The Southern Cross : November 2013
November 2013 Page 23 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | St Patrick's Technical College last month mourned the passing of college pioneer Mr Max Davids. Mr Davids had served on the board of St Patrick's Technical College, Edinburgh North, since its establishment as the Australian Technical College -- Northern Adelaide (ATC-NA) in 2005. During 2003, in his role as manager of the Northern Adelaide Development Board, Mr Davids formed the Northern Adelaide Industry Group (NAIG). The Australian Government's announcement of the Australian Technical Colleges (ATC) program in early 2005 was seen as an ideal opportunity to develop an education and training model that would address skills needs in the region and promote pride and excellence in the teaching and acquisition of trade skills at the secondary school level. Mr Davids approached Catholic Education SA (CESA) seeking to develop a partnership in order to bid for the rights to develop the ATC designated by the Australian Government for Northern Adelaide. With the support of the Archdiocese of Adelaide through Archbishop Wilson and then CESA director, Allan Dooley, Mr Davids led the formation of the interim board of the ATC -- Northern Adelaide which was successful in developing the tender to establish and operate the new school which opened in 2007. Throughout the tender development period, Mr Davids used his considerable government, industry and training networks to enlist support for the school from some of northern Adelaide's largest employers and industry advisory bodies including: GM Holden, the Weeks Group, Priority Engineering Services, Australian Aerospace and Hirotec. Representatives from a number of these organisations were also recruited by Mr Davids to join him as inaugural directors of the college. Mr Davids remained on the college board from this time, including through the transition period from Australian Government ownership to governance under Catholic Education SA (and the subsequent renaming to St Patrick's Technical College). He continued to work with industry and employers across the northern Adelaide region to foster new partnerships for the College that presented opportunities to young people to access relevant, contemporary education and training leading directly to successful employment outcomes. Mr Davids' significant contribution to the College was acknowledged in 2011 with the board approving the naming of the College's highest award for a school-based apprentice in his honour. In 2012, he was a nominee for the Archbishop's Awards for service to the education of young South Australians. Mr Davids had a visionary understanding of the links between education, training and the formation of young people; he also recognised how their skills development directly impacted upon the local economy. There is no doubt that the creative approach led by Mr Davids has played a significant role in assisting over 520 young people since 2007 make the transition from school to employment in apprenticeships via St Patrick's Technical College. Max Davids Born May 29, 1942 Died September 26, 2013 Tech college pioneer OBITUARY Final thriller The Therry Society will perform the final play of its 70th year season when it presents Gerald Moon's comedy-thriller, Corpse, at the Arts Theatre in Angas St this month. Set in London in 1936, on the eve of the abdication, the play features twin brothers Evelyn and Rupert who display extreme sibling rivalry, to the point that Evelyn plots to murder his brother in unusual circumstances. Directed by Norman Caddick, it opens on November 7 and finishes on November 16. Book from November 4 on 8410 5515 (10am to 5pm Mon to Fri) or at Bass or Venue*Tix. The restoration of a 1927 pipe organ in Our Lady of Victories Church at Glenelg has won the praise of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia. Built and installed by J.E. Dodd, the foremost organ-builder of the time, the organ originally cost 1,260 pounds which equates to around $200,000 today. When organist, Leanne Earl (pictured) was appointed director of music ministry in the parish in 2010 she found that over 80 years of wear and tear had left the instrument in need of significant restoration. Fr Anthony Kain and the parish pastoral council took up the challenge to find an organ builder who could restore the organ to its former glory. The task was given to Hargraves Pipe Organs from Melbourne and the meticulous work of rectifying faults in the key action, the re-leathering of an important wind mechanism and the replacement of the blower was carried out over a period of several months. Such was the interest of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia in this restoration project that it became a feature of their 36th annual conference, held in Adelaide at the beginning of October this year. Members from all states of Australia, as well as from as far afield as New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States, gathered at Our Lady of Victories Church and were treated to a short recital by Melbourne organist Andrew Mariotti. The unanimous decision was that the restoration was a great success and that not only would the parish have a wonderful instrument to enhance Sunday Masses and the many weddings and funerals celebrated in the church, but that Adelaide as a whole would be the beneficiary as it would have another quality instrument available for organ recitals. At least two concerts are planned to showcase the organ in 2014. Watch out for details in the new year. Congratulations to Glenelg parish for recognising the value of having this historical instrument restored and for taking to heart the words of the Second Vatican Council: "The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem in the Roman Church, since it is a traditional instrument, whose sound can add a wonderful splendour to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lift up hearts and minds to God and higher things." Jenny O'Brien is a liturgy educator with the Office for Worship Musical treasure strikes a chord By Jenny O'Brien Please contact Jane Juniper on 8210 8223 or email email@example.com Thinking about leaving a bequest?