I again extend my sincere appreciation to our community for our musical this year. Our students excelled and had great fun. They really showed us how to participate in large
events, be mindful of one another and to be independent at times. We were really impressed with the students. The parents who helped out were extraordinary. Beth Ben Karmona and Andrea Cunningham gave up hours of time to help prepare students and at the event were incredibly supportive. An army of mothers helped with sewing, makeup, hair and moving sets. As I said at our Saturday night performance, I am terrified I will leave a name out so I won’t mention individuals, but we were very, very grateful to the parents who helped out (and I think who had a bit of fun along the way!). I am even grateful to parents who just organised their children to be on time and ready for their back stage preparation – it was appreciated. The staff worked as a team and some even brought their teenage children to help out back stage. It was a huge task but done so well. I will mention Mrs Luostarinen who has not had a lunch break all year because she’s been rehearsing leads and organising sections of the musical. Thank you for your talent and skill and that you are such fun to work with – I know the students love you!
1. Community – musicals need students, parents and staff to all help out. In doing so, new friendships are made and students especially learn about how to collaborate and be part of a team.
2. Fun – musicals are hard work but great fun. Backstage, I saw children laughing, joking, smiling, singing, practising lines, lining up ready for their cue and chatting with one another. Hopefully for the 250 students involved in ‘The Little Mermaid’ and the 230 students involved with the Prep/One and Two/Three pre musical concert, a memory has been made which will stay with them for years to come.
3. Long term gain – when my children were at school I encouraged them (I actually made them but it wasn’t a hard sell) to participate in every musical on offer. I also insisted they learn an instrument and became part of the choirs from Prep to Year 12. The reason for this is when they were in Years 11 and 12, they were too busy with rehearsals and musical activities to be involved in some negative behaviours which teenagers can become involved with. If a student can spark an interest in musicals or performing arts whilst at Primary School, this may cause them to have a long association with music departments at schools. Research shows, the musical students are not involved with drugs and alcohol whist at school. They’re too busy! I even know students who loved their musicals at school and still do amateur theatre as adults - terrific fun and a great way to make friends and become part of the local community.