This week, twenty Braemar students from Year 9 and 10 participated in Signal Arts Space on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne.
Signal is a collaborative performing arts project involving four disciplines; writing, physical theatre, digital media and design. The major focus has been ideas of cultural and environmental sustainability. Our Braemar students attended workshops and worked together over three days towards a final performance on Thursday afternoon. Braemar’s final performance drew inspiration and ideas from George Orwell’s novel, 1984, FOX by Margaret Wild, the proposed Adani coal mine and how it will affect the Great Barrier Reef, and fake news.
Signal is part of the inaugural, five-day ISV Arts Learning Festival. The festival features a number of workshops, displays, exhibitions and performances all centered around this year’s theme of unlimited imagination. ISV Chief Executive, Michelle Green, explained the festival as a “celebration of the central role of the arts in education, as important as maths or science…it recognizes the arts as crucial building blocks in students’ academic development and in their emotional wellbeing. The benefits flow through the community, increasing social understanding and creating tangible economic benefits” (https://www.artslearningfestival.org.au/a-fresh-take-on-the-art-of-learning/).
Well done to all of the students involved, and a special mention to Ms Robyn Brentnall for her support and involvement this week.