• Amadeus-Holy-Spirit-Lakemba students playing musical instruments

Sydney Catholic Schools’ exciting new comprehensive music education program called Amadeus is well underway and Holy Spirit Catholic College Lakemba principal, Phillip Scollard, can’t say enough good things about it.

“I am delighted that the students at Holy Spirit have this wonderful opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument,” Mr Scollard said.

“The universal language of music and the beauty which comes with it sits well in one of Sydney’s most culturally diverse communities” – Phillip Scollard

Sydney Catholic Schools’ Amadeus Music Education Program has been delivered in 13 SCS primary and secondary schools in the Auburn-Lakemba area in 2021, helping students learn numeracy, literacy and emotional skills while experiencing the special joy of music.

As part of this program, students in Year 3 to Year 8 at the 13 schools participate in small group and ensemble music lessons delivered by specialist teachers. Students also receive an instrument, starting with a string instrument in Year 3.

“Whilst the educational benefits are well recorded are indisputable, the joy which comes from playing an instrument and working as a part of an ensemble, are reason enough for the 153 Year 7 students at Holy Spirit to be a part of the Amadeus Music Education Program,” Mr Scollard said.