the opportunity to perform for family & peers at our annual show gives students the motivation and confidence to play in many varied settings, allowing them to become poised and secure musicians in the future.

A special congrats to the following students who received awards on the day: Khy Atkins,Grace Barlow, Matthew Bell, Maya Best, Louisa Blackbourne, Kyle Broughton, Jaeden Carlyon, Charlie Fisk, Dania Hancock, Kate MacDonald, Grace McManis, Olivia, Meaney, Ava O’Sullivan, Ben Ramsay, Mikayla Ramsay, Hayden Sefton, Nikita Smout, Teah Steward, Kade Taylor, Maxwell Willcox. 

I’d also like to thank the many families and friends who came along (on Father’s Day!)to support their children. I hope you enjoyed the show, and delighted in watching your music superstars up on stage. 

Special thanks to my wonderful staff members who came along to support their students and help out in many different ways. I’m so grateful to have a lovely bunch of reliable, cooperative and enthusiastic people working at Northside. 



Over the past five years, every year since my family lost their Granny (my mother-in-law) to cancer, we have hosted a Biggest Morning Tea – with the children, Simon and I making goodies to share with out family and friends – in order to raise money for the Cancer Council. For the last two years I have brought some of those treats to work to entice staff and students to take part in our fundraising endeavour. Last year we raised more than $300, and this year, after selling sweets during the last three weeks of Term 2, we had raised $420. Then my youngest daughter suggested we sell some goodies at the concert, and it was a brilliant idea, because we raised a further $237 taking our total this year to $627 !!! Needless to say, I have been overwhelmed by the support shown for our terrific cause, and I thank everyone who gave generously to our fundraising campaign – it has delighted our family that we could contribute such a large sum of money to a charity close to our hearts. And I hope you enjoyed the treats! 



It was with such sadness that we said goodbye to our resident rocker Keshet at the end of last term. Kesh had worked at Northside for many years, and was a popular choice for guitarists with a love for rock music. Last year Keshet threw himself at a new music project – writing, composing, recording and mixing the story and music for a rock opera called The Diments. It’s an incredible achievement which has taken a great deal of his time and energy. He is now busy fine tuning the production side of the rock opera, and we wish him every success for The Diments in the future. To check our his rock opera visit

We have had a lot of trouble finding a replacement for Kesh – it has been a very frustrating term fir the staff and students involved. I apologise once again and sincerely thank the students & parents for their patience and understanding during all the teacher changes. Finally, we have a teacher who will be able to continue with lessons on Thursdays for the remainder of the year. Tom Delby, who replaced Kieren on Saturdays, is an ex WAAPA student currently studying graphic design. Tom has many years of experience teaching guitar, and has worked as a member of music school if Perth, including Northside in the past. Welcome back Tom! 

Megan Partridge is our new violin teacher on Mondays and Fridays, having replaced both Michelle and Rene. Megan completed her Bachelor of Music degree with Honours last year at the University of Hobart. She is an accomplished violinist, having performed with a variety of ensembles and orchestras, and has experience teaching both privetely and within schools. Megan is a welcome addition to our teaching staff. 

And last, but not least, Jane Jackson, who has been working at Northside since April. Jane is our vocal and guitar teacher who replaced Vanessa in Term 2. She is a pleasure to have on staff, and well liked by all her students – many of whom performed at the recent concert and had so much fun doing warm-up exercises backstage! Jane completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours in Scotland and she is an accomplished singer.  She will be away for the next three months while she performs on tour in Germany. We will miss her, but wish her a wonderful time exploring new places and meeting new people. Have fin and keep safe Jane! 


Belinda Newell, School Director 



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