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The Arts

​​​​CULTURAL LIFE AT ST JOHN’S COLLEGE

There are numerous opportunities for your child to develop their artistic talents at St John's College. Artistic culture encompasses Performance, Dance, Visual Art, Media Arts and Music (including a range of musical ensembles). There are also opportunities for your child to explore and develop in the area of Arts Administration through STUFFIT, the world's largest film festival for school students, which is administered by students at St John's College. Compiled below is a brief overview of the culture at St John's College to raise awareness of these opportunities.​

PERFORMANCE

Drama

​Each year, students are given the opportunity to perform in a College production. The larger productions are audition based and performed offsite. Production size varies and tends to be on a rotating cycle, adjusted by a number of factors, including current scope of talent. In 2013, students performed in the stage production of Love Gone Wilde. In 2014, students performed in a Theatre Restaurant where the entertainment is similar to a variety show. In 2015, the drama production was the Australian play, Stories in the Dark and in 2016, a full-scale musical, The Pyjama Game, was performed at the Caloundra Events Centre. In 2017, a large, predominately young cast performed a Gothic tale inspired by Children of the Black Skirt. 2018 saw four musicals combined into one spectacular event with Remember Tomorrow and in 2019 we presented a Shakespearean extravaganza as our piazza area was transformed into the magical forest of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The productions onsite have delicious refreshments provided by the Senior Hospitality students.

Performances created as part of the Drama Curriculum are also viewed by specific year groups.   As the drama students' progress and confidence grows, the public performances possibilities increase. Rehearsals occur in class time with lunchtime and afternoon rehearsals are available if required. Each year, performances are entered in the Sunshine Coast Schools' Drama Festival.

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​Theatresports is a form of comic improvisation played as a team. Each year, St. John's College has a themed Theatresports night where students from Years 10, 11 and 12 compete. Students and parents (and families) from all year levels are invited to this popular event. Outstanding teams compete in the Youth Theatresports Competition in Brisbane. This is a lunchtime commitment and afternoon rehearsal if required.

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The Arts Committee is open to all year levels. They choose themes for events advertise and create new opportunities around the College. It is an active committee providing the College with an exciting Arts focus. Drama students and members of the Arts Committee also perform at lunchtime in Arts week as well as Street Theatre for the Art Exhibition. This is a lunchtime commitment.

MUSIC

Students who pursue music throughout their years at the College will have the opportunity to be extended through extracurricular activities such as St John's College Stage Band, Chapel Band and Chamber Orchestra. Other ensembles (vocal and instrumental) are regularly created and developed to cater for the specific skills and interests of students. Under such direction, and through taking music as a subject, students are presented with the chance to perform (in a group or as a soloist) at various events, most notably through our acclaimed Club Bohemia event. This evening of quality music enhanced with dining and improvisational theatre usually takes place at the Nambour RSL. It is an occasion that showcases quality music in a wide array of musical styles. Particular opportunities are created for the presentation of original music compositions. ​

 In the past, the College has successfully seen a number of students enter the Conservatorium of Music.​                                

Co-curricular Music Program

​The growing instrumental program offers students opportunity to learn an instrument. As their confidence increases these students perform solo or in small groups at informal evening concerts. All students are also invited to take part in our recurring Music on the Piazza.​

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Individual or group performers, the Big Band, Orchestra and Ensembles are also given the chance to perform at the College's Awards Presentation in Term 4.

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DANCE

In the new dance studio, the College provides students with opportunities to learn dance and dance in an Eisteddfod group (auditions necessary). In recent years, our dancers have achieved notable success in competitions such as 'The Australian Pinnacle Dance Challenge'.
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​VISUAL ARTS

The Art Exhibition, in which all student work is displayed, occurs each year in Arts Week. ​Outstanding work from Year 11 and 12 students is selected to be entered into the Creative Generations Exhibition held at the Sunshine Coast University Art Gallery.

There is the opportunity for students to design, develop and be a part of the creation of props, backdrop, program and publicity for College Productions.

Mural Group allows for students of all year levels to create murals for the College as a need arises.

Publication of student art work is prominent in the College magazine, newsletter, murals, Artwork of the Week, Award's Night Program, Year Level Booklets and Student Gallery located in the student entrance.​

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MEDIA ARTS

This popular subject offers students opportunities to be involved in advertising events around the school. They also can choose to enter one of their films into the STUFFit Students Film Festival.​


STUFFit

Student Film Festival: Students in any year level have the opportunity to join the Student Management Team of this international event, which in 2020 attracted 170 entries from five continents. This is of interest to budding filmmakers as well as students interested in events management and Arts Administration. This is an after- school commitment.​

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 ​CONTACTS

Drama:              kkiernanmolloy@bne.catholic.edu.au

Instrumental:  Mark.Winters1@bne.catholic.edu.au  

Visual Art:        othompson@bne.catholic.edu.au

                           smacnicol@bne.catholic.edu.au

STUFFIT:            jmccaul@bne.catholic.edu.au        

                           kkiernanmolloy@bne.catholic.edu.au                        

Dance:              jane.hughes@bne.catholic.edu.au

Music:              pawilson@bne.catholic.edu.au