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War theme for music festival
A 5000-strong audience was last month treated
to a patriotic 27th Catholic Schools Music
Festival by more than 2000 students using
this year’s annual event to mark the 100th
anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and 70 years
since the end of World War II.
The war-time songs were a hit with young
and old, however it was “And the band played
Waltzing Matilda”, sung by the assembled
school choir of 370 students, which was a crowd
The festival called Music to Warm the Heart ran
from September 21 to 24 in the Adelaide Festival
Theatre and involved more than 2000 students
from 65 Catholic schools across the State.
"Next to Christmas, this is the event I look
forward to the most" said Joshua, secondary
student, rhythm section.
"I just love it! I've been involved since I was in
the combined choir during primary school, and
now I'm a soloist," said Hannah.
Festival music director Denise Rothall has been
working on the festival since last year, with
choir trainer workshops being held as early as
The festival, which began in 1989, is run by
a team of volunteers under the guidance of a
committee and festival music director Denise
Rothall and festival accompanist Pamela
The festival format involves a choir of about
400 students from Years 5 to 7 singing up
to 12 songs interspersed with performances
by support acts, soloists and small or large
ensembles selected by audition from Catholic
primary and secondary schools across the
State. The choir changes each night to include
students from across the participating schools.
WAR-TIME SONGS MELT HEARTS: Cabra Dominican College was one of 65 schools to
participate in this year’s Catholic Schools Music Festival. The drum corps performed military
pieces every night of the festival.
Photo: John Hemmings
For almost two decades, the
Knights of the Southern Cross
have been providing Adelaide’s
Catholic senior school students
with invaluable employment skills
through annual mock interviews.
This year alone they will interview
more than 560 students from Our
Lady of the Sacred Heart College,
Thomas More College, Cardijn
College and Mercedes College.
“For some of the students, it’s
their first ever experience of an
interview,” says Lynda Stewart,
assistant deputy principal at
Thomas More College. “Many of
them are very, very nervous.”
In July, 190 Year 10 Thomas More
students were interviewed by more
than 20 members and associates
of the Knights, some of whom have
led large corporate and government
bodies before retiring.
Each student must apply for a real
job advertised in the newspaper
or online. After the interview,
students receive feedback on their
application, dress code, interview
mannerisms and tips on resumes
and cover letters.
“I think it’s great,” says 16-year-
old Alishia Gow-Smith, who hopes
to become a police officer or a
special education teacher. She
was interviewed by Dernancourt
branch member Rod Hern, who
was executive officer of the
Knights for 15 years and prior to
retirement was a senior officer with
the South Australian Railways. He
says the students are interviewed
by members who have worked as
biochemists, engineers, doctors
and university professors.
Rod introduced mock interviews
to Catholic schools about 18 years
ago. “It is a process as close to a
real interview as possible which
can give students a first-time
experience, build confidence, and
hopefully give them an advantage in
real-life circumstances,” says Rod.
The most common mistakes
are spelling errors or computer
words in applications and letters.
And the question that stumps most
students: “Tell me about yourself?”
INTERVIEW SKILLS: Knights of the Southern Cross member Rod Hern
interviews Thomas More College student Alishia Gow-Smith.
St John the Baptist Catholic School
will open its classrooms, display
memorabilia and offer a Mass of
Thanksgiving as part of its 80th
birthday celebrations next month.
The classrooms will be open from
2:00 pm on Friday November 6.
A display of past and present
memorabilia will be presented in the
John the Baptist Centre and the day
will conclude with a celebration of a
Thanksgiving Mass at 5:30 pm in St
John the Baptist Church followed by
a BBQ and festivities on the school
grounds at 342 Anzac Highway,
Please contact Bernadette O’Rielley
on 8293 6280 if you have any
memorabilia or would like to attend
this special occasion.
80-year milestone for Plympton school
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