What an exciting time we have had in the Performing Arts department.

On Tuesday 14 August we had our annual PACE Showcase concert featuring nearly all of our performance groups from both Primary and Secondary Campuses. This was a wonderful night of entertainment performed for a large audience. Well done to everyone involved from the Tech Crew, performers and their directors. A big thank you to our Friends Of The Arts (FOTA) parents who catered for the evening.

On Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 August, 29 students and staff went to Victoria for the biannual Combined Schools Music Festival, hosted this year by St Leonard’s College, Melbourne. Here students from St John’s, got to learn, rehearse and perform with students from St Leonard’s College, Melbourne, Radford College, Canberra and Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange NSW. The students were split into three ensembles. The Festival Concert band conducted by Dr John Lynch from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Festival Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Bochner from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Festival Choir conducted by Dr Kathleen McGuire, internationally acclaimed musician and composer. The students also had the opportunity to be a part of a Big Band conducted by our very own talented Mr Neill Thacker and a Small Vocal Ensemble conducted by Heidi Anthony from Kinross Wolaroi School.

Three days of rehearsals resulted in a wonderful performance at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Brighton on Sunday 19 August.

The students and staff had a great time and represented the college with pride.


Last week we also excitingly announced that next year’s musical will be Annie based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. This wonderful musical gives our students from Year 5 to Year 12 an opportunity to create and perform an award winning show and will hit our stage week 1, Term 3, 2019. Auditions will be in Term 4 and more details will be come soon.

Russell Morgan
Director of Performing Arts Centre of Excellence