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Music @ DHPS

All music groups’ rehearsals are now underway. Weekly attendance is important. Please encourage your child to be at every rehearsal on time.

Music Groups Timetable for Term 2, 2019

  Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Before school   Senior Recorders
Stage 3 Choir
Lunch time Stage 2 Choir
2nd Half Lunch
  Beginner Recorders
2nd Half Lunch
Ukulele Group
2nd Half Lunch
After school String Group
3:15pm to 4:00pm
Guitar Lessons in
Music Room
Concert & Training Bands
3:15pm to 5:15pm
  Guitar Lessons in
Music Room
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Earn & Learn

This year, Dulwich Hill Public School will once again be taking part in the Woolworths Earn and Learn Program. This program involves families who shop at Woolworths collecting stickers that go towards earning points for the school that can then be exchanged for resources to aid the students.

Over the past 7 years the school has been able to build resources across literacy, numeracy, science and history, visual arts and music. Resources have been able to support students across all year groups and have been a valued addition to classrooms.

The program is currently underway and will run until the 25th June. If you choose to shop at Woolworths, please collect a sticker sheet from your local store, download a form on line or collect a form from the school office. Stick the stickers to the forms and completed sheets can then be returned to the front office for collection. Thank you to for your support.

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From the Library

To all the mums who covered library books at home this year a big THANK YOU!

All borrowing for the library has now ceased for 2018. Please help your child to find and return their library books, to the return box, on any day. Thank you.

Summer Reading Challenge 2018-2018

Once again, our students are encouraged to participate in the ‘Challenge’ which runs from Saturday, 1st December to Friday, 15th February 2019. Our school won the 2017-2018 Challenge from the 45 schools who entered!

Students have received entry forms from Inner West Libraries on which they record 10 or more books of choice they have read and write a book review.

Students may enter as many times as they like. Ms. Gray in the library has extra copies of the entry form.

Completed entries can be taken to any Inner West library branch. For more information please go to


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End of Year Working Bee & BBQ

As we wind down, or ramp up, towards the end of the year it’s a good time to give our grounds some TLC. The school grounds provide crucial outdoor learning and play space, and have an important role in supporting local biodiversity.

Come dig-in to help keep our school grounds alive.

  • When: Sunday 9th December, 9am-12pm followed by a picnic lunch provided by your P&C.
  • What: Weeding, whipper-snippering, mulching, dismantling old chicken coop, litter-picking (for the kids!)
  • Who: Jobs for all shapes and sizes, bring the kids – they love to muck in or just explore the grounds

Questions? Contact Sarah via

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Transition at School

As 2018 draws to a close, our school has been looking into how we support our students in transitioning into the new school year, new classes, new grades and stages. Returning to school after the holidays is a time of transition and may present challenges and worries for some students.

Each week the Learning Support Team will provide some useful ideas and strategies for families to consider, making the transition back to school a little easier.

This week, the Learning and Support Team has directed their efforts into running individual sessions around transitioning into a new grade. They have discussed some of the similarities and differences between their current and new grade in regards to routines, classrooms and locations around the school.

Tip #1
Talk with your child about how they are feeling as the year comes to a close. Discuss highlights from this year at school and what they are looking forward to next year.

Tip # 2
Discuss with your child some of the things that will be different in their new grade and the things that will stay the same. Encourage them to express how they feel about the things that might be a bit different next year, and discuss any of their concerns without judgment.

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Year 6 Musical

Year 6 Musical – Leaving Neverland

A reminder that all Year 6 students will stay at school after 3.15pm until the end of the performance at 8pm. During the time before the show they will be provided a pizza snack and some free time. Staying at school ensures that they are on time and costumed for the evening performance.

  • All parents and family are invited to attend. If you are not attending the performance you must be ready to pick up your child at 8pm.
  • Performance Start Time: 6pm
  • Approximate Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: As per previous years, there is no ticketing, although we will be taking donations at the door to contribute towards next year’s performance.

Food available from the Canteen at 5pm

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DHPS School Band Program General Information

Being involved in the school’s band program is a lot of fun, a source of enjoyment, a challenge and a commitment. Students will develop skills and attitudes that will last for life.

The Dulwich Hill program consists of two bands: a training band for beginners and a senior band for experienced players. Our bands give performances to the other students at school, to parents & the community at special musical events, and to other schools as part of a school concert program.

There are currently around 60 students participating in the band program.

Who Can Join?

Students can apply for the band program from Year 4 onwards. They do not need any prior musical experience to join the band.


The instruments which are included in the school concert bands are:
Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Euphonium/Baritone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Electric Bass guitar, Glockenspiel, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Percussion/Drums.
The school owns many of these instruments and they are available for hire. Parents can also hire or buy instruments from local or online suppliers.

How do I Choose an Instrument?

In Term 4, a band information evening is held with a student demonstration of each of the instrument groups. Students from year 4 and above are offered three instrument choices for rent and the band leader will make all efforts to accommodate student instrument preferences and will allocate school owned instruments according to availability and suitability. There may be limitations on what instruments children can play, due to their hand size or arm length.

Students are notified of their instrument allocation by the band leader via email.

If you did not able to attend the band information evening and would like to play or have your own instrument, please contact the Band Director Martin Taylor.

Band Director Biography – Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor is a graduate from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He has been directing bands and taking instrument tutorials since 1998. He has taught high school class music in schools in Sydney and London as well as working at the Australian Institute of Music for five years and being a guest lecturer and tutor at The University of Western Sydney.

Martin currently runs the band programs at two inner west Public Schools and also performs with Musica Viva group ‘Zeeko’ as well as directing four Latin American bands in Sydney.
Martin performs regularly on Trombone, Bass guitar and Percussion and has been a tutor and band director at Dulwich Hill Public School since 2012.

Weekly Sectional Rehearsals and Band Practice

The Band Program will run on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 until 5pm. It consists of two sessions: a whole band practice and sectional rehearsals.
Whole band practice is where the whole band rehearses together with their conductor, either the senior or junior band.

Sectional Rehearsals are run by tutors hired by the school and occur in smaller groups. The tuition groups are based on ‘sections’ of similar instruments. These group lessons provide the basis for learning how to play the instrument and to practise the tunes that the whole band is currently learning.


It does not really matter which instrument a child plays, as they will learn how to read music and play in a group. In practical terms, it will mean that students will undertake to practise their instrument at least 3 times a week for about 10 -20 minutes per practice.

Parent support is essential. They will need somewhere in the house away from distractions (especially TV) to practise. Students will have to commit themselves to “sticking with the Band” for at least one year. It is not just having talent, it is about daily will power to achieve what you set out to do.

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School Band Sign Up for 2019

For ALL families wishing to have children in the School Band in 2019.

A meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th December at 5pm in the Hall. Attendance at this meeting is a requirement for all new members and parents, (Year 4 and above in 2019).

Arrangements for invoices, student behaviour expectations including tutorial expectations, parent contracts – all will be provided for applications in 2019. The range of instrument hiring options will be explained and your questions answered. Put the date up front of your up-coming and important events.

This invite is for all Students in Years 4-6 in 2019. No musical experience necessary.

Note Regarding Younger Students: Younger students may be considered, on a case by case basis, at the discretion of the Band Leader, Martin Taylor. It would be expected that a younger student would already be playing an instrument with a tutor. You are most welcome to come along and see if this is for you.