Dominic College showcases the arts

3 September 2021|Education| Off Comments off on Dominic College showcases the arts|

IN a spectacular display of creativity and talent, more than 150 students from Dominic College performed in a range of dance pieces, concert bands, choirs, and ensembles in the recent Dominic Music and Dance Showcase.

The annual Showcase, held at the Guilford Young Creative Arts Centre, was an opportunity for students to perform in a professional capacity to a large audience to showcase the work they had been undertaking in their music and dance classes throughout the year.

“The work of students was of a high calibre and the Showcase featured their capacity to challenge themselves individually and collectively,” Dominic principal Beth Gilligan said.

Students in years seven to 10 at Dominic College can choose electives of private tuition in a range of Creative Arts.

Specialist teachers and visiting tutors work with students to provide enriching learning experiences, and help build personal capabilities and skill.

Performances are aimed at both college occasions and participation in Eisteddfods.

The K-10 Faculty of Creative Arts at the college comprises Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance and Media Arts.

The Arts are also integrated in the kindergarten and prep curriculum, with specialist music classes commencing in kindergarten.

In years one to six, students have specialist Music and Art in their curriculum.

Specialist Drama begins for students in year three and culminates in a self-devised performance project in year six.

In the year five to six Band Program, every student learns an instrument and plays in a band.

“This model of early specialisation in the arts is possible because the college is K-10 on one site and the benefits of early exposure to the arts has been particularly evident in our Band Development Program and Drama productions,” Ms Gilligan said.

She said that Creative Arts Scholarships at the year seven entry level provided further opportunities for students who were passionate about the Arts to focus on nurturing their talents under the guidance of experienced and dedicated teachers.

The school also hosted its Biennial Creative Arts Festival, which showcased an exhibition of student visual art and media.

“Last year, the festival was unable to proceed as planned due to COVID-19, but this year it made a confident comeback providing the opportunity for the college to offer a snapshot of the creative activity that occured on a day-to-day basis from pre-kindergarten to year 10,” Ms Gilligan said.

The Salamanca Arts Centre, the cultural hub of Hobart, became home to Dominic’s students for a week.

Artwork by students from all years was displayed in the Long Gallery, and the flagship Drama production, traditionally presented in the Peacock Theatre, was ‘Hard Times’ by Charles Dickens.

“This piece was chosen to challenge our performers and also introduce our audiences to the work of the most celebrated storyteller of the Victorian era,” Dominic Creative Arts director Mike O’Brien said.

“It is always rewarding to see young people discover the delights of Dickens as they unpack the complexities and humour of his works.

“The showcase and festival provided excellent opportunities for our students to shine beyond their own community.

“When looking back, many of our students and Old Scholars name this occasion as a highlight of their time at Dominic.”

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