Music – Stephanie Barahona and Michaela Finlay
Over the past few days, nine super talented and inspiring Year 11 and 12 students from all across Australia have been embedded at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
In collaboration with Aria award winning producer Paul Mac and Sydney-based singer-songwriter and producer Rainbow Chan, the students wrote, produced and recorded their own original music.
Year 12 student Rhaedell Pickett was one of the lucky students who got to play her band Magik Black’s song Hold On on triple j!
It was hectic that our future aspirations and what we’ve hoped for all week actually came true. Our song being on the radio gave us the exposure we’ve always wanted.
We are so proud and inspired by all of them and can’t believe how far they’ve progressed these past four days!
Humanities and Law – Isabella Dabaja and Elaine Yeo
Students exchanged greetings in French during an introductory lesson held by the Arts (languages) faculty. The instructor, Clara, taught us how to roll our ‘r’ sounds by inviting us to pretend we were expelling something from our throats. Not conventional… but hey, it worked!
Now versed in the curiosities of French numerical denotation (imagine saying “60 and 10” every time you needed to refer to the number 70) we moved on to the famed Nicholson Museum to observe wondrous ancient artefacts.
Amongst 2000 year old mummies and ceramics with intricate slip detailing was the most time-honoured, fragile relic – a historical model of Pompeii made entirely out of Lego!
To finish off the afternoon, we were propelled into deep introspection by the profound, published author Dr. Beth Yapp, who encouraged us to abandon our inner critic or “angel of the house”, and express ourselves with freedom during her creative writing workshop.
Confronted with such challenges as describing “Swimming underwater to someone who lives in the desert,” or detailing a “Colour to someone who has been blind from birth,” we focused on using all our senses to construct multi-dimensional imagery.
This was not only a fantastic exercise in preparing for the student’s upcoming English exams, but in building their skills as observers, noticers and thinkers.