Meet Your Community: Music Auxiliary President, Mrs Carolyne Devlin
What are the main objectives of the Music Auxiliary?
As per our charter, the Music Auxiliary endeavours to be a friendraiser and facilitator for the Music Department. We provide a social role at Music events. Typically those events are outside normal School hours. When required we fundraise for items identified by the Music Department.
What does your Committee hope to achieve during the coming year?
We are hoping to continue on with our fine tradition of providing as much support as required to our wonderful Music Department. This will include providing refreshments at a number of Music events throughout the year starting with MAD night on 21 March. We are also hoping to establish a signature fundraising event this year.
What are the key events taking place for the Music Auxiliary in the coming 12 months?
We have a number of regular events; MAD Night in March, Gala Concert in September, PFA Christmas Party (where we run a store) and House Arts.
Why do you think Volunteering is so important? How can people contribute?
I have always been a huge advocate of volunteering. It is a wonderful way to build a community spirit within our School. Not only is it very rewarding for the individual involved but also for our children to see their parents supporting them and their School. By joining one or more of the Auxiliaries on offer, you are getting a chance to meet and work with other parents across many year levels. People can contribute as much or as little time as they are able. We are an understanding group that appreciates any time given. Jobs vary from cleaning up after an event to baking or counting money. Ideas are always welcome for fundraising.
Have you been involved in other roles at St Catherine’s?
I have been fortunate enough to be involved in St Catherine’s from Barbreck where our daughter started in Year 2. My roles have included Class Representative, PFA (my last year as Vice President), Drama Auxiliary (two years as Treasurer) and a member of the Music Auxiliary.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I finished my formal schooling many years ago with a Bachelor of Science (EDP). I then worked in the computing field until my husband and I moved overseas for a number of years where we had our son, Alexander. We then moved to the Upper Hunter in NSW where our daughter, Jess was born. We returned to Melbourne 16 years ago. My association with St Catherine’s commenced when Jess started at Barbreck in Year 2; she is now about to commence her final year at St Catherine’s.
I currently divide my time with work with a charity on the Mornington Peninsula called MSFIN, looking after my mum in Aged Care, down at our property at Red Hill and being the usual, cook, cleaner, taxi driver, medical provider and all other roles rolled into being a mum.
Tell us something our community does not know about you. What is your favourite book, hobby or meal?
I love to play ‘Pyjama Tennis’ with the family when we are down at Red Hill. As the title suggests this does require pyjamas and slippers/Ugg boots. I have discovered that Ugg boots are not so supportive as I get older! My game is not great but provides much amusement for the kids.
I can’t say I have a favourite book but I love reading. Books are a big tradition in our family and I am currently interested in Scandinavian crime writers.
Music is also important in our home and I am exposed to an eclectic array of styles. Many not by choice. I like to go to live performances whenever possible. This weekend we are heading off to Bruce Springsteen.