Captivate shines during spectacular showcase performance!
05 Sep 2018
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta students had the opportunity to shine when the Captivate performing and creative arts program recently hosted its 10th Anniversary Showcase at Quaycentre, Sydney Olympic Park.
The show combined a spectacular musical ensemble of 165 students, backed up by the 1000-student primary choir and 190-student secondary choir singing songs such as One Dream, Come Back to the Sea, Keep your Lamps Trimmed and Burning and River Run Free.
This was complemented by a dance ensemble of 382 dancers who kept audiences enraptured. There was also a secondary drama ensemble of 90 students and a student ‘spoken word choir’ comprising 80 students from four primary schools.
One of the highlights of the performance was the use of puppetry and props to reflect the showcase’s storyline. The impact of the puppets was dramatic, guiding the audience through show’s theme of ‘creativity’: from the igniting of the creative spark, through to creative play, creative block, creative flow, and finally creative genius. The show’s finale was a stunning performance of Rihanna’s Diamonds in the Sky.
Captivate director Mark Hopkins said that for many students involved, it was their first major public performance.
“Others were consolidating many years of practice, rehearsal and performing, honing their skills for HSC practical examinations in the coming weeks or auditions for specialist post school arts study pathways in the coming months.
“Captivate is the program by which all students, regardless of prior experience or the location of their school, can access specialist learning in the arts.
“With a constant stream of research documenting evidence of the cognitive and social benefits of arts participation and learning, it is vital that such learning is part of each child’s education.”
St Andrew’s Primary, Marayong acting Principal Kim McDonald described the show as a rewarding experience for all those involved.
“Students have been rehearsing since February, both during recess and lunch breaks and also at formal off-site rehearsals with other students in the Diocese as well as during the school holidays,’’ Mrs McDonald said.
“This level of collaboration and creativity has provided opportunities for students to express themselves in a unique way. We are so proud of the students and thank them for their commitment, enthusiasm and persistence over such a long period of time.”
Latest News More news
06 Dec 2023
St Luke's Catholic College thanks Stockland representatives Bader Issa and Shilpi Chawla for speaking to our Stage 3 students about building sustainable and inclusive communities. It was wonderful for our students to hear about Elara's development, future planning and why it is a great place to live, learn and grow.
03 Dec 2023
📚 St Luke's celebrated National Shared Reading Week with a week-long reading bonanza! Every recess, staff and student house leaders got to walk down memory lane and share their favourite childhood picture book with K-4 students. Thank you to Rosary T, Rishika T, Althea D, Arzaan N, Jordyn T, Kanishk G, Johnathan T, Jocelina G, Jayke J and the staff who volunteered their time.
30 Nov 2023
Today twelve of our Stage 3 students participated in a design thinking architecture and urban planning workshop with Parisa Ziaesaeidi, PhD, AFHEA, Associate Lecturer in Architecture at WSU. Parisa's research interests focus on social sustainability and neighbourhood design for children and youth. Our students designed future communities that focused on inclusivity, social interaction, and child-friendliness as a key feature of sustainable cities.
29 Nov 2023
College leaders proudly launched our New Kids on the Block program with a Welcome Morning for our new K-12 students and families. This was a wonderful way to induct the newest members of our faith and learning community and give them a hands on experience of our learning spaces and facilities. Special thank you to our College House Leaders and SOE Ambassadors for their contributions.
28 Nov 2023
In a new community outreach initiative, Year 10 students recently visited Catholic HealthCare, an aged home care facility, to bridge generational gaps and foster meaningful connections. The students engaged in activities alongside the residents, sharing in games of bingo and a collaborative crafting session. Our visit proved to be mutually enriching, as the students and residents were able to share valuable insights and learn from each other. It was a proud moment to see these meaningful relationships being formed as our students shared God's love through their words and deeds.
28 Nov 2023
Stage 3 teachers and leaders were very excited this morning to welcome Yr 4 students to the School of Leadership during our High 5 transition morning! The first experience saw students compose a letter to their teachers to introduce themselves.
27 Nov 2023
This week is National Shared Reading Week! 📚 Staff and student leaders such as Mr Fucile, Rosary and Althea will be sharing their favourite childhood picture books! Walk down memory lane every recess in The Hub during Week 8! 💚
25 Nov 2023
St Luke's Catholic College would like to thank Aaron Ngan, Inspiration Manager at UTS Startups for speaking to our Year 10 students about taking their first steps as entrepreneurs and turn their ideas into action. Aaron is passionate about empowering young people to discover and pursue their entrepreneurial potential. We are grateful for our partnership with with UTS Startups.
25 Nov 2023
St Luke's Catholic College students enjoyed a visit from University of Technology Sydney to learn about new courses on offer in 2024. Our students were interested in transdisciplinary courses focused on mastering innovation and complex problem solving. UTS enriches students with industry experiences, meaningful professional networks and collaborative and conceptual thinking skills that employers are looking for.