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Sandhurst Arts On Show

Sandhurst Arts on Show is a biennial event, a collaboration between the Catholic Education Office Sandhurst, The Australian School of Performing Arts, and Sandhurst Primary schools. Performing Arts and classroom teachers guide students to prepare song and dance items, with the support of ASPA Ed, in the second and third terms.

The event usually culminates in a gathering of students who participate in a series of dance and singing workshops, perform their prepared items for each other, and present a showcase concert.

Influenced by the conditions of 2020, Sandhurst Arts on Show became an online programme. Teachers have persevered through many challenges, including remote learning, to support their students to flourish through the Performing Arts. Some schools were able to create a performance outcome in the form of a video.

Catholic Education Sandhurst and ASPA Education congratulate all those students, parents and teachers who participated in Sandhurst Arts on Show this year, rising above the challenges presented to them with grace and creativity. Schools have worked hard to support Covid-safe participation and we are proud to present the performance videos below.

St Peter’s Primary School, Bendigo North & St Francis of the Fields Primary School, Strathfieldsaye

I Believe
By: Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter

Performed by: Year 2 – 4 students
Teacher: Jenni Heinrich

The students of these two Bendigo schools began working on this song at the beginning of 2020, before pandemic, lockdown and remote learning. It has been wonderful to see how these young people have risen to the challenges of 2020 and this is evident in this rendition of 'I Believe'.

St Joseph's Primary School, Numurkah

Surf's Up
Song from Disney's Teen Beach Movie
By: Ali Dee Theodore, Alana Da Fonseca, Garrett Kotecki, and Jordan Yaeger

Performed by: Grade 5/6
Teacher: Louise Hall

Students had the option of learning the ‘Surf’s Up’ dance as one of the activities during Home Learning. It was amazing to see the range of students who took up the challenge! Thanks to the talented staff at ASPA, students at school and from home were blessed to do 2 workshops via WebEx. When we all got back together at school we were able to create our interpretation.

St Liborius’ Primary School, Eaglehawk

Come Alive
By: Years & Years and Jess Glynne

Performed by: Grade 3-6 Choir
Teacher: Mrs Claire Sexton

The St. Liborius’ Primary Choir present 'Come Alive', an amazingly energetic dance based on 'The Greatest Showman.' The students loved this dance with its mixture of styles. They also tried working with a green screen to create the impression that they were actually dancing in a circus tent. Originally the students were also singing a section from 'A Million Dreams'. Costumes were planned and created by the students. Thanks to ASPA for an inspiring piece of choreography for us to base our performance on.

St Mary's Primary School, Myrtleford

Galnya Nginak
By: Debra Cheetham

Performed by: Grade 3-6 Choir
Teacher: Rachel Campbell

The choir has really enjoyed learning this song which celebrates indigenous culture in Australia. Even though we had a huge break in our rehearsal due to school closures, all students returned to school eager to participate in the Sandhurst Arts on Show Online 2020 program.

St Joseph's Primary School, Quarry Hill

Our Sunburnt Country & Surf's Up
Poem by: Dorothea Mackellar
Song from Disney's Teen Beach Movie
By: Ali Dee Theodore, Alana Da Fonseca, Garrett Kotecki, and Jordan Yaeger

Performed by: Grade 3-6 Choir
Teacher: Mrs Claire Sexton

The St. Joseph's Choir loved combining a short theatrical performance based on Dorothea Mackellar's poem, 'My Country', and the ASPA choreography to 'Surf's Up'. The students contributed their ideas and worked in teams, led by our Grade sixes, to create this colourful, costumed performance based on the landscapes of Australia. 'Surf's Up' is set on one of Australia's beautiful beaches. So join us for some fun in the sun!

St Mary's Primary School, Inglewood

Better When I’m Dancing / Can’t Stop The Feeling
By: Megan Trainor/Justin Timberlake

Performed by: Years 4, 5 & 6
Teacher: Nicole Holland

The first time my students saw this dance was amazing and they could not stop smiling throughout completing the dance. This has given the students something to look forward to and come back to after COVID disruptions. Thank you, Catholic Education Sandhurst & ASPA Ed for Sandhurst Arts on Show.

Sacred Heart Primary School, Tatura

By: Jim Papoulis

Performed by: Select students from Grade 3/4 and 5/6
Teacher: Karen Nihill

Our students have had a lot of fun learning to sing in Spanish. It is quite an achievement. They love the actions and the catchiness of the tune. We have loved every moment making our first music video. ‘Oye’ is a song about children hoping to have a voice and to be heard. We hope you enjoy it.

Sacred Heart Primary School, Yarrawonga

Surf’s Up
Song from Disney's Teen Beach Movie
By: Ali Dee Theodore, Alana Da Fonseca, Garrett Kotecki, and Jordan Yaeger

Performed by: Participant Group
Teacher: Christine Cussen

The students of Sacred Heart Yarrawonga were challenged to learn the choreography for this item during the Covid-19 remote learning period. A few students took up the challenge and filmed their success independently at home or at school. This provided a great opportunity for students to be positive and get moving during lockdown.