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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