Children from St Joseph’s Primary School in Cobram sang and danced their hearts out last Thursday for the inter-school Festival of the Sacred.
St Joseph’s was one of 11 Catholic primary schools from the Goulburn Valley region to gather at the Mercy Stadium in Shepparton for a night of song and dance.
More than 600 Year 5 and 6 students came together for the massed choir and dance spectacular led by Australian Arts Alive, a branch of the Australian School of Performing Arts.
St Joseph’s teacher Carmel Natale said the students did a phenomenal job despite a ‘‘busy and hectic’’ term.
‘‘They did a fantastic job, especially considering they also had to do a school production on top of everything this term.’’
The students sang Touch The Sky with the school’s lead soloist Nakita Macknamara and three dancers — Sierra Tejones, Bella Seston and Georgia O’Donoghue.
Catholic Education arts education officer and event organiser Claire Spinelli said the Festival of the Sacred had something for everyone.
‘‘The repertoire for this year’s show ranges from cool gospel sounds to touches of ’80s pop, musical theatre and film flair,’’ Ms Spinelli said.
‘‘The students have also learnt two dance routines. The highlight of each event is the mass performance where hundreds of children from different towns and schools all sing together under the guidance of their teachers.’’
The A3-Australian Arts Alive tutors have conducted weeks of workshops for the individual Catholic schools from Shepparton, Mooroopna, Nathalia, Tatura, Cobram, Euroa, Numurkah, Nagambie and Rushworth. The workshops have focused on vocal performance, dance and public speaking.
Ms Spinelli said five Festivals of the Sacred would take place across the Sandhurst Diocese this year, with Wodonga and Wangaratta already taking place last term.
‘‘This year’s festival program sees the introduction of two additional events on the calendar, involving nearly 3000 students in Years 5 and 6 from Catholic schools around the Sandhurst Diocese,’’ she said.
Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond said he was looking forward to attending the festival.
‘‘It’s wonderful to see music and singing becoming such an important part of the educational experience for these students, and to be able to provide something special for the kids to look forward to and work towards,’’ Mr Desmond said.