May 11, 2018

Don't miss all of our students performing together for the first time in 2018 at Westside. It's going to be a fantastic evening showcasing all the talents of students and giving them the opportunity to perform to a live audience. What a thrill!

April 10, 2018

Last year the program was very successful, all involved enjoyed reaping the rewards of being involved in our music programs, from classroom to concert band! 

The success of Lindy's program exploding in size and the benefit of music in the classroom was witnessed and appreciated.  This year with the continued support from the Fairley Foundation, the Pratt Foundation and generous donations from Igniting change we were able to continue expanding the Heinz Music program in the Shepparton Region. Two new schools, Harston and Mooroopna North P.S now having classroom music at their schools each week and the  5/6s having the opportunity to learn an instrument and be part of the band program. Moving mountains we are, with Dhurringile P.S also joining the band program. Now over 160 grade 5/6 children are lea...

September 5, 2017

Come along to hear the wonderful new concert band perform also featuring vocalists and smaller ensembles. 

WHERE: Tatura Primary School- C Block

               33 Service Street

               Tatura, VIC

WHEN: Monday 18th of September, 6.30pm

July 20, 2017

Trustee's from the Fairley Foundation and guests visited Dhurringile P.S to see the children in action during one of their music sessions taken by Nicole Thorne.  The children enjoyed including and discussing with the guests what they liked most about their music sessions.

July 19, 2017

Bourchier Street Primary School children open the Annual Fairley Foundation Lecture at       La trobe University, Shepparton campus, with a spectacular 'Welcome to Country' on the the 19th of July.  Thank you to the families, Bourchier Street staff for helping the boys involved. It was a great start to the evening,  giving custodians the opportunity to formally welcome people to their land. This acknowledgement pays respect to the traditional custodians, ancestors and continuing cultural, spiritual and religious practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Further, it provides an increasing awareness and recognition of Australia’s Indigenous peoples and cultures.

July 3, 2017

Music Moving Mountains has kicked off brilliantly for 2017. Children from Tatura, Stanhope and Dhurringile P.S have enjoyed  music sessions each week developing their appreciation for the arts further, encouraging team work, positive self- concept and self-worth amongst one another.

The children have learnt musical concepts through games, song, dance, and drama activities. Lindy Tenant has further developed the 5/6s musical skills and enthusiasm for music, coordinating the band program which all the children look forward to each week. Throughout the term the children have had opportunities to perform with the Mooroopna Secondary School students in concert at the Westside Theatre in Mooroopna.  Family and friends were delighted to see the amazing results and the joy the children are recei...

July 1, 2017

Next term Music Moving Mountains Playgroups will be held each week.  All families are welcome from surrounding areas. Playgroup will be held at Dhurringile P.S which is just 5mins from Tatura. It is a peaceful, welcoming, safe setting surrounded by views of local farms. Playgroup will be held from 9.00-11.00am on a Wednesday morning. The first for the term 3 being on Wednesday the 19th of July.  It's going to be loads of musical fun! Come along, don't miss out.

June 27, 2017

The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School showcased their talent in a partnership concert program with local school students in the Goulburn Valley. Students rehearsed for a short time in the afternoon that day and later in the evening performed what they had rehearsed earlier in a concert for all to enjoy. Primary School children participated in a concert band and choir on stage with VCA students and staff. It was an amazing day for all involved. It was a real thrill for the children to perform with VCA students, not only was it an experience for them, it was inspirational for students,  showcasing to them what can be achieved. 

June 21, 2017

The children and staff at Dhurringile P.S were very excited to take delivery of donated toys for Music Moving Mountains Playgroup. Toys were sorted, cleaned and tested, along with space being made to accommodate visitors at playgroup each week. Loads of fun was had and excitement is building regarding the Playgroup continuing to grow.

March 10, 2017

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Nicole Thorne
Musician, educator, artist

Nicole has played organ since the age of 12 then later moved to the piano.  An accomplished jazz piano player, in late 2005 she decided to go back to her roots. After many challenges along the way, she released two successful albums in the space of a few years showcasing her original compositions and talent on the B3. Primarily performing original material with her own band B3Madness, Nicole's versatility and musicianship allows her to play all genres in any ensemble/band.

Nicole's passion for improvisation on the piano has been equally matched by enthusiastic audiences.

The Nicole Thorne Trio performing in concert and festivals has delighted audiences for years.  At the age of 21 she bought her first piano. Mentored by great Australian musicians with the combination of  her formative years on organ ,she has developed her own sound. Renowned for a beautiful and strong

melodic approach, captivating audiences with her unique interpretations of standards that everybody enjoys. 

Nicole has  Bachelor of Education in primary and has worked as a specialist in the Arts at many Victorian Schools teaching children music. 


Dear Melbourne Recital Centre

The Melbourne Recital Centre was an amazing and inspiring experience as none of my schoolmates had ever been there. The intricate patterns of modern architecture was beautiful as it was made from Tasmanian oak. I really enjoyed the visit.

Roysten Abel’s Manganiyar Classroom was a well-crafted piece of international music. It was like having India in Australia! Being a former citizen of the country, I found it very easy to understand the words. I loved it so much as I have not visited my home country for 3 years and this performance made me feel like I was back home. Being so far away from such a wondrous city. It was truly an honour to hear a great example of the various cultures of India.


As I explored my surroundings, I thought, WOW! This is one of the best buildings that I have ever been to! The atmosphere was quiet and peaceful. There was a lot of space and everything was in order. The acoustics of the theatre itself were loud and clear, bringing the recital to life. Most of all, the staff were friendly and did not disappoint in the slightest.

Overall, the Melbourne Recital Centre and Roysten Abel have brought not only me, but also the whole of 5/6 an unforgettable experience like no other.

Yours sincerely


Gr 6 Tatura Primary School

Dear Melbourne Recital Centre

The Melbourne Recital Centre is a privilege to visit as it is amazing in itself, just to look around inside. It is an incredible venue with features far beyond description.


The unique Tasmanian Oak and the highly superior plush chairs are breathtaking additions that bring out all of the Centre’s inner beauty. To sit and wait was an honour.


The Manganiyar Classroom was a truly spectacular performance. Even though I could not understand the songs, the expressions and emotion meant that this did not matter. The setting of the classroom was complete to perfection. One of the things I found so astonishing was the fact that some of the boys were as young as only 8 years old. The sound was something that you could listen to for days and not get tired of it. I did not even have to try to listen; I got absorbed in it straight away.


Because we live so far away from the city, we do not have many opportunities like this, but thanks to the Recital Centre’s generosity and the Fairley Foundation for bussing us down, we got this visit as a free excursion for our school.

We all agreed that we would really like to return to the Recital Centre if the opportunity came up. It was a great experience for us.


Many thanks


Gr 6 Tatura Primary School 

A visit to the NVG and Melbourne Recital Centre

On the way to Melbourne!

Grade 5/6 had a wonderful day visiting the National Gallery and the Melbourne Recital Centre. Thankyou to the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Fairley Foundation for providing us this wonderful experience.

Looking glam! Relaxing, doing some painting after music.

Dhurringile P.S Centenary March 17 & 18th

Amazing Aikya does us proud!


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