This year has seen one of the strongest Battle of the Bands staged yet. Bursting with talent, the event was held over three days with heats on the Tuesday and Thursday and the final at lunchtime during Feast Day. 

Entries were received across most year levels with our Year 9 students providing the majority of entries. The competition was split into two sections – Rock and Off the Rock with the Off the Rock section proving to be the most popular. The music performed was breathtaking and judges were frequently challenged through the quality of the performances. After an action-packed Final during Feast Day, the results were: 

On the Rock – ‘Halcyon Twain’ – Charlotte Jaensch, Charlotte Loring and Ava Radford 

Off the Rock – Charlotte Jaensch 

Congratulations girls, and an especially big thank you to all of the participants for their efforts. 

But what is the Rock Challenge really all about? The competition aspect is the focus for preparation, but the real priority is the community sharing and support. Huge crowds attended the Heats and the Final – the support for the performers was loud and strong and the cheering at the end of each performance was amazing, but by far, the biggest support came from the other performers! That’s because music is about giving and sharing and providing entertainment and enjoyment for other people. One of the greatest privileges is hearing and supporting another musician giving a great performance and we saw our students do this through every part of the Rock Challenge. So, the Rock Challenge is about giving, sharing, celebrating each other’s efforts all with like-minded people with a passion for music. 

In reflection, the following verse is, perhaps, most relevant to this year’s Rock Challenge: 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 


Mr Tom Lamb 

Learning Area Leader – The Arts