The Southern Cross : April 2010
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If you would prefer to telephone us call 1300 550 273 or 1300 655 002. Honouring the Past, Building the Future AS NE Funding gains for Catholic schools CHANGING PLACES: Therry Dramatic Society members begin the massive task of relocating thousands of costumes and props, the more unusual of which include a lifelike chook, a fully decorated birthday cake and a half-suit of armour. Pictured from left are Don Oswald, Alistair Ward, Jill Bartlett and Alda Ward. Photo: Kate Elmes By Rebecca DiGirolamo They have tonnes of irreplaceable costumes, props and theatrical sets to relocate by June, but it is leaving their hear ts behind that will hur t the most, says Therr y Dramatic Society's president Jill Bar tlett. "Our hear ts are here," she says of the society's old church headquar ters in Nor wood. The Therr y Dramatic Society next month will close the doors to the former St Mar y's Church, on Beulah Rd, where they have been rehearsing, meeting, set-designing and storing props for the past 26 years. They will be moving to new headquar ters -- an office warehouse in Beverley -- where there is plenty of room for the growing drama group. "We're ver y excited about the move but by the same token we will miss the old premises," says Ms Bar tlett. "It sor t of feels like leaving the family home." After 67 years of fundraising, the Society has been able to raise enough money for a deposit on their own piece of real estate. It means they will be in debt for the next 50 years, but they will no longer be leasing church premises, which they have been doing since the Society began in 1943. "It's a fantastic achievement for a community theatre group," says Ms Bar tlett. The Adelaide branch of the Therr y Dramatic Society is named after Father John Joseph Therr y -- the first official Catholic priest in Australia and a man of the ar ts. The society is a branch of the Lay Apostolate in the Adelaide Archdiocese and the patron is Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson. The Society aims to contribute to Christian ar ts in Adelaide by producing three plays and one musical each year from a growing volunteer base. Since its first meeting, the group has per formed about 300 plays and musicals. The show must go on UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS at the Arts Theatre, on Angas St, Adelaide are: Curtains -- June 3-12, Present Laughter from August 19-28, and Then I Wrote, from November 4-13. For more information phone the Therry Dramatic Society on 8443 6521. The campaign for fairer funding for Catholic schools will continue following a tightly contested election which claimed Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith. The Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities South Australia (FCSPCSA) says it had a "good working relationship" with Dr Lomax- Smith who lost the seat of Adelaide to Liberal candidate Rachel Sanderson. In the lead up to the 2010 election Labor pledged an additional $1 million per year for four years for students with disabilities in non-government schools as well as $8 million over four years for behaviour management, new arrivals suppor t and students with English as a second language and $8 million to broadly target science and mathematics. "Dr Lomax-Smith understood the non- government education sector and its strong contribution to this state," said FCSPCSA executive officer Ann Bliss. "We will maximise the oppor tunity a new Minister presents by ensuring (they) understand the significance of our sector and demonstrate a genuine commitment to the choice principle and to funding fairness." Both Labor and Liberal had committed to increased funding for special needs students in the lead up to the election and to tighten the per capita funding disparity between Catholic schools in South Australia and those in other states. The Liberals also pledged $17.5 million to non-government schools over four years. The South Australian Catholic education sector is currently the lowest state-funded sector in Australia and receives no capital funding from the state government, as oppose to the eastern states which receive millions of dollars annually. Catholic Education South Australia director Jane Swift said Catholic Education SA and the Association of Independent Schools SA had worked collaboratively to lobby local members and candidates on the funding issues af fecting schools. "We look for ward to working with the newly appointed Education Minister and welcoming the Minister into our Catholic school communities," she said. South Australian Catholic Primar y Principals Association executive member and principal of Star of the Sea School Michael Honey said it was impor tant for principals and parents to continue focusing on the commitment of reducing funding disparity irrespective of a Labor or Liberal government.