While most high school classrooms wind down during the last week of school, St George students were immersed in a world of music, theatre and art.
A team of University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Creative Arts students and graduates visited St George High School last week to hold classroom-based sessions of Drama, Music and Visual Arts. The program is designed to engage Year 8 and 9 students, demonstrate in a meaningful way what creative arts is about and encourage participation in classroom activities.
The four day visit culminated in a performance and exhibition of the high school students’ work. Parents and the school community were invited to join the fun.
USQ PhD student and project leader Sarah Peters said it was about giving the high school students an experience where they could learn about creative arts and tertiary study options. “We created an engaging and authentic arts experience where students could get involved, ask questions and have fun,” Ms Peters said. “There was a great turn out of students considering it was the last week of school – about 20 students came along each day. At the end of the event, many of them asked us to come back soon.”
Ms Peters said the visit gave students an insight into what’s on offer at USQ. “We wanted to let them know that if they are interested in creative arts, then that’s a possible study option for them,” she said. “There is a broad range of programs to study at USQ and projects such as this allow us to let young people know what’s available. “I hope we get to go out there again next year and share our passion for creative arts with more students in regional Queensland.”
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