This week, Paul Jarman, widely acclaimed Australian composer, performer, musical director and educator, will be visiting The Cathedral School to start the writing process of a Centenary Song that will be presented on the School’s 100th Foundation Day on 21 July 2017.

Paul has written over 100 commissioned works for ensembles, festivals and events including Gondwana Voices, Sydney Children’s Choir, Birralee Voices, The Song Company, Boston City Singers, Rafiki Youth Choir, The Australian Boys’ Choir, The Hunter Singers, Department of Education, Woden Valley Youth Choir and many more.

Paul will spend the week meeting with past students, staff, current students and parents to familiarise himself with the school community so he can write a song that truly represents the ethos and history of the school.

Head of Instrumental Music, Mrs Heather Orr is very excited to have Paul here this week and is looking forward to the end result.

“It is our hope that this song will become a song that students and staff will want to sing at assemblies, sports carnivals, football games etc, into the future” said Mrs Orr.

“Paul’s song is not intended to replace our School Hymn that many past and current students will know all too well, but rather celebrate our School’s Centenary this year and into the future” added Mrs Orr.

The Cathedral School started out as St Anne’s Church of England Girls’ School in 1917, operated by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent. After evacuation to Ravenswood during WW2, and relocation from the city to Mundingburra in the late 1950’s, the school sadly farewelled its founding Sisters in 1978. Soon after, the School became co-educational and changed its name, and since then has evolved into the modern independent Anglican school that it is today. 

More information about The Cathedral School’s history and Centenary celebrations can be found on the website www.cathedral.qld.edu.au/centenary.