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Sydney Arts Tour

Over the May long weekend, 35 Year 11 and 12 Art, Music and Drama students arrived at Brisbane airport at 6am, ready for a long weekend of visiting art galleries, seeing interesting performances and taking in the Sydney sites.

Art students visited some of the city's major galleries including Art Gallery NSW; but also smaller galleries, such as White Rabbit. Each gallery we explored housed amazing pieces that inspired us with their unique techniques and interesting concepts. Arts students, along with Ms Boyle and Ms Chaplin, even had the opportunity to go to the National School of Art, and were given a tour of the campus and participated in a guided drawing class to enhance our skills.

Although our time in Sydney was short, the number of activities, tours, performances and workshops we completed felt endless. The drama students kicked off the tour by visiting the Wharf Theatre. Here we watched the incredible performance Still Point Turning. Watching the professionals on stage was not only entertaining, but helped us understand various aspects of acting in the theatre. We also saw the first performance of The Sugar House at Belvoir St Theatre. After countless laughs and cries we were ready to take on various acting roles ourselves. At the Australian Theatre for Young People our skills were truly put to the test. From keeping focus and learning to stay in character, to acting as though our lives depended on a tennis ball, we were all exhausted. It was all worth it in the end, as our knowledge of various dramatic styles and acting techniques had improved greatly. At NIDA, we learned about what it was like on the set of film and TV shows. After learning about different types of camera techniques, we jumped in front of the camera to recreate scenes from Stranger Things.

We were all fortunate enough to take part in a guided tour of the Opera House. Although magnificent, the iconic white sails of the Opera House pale in comparison to the stunning interior. Art, Drama and Music students alike, put their drawing skills into practice by doing a sketch of the Opera House. We also got to explore Cockatoo Island and witness the stunning views and incredible works there.

To complete our time, we all went on a Ghost Tour. Walking around The Rocks at night, we got to see some of Sydney's oldest and most haunted places, and were told the stories behind the ghosts lingering there.

The Arts Tour is full of amazing experiences and is a 'must do' for senior students participating in the Arts. On behalf of everyone on tour, we would like to thank all the teachers who helped make this tour happen, Ms Mungavin, Ms Boyle, Ms Chaplin and Mr Leegwater.

Kacey Grant, Ryan Sturton and Ben Sones