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Celebrating life, love, youth, tolerance, talent and the NSW Department of Education

10 Dec

A long heading. After the previous few entries I am so glad to highlight the good news you won’t find on the front page of The Daily Telegraph or in Today Tonight and similar programs.

As I write the wonderful, vibrant, uplifting Schools Spectacular 2006 is on ABC.

Hosted by John Foreman, this inspirational performing arts showcase – now in its 23rd year – is a dazzling display of colour, energy and music that reflects the optimism and joy of its participants. The Spectacular has launched the careers of a host of Australia’s most popular entertainers and has introduced tens of thousands of public school students to the thrill of performing to huge live audiences.

Featuring 3,000 singers, dancers and musicians, the Spectacular is a brilliantly choreographed and costumed production on an epic scale. The theme of this year’s show – SHINE – will take audiences on an exhilarating journey that depicts the very soul of Australia.

A 1200-voice choir, an 80-piece orchestra, 1500 dancers, rock, jazz and brass bands and talented soloists from ages 5 to 18 are all woven into a totally integrated seamless production. There is no show of this scale and quality anywhere in the world – it has been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s biggest variety show. Schools Spectacular is quite simply the most heart-warming entertainment event of the year.

Students from more than 300 public schools, from the remote outback to the inner city, rehearse for months in preparation for four shows over two days and nights. Audiences that pack Sydney Entertainment Centre are uplifted by the wealth of talent and the dedication, creativity and commitment of the teachers who nurture it.

Think of all the outcomes that has achieved, entirely the work of our STATE education system, so maligned, so despised…

A highlight of 2004

Congratulations to all involved, especially The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education & Training, and this is just one of the magnificent things they do.

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And the other good news: NOTHING HAPPENED AT CRONULLA THIS WEEKEND! 🙂 Good on you, Shire people and the Lebanese community both. That is the best answer you could have given to racists and extremists and destroyers of harmony in our multicultural city.

It was the anniversary of last year’s violence, and some were hoping for more of the same. As a Shire boy born and bred I was heartbroken about last year, but now I am damned proud! See on my old blog Some of my lessons from Cronulla (Tuesday, December 13, 2005).

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Posted by on December 10, 2006 in Aussie interest, Cultural and other, Current affairs, Education, Films, DVDs, TV, immigration, Multiculturalism and diversity, News and Current Affairs

 

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