We come to the end of yet another extremely busy term and I thank all the staff and members of our community for their ongoing commitment and hard work.
Last week we held our College Musical “Rock of Ages”, another outstanding spectacular, showcasing the amazing talents of our students. It was a very professional, high energy and visually exciting show. The discussion for the musical began back in Term 3 of 2018 and it has been full steam ahead since that moment. The performance involved over 200 students and showcased not only the talents of our performers, but the talents and skills of the many students that took other roles in music, sound and lighting, costuming, hair and makeup, set design, hospitality, painting, construction and the list goes on.
The quality and professionalism of the two bands was exceptional, and I thank Mr Liam Heffernan for his work in assisting our musicians in the preparation of a very difficult score before taking leave, and to Ms. Andrews’ work throughout Semester 1.
The Musical provides lasting memories for all involved; it builds new relationships across year
groups, provides opportunities for students to showcase and develop talents and skills and they are just great fun to be a part of. A special thankyou to the Performing Arts team, Mrs Renee Lyons (Director and Producer), Ms Trudy Andrews (Music and Vocal Director, Producer), Ms Wendy Curry (Music Rehearsals and Backstage Supervision), Ms Claire Franke (Musical Administration and Backstage Manager) and our visiting Choreographer Mrs Katrina Gooding. There were many staff and parents who assisted in making the Musical so successful and I thank each and every one of them for the additional time they gave to support our students. I would also like to give our special thanks to BLM Production Services and Stolen Planet Productions for their support and generosity.
If you follow our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/St-Patricks-Marist-College-1549337335358979/) you will have seen a number of outstanding individual and team achievements recently. I would like to make special mention to Melody Yalda one of our Year 12 students who was awarded the “Highly Commended Role Model Award” at the Fairfield City Mayor’s Youth Achievement Awards. There were 50 nominees in her category. Melody was recognised for her work with newly arrived refugee primary school students and her outstanding contributions to our ‘Chance for Change’ Social Justice group here at the College. Melody is everything we hope a Marist graduate to be.
Recently Ava Goharinasab, one of our Year 11 students competed in the 2019 Taekwondo President’s Cup, achieving a Gold medal. It has been a pleasure to watch Ava set herself challenging personal goals and work with incredible commitment and determination to achieve them.
Congratulations to our Year 8 MCCS Netball and Senior Girls AFL teams on making their Grand Finals. Both teams played with great sportsmanship and commitment until the final whistle with our Netballers winning their match.
This week we have been engaged in Parent / Teacher /Student Interviews for Years 7 to 9 and Subject Selection Interviews with Year 10. I thank all of our families for their attendance and support as we continue to work in partnership with you.
Next week the College will be closed as the builders finally begin demolition of the A block. Whilst the next 12 months will certainly be challenging, we are looking forward to the wonderful new learning spaces.
A reminder that the first day for students is Monday, 22nd July. There is no pupil free day at the start of the term.
At the end of this term we farewell Kathryn Scotford our Lead Teacher from Wiyanga. Kathryn has worked tirelessly and with great commitment during her time with us and we wish her every success in her future endeavours.
Mrs Angela Hay