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Creative and Performing Arts students performed at an outstanding level this year.

Our Music students are to be highly commended for their exceptional achievements, which are listed in detail below. Visual Arts students also gained remarkable results, winning prizes and contributing to productive and well attended Study Days and excursions.

Year 11 Music student, Anna Da Silva Chen, a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards, performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms. She was won the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship and was overall winner of the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, in which James Julian and Justin Julian, also Year 11, won the Multiple division. Luca Warburton was selected to participate in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonietta Composition Project and also won the Own Composition (14 years & under) section in the 2013 Sydney Eisteddfod.

Other noteworthy achievements in the Sydney Eisteddfod include Mitzi Gardner, winner of the Jazz and Blues Singer (15 years & under) category, and Keith Cheung, third place in the 20th or 21st Century Piano (16 years & older) category, Justin Julian, third place in the Viola or Cello (16 & under) category, and Justin’s brother James Julian, winner of the Clarinet (18 years & under) category. Achievers in Music apart from the Eisteddfod include Daryl Chin, Year 10, who won a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music Summer School for rock musicians, and Phoebe Gardner, Year 11, who won a scholarship to the Summer Music School at the Perlman Music Program, after which she was invited to enrol in the Juilliard School in New York as a student of Itzhak Perlman. Congratulations to all students!

Year 11 Visual Art student Faith Mrljak won first prize in the senior category of the Mosman Youth Art prize, one of the richest and most prestigious art prizes for young people in Australia. Faith’s portrait of her mother was exhibited during June at the Mosman Art Gallery.

The Preliminary Visual Arts students attended a painting workshop early in the year, where all students developed skills and techniques to an advanced level.

Our Visual Arts students were introduced to a limited palette of colour and used this to design and complete their own abstracted still life painting. They used the work of Australian artist Elisabeth Cummings as a case study and inspiration for their own work.

Early in Term 3 Photographic and Digital Media students went on an exciting assignment. Taronga Park Zoo provided perfect models to be photographed. We were very lucky to be accompanied by the Learning Engagement Officer Catherine Judd, who enabled students to get up close and personal with their subjects. The images that the students produced were outstanding.

An amazing range of achievements in CAPA for 2013!

Creative and Performing Arts Achievements 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Composer Luca Warburton will have his music featured at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Artology Fanfare Program, a national competition for young composers. Mitzi Gardner, a talented violinist and singer, was one of the featured artists in the 2014 Schools Spectacular, was accepted into the Talent Development Project and won second prize in the Jazz Vocals section of the Sydney Eisteddfod. Other Sydney Eisteddfod wins this year include Lucia Li who won the 15 years and under Eighteenth Century Piano category, as well as coming 2nd or 3rd in a number of other categories.

James and Justin JulianSDEHS students featured as finalists in the 2014 Ku-ring-gai Concerto Competition. Jasmine Baric (violin) won the Barbara Cran Award and Justin Julian (viola) the Barbara Robinson Award. James and Justin Julian have been involved in Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) programs, attending the AYO National Camp and AYO Young Symphonists concert. Justin is Associate Principal Viola in the AYO and travelled to Adelaide and Brisbane for the concert series.

Our talented musicians are involved in competitions and performances in Australia and overseas. Jai Waetford has been in Los Angeles performing and recording; Lucia Li performed in Belgium, Shanghai and Beijing; and Rio Xiang travelled to Moscow to compete in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.Our composition program moves from strength to strength with many students participating in the workshops throughout the year.

The acquisition of a long awaited baby grand piano was a highlight for the music teachers. This will enhance our annual performances as well as providing performing opportunities for our students.

As part of the Big Day In festivities students learned the art of using the Green Screen. Students took pictures of each other against the green backdrop, which were then superimposed onto an exotic location for the final image.

Our Year 9 and 10 Photographic and Digital Media students became filmmakers for a day, learning the foundations of shooting and editing their own short films. Results were outstanding, and many budding directors embarked on sequels after the workshop.

The introduction of regular Stage 4 workshops was also very rewarding for both students and teachers. The activities were wide and varied, ranging from sculpture to mixed media. The lively and engaging atmosphere resulted in the creation of some excellent artworks.The Visual Arts students participated in many thrilling workshops including a very special Mural Workshop presented by world renowned mural artist Fintan Magee. Not only did the students witness first hand what goes into creating a large scale mural, but they also got to paint one of their own.2014 proved to be yet another exciting and successful year in Creative and Performing Arts.

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A number of our elite sporting students excelled and achieved at high levels both nationally and internationally. Students competed in ice skating, figure skating, tennis, dancing, ballet, cycling, golf, netball, gymnastics, swimming and surfing.

Congratulations must go to Rory Ferguson who came third at the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition and to Chantelle Kerry and Brendan Kerry on their selection to train with the 2014 Australian Olympic Winter Team as ice skaters. Mitchell Kilduff won eight gold medals in the Multi Class swimming at the Queensland Titles and gained a position in the shadow squad for the World Championships to be held in Canada in 2014. Jordan Soussa was selected to represent the region at the Combined High Schools tennis championships.

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A number of our elite sporting students excelled and achieved at high levels nationally and internationally. This year we had students representing ice skating, figure skating, karting, tennis, football, skateboarding, skiing, dancing, ballet, cycling, golf, motocross, swimming and surfing.

Congratulations especially to two of our para-athletes Mitchell Kilduff and Matthew Ward. Mitchell successfully represented Australia at the Pan Pacific Championships in Scotland and Matthew was selected for the prestigious role of vice-captain of the NSW Paralympic Swimming Team with his sights set on Rio 2016. Daniel Alessi was successful on the soccer field, representing the Young Socceroos and playing for the Western Sydney Wanderers. Joseph Burton Harris and Lawson Walters are achieving global recognition for their international performances in karting and motocross.

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Harry Ward, Anna Da Silva Chen and Phoebe GardnerOur creative and performing arts students continued to shine in 2012. One of our highly talented violinists, Harry Ward, received a full scholarship for two months of violin studies at the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music in New York. Harry was a Featured Artist in the 2012 Schools Spectacular, and continues to be part of the Talent Development Project, the Concert Master of the NSW Public Schools Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Australian String Academy.

Harry performed solo with the Sydney International Orchestra in the inaugural Garvan Australian Spectacular. He performed at the Crossroads Festival, and in ensemble and as soloist with the Sydney Symphony, Australian Brandenburg and Royal Academy Orchestras. Harry featured in The 3 Factor on ABC3 TV.

Anna Da Silva Chen is another of our rising stars. In Term 2 Anna performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as part of the ABC Young Performers Awards String Final, and the performance was broadcast on ABC Classic FM. Anna was a semifinalist in the Menuhin Competition in Beijing in April, which attracts some of the world’s finest violinists. Anna performed in the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship Final in August, at Sydney Conservatorium.

Our success in art and design competitions continued in 2012. Our Years 9 and 10 Visual Arts and Visual Design students created innovative and imaginative artworks for the Koori Art Expressions exhibition at the Australian Museum and for the White Ribbon art and poetry exhibition Breaking the Silence at Parliament House. Our Photographic and Digital Media students used their camera and Photoshop skills to enter the Digital Art Awards and our Visual Designers once again Doodled for Google, aspiring to have their designs featured on the Google homepage.

Our Year 12 Drama students had a number of opportunities to see amateur and professional performances. They visited The Sydney Theatre Company and The Riverside Theatre for productions of Ruby Moon. They also had the opportunity to engage in physical theatre with the Legs on the Wall workshop.

It has been wonderful to see our students enriching their talents and striving towards their dreams.

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