Out and about in August

August 8 is the Feast of Australia's first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. This year I led the music at Mass at St Patrick's in Asquith. In the evening I was part of a panel as we discussed Men's Spirituality. A fun night! On August 14 I filled in for my son- ..

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Rise Up! More recording!

While in Brisbane I made my way to Alchemix studio to record the violin parts with our brilliant violinist Bec Thomas. Can't wait to hear her beautiful work on this new CD. Marly, the sound engineer, and I learnt that there is no such thing as a left-handed violin!  ..

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Catholic Education Week in Queensland

This week was Catholic Education Week in Queensland. I celebrated with four schools, two in Brisbane and two in Cairns. Thanks to St Joseph's in Nundah and Jenny Davissen for this beautiful welcome sign! On Thursday I drove about two hours south of Cairns to Tully to ..

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Rise up! in the south! Melbourne recording and tour

This week saw me return to Melbourne spending time at the Federated Schools of St Peter, St Paul and St Catherine in the Bentleigh-Moorabbin area of Melbourne. I got to work with my dear friend Drew Lane, who helped me record the Melbourne Choir, Irish recorder player John Ca ..

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Rise Up! Studio Session July 18

My new CD, Rise Up! is coming together really well. Today we held the choir and lead recordings for children around NSW. Students travelled to the Robertson studio from as far away as Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Queanbeyan, the Central Coast, as well as Sydney and Wollongong. As I ..

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Last Week of Term in Lismore

My feet barely had time to touch the ground at home before I was off for the last tour of the term. It's been a long three weeks on the road. I was fortunate to finish it in one of my all time favourite Dioceses- the Diocese of Lismore in northern NSW, hosted by Helen Hunter  ..

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Westward!

After a quick couple of days at home I boarded the Red Kangaroo and took the five hour flight to Perth. Had a grand week in schools, finishing with a day at Good Shepherd, Kelmscott, a bi-annual visit. And the Year 6 teacher is a mean photographer so we got these great shots! ..

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Tropical North- Cairns and Weipa

I headed north early on Sunday morning, flying from Sydney to Cairns. After a short stopover it was onto the smaller plane to Weipa, a bauxite mining town on the Gulf of Carpentaria. It was to be my second visit to the newest school in the Cairns Diocese, St Joseph's.  ..

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Welcomes and Celebrations!

Yes.... Another flight on the world's second busiest air corridor- Sydney to Melbourne! Just a short visit with a day and a night at St Mary's College in Seymour where Catherine Evans and Kerry Hogan always make sure I have a royal welcome. This time they illustrated my songs ..

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Catholic Education Week in Adelaide

It's a good thing that Catholic Dioceses in Australia celebrate Catholic Education Week at different times! This week it was Adelaide and I began the week at our Lady of La Vang school in Flinders Park. It's a Special Needs School and I've been making regular visits for the p ..

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Melbourne late May

This was my seventh trip to Victoria so far this year- good thing I love the city of Melbourne. While on a trip out to Siena School in Ballarat I saw an article about my visit to OLHC Wendouree last year. This is John Caine, music teacher and musician at St John's Sc ..

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Reading a School, Writing a Song

A few times a year I'm commissioned by a school to write a school song. Over the years I think I've written about 70 of these songs. I was reflecting on this last week as I wrote three school songs: for Mary Immaculate in Bossley Park (Sydney), St Gregory's in Queanbeyan and  ..

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Family Week or NAPLAN Week?

This week is NAPLAN Week in Australia. It's a week when every student in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit a series of exams in literacy and numeracy. It takes a lot of teaching and learning energy and is known to create some anxiety, particularly in younger students. On the other hand ..

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In the news!

Occasionally I get emailed copies of newsletters after I've visited a school. I guess my goal is make an impact of sorts and to give some impetus to Religious Education, music and liturgy. So here are a couple of clips from recent visits to St Cecilia's in Wyong, NSW, and St  ..

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Garden of Gethsemane

I received a memorable email on Wednesday from Philip Hills, an Australian Catholic primary school teacher at St Louis de Montfort School in Aspendale in Melbourne, currently in Jerusalem. Here's what he wrote: Hi Andrew, I wanted to write to thank you for your beaut ..

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Penola- where it all began

A very early start to the month of May saw me on the road at 6 in the morning heading south from Adelaide to the town of Penola, the site where Mary MacKillop, Australia's first saint, began her life's work. In the spirit of St Mary of the Cross we invited two other small sch ..

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Many Blessings from Warrnambool

I spent three days last week in the beautiful city of Warrnambool, three ours west of Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road. I was blessed to have the opportunity to have several morning and evening walks along the coast. In visiting St John's at Dennington I saw a schoo ..

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Holy Week to Easter- from death to Resurrection

Each year I have the great privilege to lead children through the journey of Holy Week through song. It's the most moving week for me to relive the story every day for five days. It began with sunrise on the eve of Palm Sunday out at Our Lady of the Annunciation at P ..

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LA RE Congress 2018!

On March 13, my mate and Butterfly Music stablemate, Drew Lane, and I set out from Sydney for the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. In so many ways this is the highlight of my year in terms of music ministry. I finally had enough points stored up for an upgrade!  ..

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More artists: Good Shepherd Kelmscott, WA

Just in from Diana Newman, pictures of the young artists from Good Shepherd School in Kelmscott, Perth, holding up their artwork after receiving their books. Thanks kids! Thanks Laura Oorschot and thank Diana!  ..

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Late February Early March- Melbourne

The last week of February and first in March was spent in the south, firstly in Melbourne, then out to the LaTrobe Valley. Besides visiting many beautiful school communities I also got to spend some time with tow other "Butterflies", Drew Lane and Jane Mitchell. Jane ..

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Pancakes in Adelaide

Second week back on tour saw me in Adelaide for Pancake Tuesday. I had breakfast with my friend Robyn Mercer at her school, St Anthony's in Edwardstown, where they raised more than $500 for Project Compassion. I played at Ash Wednesday Mass at Blackfriars School in Prospect a ..

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On the Road Again

After nearly two months on holidays it was time to get on board the Flying Kangaroo and head south to Geelong for the first tour of the year. I was fortunate to stay on the waterfront in that beautiful city. And I was the subject of a young writers news for the day!  ..

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News from Tim, Drew and Gen

In other news, Drew Lane performed a series of Christmas Concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. Tim Hart, about to release his debut album with Butterfly Music, performed "Joyful Generation", the official song of the 2017 Australian Catholic Youth Festival, in front of 20000 peopl ..

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Christmas Concerts 2017!

The Christmas run this year saw me do 22 concerts in three states, finishing on the last day of school, December 15. Many highlights: reuniting with Scott Carroll; seeing many quality school bands; catching up with two former students (and their children); and worki ..

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Christ the King- Deception Bay- Home of the Rainbow Song!

It was under this sign (though it has since been updated) that I first came up with the idea of the Rainbow song. Inspired by the vibrancy of this school and its attachment to the Rainbow I wrote the words and music for one of my most used songs back in February 2003, my firs ..

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Christmas in Queensland

My Christmas run began, as it usually does, with a few Christmas Concerts in Brisbane. We managed to avoid the storms this year though we came close at St John Vianney's in Manly. On November 22, it was time to head south again to finish the homeward Christmas run.  ..

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Last southern tour

The last southern tour took me to country Victoria, starting in the Yarra Valley, then out to the beautiful town of Stratford. Early on Wednesday morning I left the rain of Victoria behind and flew above the clouds to the Sunshine State- Queensland, for the beginning ..

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Progress on picture book and a blast from the past

My new picture book is progressing well. All the artwork in and now Tracey Cooper, graphic designer par excellence is getting to work on putting it together! And here's a blast from the past- my neighbour Cassie Green posted this photo of a young and relat ..

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Rise Up! A day in the studio then north to Gladstone

A busy week began with me and Nick up in the studio recording school songs with children from St John's at Campbelltown and St Patrick's in Guildford. As well as that we recorded a brand new song for my upcoming picture book called Rise Up. It's a resurrection song based on t ..

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Melbourne, Horsham and Stawell

The second half of the four state fortnight with a wake up and some welcomes in Melbourne before heading out to Horsham and Stawell later in the week to launch another school song: "Always Faithful, Ever True". It was my sixth visit to St Benedict's and on my w ..

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South Australia and Victoria

Another Mary MacKillop tour- this time to outback South Australia, starting in Clare, then to Wallaroo, Roxby Downs and back to Adelaide. Passed the sign to Bute! Sunrise at Port Augusta on the way north to Roxby Downs- and how's that for a crossroad- Perth or  ..

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DVD Shoot for new picture book

I travelled to Melbourne on Thursday to visit my mate Drew Lane at St Peter's in East Bentleigh where he had prepared the children to shoot four new video clips that will accompany my new picture book: These Hands, I Love and God Loves Me, God Made Them All, and An Australian ..

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Quick trip north to Brisbane

A beautiful early morning flight to Queensland's capital. FIrst visit was to Holy Cross in Wooloowin. On Tuesday I launched "The Good Shepherd Way" the song I wrote for Good Shepherd in Springfield Lakes.  ..

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September Happenings

September began with me writing my last school song of the year for St Pius X in Windsor Gardens in Adelaide. Much of the month was spent gathering artwork from around the world for my new picture book, "Thank You God!".  ..

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Finishing the term in Ballarat

A quick tour to still wintry Ballarat to visit three schools to end the term. I had a ball at all of them with the highlight being the evening concert at OLHC in Wendouree. And I even made a guest appearance at Prep News!  ..

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On tour: Rockhampton and Yeppoon

Spent a few days up north in the Queensland cities of Rockhampton and Yeppoon and caught up with our old pals the O'Donnells and made a new one in Sheila! Sheila is the art teacher at Sacred Heart and has been busy preparing some of the artwork for my new picture book. AND sh ..

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Farewell Lismore!

In July of last year I made a visit to St Joseph's at Coraki. It was the beginning of a year long tour of the primary schools in the Diocese of Lismore. This week, at Mt St Patrick's in Murwillumbah, I completed the tour which took in more than 30 schools on five separate vis ..

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Singleton and Studio

On Wednesday I headed back to the Blue Mountains to catch up on some school recordings with my colourful sound engineer Nick! And on Thursday I was in the car by 4:30am, travelling to the Hunter Valley to sing with a fabulous choir a St Catherine's College in Singlet ..

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Mary MacKillop- another launch

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop is a hero of mine. So it was an honour to be asked to help launch a new education pack aimed at younger students. It was great to have Bernadette join me for the day too. We were able to spend time in the chapel and the children got to  ..

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To the warmth of the north- Townsville

I flew from Melbourne to Adelaide to spend the weekend celebrating the 60th birthday of my dear friend Peter Mercer, then headed cross country to Townsville. And there I had my first meme created about me! I just love these two shots of two children being part of ou ..

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From the cold of Victoria...

August began with a visit to Melbourne, Ballarat and Shepparton. My afternoon in Melbourne allowed me a winter's afternoon walk around the Melbourne Cricket Ground which features sculptures of Australian sporting icons, like this one of Dennis Lillee. Siena Catholic ..

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Catholic Education Week in Queensland

There were hands everywhere at Mother Teresa school in Brisbane's Ormeau. There is so much of an emphasis on doing and being a Christian, inspired by Mother Teresa. If you look closely you can see Mother Teresa's profile in the school logo. So inspired was I that I u ..

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Cold, cold west

This week was colder than last as I visited the schools of the Western Region of the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn. The thermometer regularly dipped below 0. We shared a combined staff day on Monday with 100 teachers from 9 different schools. Here's some of the artwork cre ..

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State of Origin

Every year I do one or two tours that I call my Mary MacKillop Tours. These are visits to small schools that can't afford to engage visitors to come to their school. In honesty, these tours run at a loss but are important to me and a sense of justice. This is my first of his  ..

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Thank you Melbourne

Always great to be back in this great city. Great breakfast views of the MCG again. For me the highlight of the week was the thank you I received from the children at Resurrection School at Keysborough. The leaders of the Faith Team took the time to write a beautiful ..

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St John's Mairangi Bay Mural Project

St John's School in Mairangi Bay in Auckland, New Zealand, has commenced an arts project. They are creating a series of murals around their school and the first one is this, an illustration of my rainbow song. It's lovely to be part of this as I've been a regular visitor ther ..

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Australia's beautiful far north- Cairns

Some weeks are a little easier than others. This week I was in Australia's tropical north Queensland in the beautiful city of Cairns. It does remind me a little of my home city of Wollongong, where he mountains meet the sea. I caught a beautiful sunrise on Monday morning.  ..

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A view from the office

I do spend lots of time at home just sitting at my desk planning tours, working on songs and other projects and answering mail. This week I've received letters from Wangaratta and Wellington in New Zealand so I wrote a letter or two. My two Shetland Sheepdogs Mollee ..

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Sydney's newest school- St Anthony of Padua, Austral

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the newest school in the Sydney Archdiocese. Opening a school was part of my history. In the 1990s I was the foundation Assistant Principal at Good Shepherd School, not far from here in Hoxton Park. I remember what it was like to be surrou ..

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Ballina and Lismore- Pelicans and Giant Prawns!

This week I headed north to the northern NSW cities of Ballina and Lismore. I managed to get back into the habit of my morning prayer walks along the Richmond River. I visited St Joseph's in Alstonville where I received a legendary Fr Mac Christmas Pudding as a thank ..

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Song writing time: New Zealand, NSW, and VIC

May and June saw me complete three more school songs- it's been a very busy year for that! Firstly I finally finished a song for St Mary's School in Tauranga, New Zealand that I began more than a year ago. With moving and many other things it had gone missing but am very prou ..

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Victoria- part 2, Wangaratta and Melbourne

Another week back in Victoria beginning with a spectacular city sunrise over inner Melbourne before a day at Our Lady of the Annunciation at Cheltenham. I was up early on Tuesday morning for the trip to Wangaratta for a return visit to the three schools I visited in 2003 and  ..

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Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese- the country run

I had the pleasure this week of visiting NSW's most rural Diocese, the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. It stretches the length of the state out west, from the QLD border in the north to the VIC border in the south. It's also bigger than the state of Tasmania and about as big as  ..

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From Sydney to Melbourne

I always like to spend some time looking out he window on flights and this morning was given a beautiful morning view of Australia's two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. Spent three days in the country in Daylesford and Colac before returning to Melbourne to St Francis X ..

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April Update

Much of April was spent visiting schools relatively close to home. Firstly for Holy Week, then after the holidays, for a series of Easter Concerts. One of the joys of the Easter Concerts was catching up with so many former students who are now parents, teachers or television  ..

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A Week in Wellington

After just a couple of weeks home it was time to leave Australia and head across "The Ditch" to visit New Zealand and spend a week visiting old friends. First stop was St Teresa's in Karori and I got to catch up with my old friend Pius, who still loves music and sings with al ..

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A cute story from Wangaratta

Apparently my music does help in the RE Classroom!! Here's a lovely story from Gen Collins a friend and teacher in Wangaratta in Victoria: "Wanted to share a story that I think you'll enjoy: Our first RE unit for this year is 'The Life of Jesus' and we (Karen, my Year  ..

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From LA to Merriwa and a scone in Scone

It truly is a long way from LA to Merriwa (sounds like a John Denver song). As I set up in the small church on Wednesday morning I reflected on my journey in the past weeks. In 2003 I spent a lot of time in small schools in places like Barraba, Balranald and Barmera. It was t ..

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Two weeks in the USA: LA RE Congress 2017!

Each year for the last eight years I've journeyed across the Pacific to be part of and present workshops at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the largest annual gathering of English-speaking Catholics in the world. This year I made the journey with my son-in-law T ..

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New Year, New Album, New Songs

As well as a new CD the new school year started early for me with a combined staff day on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Then it was onto a roll of school song commissions with four in the space of two weeks. Fortunately all the schools were well prepared and prov ..

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Merry Christmas to all from Andrew and Family!

There's a lot of catching up to do in the blog and will do over the coming days but just in time, Eleanor has completed the annual Christmas family portrait. And I've added a few of the others from recent years too! Hope you all have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.  ..

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Christmas in Australia's Hot!

In the very early hours of December 1st I arrived back in Sydney for my first concert at St Vincent's in Ashfield. From there it was a busy series of daily concerts with only 3 days off in 18! For many of the concerts I was accompanied by my old friend, Rob Greenup, ..

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Superstar Art From Rotorua!

I received these beautiful photos in the last few days from St Mary's School in Rotorua in New Zealand. The children in Room 13 all took a turn at drawing me!! I told them they made me look much more handsome than I actually am! Thank you Room 13!  ..

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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas... in QLD

Most years I begin Christmas concerts in Brisbane, in the last couple of weeks in November, as Queensland schools finish the year in the first days of December. It's hot and humid and a white Christmas would be a dream come true! Snow is not a problem but thunderstor ..

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Brisbane Butterfly Choir Recording

On Saturday November 19th my trusted friend and sound engineer flew into Brisbane for our final recording session for "Welcome to All". No album of mine would be complete without the amazing talents of Bec Thomas and her violin. We first met in February of 2005 and she has b ..

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Wagga Wagga and Brisbane: last stop before Christmas

In the last week or two I've visited Finley, Wagga Wagga and the Gold Coast for the last few general concerts of the year before starting the madness and joy of the Christmas run. I made my first visit to St Francis Xavier's at Runaway Bay and met no less that 16 Siennas and  ..

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Molly, Matilda and Murals

This week I made that much savored trip across the Tasman to Aotearoa- New Zealand. First stop was St Columba's where Lizzie McCreery organised my visit. I first met Lizzie when she was in Year 7 at St Anthony's in Pahiatua and now, she's a magnificent young teacher. This mur ..

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A Busy Couple of Days in Melbourne

The last couple of days of October saw me head to Melbourne for the last time this year. I spent Thursday at St Luke's in Blackburn and then headed over to St Peter's in East Bentleigh to catch my friend Drew Lane's latest musical, Disconnected. An amazing performance from on ..

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Liverpool and Kincumber

Each year I make the trip back to the school where my career began, All Saints at Liverpool. The highlight of the day is always working with whatever class Trish Guigni is working with. She runs a music immersion call for the year where every child learns an instrument of som ..

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Oh Tasmania!

I had a great four days in Australia's most beautiful state. The highlight was the time spent with Barry Nas, one of the best music teachers I've ever met. Here he is standing "Underneath God's Beautiful Rainbow"! I'm trying to upload the video of the children from Sacred He ..

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Last Week in the Lismore Diocese

This week was the final in my series of three weeks in the Diocese of Lismore, this time visiting schools from Macksville to Port Macquarie. St Patrick's at Macksville has a brilliant music program and we found another singer to be part of the new album- welcome aboard Zoe! I ..

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Now That's What I Call A Feast Day!

Paula Burnett is the APRE at St Therese's School in Bentley Park in Australia's Far North Queensland city of Cairns. This year she had a plan to really celebrate the Feast of St Therese. It began with a staff get together on the Wednesday, which happened to coincide with Worl ..

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A Week In Adelaide

School holidays overlap across Australia so I headed to Adelaide for a very diverse week. The week started with beautiful weather in Henley Beach and a day with the children and staff at Galilee Catholic Learning Community. Each year Adelaide puts on the Catholic Sch ..

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St Finbar, St Michael and Perth Recording

My last week for the NSW term was spent helping to celebrate two school feast days, St Finbar's in Glenbrook and then an early celebration of the Feast of St Michael in Belfield. Each year at St Finbar's they give out an annual award to each grade, celebrating a child who sho ..

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Top of the South!

I flew into Christchurch on Saturday for a one week tour of the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch is still in a rebuilding phase but there is enough of its original beauty shining through. From Christchurch it was north to one of my favourite place ..

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South Coast Tour

After a quick visit north to St Joseph's in Kilaben Bay on Monday I headed south on Wednesday and Thursday for a visit to Bateman's Bay and Moruya. The highlights were the welcome I received at Moruya, the great singing of Charlotte and the choirs, and catching up with my old ..

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New Album Moving Ahead!

This week marked the beginning of the end of my new CD. Today, with Nick McKinlay, my amazing sound engineer, we laid down the last three frames of songs for the new recording, at this stage likely to be called Proclaim. Here I am playing my custom made Jill Guscott guitar, r ..

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The Feast of the Assumption (and Nick the Dog)

Monday was the Feast of the Assumption and I joined with the four schools in the city of Bathurst to celebrate their parish Feast Day with one of my favourite priests of all time, Fr Paul Devitt. A gifted homilist and a real character and always shadowed by his beautiful dog  ..

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News from Wangaratta

News from my good friend Gen Collins in Wangaratta- the foundation class at St Patrick's lifted the roof with their rendition of the Rainbow Song at their prayer assembly! I look forward to sharing the song with you next year!  ..

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Two Feast Days in Melbourne

This week I was fortunate to be part of two celebration of two great saints of our church. On Monday I was at St Mary MacKillop School in Narre Warren in Victoria. In something a little different at recess each teacher was given a bag if lollies to bestow as a gift on another ..

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Back in Adelaide

In the midst of a hectic touring schedule I continued on to Adelaide, to Henley Beach and my friends the Mercers, in time to celebrate Peter's Birthday. This really the home of the best singing schools in Australia. On Wednesday I was part of one of the best school M ..

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Catholic Education Week in Queensland

The last two days of my northern tour were across the border celebrating Catholic Education week at Mary MacKillop College in Highfields and at St Stephen's in Algester in Brisbane I Loved the Rainbow of Hands at St Stephen's- two Andrew Chinn songs in one! And thank ..

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Proclaiming the Good News in the Lismore Diocese

In 2015 I was commissioned to write a song for the Lismore Diocese's Proclaim program. In consultation with my friends Helen Hunter and Kate Nestor I came up with a song of that name. The Catholic Schools Office invited me to tour the Diocese to help launch the song and to be ..

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A quick and cold visit to Victoria

Eleanor and I headed south to Victoria for a quick two day visit. First stop was the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle in Greensborough for a Mass and Concert Day. The parish has just installed a new St Thomas statue complete with scripture about their patron saint. We then head ..

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A week in the West- Perth

After NCEC, Eleanor and I spent a week and a bit touring schools, starting with Perth's newest, Mother Teresa in Baldivis. Had a concert at St Columba's in Bayswater working with the beautiful choir as we performed for the Early Childhood part of the school. Special thanks to ..

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National Catholic Education Commission Convention Perth

Every five years leaders from Catholic Schools around Australia gather for this convention. It was my first time in attendance. It was lovely to roam around and reconnect with friends made over the past fourteen years from every part of Australia. Some of the highlights were  ..

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Central Queensland Tour and a staff day in Blacktown

This week saw me head north into the middle of the big state of Queensland. My main mission was to be at the newest school in the Rockhampton Diocese, St Brigid's in Emerald, for their official opening of their new buildings. I also dropped into St Patrick's at Emer ..

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A tribute to Mary Cutjar

I first met Mary Cutjar in June 2003. She was then the principal of St Paul's at Nightcliff in Darwin. Before that she had been the Deputy at Sacred Heart in Palmerston and before that the principal at St James in Muswellbrook. Something that I learnt then and have had reinf ..

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A week in Darwin- Far North Australia

Late on Sunday night I made the four and a half hour flight from Sydney to Darwin for a tour of Darwin schools. I've been coming up here since 2003 and have met some amazing leaders in Catholic education like Shane Donohue, Mary Cutjar and Tony O'Brien. It takes a special typ ..

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Melbourne Memories

This week I made a two day trip to Melbourne. The first to visit St Brendan's in Somerville for their Feast Day. Last time I was there was back in 2003! On Tuesday I had a most memorable day at St James at Vermont- one of the concerts of the year, including a fantastic evenin ..

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Star Wars Day in SA!

I spent the first three days of the week in central South Australia, part of the nation's mining belt that has seen better days. It's also a national hub where you can turn left to head for Perth or turn right to head for Darwin! I visited Samaritan Catholic College in Whyall ..

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In and around Melbourne and St Peter Chanel's Feast Day

The last couple of weeks have seen me back in Melbourne visiting St Thomas More in Belgrave, St Mary's in Mansfield and Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Wyndham Vale, one of Melbourne's newest schools. I finally got to meet the great John Leever who has been playing my music ..

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A week in the land of the Long White Cloud

After a brief few hours at home I made the relatively quick flight across the Tasman to New Zealand- always so beautiful to fly into, doesn't matter if it's Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Even managed a visit to Bethlehem during the week- a little town (sorry) on the w ..

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Farewell to the USA

Before we left Anaheim I thought it would be great to expose Drew to another LA taste sensation, brunch at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffle Restaurant. Grits was the last taste test and the results were inconclusive. We then headed into LAX to catch our flight home. I rea ..

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Day 3 NCEA and the Disneyland!

After a very hectic three days in San Diego we bid farewell to our neighbour Dan and NCEA. At least on the final day they managed to get a great elementary school ukulele choir on stage who were by far the best entertainment of the the three days. And over the days we kept a  ..

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NCEA Day 2 and a new Grandchild!!!

In the very early hours of March 30 the latest addition to our family was born. As I write we await the name of the child but love the photos of the baby, named Interim for the moment, and her aunty Eleanor, her mum Nicole and sisters Eden and Cecilia. Meanwhile ..

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