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Ms Jane Massingham
Students are encouraged to become involved in the cultural life of the College through one or more of the following activities.
- The Instrumental Music Program is available to students in any year level. Tuition is offered in woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, piano and guitar. This tuition provides the opportunity for students to become members of the Concert Band, College Orchestra, String Ensemble, Guitar Group and/or other small ensembles. Students perform at a variety of events, functions and ceremonies throughout the year.
- The Vocal and Choral (singing) Programs: Students are encouraged to join one of the College’s choral groups such as College Choir, Cantare and/or Show Choir (Bridgettes). These groups perform at community events and contribute significantly to the spiritual life of the College through their involvement in various liturgies/masses and public celebrations.
- Public Speaking and Debating are a well-established Brigidine tradition. Students are supported to acquire the skills necessary for success in a number of competitions conducted by the Queensland Debating Union (QDU), Rostrum, Lions (‘Youth of the Year’) and Zonta.
- Speech study (in the area of communication skills) is offered by the College to assist with improving oral presentation skills (talks, speeches, etc), individual self-confidence and general language skills (for example, conversation and discussion skills, interview skills). Students undertake tuition on an individual or pairs basis for 30-45 minutes per week. In Term 4, students are enrolled for a practical assessment conducted by The Australian College of Music (ACM). Tuition is also available using ACM syllabuses in Speech & Drama, Performance Skills and Public Speaking. Fees are charged on a term basis and appear on College accounts.
- The College Dance Troupes: Students are encouraged to audition for Junior or Senior Dance Troupe. These groups performs for many major events. Students have the opportunity to work with professional dancers and choreographers from local companies (such as Expressions Dance Company). Dance Troupe is an excellent way for students to develop their public performance skills.
- A College Musical is staged every second year.For a number of years, Brigidine College, in conjunction with students from boys schools, particularly St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, has presented a major musical production. Most recently, these productions have been staged at the Schonell Theatre, University of Queensland, challenging students to present at a professional standard while performing under industry conditions. Recent musical productions have included: High School Musical (2014); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2012); Back to the Eighties (2010); Hollywood Highlights (2008)
- Youth Theatre Sports provides an opportunity for teams to compete against other schools in the areas of improvisation and performance-making.
- Drama Club gives students in all year levels an opportunity to participate in creative dramatic activities which may include a final production and to be exposed to different aspects of theatre making.
- Technical Crew: Students may prefer to become involved in College’s ‘Tech Crew’, developing technical skills associated with theatre production, sound, lighting and media. The ‘Tech Crew’ operates sound systems used at College assemblies, functions and events as well as being involved ‘behind the scenes’ in performances, concerts and special presentations such as the College Musical.
- Lunchtime cultural activities include Art, Drama and Music clubs. Students produce unique art works and performances for festivals, visual arts exhibitions and College cultural evenings.
- Other opportunities to engage with the Arts are available from time to time and include interschool competitions, workshops with professional artists, and visits to ‘live theatre’ events.