Cairngorm Newsletter – 20 November 2014

Hello

The year is almost over but we still have some dancing to do! Congratulations to everyone who competed in competitions in Term 4 – you all did a great job and it is wonderful to see so many of our new, younger dancers up on stage doing their best!

Recent Competitions

Jacaranda Highland Dancers’ Competition, Grafton, 17 November 2014

Here’s Zoe in her new kilt at the Grafton Competition – you look beautiful Zoe!

zoe kilt

South Queensland Championships & Competition, Bracken Ridge, 18th/19th October

Wonderful dancing by everyone who attended – I was proud of each and every one of you.

Here’s Giselle at the competition:

giselle

Registration for 2015

All dancers need to be registered at the beginning of each year. Our region now has a new Dancer Registrar – Helen Jimmieson. You will need to provide two identical passport size photos, sign the registration form, include your 2014 registration card, $35 and a stamped self addressed envelope, if you would like the registration card posted out to you.

Upcoming Competitions

Watch this space for 2015!

Costumes

If you would like to purchase a costume for your child, please contact either myself or Mrs Watt first, as the costumes the children were are specific and there are certain kilts that are not suitable for Highland Dancing. Pumps (dancing shoes) can be purchased from me for $65, although the price has recently increased and I will need to start passing on that cost to students as soon as my current stock is depleted. There’s a handy costume checklist at the end of this newsletter to print off and use for each Competition so you’ll always be prepared!

Dancing Exams

Cairngorm/St Joseph dancers did a wonderful job in their dancing exams. St Joseph Dancers have received their results on Assembly and all will receive their medals, certificates and results at the end of year concerts.

New Uniforms

We have some new dancing uniforms – skirt/shorts, bike shorts, singlets, shirts, jackets and pants. They are bright, colourful and comfortable, and dancers can try sizes on at the Studio. We need orders for the skirt/shorts to be completed by Saturday so please let Karen know if you would like to order some.

End of year Concerts

St Joseph’s – 22nd November

1. Can you please make sure that your child is at St. Joseph’s by 12.00noon for a 2.00pm start this Saturday, 22nd November,
2. Dancers need to have short black bike pants and a crop top for modesty.
3. They will also need to have their dancing shoes and short white socks.
4. Hair needs to be in a bun, or neatly braided/plaited or at least off the face and off the back of their necks.
5. Dancers should all bring a water bottle as it may get quite hot.
6. At the completion of this concert I would ask that nothing be taken home that belongs to the studio, as I will need to ensure it is washed and ready for the following weekend. There will be a garbage bag available for white’s and another for colours.

Entry:- Gold Coin Donation

Afternoon tea items, and drinks will be available for purchase before and during the concert.

Raffle tickets will be sold prior to the concert and drawn during the concert.

Assistance with this concert would be greatly appreciated.

Please do not take any costumes home with you from the concert, even if you have had them on long term lone. need to do a complete stock take of what costumes I have prior to the start of next year.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Cairngorm Dancers – 29th November (Hercules Road Primary School Hall, Hercules Road, Kippa-Ring)

1. Dancers who are 9 years or older need to be dropped at the Hercules Road Hall at 9.00am.
2. Younger dancers, or newer beginners can be dropped off at 11.00am.
3. Dancers need to bring their own morning tea and lunch due to many different dietary requirement.
4. All dancers need to bring hair brushes (named), nets, bobby pins, hairspray etc.
5. Minimal makeup with be allowed on the older dancers.
6. Dancers need to come in normal dancing lesson clothes to run through the concert items.
7. Dancers need to bring a water bottle and face washer.
8. Dancers need to bring their shoes and short black bike pants and crop tops.
9. If dancers have their own costumes and will be wearing them they need to bring these.
10. Dancers are encouraged to bring something to occupy their time between dances such as colouring in books, puzzle books, or quite games.  No electronic devices or anything that would be missed if it was broken.

Concert Start Time: 1.50pm

Entry: $10 Adults $5 Pensioners and children

Approximate finish time: 4.30pm – then presentations

Afternoon tea items will be on sale at interval

Raffle tickets will be sold prior to the concert and drawn during the concert.

Assistance with the concert would be greatly appreciated. We need to clean the Hercules Road hall and the surroundings thoroughly prior to leaving and all rubbish must be removed from the premises. Toilets and floors will need to be cleaned. Chairs and Tables will need to be re-stacked.

Please do not take any costumes home with you from the concert, even if you have had them on long term lone. I need to do a complete stock take of what costumes I have prior to the start of next year.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Christmas Party

Date: 29th November
Venue: Hercules Road Primary School Hall, Hercules Road, Kippa-Ring)
Who: All St. Joseph’s Highland Dancers, Cairngorm Highland Dancers and their families
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
Cost: $30 per family
Gift: Gifts for all dancers provided on day. If you have other children who do not dance and you would like them to receive a gift, you must provide this gift on the day. Value of gift this year is approximately $45.

Pizzas and drinks will be provided for the Christmas Party. I will be ordering Vegetarian and Gluten Free Pizzas as well as the normal type pizzas.

Fundraising

Sausage Sizzle, Masters,North Lakes, St. Patricks Day 2015.
Children will also be dancing on this day.

Raffle – drawn at Easter

We have very generous donations from the Anderson Family and the Kratochvil Family for the raffle which will be drawn at Easter. Each family will be encouraged to take a book and try to sell it to people outside of the dancing community. If it can be sold through work spaces, this would be excellent and greatly appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with fundraising this year – your dancers are the ones who benefit.

We will have cookbooks (delicious recipes!) available for $12 at both concerts so grab a few for Christmas presents.

Michelle Biggs will be organising a fundraising committee next year and there will be positions available to help:

Head BBQ fundraising – working with Triscia to book BBQs, organise donations of food, organise volunteers etc.
Head Raffle fundraising – working with Triscia and Michelle to source pricing/donations etc for an annual major raffle, end of year concert etc
other help to help Michelle plan fundraising shopping trip in July

Any help you can give will be appreciated and you email Michelle: wandmbiggs@bigpond.com

Summer School January 2015

Every child attending the concerts will receive a registration form for the Summer School in January. These will need to be returned as quickly as possible to avoid being disappointed in not being able to get it. Places are limited and there are other studios who will be attending, but I would like to give preference to our studio. Our studio also gets a discounted price for this Summer School.

Classes/Dates for 2015

Watch this space!
Last day of dancing lessons (Cairngorm) – Friday 28th November

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Merry Christmas!
If I don’t get to see you for any reason before Christmas, I hope your family has a Merry Christmas! I look forward to a great year of dancing with your child in 2015

Triscia

Newsletter September 4 2014

Cairngorm Newsletter – 4th September 2014

Well, Term 3 has been a big one, with lots of competitions – everyone has done a great job, and in particular, congratulations to everyone who danced in a competition for the first time – well done! It’s also been a busy time for Mrs Watt who has resigned as Dance Registrar for the South East Queensland Regional Committee of Highland Dancing. Congratulations Mrs Watt on doing such a wonderful job in this very important role. Mrs Watt will still be very busy as she’s training our own Helen Jimmieson in this role. Congratulations Helen!

Recent Competitions

Barrier Reef Championships, Townsville, Saturday 30th August

Hannah Watts, Emma Pomerenke, Amy Jimmieson and Courtnie McGrath-Kerr travelled to Townsville on the weekend to compete in the Barrier Reef Championships. They all danced extremely well and Amy and Courtnie both got second in their respective Championships – well done Ladies! Hannah placed fifth in her Championship, and Emma placed in both Swords and Seann Triubhas in her Championship and was 7th overall. All of our dancers received places in either Title Dances and/or Trophy Dances. I was very proud of how well they all danced.

On Sunday we played tourists and visited the Aquarium, Science Museum and City Centre Markets.

            

QDSA Competition, Bracken Ridge, Sunday 24th August

We had lots of dancers competing at the QDSA Competition and I was very proud of those who danced in their very first competition – well done! Always remember it’s not about getting a place but about enjoying yourself and trying to do your best. I was very proud of you! Congratulations to Jessica and Sarah who moved up from Novice to Intermediate, and to Makayla who got her first stamp in Beginners.

    

Bay Island Titles, Birkdale, 2nd August

Congratulations to those who danced at Bay Island Titles – you all danced very well.

International Highland Dancing Championships, Gosford, 25th July

Amy, Sarah and Laura did a fantastic job at the International Highland Dancing Championships – this photo shows them winning first place in the Under-15 Choreography duo/trio competition. Laura and Amy both placed in the top six in the Championship, Sarah placed highly in the restricted pre-championship, and the girls placed in their section or title dances! Triscia also received a teacher’s award.

 

Upcoming Competitions

MacGregor Highland Dancing Competition, Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th September

Please note there is a new venue for this competition:
Acacia Ridge State School
School Assembly Hall near the oval
Nyngam Street, Acacia Ridge

Saturday 13th September
Primary – commence 9am in Kilt
Beginners, Novice & Intermediate – commence 9am in Kilt
Choreography – commences approximately 2pm

Sunday 14th September
Championship Dancers – register between 8.30 – 8.45 to commence at 9am
Intermediate, Premier and Premier with restrictions – commence approx. 11am in Kilt
Reel MacGregor Choreography Competition

South Queensland Championships, Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th October
Bracken Ridge High School, Barfoot Street, Bracken Ridge
Entry forms for this competition have been handed out – please have back to Triscia by 21st September.

Important Information about Competitions

Registration Cards
Dancers can not dance at a Competition unless they present their current registration card so please make sure you don’t leave home without it.

Costumes
For those who do not have costumes, I have studio costumes that can be hired for each competition for a small fee of $10.  Please remember if hiring costumes that you need to provide for your child short black bike pants, (or underpants that are full size) and a crop top for modesty. If your child is doing the lilt or flora you will also need to bring short white bike pants, or underpants that are fullsize and completely white, as well as short white fold-over socks (again completely white). No jewellery is allowed and hair must be in a bun.

If you would like to purchase a costume for your child, please contact either myself or Mrs Watt first, as the costumes the children were are specific and there are certain kilts that are not suitable for Highland Dancing. Pumps (dancing shoes) can be purchased from me for $65, although the price has recently increased and I will need to start passing on that cost to students as soon as my current stock is depleted. There’s a handy costume checklist on the website to print off and use for each Competition so you’ll always be prepared!

Reminder about good sportsmanship at Competitions

A reminder to parents and dancers about being good sports and behaving appropriately when winners are announced at Competitions. Regardless of who wins, and whether you agree with the Judge’s decisions, it is important to show respect and applaud every child and winner. Imagine how terrible it would feel as a dancer, or as a parent, to be on the receiving end of bad sportsmanship and bad manners by ‘poor losers’. It’s important to learn how to be gracious and humble when you win – and just as important to be respectful and a good sport when you don’t. Please help teach your dancer this important aspect of competing in competitions.

Dancing Exams

Are you ready for your dancing exam!?! Parents, you can help your dancer by going through exam theory questions. Please remember dancers are not required to answer the questions word perfectly, but they need to understand what the question is asking and be able to answer them.

The exam times are below – if they do not suit you, please contact me immediately so I can try and reorganise the times.

Remember to be at the studio ready to sit your exam at least 30 minutes prior to the time set down below as the examiner quite often runs early.  If you are borrowing a costume, you will need to be there 45 minutes prior to exam time.

 

Exam Times

19th September – St. Joseph’s School (Friday)

Time                                              Exam                                                 Candidates

9.00am                                  Introductory

Ruth

Chloe

Ava

9.30am                                  Introductory

Erin

Leila

Freya

 

10.00am                               Introductory

Tiana

Ruby

 

10.30am                             Preliminary

Reese

Tyra

Azra

 

11.15am                             Preliminary

Shanice

Immanuel

Gabrielle P

 

12.00noon                        Elementary

Tayla

Tiarna

 

12.30pm                             Lunch

 

1.00pm                               Elementary

Anna

Georgia

 

1.45pm                               Bronze

Zoe

Alex

Emily-Jean

 

2.15pm                               Silver

Tiana

Sophia

Madison

 

Saturday 20th September – Burpengary

Time                                              Exam                                                 Candidates

9.00am                              Preliminary

Giselle

Mikaela

 

9.45am                              Preliminary

Aroha

Isobel

 

10.15am                            Introductory

Kira

Hollie

 

10.45am                            Elementary

Patrick

Grant

Isobel

 

11.30am                             Bronze

Jessica

Patrick

Emily W

 

12.15pm                           Silver

Charlotte

Sharon

Amber

1.00pm                             Lunch

 

1.30pm                           National Elementary

Sharon

 

2.00pm                           Gold Medal

Amy

Laura

2.45pm                           Jig Elementary

Sarah L

 

3.15pm                           Hornpipe Elementary

Emma

 

3.45pm                          Hornpipe Advanced

Laura

Sarah L

 

Sunday 21st September, Burpengary

 

9.00am                            Bronze

Katie

Emily B

 

9.45am                             Preliminary

Freya

     Sophie O’K

 

10.30am                          Bronze

Sarah I

Hannah

 

11.15am                          Preliminary

Sophie McL

Alex McL

 

12.00noon                  Lunch

 

12.30pm                    Gold Bar

Courtnie

Ashleigh

 

2.30pm                          Introductory                                                        Julie’s Students

 

3.00pm                         VSDA Meeting

 

 End of year Concerts

St Joseph Highland Dancing Concert
Date: Saturday 22nd November (please note change of date)
Venue: St Joseph’s School Hall
Who: St. Joseph Students only
Costumes: All costumes will be provided free of change for this concert
Time: Students to arrive at 1pm
Concert: 2pm to 3.30pm
Entry: Gold coin entry
Raffle: $1 raffle tickets
Food: Afternoon tea on sale

Cairngorm Dancers
Date: Satuday 29th November (please note change of date)
Venue: To be confirmed
Who: All St. Joseph and Cairngorm Dancers regardless of how long they have been learning
Costumes: All costumes will be provided free of charge for this concert
Time: Students to arrive at 9.00am, morning tea and lunch will be provided for students.
Concert: 2.00pm
Cost: $10 per adult; $5 children and pensioners
Raffles: $1 per ticket
Food: Afternoon tea on sale

 

Christmas Party


Date: 30th November (please note change of date)
Venue: To be confirmed
Who: All St. Joseph Highland Dancers, Cairngorm Highland Dancers and their families
Time: Approximately 11.30am
Cost: $30 per family
Gift: Gifts for all dancers provided on day. If you have other children who do not dance and you would like them to receive a gift, you must provide this gift on the day. Value of gift this year is approximately $45.

 

Fundraising

Our next fundraising BBQ is at Masters, North Lakes on Sunday October 26th. Please think about helping out for a couple of hours to help raise money for your children. Further details to follow.

 

Classes/Dates for 2014

New Class times for Monday lessons at Burpengary for Term 4

3.30pm – 4.30pm       New Beginners

4.30pm – 5.30pm       Advanced Beginners, Novice

5.30pm – 7.00pm       Intermediate & Premier dancers

 

Information

It would be appreciated if everyone could let me know whether they can attend competitions, displays, fundraising events, or if they wish to let me know anything at all, that this be done via email or via a note placed in an envelope. As you can appreciate, when I am teaching a dancing lesson, my focus is on my students and although I may take in something that is said to me at the time, I don’t have time to sit down and write it down in my diary or make a note of it. By the end of the day I don’t always recall everything that is said to me. This does not mean that you cannot speak to me at all, and if possible I will always try to talk to you and provide you with answers to any questions you may have, but my priority is to my students and in trying to give them the best lesson possible.

 

Paying Money

Please ensure that any money that is given to me is put into an envelope with the student’s name on it and what the money is for.  If I am teaching and money is given to me and I don’t have anything to say where it has come from, and then I continue to teach, I sometimes forget who has given me money.  So please put it in an envelope with your child’s name on it.  If you are writing out a cheque, please make it out to T. Riding, as there is no bank account for Cairngorm Dancers.

 

Highland Dancing Term Dates for 2014

Term 3 – last lesson Friday 19th September

Term 4 – Monday 6 October (Labour Birthday – public holiday) to Friday 28th November

Public Holidays

Labour Day – Monday 6th October

Lessons will not be held on the following Days due to Seminar’s; Workshops, Competitions etc.

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWSLETTER 1, 2014

ST JOSEPH AND CAIRNGORM HIGHLAND DANCERS.

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been so slack.  We have had a very full first term for 2014 including Australian Commonwealth Championship, Newcastle Championship, Thistles Championship, The Queensland Championships and the first ever Brisbane Boys College Dancing Competition.

Amy Jimmieson danced well at Australian Commonwealth and Thistles Championship and continues to make me proud of her in her improvement in overall technique and strength.

Courtnie McGrath-Kerr placed 3rd in the Queensland Championship and 6th in the Thistles Championship.  Well done Courtnie in a difficult section.

Laura Anderson placed 3rd in the Australian Commonwealth Championship, 2nd in the Newcastle Championship and 3rd in the Thistles Championship.  Well done Laura, I am very impressed with how hard you are working at not only your dancing, but your strength training in between.

Hannah Watts danced in her first Premier competitions this year including her first Pre-Championship and her first Championship.  Hannah you are doing a great job and continuing to improve.  Your energy and enthusiasm is something I would love to see in all my dancers.  Well done.

Sarah Ives continues to dance well and place well in each and every competition this year and it won’t be long before she moves into Intermediate level.  Well done Sarah and keep up the good work.

Zoe Coogan has also competed this year and continues to improve.  Your technique and strength is improving each week Zoe, just keep on working hard and you will be in Intermediate before you know it.  Well done.

Aroha has competed this year in a very difficult beginners section and has shown she is capable of dancing beautifully.  Aroha has been working hard at home and at lessons and is improving quickly.  Well done.

New students this year include Kira Mellilieu, Hollie Knight, Emily Eyles, Eloise Krause, Bruktawit Mulugetta, and Eva Blackwell.  Welcome to Cairngorm Dancers and St. Joseph Highland Dancers.

Now for the rest of this year.  Champion of Champions is the biggest Championship in Australia and is held only every second year and in a different state each time.  This time it’s Victoria’s turn to host the Championships.  We have 4 students going to the Championships this year and we wish them all well.  Amy Jimmieson, Courtnie McGrath-Kerr, Hannah Watts and Laura Anderson.  All these dancers will be competing in the Championships on the Saturday but only Amy, Courtnie and Laura are eligible to compete in the Championship on Sunday as it is restricted to those who have been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a Championship.  So just being able to enter this Championship is an achievement to be proud of.  Well done ladies and my only hope is that you dance to the best of your ability and that the adjudicators place you fairly.  If you dance to the best of your ability regardless of results I will be a very proud teacher.

Also during Easter Zoe Coogan will be travelling to McLean to dance at the McLean Gathering.  So please wish her well in her endeavours to get another square marked on her registration card, and oh yeah, maybe a medal or two.  Good Luck, Dance your best and forget about the rest.

Term 2 is looming fast and will see us starting to work on exam work, so please have a look in your folders that you were given at the beginning of the year to see if your exam sheet is there.  If it’s not, please let me know and I’ll let you have another one.  I will be working on theory, dances and demonstration over the coming months so that you are all well prepared for your exams in term 3.  Please note that it is not compulsory for dancers to sit exams each year and there may come a time when I suggest that it would be in the best interests of the dancer to have a year off exams as some exams are a big jump in knowledge.  If you have any concerns, please email me.

Competition entries are being produced by Mrs (Val) Watt, so if you have any queries regarding entries, please contact her on joyval@bigpond.com.  If you have not received a list of the competitions for this year and would like to, please contact Mrs Watt.  If you have any queries regarding competitions, please contact Mrs Watt.  For those who do not have costumes, I have studio costumes that can be hired for each competition for a small fee of $10.  If you would like to purchase a costume for your child, please contact either myself or Mrs Watt first, as the costumes the children were are specific and there are certain kilts that are not suitable for Highland Dancing.  Pumps (dancing shoes) can be purchased from me for $65, although the price has recently increased and I will need to start passing on that cost to students as soon as my current stock is depleted.

Exams this year will be held on the last week of school and the first weekend of the school holidays.  If you are at St. Joseph’s, but would prefer your child not to come out of class to sit an exam, you are welcome to have your child sit their exam at my place on either the Saturday or the Sunday.  I need to have 3 dancers in each exam to keep costs a a minimum.  The lower exams will be $25 per exam.  More advanced exams will increase in cost as the time needed to conduct the exams increases.  I will provide the costs of these for those sitting the more advanced exams upon request, or in term 3 fees.

If you child is currently dancing at St. Joseph’s and is only doing lessons at lunch time, I would like to encourage you to consider allowing them to attend classes either before or after school hours if you wish to see them progress.  Many students are finding friends pressure them not to attend during lunch time as they wish to play with their friends.  This is normal and I cannot go and physically collect each and every child.  Many of these children love coming to dancing but are torn between being with their friends and dancing.  I can also arrange for lessons with some older students in the area on days when I am not in Bracken Ridge if this helps.  Small class situations are preferable and will produce much better results for each and every child.

If you child is having only one lesson per week, I would like to encourage you to consider a second lesson each week as this will assist your child in being able to retain what they learn.  Please contact me for more information via email.

Sausage Sizzles – We have conducted two fundraises so far this year, the first being a sausage sizzle at Masters at Morayfield.  Unfortunately this netted us little more than $200 for the entire day’s work.  The second Sausage Sizzle was at Bunnings North Lakes.  This was much better finanically and we raised just over $1,000.  Thank you to McDonald’s at Bracken Ridge for donating the onions and also to all those who gave up their time to help man the BBQ.  Our next BBQ will not be until October, so I’ll forward more information on this as the time gets closer.

Accounts will be forwarded out shortly.  Please ensure you register your child for 2014.  You will need to fill in a registration form and if you would like new photos on your child’s registration card, you must give two identical passport size photos with the completed form to Mrs Watt.  These forms can be downloaded from the SQRCHDI website, or obtained from Mrs Watt.

Information  It would be appreciated if everyone could let me know whether they can attend competitions, displays, fundraising events, or if they wish to let me know anything at all, that this be done via email or via a note placed in an envelope.  As you can appreciate, when I am teaching a dancing lesson, my focus is on my students and although I may take in something that is said to me at the time, I don’t have time to sit down and write it down in my diary or make a note of it.  By the end of the day I don’t always recall everything that is said to me.  This does not mean that you cannot speak to me at all, and if possible I will always try to talk to you and provide you with answers to any questions you may have, but my priority is to my students and in trying to give them the best lesson possible.

Paying Money  Please ensure that any money that is given to me is put into an envelope with the student’s name on it and what the money is for.  If I am teaching and money is given to me and I don’t have anything to say where it has come from, and then I continue to teach, I sometimes forget who has given me money.  So please put it in an envelope with your child’s name on it.  If you are writing out a cheque, please make it out to T. Riding, as there is no bank account for Cairngorm Dancers.

Important dates to write in your diary/calendar for 2014:

 

Highland Dancing Term Dates for 2014

Term 1 – 9 weeks -

Term 2 – 11 weeks

Term 3 – 11 weeks

Term 4 – 11 weeks

Public Holidays

TBA

Lessons will not be held on the following Days due to Seminar’s; Workshops, Competitions etc.

TBA