Performing and Visual Arts Week
This week the College held its Performing Arts Carnival and Art Competition. The student visual art was displayed in the theatre foyer across the week and I have to say, it was absolutely brilliant. The students were required to develop their art work around the theme of “space”. We received a wide range of concepts and art forms, ranging from videos to 3D designs, paintings and sketches. The work of Ms Sam Smith to engage and excite so many students, and to inspire such high quality work was clear. This art work is something our College is justifiably very proud of. It will now be relocated to another area of the College for the purpose of longer term display.
The Performing Arts Carnival was expertly led by Mr Greg Heaton, and his team of students and staff. Each Tribe put on a range of acts and there was also an array of individual and group performances, keeping the audience entertained. The College is working to build a strong culture and reputation for the Performing Arts and PAC is a cornerstone of that work.
Building on the success of the Performing Arts in 2017, the College is excited to announce the further development of our recording and rehearsal studio to enable a “black box” style Theatre setting. This will take place for the start of 2018. This will enable music and theatre performances in an intimate audience setting of 30. The College is also very excited to announce that we have created a position of Director of Performing Arts for the start of the 2018 year. As well as these exciting initiatives, further resources will be put into classroom and instrumental music, to facilitate the growth of music in the College. We are planning on re introducing classroom music to all Year 7 students for 2018, and we are looking for the services of strings and guitar teachers to complement our already talented music teaching staff.
Grade 4/5 Primary School Visit – Burwood East PS
Last Wednesday, FHC were visited by Grade 4 and 5 students from Burwood East Primary School. The College organised a day in the life of a secondary school student for our visitors. Students experienced a range of classes with our expert teaching staff. PE with Mr. Cutler, Science with Mr. Freeman, Drama with Ms. Ghirardello, and Robotics with Mr. Heaton.
There was much debate amongst the Grade 4 and 5 students about which class they enjoyed the most. Playing games in the gym, performing on stage in the theatre, conducting physics experiments in the lab, and meeting our programmable robot ‘Nao’ were some of the highlights discussed. One student claimed that playing down ball during the recess break against College Principal, Mr Rogers, was the best part!
Former Burwood East students buddied up with each of the groups and provided additional support to the teachers and students. All the past students were recognised by the Burwood East visitors. It was great to see reconnections made with past peers. Well done and thanks to Benji K, Lochie R, Dimitri P, Peter K, Andrea T, Phoebe C, Ben B, Liam B, Zhenzhou C, Will B for your leadership, care and assistance on the day.
On behalf of Forest Hill College, we would like to thank BEPS for coming to visit. We hope you enjoyed your time here, and look forward to collaborations and visits in the future. Special thanks to our staff in the classroom and behind the scenes for making the day possible.
Mr. Lee (Head of Sub-School – Middle Years)