John’s teaching career spans over 30 years in Catholic Education across six primary schools. In that time, John constantly encouraged and developed creative arts opportunities for students and teachers which include school musicals, variety shows, talent quests, class assemblies, liturgical celebrations and individual performance opportunities.
John was born and raised in a culture where singing, dancing and acting is a very natural experience which is eagerly displayed, shared and nurtured. As a young soprano, John was awarded a scholarship into St Mary’s Cathedral Choir. Throughout the teenage years, John initiated various bands and continued to perform as a guitarist/vocalist for many years.
After a few years in teaching, John was invited to join a ‘Music Task-force’ responsible for delivering the new K – 6 Music Syllabus to teachers through In-servicing, demonstrations and practical ideas for the classroom. John has coordinated and directed numerous events and major performances from talent quests to musicals.
John has closely supported the CaSPA program since it began and has presented workshops in the area of music technology. In recent years, John has developed a variety of skills in Information Technology and Communication which he has effectively utilised across all disciplines in the performing arts. John has initiated and delivered numerous professional development opportunities for teachers utilising these skills.
Currently, John is the Primary Inner Western Region CaSPA Coordinator and continues to share his passion for discovery, creativity and learning in the context of school environments.
John’s role is to encourage, develop & build capacity in the performing arts for students and teachers across the Primary Schools in the Inner Western Region. John initiates & offers effective leadership across ICT in the performing arts.