Arts News (Friday 2 July)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Champagnat Music & Arts Night “Hearts in Hollywood”

The Arts at Champagnat Campus came together last week to celebrate student learning in the Debourg Performing Arts Centre, themed ‘Hearts in Hollywood’.

Families entered on the red carpet and posed for a photo in the Hollywood walk  of fame; before touring the gallery of Media Arts and Visual Arts students’ work. 3D and 2D artwork on display showcased work through the semester, a  highlight being the self-portraits that students drew on their recent excursion at the Adelaide Art Gallery.

Inside the Debourg audiences were treated to film scene reenactments, dance scenes, and Music ensembles and soloists performing a soundtrack of songs from films across the decades. Mc’d by our Year 7 – 9 Arts leaders it was a truly unforgettable evening. Congratulations to all students & staff involved in the evening!

Stage 1 & 2 Drama Group Production

Angela Betzien’s play, HOODS, performed by the Stage 2 Drama students in Week 8, is ultimately a story of hope; it is a story about finding light in the darkest of situations and the capacity of the most unlikely of heroes to change the outcome of the most dire of circumstances. Betzien’s writing is rich, poetic, sensitive and courageous. The Year 12 students delved deeply into the beautiful and difficult world the playwright conceived – playing all parts, transforming into multiple characters and storytelling the challenging stories that must always be told.

Supporting the idea of telling difficult stories, the Stage 1 Drama students took on the challenge of shadow puppetry in their narration of Hadley and Greer, a contemporary reimagining of the Grimm Brothers’, Hansel and Gretel. Situated within the streets and suburbs of Adelaide, this performance piece focuses on homelessness, in particular the impact of dispossession on children. This piece was written with the Stage 2 Drama production and Angela Betzien’s play, HOODS in mind – utilising poetic language and third person narration as a storytelling device and applying the class’ learning of shadow puppetry to tell a story of children lost and found. 

Both classes performed beautifully providing audiences with an immersive, thought provoking and memorable experience.

Senior Dance Performance

On Thursday 3 June, the Senior Dance Night was held at Marcellin College showcasing dance students from Year 10, Stage 1 and Stage 2. 

The Year 10 class presented two class dances, a jazz piece, ‘Revolting Children’ from the musical Matilda and a lyrical contemporary piece. The Stage 1 & 2 class performed a street jazz dance set in an office, as well as a contemporary piece ‘Warriors’, inspired by the strong females in The Hunger Games. The dancers performed beautifully both individually and as members of an ensemble. The students also presented their own choreographies which included live performances as well as dance films. The choreographies were diverse in subject matter, from the effects of 9/11 to human relationships and showcased the wonderful creativity of our students. 

The evening was a celebration of the talented dance students we have at Sacred Heart and I was really proud of each and every one of them. Thank you also to the Arts team for all their support on the night.

Year 10/11 & Stage 2 Music Nights

Music students in Years 10, Stage 1 and Stage 2 put together two nights of solo and ensemble performances for family and friends in the Debourg. Performing live for an audience is part of the assessment for the VET Music Industry courses and is an important component for SACE Music Solo and Ensemble performance. Well done to all of the performers!

Combined Drumline

Drumline students from Champagnat joined in a rehearsal with the Senior Drumline at Marcellin campus. It was great to see the discipline the older students have during rehearsal, and the way they mentored the students in Year 7 – 9. 

I hope that opportunities like this inspire our Champagnat students to continue playing as they transition across campus!