Headmaster’s Message – May 25, 2018

May 24, 2018

Dear Parents, Carers, Friends, Staff and Students,

On Wednesday night I was privileged to attend the opening night of our St Patrick’s/Loreto College 2018 production Beauty and the Beast.-

I was left in awe at the quality of performance!

All participating students, including the cast and backstage crew, have contributed their talents together to produce a performance of the highest standard. I am constantly impressed, although never surprised, with the incredible talents our students possess in the area of performing arts. It is one thing to have talent, it is a very different thing to be prepared to share this talent with others. This involves taking a risk, trusting your Director, Choreographer and Music Director, to present something that will engage the audience over a sustained period of time.

I would like to publicly acknowledge all of the staff from SPC and Loreto who have given their time so generously to ensure our students have such a wonderful opportunity. In particular, our Director Josh Vucicevic, Marcia Phillips and Marcella Crowley (Producers), Simone Jans, (Musical Director), Lindy Crowe-Procaccino (Choreographer), Jarrod Ryan (SPC Head of Co-curricular Performance) and all of our SPC staff who have given of their time to supervise and assist with various tasks. It has been a team effort and it is greatly appreciated.

Finally, to our dedicated students. Thank you for showing such a high level of commitment, enthusiasm and joy. You have thrilled us with your talent and energy and you are all wonderful ambassadors for both schools, who are both very proud of you.

In celebration of the Performing Arts, I offer the following reflection from John O’Donohue:

Each of us is an artist of our days;

The greater our integrity and awareness,

the more original and creative our time will become.

The willingness of our students to contribute their gifts in the area of the performing arts, brings meaning to words of Pope Francis.

-‘Pope Francis urges the Church to -step outside herself- and says “In stepping out it is important to be ready for encounter- -¦-¦ Encounter with others. Why? Because Faith is an encounter with Jesus and we are called to do what Jesus does: encounter others.

Have a great weekend

John Crowley