Stu­dent show­case

AgLife - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

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.

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