Palm Beach Currumbin State High
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Palm Beach QLD 4221

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The Arts News

Queensland Theatre Company excursion

Brisbane Festival and LaBoite Theatre presented Steven Oliver’s newly written work “Into Darkness” A contemporary view on an Aboriginal Australian family. On 19 September, our Year 10 Drama Excellence students were chaperoned by Mr Cameron Sarasola and were deeply moved by this story of family, the loss of a loved one and the ripple effect this has on the family dynamic. Students had a wonderful time at the theatre and it was a lovely way to end a very busy Term 3.

Springbrook Visual Arts excursion

On Monday 14 October Ms Leoni Kent chaperoned her Year 11 students to Twin Falls in Springbrook National Park as part of their Unit 3, Visual Arts SATE study. The students completed the Twin Falls circuit slowly; photographing, filming, drawing and painting as they went along. The excursion was for students to find inspiration for inquiry phase one of their assessment, where they have to devise an inquiry question as the starting point for their Year 12 bodies of work.  The excursion as stimulus was intended to be an environment unknown to students.  It was followed by further field work in a known environment, Currumbin Creek boardwalk and estuary.

Visual Arts Exhibition 

On Thursday 17 October we celebrated our Visual Arts community and hosted our PBC Arts exhibition. The hospitality team led by Tracey Maher and Elizabeth Gill treated over 150 guests to tapas and drinks and were entertained by Year 12 Music Excellence student Aaron Gannaway performing his original songs on acoustic guitar. The work on display was a culmination of works created by PBC Year 8 – Year 12 students and was OUTSTANDING. A credit to the core and excellence program we run here at PBC. A big thank you to our incredible Visual Arts staff Ms Paula Hall, Ms Leoni Kent and Mr Simon Tanke. We have some very talented visual artists in our community and I am excited to share that Oorvi Bhandari has been selected as the 2019 Principals Award recipient. Congratulations Oorvi.

Drum Workshop

On Friday 18 October, Stage Band 1 were treated to a Drum workshop from JMI (Jazz Music Institute).

Dance Night 

On Tuesday 23 October PBC Dance Excellence students, Vocal Group students, Musical team members and selected Music excellence students entertained a sell-out audience of over 700 people at HOTA. Dance Night was a slick and professional presentation of all of our award winning eisteddfod routines from 2019, class work, student choreography, vocalists and Gymnasts. With over 250 students involved in the show the night was a definite highlight of 2019 and the night finished on high with all 250 students performing together in a grand FINALE.  I would like to thank Ms Madonna Hall and Mrs Abby Chetty for the incredible work and the hundreds of hours that was put into making this night such a huge success and riveting experience for our community and students. Thank you to Corey Parker (2018 Alumni - Stage Manager) and backstage staff Mrs Kristina Tassone, Ms Dani McGlynn and Ms Paula Hall.

Under the Lights 

On Thursday 25 October we hosted another large school event “Under the Lights 2019”. Over 700 guests and 300 musicians filled our Senior Quad to celebrate PBC musicians, past present and future. A big thank you to Mrs Kayla Latter (IM coordinator) Mr Justin Hart (IM teacher), Mrs Kristina Tassone (Vocal Group Director) and Reuben McLean (Strings teacher) for the night of entertainment. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make this event such a highlight on our school calendar and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents support team, Band MAD (Band Mums and Dad’s) as well as the staff that came along to support their students.  There was a large group of Alumni students back on campus. We will dearly miss our graduating Year 12 students but were also excited to meet and play alongside our Future Band students (future 2020 Instrumental Music students).

Danc’ed in the Spotlight 

On Friday 26 October, our dance teachers Mrs Abby Chetty and Ms Madonna Hall chaperoned our Year 9 and 10 Dance excellence students to HOTA again to perform at Danc’ed in the Spotlight. Danc’ed in the Spotlight is a not-for-profit event featuring performances by over 800 primary and secondary students from 24 State, Catholic and Independent schools on the Gold Coast and is the largest dance festival of its kind. We love finishing our enormous dance calendar at this event as it is a professional, but non-competitive environment showcasing the exiting role dance education plays in the education of our children.


All Shook Up! 

On Sunday 27 October there was no rest for the wicked when Mrs Abby Chetty, Mrs Madonna Hall and Mr Sarasola conducted featured musical rehearsals and workshops in the Theatre. We have nearly finished off Act 1 of “All Shook Up” and the cast and crew are excited to show you their creative project from 21 March, 2020 at Twin Towns... Watch this space

BUPA Aged Care performance 

On Monday 28 October, Mrs Krissy Tassone chaperoned her Vocal Group (Creative Generation South East Regional Award winners) to BUPA aged care, Tugun. The students performed their Acapella eisteddfod pieces, duos and solos and we were lucky enough to feature past student Mr Sean Petie. The audience at BUPA Aged Care Facility were thrilled to meet our students and this event was a lovely way to finish such an exhausting and exciting four weeks.