Prep Music Tour Stanthorpe 2017

 Andrew McMath, Zachary Battocchio and Jack Tee | Report from the Prep Music Captains

Visual Presentation prepared by Matthew Bialocerkowski

On Thursday June 15 , 29 boys and five staff packed their bags and headed to Stanthorpe. The trip was to take five hours so we were pleased to know that we would be stopping off in Warwick for some food and a run around.

Our first stop on arriving in Stanthorpe was Suttons Farm where we were allowed to do some tasting of the many different types of apple juice blends they sell. We learned that Suttons have over 70 different types of apples on their farm and were surprised to learn that there are over 7500 different types of apples world wide! Some of the boys decided to taste the award winning apple pies. This sells at $12 per slice so imagine how much a whole pie costs!

The next day we travelled to Tenterfield. We visited the Henry Parkes Museum where he delivered his now famous Tenterfield Oration. We sat in the room where he had delivered his speech and impressed the tour guide with our fantastic knowledge of Federation. We were then treated to the best hot chocolates!

Next was a bus trip to learn about Captain Thunderbolt’s Hideout. He was a bushranger who was liked by the community but hunted by the law authorities. He escaped many times but was captured at the age of 32. The hideout was fun to explore, a massive rock in the bush. We weren’t able to climb to the top as it was a rainy day.

We returned to Stanthorpe where we were hosted for a concert at St Joseph’s Catholic School. The deputy there had previously worked at St Hilda’s and she welcomed us to her new school. We performed for the students and then enjoyed afternoon tea in the library where they have a library puppy! Following this we enjoyed some sporting activities with the students from St Joseph’s.

The next day we visited the Granite Belt Maze and played mini golf. We eventually found everyone although there seemed to be a lot of head bobbing to work out how to get out of the maze!

A visit to the Law Dogs Australia was next on our itinerary. We loved this!! It was so good to see how they select dogs that are suitable for law enforcement and to be guard dogs. Matt also demonstrated how the dogs sniff out drugs, follow instructions and their courage at not being scared by loud sounds like gun shots or whips. We were then allowed to pat the little puppy and the alpacas.

Out next concert was at the Robert Channon Winery. This family were lovely hosts and the audience really enjoyed the performance. We ate lunch in amongst the wine barrels but were not allowed to try any! Zachary also treated us to his skills as a bagpipe player.

Our final performance was sharing in the service at the Anglican Church. We really like to be able to go to parishes in these rural areas. Music is always a very welcome addition to their services.

We never went hungry with some incredible meals, especially Anna’s Italian and the Steakhouse.

Meeting old boys always makes these tours memorable. It is hard to believe how many old boys are in the region and brings home to us that we are a Band of Brothers. Even the lady who owned the motel where we stayed had a TSS connection with both of her brothers having boarded there. They would love us to visit again and we hope to return in 2018.

Thanks to the staff for the wonderful opportunity. We loved it!

Click here to view our video and see all the fun from our excursion.



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