Celebrating the Arts

The Woodleigh Arts Festival is a wonderful celebration of our incredibly creative community. I’ve mentioned many times that the Arts Program at Woodleigh surpasses anything I’ve seen in other schools, and this week is another testament to that.

The theme of this year’s Arts Festival has been ‘Artists in Action’, with a focus on artists (including Woodleigh alumni) working alongside the students on their art across our three campuses, in whatever form that may be.

Just glancing at the Arts Festival Program gives a sense of the scope of opportunities afforded this week. Monday kicked off with Drama workshops with writer and performer Emily Goddard, Mosaic Mural Making, Aboriginal Comedian Sean Choolburra and culminating in a wonderful Festival Opening on Monday night. The quality of this year’s VCE Art and Visual Communication, and Product Design and Technology work on display is extraordinary. Monday’s showcase, featuring the Woodleigh Focus Orchestra and student work from Drama, Media and Music was a great way to officially launch the week. As is our tradition, the Arts Festival ends with the Photography Competition, Dress Up Day and Friday’s VCE Film Night, an opportunity to view and celebrate the short films produced by Year 12 Media students.

Our Director of Drama, Carey Saunders, has put together yet another astonishing Arts Festival program. This year will be Carey’s last as Coordinator, but she leaves an incredible legacy. Special thanks also to Head of Arts Kristen Guthrie, Director of Music Cathy Holt and our incredible team of staff for their role in Woodleigh’s world class Arts Program. It leaves such a mark on our students, often profoundly impacting lives, as was evident at Saturday’s alumni reunion when we welcomed back the classes of 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009.

The Arts Festival events form just part of our busy Term 4 calendar. Last night (Thursday) we welcomed nearly 130 students and families as part of our Year 7/2020 transition program. We have been very grateful, in particular, for the huge parent support of our Parent Education Series, with nearly 150 parents attending Paul Dillon’s session last Tuesday. We hope to get similar numbers for Andrew Kinch from GameAware on Monday evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

David Burton
Head of Senior Campus