Celebrating 125-years of quality education

IT was a milestone occasion for St Michael’s Collegiate School recently when the whole schooling community gathered to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

To mark the event, the school hosted a special 125th Anniversary Concert, which featured massed Collegiate choirs, instrumental ensembles and dance and drama displays.

St Michael’s Collegiate principal Judith Tudball said as Collegiate was well know for its dedication to the performing arts, the concert was a fitting way to bring the community together for a night of celebration.

“More than 200 girls from all year levels were involved and guest performances included Collegiate ‘old girls’ Miriam Handsworth (nee Butler) and Sonya Pigot,” she said.

“But, the highlight of the evening was the world premier of Collegiate’s newly commissioned choral work by renowned Australian composer Paul Jarman.”

Mr Jarman is most well known as a lyricist and composer of choral music, a world music multi-instrumentalist and a facilitator of community-inspired collaborations.

“Paul immersed himself in the Collegiate community, spending time with students, staff and old girls, in order to compose the piece Set for Life,” Ms Tudball said.

“This piece captures the essence of the school and was performed on the night by a massed Collegiate choir and orchestra.”

In addition to the concert, the school also hosted a thanksgiving service in celebration of St Michael’s Day and an anniversary reunion weekend that included an art exhibition and cocktail party, school tours and gourmet barbecue.

“We are proud of our heritage and the strong sense of belonging that is shared by all Collegiate old girls,” Ms Tudball said.

“Our community connects us to our history and is a partner in our future.

“These anniversary celebrations have been a wonderful way for the Collegiate community to come together and mark 125-years of remarkable education for girls.”

Caption: St Michael’s Collegiate School grade two student Lillian Tso performing a piano solo of ‘The shepherd with a pipe’.