So, another Grandparents and Special Friends Day is wrapped up! Putting together a school show is countless hours of work but so rewarding when we see all our students on stage. There are many people who have contributed their gifts and talents to these performances and I would like to acknowledge a few special ones:
• Lisa Cannizzaro who is the creative brain and talent behind the whole production. Not only has she taught the songs but has choreographed the dances, found and edited the music, planned the lighting and props, sourced and sewn numerous costumes, and trained the stage hands.
• Scott Baldock who has managed the sound, lighting and before performance photos.
• Andrea Broadbent who has calmly managed backstage.
• David, Diesel, Bryce, Blake, Callan and Brayden who became a well-oiled machine changing the props for each scene, some in less than thirty seconds!
• Our main characters Erin and Wade who confidently connected all the scenes.
• Our brave soloists Lara, Jai and Ashlyn who sang so beautifully.
• Our staff, both teachers and ESOs who have supported our students to get on stage, as well as sourced and organised costumes and props.
• And of course, our students who have engaged so enthusiastically in this entire theatrical experience.
The performance is not just about putting on a show. Our students learn to be a part of a team where their role is crucial to the end result. They learn to be responsible for their costume, their position on the stage and continue to develop more confidence to try something new. Their participation in the performance also supports the Drama and Dance components of the ACARA curriculum.
Our school values are also reflected in this experience.
• Belonging – Nothing showed our community better than when our students sang the finale together.
• Compassion – All students regardless of skill or age were a part of the performance. Older students helped younger ones, adults stood side stage to encourage those who were anxious.
• Gratitude – We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved in a performance in a beautiful Performing Arts Centre.
• Forgiveness – In all the excitement, there were plenty of opportunities to show forgiveness!
• Courage – Dare to have a go at something that is different.
• Justice – All our students’ needs were accommodated in the production.
We cannot forget those parents who helped with the beautiful luncheon that our special visitors enjoyed. Thank you all!
It is now the end of a very long week but it is times like this that I am so proud to belong to this community. I wish you all a glorious two weeks with your cherubs and look forward to seeing everyone next term, refreshed and ready for another busy term.
Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission