Spotlight on the Arts

September 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm

 

Avid readers of our exciting Spotlight on The Arts may have started to notice a running theme. Our year began showcasing the creativity of our students, followed by a celebration of their courage. Now, in our penultimate Arts spotlight, we turn to a critical component in all creative endeavours – curiosity. Acclaimed poet, critic and screenwriter, Dorothy Parker summed it up beautifully when she wrote:

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.

There is no cure for curiosity”.

Indeed, curiosity has been running rampant within our Arts Department, with students and staff alike testing the limits of style and form to reimagine the world around them. From our highly-successful Art Exhibition to the Queensland Theatre ‘Scene Project’, our girls have enjoyed ample opportunities to follow their curiosity to new heights.

Stars on the Rise

Term 3 has seen some amazing results for students of the Arts. Most notably, these include:

Olivia Harwood (Year 12)

Olivia’s exceptional mixed media series, Mountain Memories has been selected for the prestigious Creative Generation Excellence Award in Visual Art. Her work, which delves into childhood memories of holidaying in the Bunya Mountains, is one of only a handful to receive the award, which is open to all Queensland secondary students.

Mountain Memories will be on display at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane in 2019. What an outstanding result!

For a sneak peek at her evocative work, we encourage you to check out our digital gallery.

Emilia Heilig (Year 7), Tia Wilson (Year 8) and Tyla Cringle (Year 9)

Following on from their successes at the state finals, Emilia, Tia and Tyla were invited to represent RGGS at the national finals of the Dance Star Competition.

The girls held their own against some stiff competition, performing alongside some of the top dancers and glee performers in the country.

Thank you, ladies, for your exemplary representation of the school, and congratulations on your outstanding efforts!

Bella Voce Ensemble

Well done to our Bella Voce Ensemble members, who were awarded Gold at the CQ University School’s Jazz Festival. The students performed wonderfully and were given the opportunity to workshop with musician James Mustafa and CQ University lecturer Nicole Thomson.

What an enormously enriching experience!

Cadence Wone De Rungs (Year 5) and Ella Neill (Year 6)

Congratulations to Cadence and Ella on their upcoming roles in the Rockhampton Musical Union’s youth production of Shrek: The Musical.

Cadence, cast as Humpty Dumpty, will be joined by chorus member Ella and pianist Christina Bond (staff) in this vibrant stage show.

Head to www.seeitlive.com.au for tickets!

Paterson House 

This year, the Interhouse Arts Competition victory was awarded to Paterson House.

Congratulations to house prefect, Raina Collett and her team on your engaging and thoroughly entertaining performance!

AMEB Exam Participants

The following students have sat AMEB Exams for Instrumental Music over the course of Term 3:

Aleisha Cesar (Year 11) – Grade 4 Clarinet, Grade 4 Singing for Leisure

Katlyn Whyte (Year 10) – Grade 5 Flute Recital Exam

Tia Wilson (Year 8) – Grade 4 Singing for Leisure

Tiarna Ceyhan (Year 8) – Grade 3 Flute Recital Exam

Iris Collins (Year 5) – Grade 1 Viola

Best of luck with your exam results, ladies!

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share in our next Spotlight on the Arts? Email JessicaLamb@rggs.qld.edu.au.

Making Connections

In an ongoing commitment to connecting our students with industry and audiences, RGGS has offered a number of curricular and co-curricular arts experiences throughout Term 3. These include participation in workshops with Queensland Theatre performer Lauren Jackson, musician James Mustafa and CQ University lecturer Nicole Thomson, as well as attendance at Opera Queensland’s ‘Ruddigore: The Witch’s Curse’, Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and the P-6 performance: A Slice of Vaudeville’.

Our Visual Artists enjoyed the authentic opportunity to exhibit and even sell their works at the 2018 Art Exhibition in Kern Arcade. The term also saw the culmination of our 2018 Progress Concert Series, with Instrumental Music students showcasing their growth as musicians over the course of the year. Finally, the successful Optiminds event brought with it the chance for Flute Choir and Dance Company to perform, alongside student dance ensemble: Zara Priddle, Jarrah Thomas and Lily Geary, and soloists Heather Maitland and Jayme McKellar.

Looking Forward

Get excited for our annual performing arts highlight: Girls Rock, which will be taking place on Wednesday 14 November. Auditions are scheduled to take place early in Term 4, so interested students are reminded to get their acts ready!