The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Performing Arts


Music students have enjoyed a very busy and exciting fortnight of performances. The annual Jazz Night was a spectacular success, with high - calibre performances from our three Big Bands, two Jazz Combos and Scotch Vox. We were privileged to welcome back to Scotch our guest musicians, the legendary Australian drummer and big band leader, Mr John Morrison and award-winning jazz vocalist, Ms Jacki Cooper. For the first time we invited a number of dancers from Perth Swing Dance Academy and Swing Zing Lindy Hoppers to set the tone on the dance floor. Jazz Night once again culminated with an 'All Stars' band comprised of staff, students, and two other guests, Mr Jeremy Grieg (trombone) and Mr Adrian Kelly (trumpet). I am sure it was a memorable occasion for our students who were able to perform alongside these highly regarded professionals.

Huge thanks to the dedicated team of mums from our Friends of Scotch Music who transformed the Dickinson Centre into a venue resembling the 'Cotton Club' of the 1940's.

In addition to hearing John Morrison and Jacki Cooper perform on Friday evening, many of our students had the opportunity to spend time in workshop sessions held throughout the day last Wednesday.

On Saturday 5 August, this year's NAIDOC Concert was held. The night featured performances by some of our Indigenous students, as well as items from a number of invited schools. Special thanks to Kyle Imlah (Year 11, Keys) for his work in coordinating our item this year, and congratulations to Kyle, Rohan Dick (Year 11, Keys), Reuben Westerman (Year 9, Keys), Calvin Westerman (Year 12, Keys) and Charlton Thomas (Year 10, Stuart) for their performance.

The Con Brio concert, for our senior guitar and string ensembles was a wonderful evening of music. Once again we were fortunate to host Mr Ashley Arbuckle, a former Scotch College student who has led both the London and West Australia Symphony Orchestras during his illustrious career. Members of our Philharmonic Orchestra have been fortunate to have both Mr Arbuckle and Dr Daniel Masmanian direct them this year. Among the many highlights of the night were pieces which were arranged by senior school students, Kyle Imlah (Year 11, Keys) and Benjamin Anderson (Year 12, Cameron). These boys devoted significant time towards their pieces and I am sure were pleased with the final results.


I would like to welcome a number of new and returning members of staff to our Performing Arts team.

Mrs Suzie Wydra has returned after her 12 months maternity leave and has resumed her post as Head of Woodwinds.

Ms Niki Browne-Cooper has taken on the Middle School drama classes with Mrs Emma Cooper being on maternity leave.

Ms Rachel Galluccio Budimlich has joined the Senior School drama department and has agreed to take on the direction of the Years 8 to 10 production.

Mr Iain Hamilton has replaced Mr Roy Hamilton as drum tutor for the next 12 months.

There are a number of significant events scheduled for this term, so I would encourage all families to look carefully at the dates below:

Winter Term





Monday 14 August


FOSM Meeting

Senior School Music Department

Saturday 19 August


WA Schools Guitar Festival (Senior Guitar Ensemble)

Carine Senior High School Performing Arts Centre

Friday 25 August

9.00am - 12.00pm

Music Photo Day

MacKellar Hall

Saturday 26 August

All day

Aths Day

Friday 1 September


Senior Recital Night (incl. Will Upson Award)

MacKellar Hall

Saturday 2 September


PLC Spring Concert (Scotch Vox)


Monday 4 - Friday 8 September

Arts Week

Monday 4 September - Tuesday 5 September

All day

JS MS Music Festival & Music Camp

MacKellar Hall

Monday 4 September

7.00 - 9.00 pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal and Supper

Dickinson Centre

Friday 8 September


Senior Spring Concert

Dickinson Centre

Thursday 14 September


JS Music Strings Soiree

MacKellar Hall

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesday) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Friday) via phone 9383 6841 or email

Alternately, please contact Mr Chris McMillan, Head of Performing Arts, via email or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact

Mr Chris McMillan
Head of Performing Arts