Scholarships music to students' ears

Handover: Outgoing president Helene Brown, president Rod Spitty and wife, Gill. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Handover: Outgoing president Helene Brown, president Rod Spitty and wife, Gill. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Music students at Bendigo Senior Secondary College students are set to benefit from a $500 music scholarship thanks to Bendigo South Rotary.

The new scholarship was announced at the Rotary's annual handover dinner at The Foundry Hotel last Thursday.

It is the latest Rotary scholarship for a secondary school across the district, with overall academic scholarships already in place for Girton Grammar, Bendigo South East Secondary College, Catholic Regional College, East Loddon P12 and Crusoe Secondary College.

Incoming president Rod Spitty said BSSC was a large school full of talented year 11 and 12 students.

"It really is a senior school, it’s not a secondary school in many ways, the students are really treated like adults," he said.

"At Bendigo Senior Secondary College, we wanted to encourage and recognise excellence in music and we're going to do a perpetual scholarship dedicated to music."

Mr Spitty said the $500 scholarship brought the club's overall commitment to recognition of excellence in secondary education in the district to $3500 a year.

"We have five schools at $500 each, the new music scholarship is $500 as well as $500 for the University of Newcastle and Latrobe University science and engineering challenge," he said.

It's about encouraging excellence, not only in science and acemedia but also in music.

"It was something the club wanted to do, it had not supported Bendigo Senior Secondary College previously and simply wanted to make an in road to a specific area, music was thought to be good one."

Mr Spitty said a 16-piece band from BSSC played Thursday's Rotary handover dinner.

"What they’ve been doing the past few months is practicing hard," he said.

"It also gave them experience performing outside the school."

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