Chilling classic becomes nightmarishly real!

Our VCE Theatre Studies students performed Tom Wright’s adaptation of the Australian classic novel, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ in three sold-out performances this week. The all-female cast brought to life a tale that has haunted the Australian psyche for over a decade. Through extraordinary acting skill, our audiences were transported back to a fateful Valentine’s Day in 1900 where three schoolgirls and their teacher vanished without a trace. The intensity with which the cast portrayed a large variety of characters ...

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Chanukah the Musical

Prep to Year 2 students performed Chanukah the Musical this week and by all accounts, it did not disappoint! Below is a note from David Opat, Head of Junior School that appeared in the program, about the show:

“Chanukah is a very important story because it is about bravery and sticking to what is right no matter what adversity one faces. It also speaks about the idea that some things can run out. In this case the oil for the Menorah. ...

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Spring Concert bursts with talent

On Monday, the Music Department hosted their annual Spring Concert. The concert involved every ensemble from both the Junior and Senior Schools, as well as our VCE soloists Freya Boltman, Kylie Campbell, Amy Priester, Rachel Silber and Frances Yudko. The concert was expertly emceed by Noa Abrahams (Year 12), who, in addition to playing and singing in senior ensembles composed an original work for orchestra as part of her VCE Music Style and Composition subject. Daniel Freidgeim also composed an ...

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Honk! Jr – wonderful family entertainment

It’s OK to be different! Our Years 6-8 Musical, Honk! Jr, performed this week, explored the idea of a mother’s love for her children despite their differences. Through light-hearted humour, powerful acting and joyous songs, the students retold the famous tale of the Ugly Duckling to captivated audiences. Ugly leaves the farm to look for food and along the way meets many animals who help him on his journey to realise that we are all different and all have our ...

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I am. You are. We are Australian

In a stunning display of all things iconically Australian, our Years 3 to 5 students performed Made in Australia this week. The students were clearly highly engaged in this production and convincingly portrayed a range of narratives that shape our culture. Year 3 students who have been studying Indigenous culture in the classroom, brought two Dreamtime stories to life in magnificent fashion, replete with wonderfully creative puppets. Inspired by Dorothy McKellar’s poem, My Country, Year 4 students researched modern Australian ...

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The 23rd Annual B’nai B’rith Jewish Youth Art Competition

This important annual exhibition aims to develop and enhance the artistic abilities of youth aged 11 to 18 years and showcases the innovative artworks created by talented Jewish youth, including drawings, paintings, multimedia, sculpture and digital photography.

The Exhibition is currently showing at Glen Eira Art Gallery, Caulfield until Sunday 19 August.

The official opening and presentations were held last Sunday, 5 August to a full gallery of parents, students and dignitaries. The judges were Esther Erlich, painter, sculptor and winner of ...

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Art appreciation – Years 3 & 4 students visit MoMA

Years 3 and 4 students traveled to the National Gallery of Victoria this week to see the 2018 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, MoMA. This Art excursion introduced our students to a collection of 200 pieces from 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. The students began the day with an introductory talk exploring some of the artists and pieces in the exhibit. Our students’ observations and ideas of what they thought the art was, impressed Monique, the gallery educator running ...

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Artistic inspiration

Years 3 and 4 Art students recently had a special lesson with guest artist Anita Ophoven (grandmother to student Gabriel Berkowitz).

During this lesson, they saw several of Anita’s coloured pencil and water colour drawings. Anita discussed the process of making her art, her influences and the time spent making each drawing. The students then had the chance to ask her questions.
Anita helped students work on their own drawings, looking at different fruit and vegetables and using coloured pencils ...

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The Alps come to Armadale

The School was alive this week with the beautiful voices and astonishing acting talent of our Years 9-12 students who performed the much loved classic, The Sound of Music over four nights. Word quickly spread from those who saw the first performance, that this was an experience not to be missed. The impressive sets, the inspirational orchestral accompaniment and the wonderful cast delighted the audience.

The extraordinary Rachel Silber seems to have been born to play the role of the endearing Maria, as ...

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Children of the Black Skirt – a gothic fairytale

A group of highly talented VCE Theatre Studies students staged three performances of Angela Betzien’s evocative play ‘Children of the Black Skirt’ this week. In achieving required learning outcomes for this VCE study, including interpreting the play text through rehearsal and performance, students are also required to choose areas of stagecraft in which they work towards the realisation of the production. Some of the skills acquired in staging this production included direction, sound, lighting, set and costumes.

This production, described by ...

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