Photo: Our PAC: winner of a 2019 Master Builders Award for Excellence in Construction

The Huntingtower Bulletin

22 August 2019
Issue Five hundred and seventy-one
From the Principal
Diary Dates
...the Huntingtower Parents and Friends
Music Notes
Gorgeous, wonderful 'GODSPELL'!
Parents and Friends
The HT Uniform Shop
                    Help us to help others
Huntingtower School
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Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

From the Principal

'When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
When the student is truly ready, the teacher disappears.'
                                                                 Lao Tzu

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’, said Lao Tzu. Whatever the destination, whatever the goal, until we take the first step, nothing will happen. But until we know where we’re going, we can’t take a step.

Clarity around what we truly desire is the first step in achieving it. So often we have no idea what we want, or we keep changing our minds so that nothing really gets established in our thought. It is amazing how the universe will conspire to bring about your desire when the desire is clear and we start to move in its direction; even when we have no idea how it will come about.

Mary Baker Eddy said: ‘Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts’. You will bring anything about when you have a clear vision and can take the first step.

Have a great journey and may all your teachers disappear! (See the thought above.)


The recent Senior School production of ‘Godspell’ was a spectacular hit and I am so grateful to everyone involved. To the production team of Christine Cochrane, Vivienne Perry, Daniel Borbely, Evan Pugh and Claudia Ohlert, assisted by Jai Denny, Tata Survi and many others, congratulations. Everyone was thrilled with the show. The dancing, singing and acting was superb. Every word could be heard and the stage lighting, special effects and sound effects enhanced the whole show. The band provided such a variety of sound, from rock music to gentle folk music which reflected the moods created. To all the performers themselves, congratulations on a wonderful show. You totally became your parts and gave the audience an experience to remember.


This week the Senior School will be holding the House Cross Country Competition at Jells Park and we wish all students a successful carnival. Later this term we will take part in the EISM Cross Country Carnival which is held at Ruffey Park in Doncaster. We wish the team every success. Thank you to Ms Buhagiar for her organisation for the carnival and to all those teachers who have supported early morning training and who will help on both days.


The Junior School is hard at work preparing for their production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. They are all having such fun and we look forward to seeing another spectacular Huntingtower Production. Thank you so much to everyone involved in the production and I look forward to seeing you at one of the shows.


Sholto Bowen



Photo: Our PAC was recently awarded a prize for excellence by the Master Builders Association

Diary Dates

Photo: Our PAC was recently awarded a prize for excellence by the Master Builders Association

Friday 23 August

Junior School: Book Week Celebration Day

Senior School: House Cross Country


Monday 26 August

Pre-Prep 3, Prep, Year 1, 4, 5 & 6: Fathers Day Stall

Year 2 & 3: Melbourne Museum Excursion


Tuesday 27 August

Pre-Prep 3 Fathers Day Breakfast


Wednesday 28 August

Bike Ed

DAV Schools Comp Finals Playoff 2 


Thursday 29 August

Pre-Prep 4 and Prep - Year 6 Fathers Day Stall

Unit 1 Geo Field Trip 7.30 am - 3.30 pm

Kodaly Secondary Choral Festival, Scotch College,

4:00 – 9:30 pm


Friday 30 August

Pre-Prep 4: Fathers Day Breakfast

Prep & Year 1: Fathers Day Breakfast

Fathers Day Stall Pre-Prep - Year 4

Robocup Victorian Rescue Competition


Saturday 31 August



Tuesday 3 September

Prep - Year 4: Citrus Dance

Year 2 Parent Camp Information Session

Year 10 ODE Orienteering 

Pre-Prep Incursion: Wild Action Zoo


Wednesday 4 September

Bike Ed

Senior School House Debating 

Year 9 & 10 DAV Schools Comp Finals Playoff


Thursday 5 September

Junior School: Full Dress Rehearsal for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Duke of Ed Bushwalk


Friday 6 September

MWD Athletics (select)

Year 5 & 6: Citrus Dance

Year 12 Biology Excursion to GTAC


Monday 9 September

Junior School Production: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Preview Matinee: 11.00 am - 12.30 pm PAC

Year 7 Immunisations 9.30 am - 10.30 am

Year 10 Immunisations 10.30 am - 11.30 am


Tuesday 10 September

Prep - Year 4: Citrus Dance

Space Camp Parent Information Evening 6.00 - 7.30 pm MYC Foyer


Wednesday 11 September

Junior School Production: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Preview Matinee: 7.00 - 8.30 pm PAC

Bike Ed

EISM Cross Country

Yr 9 & 10 DAV Schools Comp Octo-Finals 6.00 - 9.00 pm


Thursday 12 September

Junior School Production: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Matinee: 11.00 am - 12.30 pm PAC

Pre-Prep Incursion: Wild Action Zoo

Junior School Production: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat  7.00 pm - 8.30 pm PAC


Sunday 15 September

HOSA Sports Day


Tuesday 17 September

Year 2 Camp at Lyrebird Park

Prep - Year 4: Citrus Dance

Year 10: ODE Trangia Cooking


Wednesday 18 September

Bike Ed


Thursday 19 September

Year 5 & 6 Excursion to Sovereign Hill

Junior School Tour


Friday 20 September

Pre Prep - Year 1: Citrus Dance

Year 2 - 6: Silent Disco




Tuesday 8 October




Sunday 13 October

Arts in the Round













...the Huntingtower Parents and Friends

Generous donations

We are incredibly grateful for the enthusiasm, hard work and support from our wonderful Parents and Friends Association which has recently donated to the following:

1. The Stem Centre

$10,000 for the development of the Stem Centre's Aquarium and Chicken Enclosure

2. The Junior and Senior Libraries

$1000 for library materials for the Junior and Senior School libraries.  



We all appreciate your efforts so much ...

Music Notes

Singing their song...

On Monday afternoon of the mid-term break, the Senior Chamber Choir were hard at work rehearsing for the Secondary Choir section of the Monash Youth Music Festival. The event was held in the evening in the glorious acoustics of  the Robert Blackwood Hall. The standard of choirs was phenomenal – the adjudicator commented that she was sent to heaven (with the beautiful singing) and to hell (trying to make a decision)! The HT kids were amazing – they sang their incredibly complex works beautifully and behaved impeccably as always. Unfortunately there were no prizes this year (the first time in over 10 years!), but the kids had such a fun night. It ended with an impromptu flash mob-style massed singing of Bohemian Rhapsody that one of the choirs started and everyone joined in for! It was the perfect example of the power of music, bringing all of us together as one community 😊.


Thursday evening next week (29 August) is the Kodaly Secondary Choral Festival held at Scotch College. This will be another opportunity to perform among some of the top school and youth choirs in Melbourne – this time with no awards but with an exciting rehearsed Massed Singing performance of around 400 choristers!


Term 3 is busy!!


1. VIOLIN AND VIOLA SOLO CONCERT - All Junior and Senior students of Clare and Jade;

Monday 26 August 5 pm, Orchestral Room

2. PIANO AND SINGING SOLO CONCERT - All Junior and Senior students of Oksana and Saku;

Wednesday 28 August 6 pm, Orchestral Room


Thursday 29 August, 4 pm to 9.30 pm, Ian Roach Hall, Scotch College.

4. BRASS AND WOODWIND SOLO CONCERT - All Junior and Senior Brass and Woodwind students;

Monday 2 September 5 pm, Orchestral Room

5. VIOLIN AND VIOLA SOLO CONCERT - All Junior and Senior students of Abbi, Merewyn and Christian;

Monday 9 September 5 pm, Orchestral Room

6. CELLO AND DOUBLE BASS CONCERT - All Junior and Senior students of Jason and Simon;

Monday 16 September 5 pm, Orchestral Room.


Monday 10 September 11 am, Wednesday 11 September 7 pm,  and Thursday 12 Sept 7 pm, Performing Arts Centre.


1. ARTS IN THE ROUND - All Junior, Middle and Senior School Instrumental Ensembles and Choirs

Sunday 13 October, Performing Arts Centre, time TBA

2. YEAR 7 ORIENTATION DAYYr 7/8 Choir, Middle School Chamber Choir and Middle School Orchestra

Thursday 24 October, Performing Arts Centre, time TBA


Thursday 14 November, details TBA

3. JUNIOR SCHOOL CELEBRATION NIGHT – All Junior Instrumental and Choral Groups

Wednesday 27 November, Performing Arts Centre

4. SENIOR SPEECH NIGHT - All Senior Instrumental and Choral Groups

Friday 29 November 7 pm, Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University

5. CHRISTMAS IS GIVING ASSEMBLY - Yr 7/8 Choir, Middle School Chamber Choir

Last week of Term 4, date and time TBA

Gorgeous, wonderful 'GODSPELL'!

A resounding success!

This term, Huntingtower continued its reputation of producing successful performances by bringing to life the award-winning musical ‘Godspell’. ‘Godspell’ was originally conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The story is based on the Gospel according to St Matthew and while it deals with the last days of Jesus Christ and includes dramatised versions of several well-known parables, its focus is primarily about the power of community and togetherness. This immensely successful 1970’s rock opera was revamped in 2012, brilliantly updating the well-known and much-loved songs. For this production our story was set in an eWaste alleyway incorporating the full use of different levels and was complimented by ‘steampunk’ fashion styles.

One of the first notes provided in the script for ‘Godspell’ emphasises that it is a very difficult production to direct.  The show calls for high energy and humour, clowning, silliness and pantomime which are elements that potentially can take away from the impact, sincerity and meaning of the story. To suggest that this production requires a strong cast to carry it is an understatement.

With the above in mind, I could not have asked for a more incredible group of actors. Our stunning leads ensemble for 2019 delivered nothing short of a professional performance and included Felix Gould as Jesus, Isambard Knox-Johnson as Judas/John the Baptist, Jack Wu as Nick, Laura Armstrong as Telly, Emma Russell as Georgie, Anna Thompson as Anna-Maria, Emilie Hoyne as Lindsay, Shivani Mahendran as Uzo, Stephanie Barrow as Morgan, Emma Carroll as Celisse, Karina Thompson as Camille, Aiden Fyfield as Tim and Laila Salloum as Rosie.


Huntingtower has several highly successful alumni in the Performing Arts and I can see why: the stamina, intelligence, wit, energy, resilience and commitment that the students brought to rehearsals each week reflected in their abilities to be consistently engaging on stage, to bring the perfect balance of fun and sincerity to the scenes, to find authenticity and truth in their performances and to take our audience on a journey resulting in a roller coaster of emotions ranging from tears to gleeful joy from both actors and audience.


I’m so proud of what they accomplished; the challenges of breaking through personal inhibitions and fears to explore and discover these divine characters is no easy feat for any actor and I applaud their courage, professionalism and their loving support of each other during this process.

What also significantly impacted on the success and standard of the production was the enthusiasm and commitment from our other cast members in the chorus who lit up the stage with a wonderful array of singing and dancing. Their hard work on and offstage brought with it a glimpse of the amazing talent to come in the future. The performing arts at Huntingtower has some exciting years ahead!

I would like to thank the utterly amazing production crew, backstage crew and volunteers for their support, time and efforts. Everything about this show – from staging to lighting, from choreography, make up and costumes to sound, and from musical direction to performance – was of an exceptionally high standard. Thank you all so much for making this possible and a wonderful success!


Finally, a very special mention and thank you to Christine Cochrane for continuing her musical direction for the entirety of the production. We are so grateful that she was able to inspire and help create such a fantastic show!


Vivienne Perry (Director)

Parents and Friends

Monash Youth Music Festival

The Monash Youth Music Festival returned to the PAC this year after a couple of years in the orchestral room whilst the new PAC was under construction.  The weather was glorious and sunny, and the P&F teamed up with the Year 9 baristas and coffee cart to cater for the hundreds of students and parents that passed through over the course of Saturday, August 17.


The P&F sausage sizzle and sweet treats were well-received by participants and volunteers alike and we raised a profit of $524.00 (including $115.00 from the coffee cart).  These funds will be well-applied to initiatives around the school.


The P&F would like to thank Sandra Tiepermann and the Year 9 baristas for their organisation of the coffee cart as well as the team of P&F parent and student volunteers who helped make the day a great success.


Huntingtower Musical Suppers

This year saw the return of the HT musical and hosting of the HT Musical Suppers during intermission.  The P&F oversaw a well-oiled machine in the MYC, which brought in the crowd from the audience for a flash-mob 20 minute service of refreshments during intermissions.  There were 4 sessions – one for each of the performances – and our devoted P&F members served up tea, coffee and sweet treats for the HT families and friends who came to watch the amazing production of Godspell.  We collected a profit over the 4 sessions of $666.06


Thank you to the P&F committee members who helped out during the hectic service sessions. Thanks also to Kelly and Joe who looked after the purchasing of the delicious sweets and to HT staff who facilitated the P&F’s set up in the MYC.  Truly a team effort!


STEM Centre


The P&F are fortunate to be involved as a sponsor of the brand-new STEM Centre in the HT grounds.  A couple of months ago, P&F members were offered the opportunity of a walk-through with Greg Hellard and Rob Kitchingman.  They explained how the centre was progressing and their vision for the centre's use, which already incorporates a broad range of technologies.  We discussed the potential for ongoing P&F involvement and earmarked a project for the $10,000 allocated from the 2018 fete profits.  After considering a number of options, the P&F resolved to sponsor the STEM Centre Aquarium and Chicken Enclosure, which has now been completed.  We will be holding our quarterly P&F meeting in the STEM Centre where we will be able to see first-hand the great use that has been made of our contributions.  Thanks to Greg and Rob for their vision and allowing the P&F to be a partner in this important project.

Trivia Night

Our 2019 HT Trivia Night continues to take shape.  Please help make this night a runaway success and book your seats now – the night is being hosted in the MYC and we would love a full house of staff, parents and friends.  Bookings are open now on TryBooking and more details are available via your class representative. Mark your calendar!  The Trivia Night is standing in for the HT Fete - which is now to be held every second year – so this will be our flagship event for 2019.  We hope you can be part of it.

Fruit Cakes

HT parent Georgia and her team have been busy baking fruit cakes since the P&F relaunched the Christmas Cake initiative in 2019.  The HT community has already experienced the opportunity to sample Georgia’s wares at the 2018 HT Fete.  Over the next few months you can order her magnificent cakes in time for Christmas celebrations or to enjoy simply in their own right.  You will find the Christmas Cake order forms on the HT parent portal.  This is a great way to support the P&F and our fundraising and there's plenty of time left to order.  Thanks to Georgia for her tireless work in lovingly preparing these cakes for our community.

The HT Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to help in the Uniform Shop on either Wednesday or Friday from 3.30 - 4.30 pm once or twice a month. We are also looking for volunteers for Term 4 Orientation Days in October and November. If you have some spare time and would like to join the friendly group of Uniform Shop Volunteers, please either pop in to the Uniform Shop or send a email to [email protected].


NB The Uniform Shop will not be open this Friday due to the Senior School Cross Country.

                    Help us to help others

Simunye Aprons

Our Simunye resources this year are a little more stretched than normal and we are desperate to raise another $2,000+ to continue doing the amazing work that our team has done in South Africa over the years. We are therefore selling Simunye aprons @ $20 for two aprons . You can  keep one and you simultaneously donate the other to a community kitchen worker in South Africa.


If you’d like to help us out by purchasing a couple of aprons (or if you have a lazy 2k in your back pocket 😁), we’d love to hear from you. Please complete the attached form and hand it in at the school office. Alternatively,  you can give the form to Rodney Jones along with your $20 and he will get the apron to you.


Thank you very much in advance.



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