Mr Piet Collins Winning Big with his DrumBeat Program


Drumkit and Percussion Teach Mr Piet Collins this year collaborated with Chris Menage of Peninsula Grammar's Boarding Program, putting together a program based on the Holyoake Drumbeat Program to help engage, inspire and bridge communication gaps within boarding students from different cultures.  The efforts were recently awarded with the Australian Boarding Association awarding them the 2016 Most Innovative Idea award. Congrats Piet and Chris. 

Stage Band go viral after Jazz Festival gig

The Queen’s Birthday weekend saw our Stage Band once again wow audiences at the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival. It was a freezing cold day but that did not deter the hundreds of people who gathered to hear the band knock out a blistering 45 minute set on main street. Highlights included a beautiful rendition of the Norah Jones classic pop hit “Don’t Know Why” featuring Jade Rooney on vocals. Ella Fitzgerald’s “Atisket Atasket” showcasing our rising stars Indygo Symons from Grade 4 and Matilda Pearl from Year 8 accompanied by an all singing band. Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World” featuring the amazing Emma Townsend was a show stopper. A video of this song posted on the event Facebook page went viral with just under 4000 views.


From the Principal's Office Concert Series - Lachlan Bryan

Our recent TPS Present's Act (and ex-student) - the award winning Lachlan Bryan, from Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes stopped by our Principal, Mr Stuart Johnston's office. 



Generations in Jazz 2016


by Steph Stuart (Year 9)


Generations In Jazz, is a jazz competition held annually in Mount Gambier, South Australia. The competition is open to all schools around Australia. This year, the Stage Band and Unaccompanied Minors represented The Peninsula School for the School’s Fourth entry in this competition.

The Stage Band has worked really hard this year with many rehearsals, workshops and performances. We were lucky enough to have worked with the inspirational Ross Irwin in a workshop at school not once, but twice! He gave us tremendous advice about our technique and how to perform more proficiently as a band.

On May 6, Stage Band and the Unaccompanied Minors boarded a bus with the magical Mr. Wesley, Melissa, Miss Ross, and Mr. Noone for a seven hour bus trip to Mt Gambier.

There was much excitement as we arrived at the massive tent for the first night’s concert. Some of us who had never been to Generations in Jazz before, were particularly excited. We were treated to musical jazz greats such as Wycliffe Gordon from the USA, The “Idea of North”, an A Capella group who performed with Kaichrio Kitamura, a vocal percussionist from Japan, Kate Ceberano, the University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band and of course the great Jazz trumpeter, James Morrison, as well as his son Harry Morrison on Bass.

After an exciting night, we left the big tent to go to our motel and get some rest ready for the big day ahead. We were all excited and nervous at the same time. The band has improved so much in the last 12 months and we all wanted to do well. With both nerves and excitement building up, we went and got ready to perform.

As we walked onto the stage we were cheered by the unaccompanied minors and the parents that came along to watch. We performed well and hoped that this showed in the score we were awarded. In the end we came 5th and got a total score of 95/100. This was a very good score and I am proud of what the band did to achieve it.

I would like to thank Mr Wesley, for directing this amazing band and for arranging us to go to this amazing event. 


Standing Ovation at new concert to TPS Calendar

from Adam Wesley, (Stage Band Director)

Wednesday May the 4th 2016 saw a unique musical event occur at TPS. I was asked to put on an event to farewell our Stage Band and A'capella groups as they headed off to Mount Gambier for the 2016 Generations in Jazz Festival. As with everything Stage Band, I needed to come up with something special. The idea of the past, the present the future arose and I went about contacting ex Stage Band alumni players and future players. The evening was a great success with performances by our Stage Band, Little Big Band, Unaccompanied Minors, and an a'capella quartet. A highlight of the night was a beautiful rendition of Sidney Bechet's Si tu vois ma mère featuring Steph Stuart on sax and Celeste Robertson on trumpet joined by the class of 2013 alumni players Quentin Roth, Ben Benton and John Radnell. Another highlight was the great performance of Atisket Atasket by Indygo Symons (Year 4) and Matilda-Pearl Muir (Year 8) both singing together with Stage Band. It was great to have the incredible Maddy Corbel return to sing a couple of tunes, you could hear a pin drop when she came on stage to perform. The grand finale lifted the roof as the class of 2013 alums joined the Stage Band for an encore performance of MacArthur Park with the great hammond Organ battle between Quentin Roth and current student Noah Szto. All that was left was a standing ovation.