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Term 3 Packed Full Of Creative Opportunities For The Arts

Term 3 Packed Full Of Creative Opportunities For The Arts.
Term 3 has seen many creative opportunities within the Arts department at Toolooa state high school flourish. We believe strongly in creating real life experiences for students to develop skills, apply these skills and showcase their talents. The Arts encompasses many subjects including classroom Music, Instrumental music, Visual arts, Media, and Performing Arts such as Drama and Dance. This term the students have engaged in many performance and expressive ventures.
Musical ‘Alice In Wonderland’: Toolooa students delivered an energetic and impressive performance of a much loved Disney favourite. Three performances were packed full of local community members excited to see this story brought to life. The staff and students have received fantastic feedback about the show and are extremely proud of the final product. A free copy of the DVD of the show will be available soon for Cast and crew to collect and add to their personal collection to enjoy.
GOLDINGS Art showcase: Toolooa included approximately 20 student works into the Port Curtis Youth Art Exhibition “The Goldings Showcase”, held at the Gladstone Art Gallery. Local students from the area entered their works and they have been professionally displayed at the gallery for the public to view and vote on. The artworks will be on display until the 13th of September, so head on down to view the amazing talent of our students and our local area, and vote on your favourite.
GLADSTONE EISTEDDFOD: The highly anticipated competition is here again and Toolooa has been brilliantly represented by a vast amount of students. We have had many entries from individual Toolooa students in all areas of Music, dance, drama and speech. Among these, senior students Bethany Hackfath and Kaitlyn Read, took the top 2 placements in various musical entries; both solo and as a duet. Other successful entries also included a duet comprising of Kaitlyn and Bradley Read, who received 2nd place; and Kynan and Jasmine Elliott who won first place. Toolooa Concert band received a Highly Commended certificate, and the Toolooa Stage band and Strings ensemble both received Third place in their section. We are extremely proud of our students’ hard work, efforts and outstanding results and cannot wait until next year’s competition.
CINDERELLA BALLET performance at Entertainment centre: Year 9 Dance teacher Meghan Gwynne will be taking her dance class, on Wednesday 15th October, to view the Queensland Ballet as part of the Dance curriculum at Toolooa. This will be an exciting evening to dress up and experience something magical. We are very excited about being involved in such a magical experience.
Congratulations YEAR 12 student JESS SMITH: Recently Jessica attended an audition in Brisbane with the renowned dance company “Queensland National Ballet “. A large amount of students auditioned for a place within the company, and we are pleased to say Jess was successful in being accepted into a 2 year Ballet course which commences in 2015. We wish Jess all the best in her dancing career and are so proud of her efforts and passion within the Arts.
Toolooa Mural requests: Recently our talented Art teacher Laura Jane MacNamara, took a bus load of students to the Tanyalla conference centre and painted an outstanding under the sea mural across a large wall at the centre. Due to the professional and impressive work they created, Toolooa Art students have become highly sought after in the community to be involved in large scale public murals. Toolooa students are now involved in a mural that will be displayed at the local swimming pool as part of the “Animating Spaces- frolic” venture (displayed on September 27th), they will be involved in a large scale mural at the CQ University in Gladstone, and will be involved this term in painting a beautiful nature scene including Australian trees and animals, on a large wall at the KinKora Kindergarten, for their new ‘Friendship Garden.” We are very excited about the opportunities that the community have involved us in, which display the impressive talents of Art students at Toolooa State high school.
Instrumental Music: Toolooa students have been busily involved in many performance opportunities as well as skill building excursions this term. Selected year 7 students participated in the GYMC primary workshops, with selected senior students from Toolooa mentoring them as their tutors over 3 big days. The students learnt new skills in collaboration with other students from the local area and worked towards fantastic performances to parents.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra came to town and shared their skills and talents with Toolooa students as well as local students from neighbouring schools. Toolooa held a brass workshop and a woodwind workshop here at our school with the QSO, and learnt vital performance skills for beginners and the more advanced. Toolooa students attended a QSO Strings workshop also which was held at Gladstone State High school. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra then held a spectacular performance “Music Under the stars” to our local community, which due to weather changes was held at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.
Combined Band tour is now approaching, with selected year 7 students from the local area including a handful of talented Toolooa musicians, touring local schools to perform to their students. This will occur on September 10, 11 and 12.

CREATIVE GENERATION Excellence Awards in Visual Art 2014: This exhibition showcases the outstanding artworks by the region’s talented senior visual art students. Toolooa has entered a handful of student works, which will be displayed at the Rockhampton Art Gallery at 6pm on Friday the 5th September.
-Acting Head of the Arts – Mindi Mewing