Fairholme The Arts

Arts In Action

Kaleidoscope Concert Series 2020

P&F Funding | MiScreen Printmaking System

Earlier this year, the P&F Funding Approvals Committee kindly agreed to fund the purchase of a revolutionary screen printing system that allows the creation of computer-to-screen image making, permitting the transfer of designs directly from time-based media to artwork.

With the resumption of face-to-face classes, the MiScreen system has been used by our co-curricular Senior Eikon Art Group and by students completing their acadmic studies. The Eikon girls who were asked to created ‘Zentangle Animal’ images whilst in isolation have now returned to school and have begun to use the MiScreen system to converted their drawings into screen prints on calico bags. Furthermore, Year 12 Art student, Jessica Wehl, has been using the new technology to explore the process of palimpsest as part of her current IA2 Body of Work.

This exciting printmaking system has myriad applications that will certainly become more evident as the MiScreen Kit is used within the Arts Department and across the sub-schools.

If it were not for the generous financial support provided by the P&F Committee, such educational opportunities to engage with contemporary technologies would not have been possible, and so we wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the P&F Committee for their ongoing support of the Arts programs at Fairholme.

Senior School Drama | Scene Project, Three Sisters and ‘Antigone’ in the Amphitheatre

Year 10 Drama have been busy improvising scenes based on themes of identity, empathy and the circle of life. These improvisations will be developed into a performance as part of Queensland Theatre Company’s The Scene Project.

Year 11 Drama have finished their assessments. For post-assessment practical work they have prepared some excellent monologues from the play, Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov.

Year 12 Drama performed an excerpt from the Sophocles play, Antigone, in the Middle School amphitheatre last Friday afternoon for a small number of invited guests, utilising their masks that they created in class.

Barbara Sisley Awards in AMEB Drama & Performance | Five Fairholme ‘Highest in State’ Results

Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist, lecturer & poet)

Effective communication skills are perhaps the most powerful and essential life skills to harness.

The ability to communicate confidently and to clearly and creatively convey your message is not only a highly sought-after skill in the workforce but also indispensable in our day-to-day interactions with others.

At Fairholme, our comprehensive Speech and Drama Individual Tuition Program builds on the classroom development of our students’ communication and presentation skills, giving students the opportunity to further enhance their skills in interpersonal communication, presentation, performance and public speaking.

Mrs Allana Noyes and Mrs Katrina Bailey were delighted to hear that five of our Speech and Drama students, Jenna Tomlinson (Year 11 - Grade 5 AMEB), Libby Clark (Year 10 - Grade 4 AMEB), Emmi Lange (Year 7 - Grade 2 AMEB), Lucinda Rose (Year 6 - Grade 2 AMEB) and Richa Vimal (Year 5 - Grade 1 AMEB) were recently recognised for their outstanding achievements, each receiving a prestigious Barbara Sisley Award.

The Barbara Sisley Awards are presented annually by the Communication Speech and Performance Teachers Inc. to recognise the State’s highest achievers in the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Drama and Performance exams and Trinity College London Speech and Drama exams in the previous year.

The girls were privileged to receive their awards based upon their exceptional results in the 2019 AMEB Drama and Performance exams; each girl achieved the highest result in Queensland for their respective AMEB grade exam.

All girls have been invited to perform at Parliament House; however, in light of the current climate, the event has been postponed.

Our warmest congratulations to Jenna, Libby, Emmi, Lucinda and Richa - we are so very proud of you.

ANZAC DAY | Wreath Project

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Anzac Day wreath project. It was wonderful to see so many Fairholme girls and their families work together to honour our Anzacs in this way. Whilst we couldn’t be together as a school for this national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, your involvement certainly helped to commemorate all of the Australians and New Zealanders ‘who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations’.

Thank you also to Emma Johnson, Lilly Marsden and Mrs Elizabeth Egan for their performance of ‘In Flanders Field’ and to Cameron Grimmett for playing of the Last Post and Reveille for our online Anzac Day service.

Arts Learning@Holme | Creativity at its best!

The online teaching and learning challenge in recent weeks has been exciting for both staff and students in The Arts, resulting in some unique and innovative approaches being adopted and implemented, along with some new learning for all!

Through online forums such as myFairholme, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Flash and Outlook Email, staff and students have been able to engage in a myriad of learning opportunities that have facilitated a continuation of the academic programs.

Arts Lessons have included:

Dance Choreography, students have performed and uploaded video of individual performances for feedback from Mrs Choice. They’ve even been challenged to ask family members to learn and perform the choreography with them!

A ‘Humming’ Choral Rehearsal for College and Senior Chamber choirs that was hugely successful and saw the highest number of participants this term, spread out across P23, under the direction of Mr Dixon and Mrs Lebsanft.

Mr Egerton’s Year 7 Music students have moved on to their next unit of work online, involving the study of FAMOUS PIECES. Lessons have included a combination of materials including YouTube links for listening, scanned scores for music reading and computation of general knowledge about the composer and musical periods to be compiled in the student's notebook and on a Musical Timeline, via the myFairholme class page.

Year 8 General Music have commenced material for their piano/keyboard unit (8Music2 – Mr Egerton) or their guitar/ukelele unit (8Music3 – Mrs Veal). Lessons will be uploaded each week on the class page of myFairholme. Piano skills are being developed through a combination of theory and music reading and an online virtual keyboard app on their laptop. For those students who were not able to borrow a ukulele before the end of term they have the option of starting the keyboard unit instead, also via myFairholme.

Mr Egerton's string students have received an individual email regarding practice goals for the end of Term One, and will be offered online lessons via Zoom at the start of Term Two should circumstances make this necessary. The other specialist teachers are ensuring that similar arrangements are in place for their individual students.

Co-curricular. Junior String Orchestra members have all been sent parts for a new piece of repertoire to practise at home along with audio files of their own part and the combined piece to listen to. Chamber Strings will likewise be receiving a new work for Term Two via email initially for individual practise and then hopefully we can commence sectional Zoom meetings for each section of the ensemble. Following a trial String Quartet Zoom rehearsal on Wednesday, we are also exploring the potential options for group Zoom meetings for other small groups or shared lessons.

Year 8 Visual Art students are working on a range of exciting activities in their Visual Art Process Diaries, successfully completing a smaller version of the ‘altered shoe still life’, along with other responding tasks prepared by Ms Hobson.

Year 7 Visual Art students have begun their Assemblage Sculpture theory and Ms Hobson has created a number of instructional videos to inspire the planning for their practical task.

Year 9 Visual Art students have been working with watercolour pencils and exploring the possibilities available with these new materials, when rendering vintage studies of Moths & Butterflies!

Year 10 Visual Art students have been asked to create a ‘surrealist-inspired’ graphite tonal drawing, using a blending tortillon and card that was sent out in the mail to some students, whilst others were able to collect it at school.

Year 11 and 12 Visual Art students have been able to check in with Mrs Hayward, each day via a zoom lesson to receive guidance and feedback regarding their assigned academic program.

Year 9 Drama students have begun the study of an Australian play, The Girl Who Cried Wolf. In addition to beginning the reading of that text at home, they have begun to research its development - from the inspiration taken by the playwright for the creation of the text, its iconic Australian themes, and the collaborative process which led to its first live production.

Mime and movement is the current focus for Year 8 Drama students. Through watching a video of a drama workshop in action, they have been introduced to Laban’s ‘effort actions’ and how this approach to movement can inspire interesting characterisation. This week, students have watched examples online of some of the world’s great mime artists, from the classic to the contemporary. They have read of the conventions of mime, and applied this knowledge to analyse classic mimes such as Marcel Marceau, silent film stars such as Charlie Chaplin, and internationally recognised performers such as Mr Bean.

Year 7 Performance have considered how a performer must adjust not just staging of the action, but also body language and voice to suit an audience, and of how this is particularly important when designing live entertainment for an audience of children. This will prepare students for their Term 2 study, where performing stories for children will be explored.

Karen Hayward | Head of Arts