Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook
'I came that they may have life, and have it to the full' John 10:10

Spirit of The Arts Festival Week

Week 9 has seen a huge amount of activity within the Arts Enrichment pillar with the inaugural Spirit of the Arts Week running across five days to conclude the 2021 Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival. This significant event has coincided with the 50th anniversary of Catholic Education in Western Australia and the 200th of Catholic Education in Australia.

The week commenced with the Spirit of the Arts Festival Concert on Monday evening at RAC Arena. The College Chamber Choir and Junior Choir along with a handful of student representatives lined up with over 2000 students from Catholic Schools across the state to participate in a massed choir featuring the song Faith in the Future, written specifically for the 200th Anniversary. Students represented the College with pride in a flag procession led by Trinity Pipes and Drums and were awarded the 2021 Christian Drama Shield. A huge thank you to Mrs Sloper and Mrs Chamberlain for their hard work and dedication and to the Senior Leadership Team for their attendance at the event!

Following straight on from the buzz of the Festival Concert, the Year 2 Classes and Senior Band took to a different city stage, lining up for a lunchtime concert in Forrest Place which delighted lunch goer, workers and passers by. The Year 2 Class Dancers under the direction of Miss Georgina Pratt delighted the enthusiastic audience with an upbeat routine to Better When I’m Dancing. This was such a crowd pleaser that they were asked for an encore! The Senior Band followed soon after and brought the house down with a set of old and new rock hits!

To round out an incredibly busy and successful week, the city came alive once more on the Friday with Carnevale! Holy Cross was not only on stage once more but stage managed the event with a staff and student team. The Senior Band returned playing around an hour of material as a band as well as in small duo and trio combos. The Middle and Senior School Afro Beats Dancers brought rhythm, culture and life to the stage and the Senior Textiles students strutted their stuff with a fashion show of original garments. A big thank you to Miss Pratt and Mrs Katchan for their amazing work with the dancers and to Mrs Merry for her incredible dedication to the textiles students!

This proved to be an incredible week for all involved!

Mr Chris McRae (Learning Area Coordinator- The Arts)