The 2019 Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges has concluded and Holy Cross College enjoyed some great success and boasted a large participation rate this year. Holy Cross College submitted 41 entries across 17 categories in Music, Dance and Drama and close to 130 students participated in venues across Perth over the last seven weeks.
Into its 30th year, the festival commenced in late July with the Opening Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth with Holy Cross involved in the flag procession and also performing the Dramatisation of the Gospel.
It was then onto the Performance sections and students participated in everything from Instrumental Solos and Duets to Monologues, Creative and Liturgical Dance, Small Group Drama, Christian Drama and Choir sections. Students from Years One through to Twelve represented the College with pride and it was a privilege to witness the talent on display from our students.
Holy Cross’ participation in the 2019 Festival would not have been possible without the co-ordination and dedication of our staff as well as parents and families of our students for transporting students to various events. Particular thanks goes to Miss Georgina Pratt for her incredible work with the Junior, Middle and Senior School Creative and Liturgical Dance groups, Ms Anne Mariner for her work with the Junior Band, Mrs Jackie Cuff for co-ordinating small group Drama and our Instrumental Music Tutors Mrs Kerri Sloper, Mr Jasper Miller, Mr Dario Jiritano and Mr Ronnie Domp for their dedication in working with solo students, co-ordinating ensembles and directing and accompanying the Junior and Middle/Senior choirs. Thank you also to staff who supported these performances in various capacities including Miss Courtney George, Mrs Sharna Bateman, Miss Hannah Sibbald, Miss Aoife Hickey and Miss Linda Ridden.
Thanks also to the Holy Cross Senior Leadership Team of Ms Mandy Connor, Mr Paul Murphy, Mr Ryan Shelton, Mr Peter Collins, Mrs Vanja Basell and Mrs Kylie Day for their support of the festival, Arts staff and students.
The Performing Arts Festival is a wonderful way for students to share their talents and we look forward to another successful festival in 2020! Awards from this year’s Festival will be announced at the College Assembly at the end of Winter Term.
Mr Chris McRae
Learning Area Co-ordinator (The Arts)