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schools in Anzac ser vices to a world stage”,
Mrs Holstein said.
We travelled by plane, train, coach, gondola
and ski lift through Italy, Switzerland, Belgium
and France to visit magnificent churches,
cathedrals and museums. It is difficult to
describe how it feels to stand in the ancient
ruins of the Colosseum and Catacombs, see
the excavations in Pompeii, wind our way
through Venice on the canals and mar vel
at the Mona Lisa and Champs-Elysees. Not
to mention standing in awe at Da Vinci’s
Last Supper in Milan, the Statue of David in
Florence and Juliet’s house in Verona.
A challenge of the pilgrimage was the
language barrier, but in each countr y we
visited, ever yone picked up common
words to order lunch or ask for directions.
Throughout the tour, these challenges
became our strengths as we learnt Italian,
French and some German, with our Year 8
German classes coming in handy!
The pilgrimage provided us with the
oppor tunity of a lifetime and was an
unqualified success. As Mrs Holstein said,
“T he friendships formed between the two
schools, the special moments of reverence
and laughter will never be forgot ten”.
Louise Young is a Year 12 student at St
Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen while
Katelin Kelly and Joseph O’Brien are in
Year 12 at St Catherine’s College, Singleton.
To view a gallery of photos from the tour
please visit, mnnews.today/3035
St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton
is staging ‘The Government Inspector’
in June at the Civic Playhouse. Student
Cooper McDonald explains the stor y
and shares his excitement as
The Government Inspec tor is a farcical
political satire written by Russian
playwright Nikolai Gogol. The play is
set in a corrupt rural town where the
population descends into panic when
it learns of an impending visit from
a government inspector which could
result in the closure of their town.
At the same time as they receive
this news, a bumbling public ser vant
arrives and the Mayor and townsfolk
hastily assume that this man must be
the inspector, resulting in some silly
and hilar ious consequences.
Despite the fact that the play was
written in Russia almost 200 years
ago the under lining themes of
corr uption, deceit, abuse of power,
hunger and lust remain very relevant.
The play is also very funny when
combined with vaudevillian style,
slapstick gags, one-liner s and physical
comedy. I believe that audiences will
recognise and connect with these
issues that are still ver y evident in
I play Khlestakov, the man the
town assumes is the inspector. He
is bumbling, imaginative, physical,
confident, charming and always
hungry, and is so much fun to play.
As a dr ama student I believe that
it is extremely important for all
students to have access to the
arts, as it encourages free and
Another highlight of this production
is its large and ex tremely talented
ensemble. The cast of St Fr ancis
Xavier’s College Year 12 drama
students is not only an absolute
pleasure to wor k with, but immensely
gifted. Ever yone contributes different
ideas, gags and variations which adds
solidity, flow and punch to the play.
It is very much a team effort and
Under the accomplished direction
of Creative Ar ts Coordinator, Mr
Patrick Campbell, the per for mance
will undoubtedly be ex tremely funny
and a real treat for audiences. The
excitement is almost ‘confetti-ing’ out
my ears as the days draw closer to
showtime, and I cannot wait until I’m
sitting in front of the mirror framed
with light bulbs, backstage at the
Civic Playhouse, drawing on my
St Francis Xavier’s College presents
The Government Inspector at the Civic
Playhouse from 12 - 13 June at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15
concession and are available through
Ticketek on 4929 1977.
INSPECTOR’ COMES TO TOWN
A PILGRIMAGE TO REMEMBER
BY LOUISE YOUNG, KATELIN KELLY AND JOSEPH O’BRIEN
The inaugur al Combined Upper Hunter
Catholic Schools European Pilgrimage
saw 96 students, teachers, family and
friends of both St Catherine’s, Singleton
and St Joseph’s, Aberdeen share a
unique and unfor get table experience.
The 28 day tour took in Rome, Pompeii,
Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua,
Venice, Verona, Milan, Lucerne, Paris,
Versailles, Ypres, Bruges, Ghent,
Fromelles, Arras, Bullecour t, Albert,
Pozieres and Villers-Bretonneux.
There were many highlights, but visiting
the bat tlefields of the Western Front
was a stand-out. The oppor tunity to
represent St Joseph’s and St Catherine’s
in the wreath laying ceremonies at the
Menin Gate in Belgium and Villers-
Bretonneux in France were solemn
occasions that will forever remain in
our hear ts.
At the Menin Gate, after the laying
of the wreaths, the New Zealand
service men and women performed a
tr aditional Hakka facing the names of all
those soldiers who never made it home.
This demons trated to us the respect
held not only by New Zealand, but the
wor ld, in commemor ating those who
fought for our freedom.
At the dawn service at Villers-
Bret toneux the weather, which had held
strong for the entire pilgrimage, brought
icy cold winds and pouring rain, allowing
all of us to truly experience the harsh
conditions the soldier s faced, even if just
for a few hours.
HSIE Coordinator at St Cather ine’s ,
Mrs Terry Holstein, summed up the
feelings of the teachers in the group
in these moments.
“ For many, exploring some of the
battlefields was a par ticularly
poignant and moving experience.
The cour age displayed by our young
men against the enemy in extremely
difficult circums tances cannot be
underestimated. The rain during the
dawn service on Anzac Day only added
to the under s tanding of the hardships
experienced by our soldiers, many of
whom were as young as some of the
students on the trip.
“ Senior school leaders in our group
were privileged to be members of
the official party at both the last post
ceremony at the Menin Gate and the
dawn service on Anzac Day at Villers-
Bretonneux. Wreaths representing both
school communities were laid at each
venue and took the par ticipation of both
Cooper McDonald and Conagh Punch in
character for The Government Inspector.
The group at a school building in Villers-Bretonneux, which was a gift from the
school children of Victoria, in memory of the 1200 Australian soldiers buried there.
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