Our Lady of Fatima School Choral Scholarships
About Our Lady of Fatima School
Our Lady of Fatima School is a newly established independent school run by traditional Catholic families that will commence operation in 2019, subject to VRQA approval. It is our mission, in cooperation with like-minded parents, to facilitate the faithful education that home-schooling provides in an independent Catholic school setting. Our Christo-centric motivation is to lead our children to Heaven through fidelity to our Catholic Faith, Tradition and apologetics. We draw inspiration from the example of our patron, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, for the spiritual, moral and academic foundation of our children.
As with the Second Vatican Council Fathers, we affirm sacred music as a treasure greater than that of any other art. We acknowledge the right of every Catholic child to learn and participate in this art. And we commit to playing our part to safeguard and nurture this “inestimable treasure” of sacred music.
To support liturgical music at Our Lady of Fatima School, we are offering choral scholarships to assist students with their studies. Applications for choral scholarships are available for the following:
- Students who will enter Years 5 through to 10 in 2019
Application closing date: Friday 11 May 2018
Audition date: Applicants will be advised of their audition time and date, most likely to be held in either May or June 2018.
Auditions will be held at the Coward Lemke Music School, 905 Skipton Street, Redan. On the day of their audition, applicants will be greeted by the Director of Music, Our Lady of Fatima School.
The Our Lady of Fatima School choir stands proudly in the great tradition of Catholic church music, its repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant through to renaissance polyphony and contemporary Catholic composers such as James MacMillan.
To be eligible to apply for these scholarships, boys and girls must be Catholic and be able to enrol in (one of) Years 5 through to 10 in 2019.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of an audition. Applicants will be tested on voice quality, range and musical ear. Boys and girls who play a musical instrument are usually well suited to the challenges of a school chorister.
Duration of scholarships
Subject to annual review of musical and academic performance, as well as demonstration of the appropriate level of commitment and participation, choral scholarships may extend for the duration of the student’s stay at Our Lady of Fatima School.
After leaving the treble/soprano line of the choir, and subject to the annual review process, boys and girls (where applicable) may continue to sing as altos, tenors or basses.
Requirements of Choral Scholarship holders
Members of the Our Lady of Fatima School choir are required to be fully involved in the activities of the choir from the beginning of Term 1 until Christmas Day each year. Scholarship holders are required to attend regular rehearsals as follows:
- One morning before school
- One afternoon during school
- Sunday morning rehearsal and mass.
In addition to the above regular rehearsals, boys and girls in the Our Lady of Fatima School choir are expected to attend special rehearsals and services as required from time to time. These would include services during Holy Week and other special occasions.
Payment of the Choral Scholarship
- Successful recipients will be advised by the Director of Music, Our Lady of Fatima School.
- Successful scholarship winners will be eligible for a minimum of 50% remission on their tuition fees. A higher level remission of tuition fees may be available subject to the outcomes of the scholarship audition process.
- Payment will take the form of proportional deductions from school tuition fees upon payment of the fees.
To apply for a choral scholarship, or for further information, please visit http://frassatiballarat.net.au/2018/01/25/our-chorale-scholarships/ or contact Director of Music, Mr Vincent Sully on 0407 310 115.
Objectives of the school (exact statements that describe what is desired) – Draft
- The school will recognise the parents as the first educators of their children
- The school will ensure that each practice conforms to and proclaims the Magisterium of the Catholic Church
- Staff shall freely comply with the ethical and moral standards of the Catholic tradition
- Parents and families shall support the school staff in their attempts to accurately offer the witness and teaching of the Catholic tradition
- The motivating beliefs and values of the school will be clearly communicated to the school community and the wider community
- The motivating beliefs and values of the school will the criteria used to evaluate the choices and actions of those in the school community
- Time will be allocated to the eight learning areas of the Victorian Curriculum, so far as they represent a view of the flourishing human person
- Staff will be supported with time and resources to engage with best practice in teaching and learning
- Curriculum, teaching and learning and assessment procedures will be reviewed each year.
- All facilities, processes and procedures will comply to the standards of health and safety
Values Statement (Guide to behaviour) – Draft
In God the Father, we value all of creation as a loving gift as part of God infinite wisdom
- We experience each other and the diversity of nature as a unique gift through which we come to know God’s plan of sheer goodness
- We understand that diversity is the proper expression communication of the one gift of Love
- We affirm that all people have a contribution to make to the community
- We act for the good of all
In Jesus the Son, we value the personal self-gift of the Father to the world
- We experience a sense of wonder as the beginning of all wisdom
- We understand that faith and reason are united paths to true knowledge
- We affirm that questions manifest and express the desire for wisdom
- We act intelligently and responsibly, inspired by the Beatitudes, in the search for Wisdom
In the Cross we value the unconditional nature of God’s love
- We experience the suffering of others as our own suffering
- We understand that some decisions evoke personal sacrifice
- We affirm that service of others takes priority over self-interest
- We act in the light of the Greatest Commandment: to love God and neighbour
In the Resurrection we value the transforming power of God’s love
- We experience the newness of life springs from faith in God
- We understand that love is stronger than all trials this life will offer
- We affirm that forgiveness is a beginning to new life for our community
- We act so that every moment is open to the transforming power of God’s love
In the Holy Spirit, we value God’s love for every generation
- We experience the wisdom and understanding of others across the ages
- We understand that knowledge begins and ends in the search for God
- We affirm that God’s love in constant in the world
- We act in joy, peace, patience and generosity.
In the Church, we value the community that accepts God’s love as the centre of its life.
- We experience the unity of a community
- We understand that unity is derived from our shared faith in God
- We affirm the value of the Sacraments as moments of God’s grace
- We act to bring the joy of the Gospel to the world
In Eternal Life, we value that God’s love will endure in all things
- We experience the just consequences of our actions
- We understand that justice is the balance of equity and fairness
- We affirm every moment is an opportunity to grow in knowledge and wisdom
- We act in the knowledge that love is stronger than human frailty
Vision Statement (to express hopes and dreams) – Draft
To offer a Catholic education that fosters the maturing of the human person through a personal response to God’s gifts of faith and reason. To be a community that is united in its orientation to truth, goodness and beauty, pursuing true freedom with the love and courage that endures all things.
Mission Statement (formal summary of the aims) – Draft
To ensure every student is enriched through the opportunities to flourish in intellectual growth.
- To place the unrestricted desire to know truth at the heart of curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.
- To offer a curriculum that is appropriate to the age and development of every individual
- To ensure staff are informed and formed by best practice in pedagogy to provide facilities that enhance educational opportunities
- To offer a range of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that engage the whole person
To ensure every student is enriched through the opportunities to flourish as moral decision makers
- To place the unrestricted desire for the good at the heart of curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.
- To construct and maintain schemes of co-operation that ensure all are treated justly
- To construct and maintain co-operation that recognises all individuals in the community are the ethical and moral decision makers that create a just society
- To construct and maintain schemes of co-operation that recognises the dignity of all people as the terminal value of ethical and moral decision making
- To ensure that the pursuit of true value and not self-interest is the horizon for decision making
To ensure every student is enriched through the opportunities to flourish in religious knowledge
- To place the unrestricted desire for love, beauty and personal integrity at the heart of curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.
- To ensure that the personal response of faith is open in the life of the community
- To offer the wisdom of the Catholic tradition in intelligible and attractive modes
- To communicate the invitation to a full life using the expressions of the Catholic community