From the Principal

Last week the Annual Musical production wowed "full houses" every night with the toe tapping singing and dancing classics from "Singin' in the Rain". It was a magnificent production and in every sense exceeded any realistic expectation of a school show. In particular I would like to recognise:

  • the young cast who sang, danced and acted their roles into life
  • the crew backstage who made different scenes appear and disappear with seemingly little effort
  • the tireless energy and excellence of our Director of Music, Mrs Toni Strong and Director of Drama, Mr George Tsakisiris
  • the creativity of our Wardrobe Designer Ms Kiri Moore for the authentic and beautiful dressing of all the characters
  • the recreation of the big Broadway dance routines by our Choreographer, Mrs Juliet Owen
  • the outstanding integration of lighting, sound, special effects and video by Ben Fry and Matt Christides
  • the logistics of Wayne Burke, Ric Del Pizzo and a wonderful FOMAD team of parent volunteers

The last night had added authenticity when the drought broke and the thunder, rain and flooding around the campus had us all "dancing in the rain"!

This weekend the College is hosting "Loreto Federation" which is a gathering of past pupils from all the Loreto Schools of Australia. Approximately 250 delegates will enjoy a program of liturgies, speakers, forums and entertainment. The event is being co-hosted by John XXIII College and Loreto Nedlands, and we have been greatly assisted by Notre Dame University in Fremantle. While it does not look like we will be able to offer our interstate delegates our iconic warm days and blue skies, I am sure they will enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the Loreto "clan" in Western Australia. Many thanks to the wonderful parents who have volunteered to assist with catering, Ms Walker and our choirs who will lead the liturgies, Anna Gingell who was a central figure in the entire organisation and our wonderful logistics crew of Wayne Burke, Ben Fry, Ric Del Pizzo and Ron Logan.

Sixty families this week have been randomly selected to participate in an Organisational Health survey conducted by the Catholic Education Office. This will be an annual survey to be completed by all staff, selected students and parents. The College will receive a report at the end of the Term which will assist us with our ongoing school improvement plan.

Our prayerful condolences are offered to the Laver family on the death of John after a long struggle with illness. He has left a very young family and to Kristin, Charley (Year 1) and Tilly (Kindy) we extend our support and friendship. May John rest in peace.

Congratulations to Fr Gaetan who on the 9th May celebrates his 30th year of Ordination. We thank Gaetan for being with us in his joyful, and inclusive way of ministering.

Together let us Seek Justice

Anne Fry