‘He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers’ Exodus 35:35.
How amazing is God? So amazing that when He created the world in Genesis 1-2, he gave each us the opportunity to learn and grow our creative thinking to help us develop ideas into our own creations. For the past 10 months, students from Music, Visual Arts and Design & Technology have been rigorously applying their creative thinking to their major works. However, these past 10 months have not been easy for these young minds. Students have had to develop skills in time management, as they have had to spend close to 100 hours of their time and effort to completing their major works, on top of their regular school work and assessments.
Students begin their major works by finding inspiration from their own life to determine what it is they wish to create. These inspirations are often inspired by their own passions or real world. Once they know what they wish to create, they develop a number of different ideas that generate that final idea of their final piece of work. It is from this point that their creations begin to take life. Students will spend time developing their skills and knowledge through the development of their major projects. Students are encouraged to go out of their comfort zone and to develop new skills in order to grow their capabilities and creativity.
In the lead up to Showcase, students and teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure that they are demonstrating their highest quality of work. The road to get here has not been easy, students have put blood, sweat and tears into these major works, and we still have some time to go before major works are due to be marked. But this road hasn’t been all negative, during this 10 months, students have learnt more about their capabilities as creators and designers. Some have learnt new skills, techniques and abilities that they never knew existed. Some have set out to complete the impossible and triumphed over these impossible odds.
Regardless of this, Showcase night should not be a night to show what can do and what they have done, it should be a celebration of the student’s achievements in the lead up to the HSC and a celebration of the amazing gifts and talents that God has blessed upon these young people. It is the prayer of the teachers for these talented young men and women to continue to grow and develop these gifts to honour and glorify God for the rest of their lives in everything that they do.