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Sistema Scotland ‘Big Sister’ Nicola Benedetti meets our Pizzicato Effect students


Coinciding with her visit to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Diego Matheuz and the Orchestra in early September, Scottish-born superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti visited Meadows Primary to give an afternoon instrumental workshop with the young musicians in the MSO’s Pizzicato Effect program. After the workshop, students were given the chance to witness Benedetti rehearse with […]

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Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti brings brilliance to Beethoven, MSO and next generation.


When Alexander the Great reached the greatest point of his empire, he reportedly wept because there were no new worlds to conquer. Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti might be forgiven for feeling the same after becoming the first classical musician in two decades to break into the UK top 20 pop chart last month. Just turned […]

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Australia and Turkey – side by side


  The ‘‘Side by Side’’ program takes its name not from the Collingwood club song but from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish commander at Gallipoli. Addressing the mothers of the Allied troops who died in the battle, the Turkish leader famously said: ‘‘There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where […]

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Cooking program aims to slash youth unemployment across Hume


And those behind the project hope it can curb Hume’s high youth unemployment rate. The Kitchen Academy Program — run by Glenroy-based Youth Projects — has provided 10 months of work experience to young people facing unemployment, homelessness or health issues. In a partnership between Youth Projects, Meadows Primary School and Hume Global Learning Village […]

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Listen and learn: Music for the brain


Music. Like good literature, it comforts the disturbed; disturbs the comfortable and gives voice to the secrets of the heart. Yet a single plaintive note, a whisper of a melody, goes where the boots of words can no longer tread. Music is a moral law, according to Plato. Since man crawled out of the primordial […]

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Collingwood and Essendon presidents visit Meadows Primary School for Anzac Day commemoration with Turkish Consul-General


The school was visited by St Dominic’s Primary School students, Collingwood and Essendon Football Club presidents Eddie McGuire and David Evans, and Turkish Consul-General Seyit Mehmet Apak. The Side by Side project aimed to dismiss claims that multiculturalism could cause community division in the countdown to the 2015 Anzac Day centenary. Friends of Gallipoli spokesman […]

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Music program with all the strings lets plucky pupils take a bow


FOR half an hour once a week, students at Meadows Primary settle in for an instrumental music class. Taking up their violins, violas and cellos, the children learn their skills from some of Australia’s best musicians: members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The program, called the Pizzicato Effect, is in its third year with more […]

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