Stage 2, PAC Officially Opened and blessed
Recently we welcomed His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland, the Archbishop of Brisbane, Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall and many guests to St John’s for the official opening of Stage 2 of our Performing Arts Centre (PAC). Guests from our wider school community, staff and students were present and enjoyed the truly uplifting performance of You’ll Never Walk Alone by the combined performing arts ensembles.
In the early days of St John’s history, it was decided that all students in the primary years would learn a musical instrument and participate in voice choirs and speech and drama lessons. This educational initiative began when the College first open the doors in 1994 and continues each year. More recently, our teachers are motivated to develop creativity in every subject they teach. Here at St John’s teachers are providing serious attention to inspiring young minds by providing experiences to encourage them to be creative in all subject areas.
Since 2014 this wonderful space has provided a place to dream, to perform, to be creative and innovative and of course to experience joy – the kind of joy which touches the heart, enlivening and enriching our lives. We have seen three fine musicals on stage; hosted the combined Music Festival with our interstate schools’ network and in July we will enjoy James Morrison and his trumpet at our 25th Year Community Concert. We have hosted the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge 3 years in a row. The Centre is now well known as the best Performing Arts Centre in the western suburbs and is now drawing theatre companies such as ABC Play School and Harvest Rain.
The completion of Stage 2 has meant that the Performing Arts students and staff now have a home. This facility has
provided for them, generous spaces for Classroom Music, Instrumental Music lessons, ensemble rehearsals and a recording studio. Complementing the PAC and necessary for its orderly operation is a beautiful foyer space which, during the day, is used for teaching and collaborative team work activities and large gatherings.
We thank each and every person who has supported us in the development of the outstanding educational facility.