SPECIAL MESSAGE | Board of Management07-Apr-2020
To the Central Coast Conservatorium Community
On behalf of the Board and myself I would like to wish our CCCM Community my heartfelt best wishes for the forthcoming Easter Holiday break. I trust that in some way that you can celebrate this special time as a family. I know that many of us are cut off from some of our loved ones and the only way we can stay in contact is via electronic means. I know that with my own family it will be the only way that we will be able to interact as borders to the states in which most of my children and grandchildren live are closed.
Last Friday I had the privilege of addressing the teaching staff, administrative staff and the Board of the Conservatorium via an electronic medium. Having spent my entire professional career teaching face to face in the classroom or mentoring and lecturing groups of colleagues and students, I found it a totally new but rewarding experience.
In recent weeks our teaching staff have been asked to develop lessons to be given via the internet. To many who had previously taught lessons or ensembles face to face it has presented a great new way of presenting lessons. To say that all the staff of the CCCM have embraced the technology is an understatement! They have grasped it with enthusiasm and are preparing lessons and instructing their charges with passion and vigour. To Patrick Brennan (Artistic Director/CEO), Rod Bowman (Financial Controller) and Nicky Castle (who has provided much of the training) and all our superb teaching and administrative staff, I thank you wholeheartedly for taking on board these changes!
I do not need to remind our community that these are tough times. I am of an age to recall the stories my parents and grandparents told of the two World Wars, the Spanish Flu pandemic and the Great Depression. They related tales of great hardship and I am extremely grateful that we live in a nation that has the wealth to be able to sustain us through the COVID-19 crisis. Needless to say, there is a deal of suffering in our community and the COVID-19 crisis has touched many of you in our Conservatorium community. I offer you all my warmest best wishes and thoughts. Most encouraging in these times is our love of music. Music has always been a beacon of hope for people in times of hardship.
The Board of the Conservatorium appreciate the efforts of the staff in adapting to changes in pedagogy brought about by this crisis. As a Board we have been examining ways to ensure our doors are open during the COVID-19 crisis, and to keep our staff employed, albeit in a different capacity during the crisis. The Jobkeeper initiative recently announced by the Federal Government should help a great deal. We are awaiting more details once it is legislated and gazetted.
To our students and our parents, I thank you for your loyalty to the Conservatorium. The feedback we are receiving from you regarding Video Conferencing Lessons (VCLs) and the interaction with our staff is extremely positive. Yes, there have been hiccups but that is to be expected with the roll out of such a radical new approach to music education. I am delighted with the progress being made and look forward to following this innovative answer to providing quality music education to all our students and providing much needed relief from the many stresses which we are encountering. For this reason, I would encourage you all to continue engaging in the arts and especially music education throughout the coming months.
It is the intention of the Board during this crisis to ensure that the planned refurbishment of the Conservatorium will go ahead as planned and that staff, students and visitors will be greeted with a facility worthy of the people of the Central Coast.
If you have any concerns, queries or relevant stories to relate please do not hesitate to contact me on the email address below. If you would like to contact me in person, please send me your telephone number and I will reply as soon as possible.
Board of Management
Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates
Tuesday 28/1 to Thursday 9/4
(Saturday Strings concludes 4 April)
Monday 27/4 to Saturday 4/7
(Saturday Strings concludes 27 June)
Monday 20/7 to Saturday 26/9
(Saturday Strings concludes 19 September)
Monday 12/10 to Saturday 19/12
(Saturday Strings concludes 12 December)
We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.