Expressive Art Week will colour the world of high school students

Goondiwindi State High School students are preparing for a kaleidoscope of artistic expression.
Goondiwindi State High School students are preparing for a kaleidoscope of artistic expression.

Goondiwindi State High School will be abuzz about a “kaleidoscope” of extra-curricular and curriculum learning experiences next week during Expressive Arts Week.

“This year’s theme ‘kaleidoscope’ opens up a multitude of opportunities for our teaching, learning and enjoyment,” teacher and co-ordinator of Expressive Arts Week, Mrs Carolyn Stuart, said.

We all remember the excitement of looking through a kaleidoscope for the first time, and the ever-changing patterns and sequences as you peered, squinty-eyed, through the tube with a smile on your dial and gasping “ohh” and “ah”.

That is exactly what GSHS has planned for what has become known as the most exciting week in the school year. 

Now think of those small twists enabling changing patterns as a metaphor for the small twists in our own lives and the opportunities each presents.

Every slight turn of the kaleidoscope has many parts working together to give a different pattern, a different vision.

A small step out of your comfort zone can present the world in new and exciting ways. 

Expressive Arts Week is all about trying new things, and it has been a highlight on the school calendar for 17 years.

Expressive Arts Week is all about trying new things, and it has been a highlight on the school calendar for 17 years.

Encompassing the theme, there will be five guest tutors working with students during the week, extending their learning and offering challenges. 

Melissa Gill is a choral coach and conductor with a passion for community choral singing. 

She is the current leader for the Absolutely Everybody Choir of the School of Hard Knocks in Brisbane.  Melissa has a special offering for the opening parade.

Winangali Infusion is an edu-cultural healing service and will be working with students presenting indigenous stories through dance, and has a special Welcome to Country at the opening parade.

Drama coach and improviser, Louise Brehmer, has an impressive drama background and has twice represented Queensland in the National Theatresports Championships.

Mark Feiler is an artist and art teacher and will be immersing our art students in his speciality, the world of digital art.

Gymnast, acrobat and Queensland state gymnastics coach, Sean Costello, will have students moving in ways they did not know were possible. 

The inflatable Inferno Obstacle Course will prove popular with students also.

“In addition to the guest tutors’ lessons, our teachers will modify lessons to encompass the theme and also step outside their own comfort zones, to perform and present to the students,” Mrs Stuart said.

The week will also feature a teachers versus students debate, a battle of the bands competition, theatresports, a student radio station in operation, the Great Aussie Olympics complete with egg and spoon race and thong running race, free dress days, inter-house competitions including the Great House Sing Off and the Wearable Art competition, the ever popular Year 11 versus Year 12 dress-off, amongst others. 

Lunch activities include tie-dying t-shirts, bandana making, henna designs, face painting and a kaleidoscope of food prepared by the senior hospitality students and the school canteen.

All tutors will be presenting during the opening extravaganza parade at the Cultural Centre, commencing at 9am on Tuesday 17th October and the public is invited to attend. 

It is bound to be a kaleidoscope of voices, words, movement and experiences enabling for a rich and fulfilling learning experience.

Parents and community are also invited to Burning Poetry on Wednesday evening, from 6pm in the school quadrangle. 

Burning Poetry has become a popular annual Expressive Arts Week event, offering a night under the stars full of fire, food, flair, song, drama and poetry. 

To keep track of what is happening at GSHS and especially during Expressive Arts Week, check out the school Facebook Page.

By Susie Kelly