Calling all creatives!

Sydney Catholic Schools Lockdown Arts Festival

Sydney Catholic Schools’ students, families and staff are invited to submit their creative works to be showcased in our Lockdown Arts Festival.

In this time of lockdowns and uncertainty, we want to celebrate the joy, creativity and optimism of our SCS community.

The theme of the Festival is Looking outwards from a life in lockdown and is open to all students, their families and our staff.

We have five categories to showcase the incredible creative talent we have in our community – the visual arts, literature, drama, dance and music.

There will be great prizes up for grabs, including the chance to have your talent shared with the entire SCS community and beyond.

Further information on each entry category and submission requirements is provided below.

Entries close at 2pm on Friday 15 October 2021 and winners announced on Friday 29 October 2021.

Submit your entry here

Individuals, groups, classes or families from the Sydney Catholic Schools community are invited to enter in the following categories:

  • Individual students

    • Early Primary (K-2)

    • Middle Primary (3-4)

    • Upper Primary (5-6)

    • Lower Secondary (7-9)

    • Upper Secondary (10-12)

  • Class groups

    • Primary

    • Secondary

  • Other

    • Staff member or group

    • Family submission

Show us how you express yourself in an original artwork – a painting/drawing, photograph, or sculptural piece.

  • All submissions must be original (i.e. not reproductions)
  • Upload format: Take a photo of your artwork and upload as a .JPG or .PNG or for a photography collage upload as a .PDF
  • File size: Under 5MB

Channel your muse and compose a poem or short story. Craft your literary masterpiece in poetry or prose.

  • Submissions should be no more than 1,000 words
  • Upload format: .PDF

Show your dramatic flair in a monologue or duologue originally composed, or perform a scene from a play/movie/show as an individual or group.

  • Submissions should be no more than 2 minutes long
  • Upload format: .MP4 or .Mov file you can find some hints for video recording at home here
  • Upload your video up to 100MB or share a link to a Google Drive file (please make sure viewing permission is granted for Sydney Catholic Schools staff to view – more information here)

Get your groove going, your toes tapping and your hips swinging and submit a classical or contemporary dance piece, performed by yourself or as a group.

  • Submissions should be no more than 3 minutes long
  • Upload format: .MP4 or .Mov file – you can find some hints for video recording at home here
  • Upload your video up to 100MB or share a link to a Google Drive file (please make sure viewing permission is granted for Sydney Catholic Schools staff to view – more information here)

So we can share your entry widely, consider replacing any music sound recording on the video with royalty-free music from Bensound or YouTube’s own Audio Library where you can find and download thousands of songs.

Pick up your preferred instrument and either compose an original piece, or jam a cover or adaptation of your favourite song.

  • Submissions may be individual or in a group
  • Submissions should be no more than 3 minutes long
  • Upload format: .MP4, .Mov or .MP3 file – you can find some hints for video recording at home here.
  • Upload your video up to 100MB or share a link to a Google Drive file (please make sure viewing permission is granted for Sydney Catholic Schools staff to view – more information here)

So we can share your entry widely, consider replacing any music sound recording on the video with royalty-free music from Bensound or YouTube’s own Audio Library where you can find and download thousands of songs.

  1. Each submission must identify an affiliated Sydney Catholic School

  2. Entries must provide a contact name and email for the submission

  3. To be valid an entry must adhere to the time limit and format for submission

  4. Submission can only be submitted once (i.e. cannot be entered into multiple categories)

  5. Entrants may enter (with different works) across various categories

  6. Any submission which is not submitted by the due date (Friday 15 October) will not be accepted

  7. Entrants will be asked to attest to the originality of the work submitted, or attribute the original author (in the case of a stage play or sound recording)

  8. Entries which are contrary to the values of the organisation (Sydney Catholic Schools) will be disqualified

  9. All judges’ decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into

  10. In submitting an entry, the entrant agrees to Sydney Catholic Schools (and its schools) using images and recordings of the work/s on their social media and online platforms

Please contact us at lockdownartsfestival@syd.catholic.edu.au for any further questions.

Register NOW: Term 3 Family Forum

Recording studio

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) is proud to announce that its second Family Forum will be focusing on student wellbeing and mental health.

“Based on feedback from our staff and parents during our first Parent Forum in Term 2 and subsequent Facebook Live COVID-19 Q&A sessions, Sydney Catholic Schools is pleased to host a webinar outlining the programs and resources designed to help your child thrive,” our Executive Director, Tony Farley, said.

Jacqueline Frost and Tony Farley present at Sydney Catholic Schools' First Family Forum
Jacqueline Frost and Tony Farley presenting at Sydney Catholic Schools’ first Family Forum.

To be hosted by Mr Farley, SCS’ Chief of Staff, Dr Jacqueline Frost, along with other SCS experts, this exciting 30-minute online event will be held on Monday August 23 from 6.30pm.

“We understand student wellbeing is top-of-mind for parents and our school communities, particularly as we navigate through these difficult times,” Mr Farley said.

“During this 30-minute session you will have the opportunity to guide the conversation through our live polling questions. We hope you will tune in!”

REGISTER NOW

In case you are unable to join the online event, be sure to register above and you will receive a recording of the proceedings post event.

About the Family Forums

SCS kicked off its first, live and online Family Forum for parents, carers, and staff in Term 2, 2021, with more than 2500 people registering for this event.

These Family Forums will be run every term, providing an overview of the programs being offered by SCS to deliver on its vision, and commitment to build thriving Catholic communities through excellence in teaching and learning.

“Family Forums are designed so that everyone can learn more about how we are equipping our students with the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to become active, global citizens”  – Tony Farley

Last term’s forum centred on programs that demonstrate how SCS students can benefit from the opportunities of being part of a bigger network of schools.

The topics were wide-ranging and included discussions on teaching and learning, enhanced curriculum (performing arts, sport, and languages), classroom design and the importance of faith-based work in the community.

“Each term, the forum will focus on a different theme to give our families greater insight into how we are delivering on our commitment to building thriving Catholic communities through excellence in teaching and learning,” Mr Farley said.

If you missed SCS’ last Family Forum, you can still watch it via the live link below.

Sydney Catholic Schools’ first Eisteddfod

A student music ensemble from Marist Catholic College North Shore gets ready to perform at Sydney Catholic School's first eisteddfod.

Students from 92 schools will grace the stage in more than 400 solo and ensemble instrumental, drama, dance and choir performances, as part of Sydney Catholic Schools’ first Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod will be held over four Fridays at Sydney Catholic Schools’ first dedicated performing arts college, Southern Cross Catholic College Burwood, starting on 28 May.

Points will be awarded for each place, certificate and participation. The school with the highest point score will become the inaugural champion and receive a perpetual trophy.

Sydney Catholic Schools’ specialist in the creative arts, Eva Spata, said the events were an opportunity to recognise and celebrate students’ performance skills in a supportive environment.

 “Every opportunity to perform develops students’ confidence and self-belief” – Eva Spata

A Marist Catholic College student music ensemble from Marist Catholic College North Shore gets ready to perform at Sydney Catholic School's first eisteddfod.
Music mavens: Marist Catholic College North Shore students Michael DeWit, Aleena Wiratunga, Jayden Wood, Poppy Douglass and Jasmine Franks will perform in the junior ensemble category of Sydney Catholic Schools’ first eisteddfod. Photo: Natalie Roberts

“Students will receive feedback from industry professionals, and this will help them refine their skills for future performances,” Ms Spata said.

“This is an opportunity for schools to show others what is part of the fabric of their own arts experience, broadening their audiences.

“It can also be inspiring for students to see their peers perform a different repertoire that they may not have experienced before.”

Marist Catholic College North Shore Year 7 student and trombone player Jayden Wood is part of an ensemble that will perform 60’s hits at the first of the eisteddfods.

“It’s fun to do performances for people,” Jayden said. “I like music because there are different things you can learn.”

EISTEDDFOD PROGRAM
  • 28 May – Instrumental music
  • 4 June – Drama
  • 11 June – Dance solo and ensembles
  • 18 June – Choirs and solo vocal
‘An exciting year for the arts’ at Sydney Catholic Schools

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