Horsham College students will showcase a variety of talents at Wimmera Events Centre next week.
Textiles students in years nine, 11 and 12 will display their creative and innovative work during a fashion parade.
Textiles teacher Tina Fitzgerald said students had participated in the field days showcase since 2013. “It has evolved over time,” she said. “Initially it involved just the textiles students doing a fashion parade to showcase their work. Last year we started to involve our Vocational and Educational Training – VET – dance students, who complete a course at the college on Wednesdays. We will also have live singing.”
The Horsham College Has Got Talent showcase will be in the field days auditorium at 2pm on all three days of the event.
“It’s a big commitment from the kids,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
She said performing in front of a live audience allowed the students to work on their presentation skills.
“It takes them out of their comfort zones,” she said.
“It’s usually something they’ve never done before, so it’s good experience for them.”
Ms Fitzgerald said she looked forward to seeing the students show off their finished pieces.
“The year nine students have only had five weeks at school so the pres- sure is on, but they’ve been working hard to get everything done in time and they’re really enthusiastic about it,” she said.
Year 11 students will model dresses made after modifying a pattern.
“They’re busy getting those ready. They started while participating in a headstart for VCE program we ran at the end of last year,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“The year 12s will show items made towards the end of last year, by the previous year 12s. This year’s year 12s are busy working on their folios and this is a way to keep the cycle going.”
As part of the parade, students will model costumes from former college productions, including Alice in Wonderland and Robin Hood. “The Alice in Wonderland costumes are particularly interesting because there are a lot of different characters, such as Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the caterpillar,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“We might even have some deb dresses on show.”
The college’s VET hospitality students will make afternoon tea to be served during the parades.
“We’ll be showcasing a whole range of what we do at the college, from textiles to dancing to singing, production and hospitality,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
She said she expected this year’s showcase to be well attended.
“We get heaps of people watching, it’s usually very popular,” she said.
EVOLVING: Vocational and Educational Training – VET – dance students, joined Horsham College textile students last year to showcase a variety of college programs.