Congratulations to our Music students and staff on a wonderful MusicFest on Tuesday night. 2021 Music Captain, Lauren Cartwright, made her debut performance as she introduced the evening’s theme “Yuletide”. Festive pieces were performed by the Percussion Ensemble, the MSM Singers, Senior Strings, Year 7 and 8 Choir, Percussion Quintet, Brass Ensemble, String Orchestra, Intermediate Vocal Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Wind Chamber Ensemble, College Choir and Concert Band. Students involved in our music program have rehearsed all year, overcoming the many challenges that COVID-19 presented (and there have been many including rehearsing on-line and ensuring social distancing during rehearsals). MusicFest was a wonderful finale to the music year and I thank the music students and their conductors for bring the joy of music to us. Special thank you to Ms Miriam Townsley (Program Leader – Music) for her coordination of the music program throughout the year.
I have been physically present at our events in recent months that have been live streamed to our community. On Tuesday night I really enjoyed my first experience of watching a live stream from home (along with the other 126 viewers). I appreciate that we miss the atmosphere of being at a “live concert” but there have been positive outcomes of the live stream, such as being able to see the faces of each of our students as they perform and the opportunity for more family members to watch the concert. I would like to thank our IT Team for continually bringing our visions to reality. In particular I would like to acknowledge Adam Watson (as lead producer) and Gabe Couper (cameraman).
Thank you to our community for the feedback that you have provided for our live streamed events such as MSM Celebrates. This feedback assists our planning as we move forward into 2021.
We continue to hold our Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers. It has been a long three weeks! We have been proud of our students and the continued commitment they have demonstrated to their studies. Today many of our students have participated in their Study of Religion external examination. Exams continue into early next week with the Languages being the final assessments.
Next week we graduate our Class of 2020. Like so many other events during Term 4, Graduation will look a little different this year as we comply with the COVID-Safe requirements. We look forward to celebrating with parents/carers on Wednesday at the Graduation Ceremony and Liturgy at City Hall. The Year 11 students have been working very hard on the special farewell assembly on Thursday. This event will be live streamed to the community and the link will be provided next week.
The end of the year is rapidly drawing to a close. I urge all students to continue your focus on your studies and to make the most of every opportunity that the final two weeks of the 2020 school year presents to you
In faith and love