Da Vinci mas­ter­piece

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Carmelle Wilkin­son with the idea of Leonardo da Vinci’s fly­ing ma­chines and said she was in­cred­i­bly proud of her stu­dents’ ef­forts, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing it was their first time par­tic­i­pat­ing in the chal­lenge. “We started re­hears­ing back in Fe­bru­ary and

STU­DENTS at Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary School in Thorn­lie are on cloud nine af­ter their big win in the 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance Chal­lenge.

The school took out the Best New School na­tional ti­tle and placed fifth over­all with an im­pres­sive and orig­i­nal per­for­mance about the life, work and fly­ing ma­chines of Ital­ian in­ven­tor Leonardo da Vinci.

This year’s search for the Story of the Year, on the theme of ‘fly­ing’, in­volved 240 schools hit­ting the stage at 40 events in the­atres around the coun­try.

Each par­tic­i­pat­ing school per­formed a three to seven-minute the­atri­cal per­for­mance telling a story through the com­bi­na­tion of dance, drama and creative move­ment to mu­sic.

Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary’s per­for­mance dis­played the life of da Vinci and his pow­ers of ob­ser­va­tion, imag­i­na­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion, show­ing his will­ing­ness to suc­ceed and dream big.

Sa­cred Heart PS per­form­ing arts teacher Christina Vinci came up

“Part of the re­quire­ments was to use re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als in our set, so we used re­cy­cled tim­ber from a com­pany in the Hills and some can­vas was do­nated from fam­i­lies.

“We had mums make the kids’ cos­tumes and they also helped on the day with hair and make-up.”

Mrs Vinci said the stu­dents, aged from eight to 12 years, were new­com­ers to the com­pe­ti­tion but took it all in their stride.

“I am so proud of them; this is some­thing they will re­mem­ber for a long time,’’ Mrs Vinci said.

While it was a lot of hard work and com­mit­ment, Mrs Vinci said the school was al­ready set­ting its sights on next year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary School im­pressed with their stun­ning per­for­mance about the life, work and fly­ing ma­chines of in­ven­tor Leonardo da Vinci in a story dance chal­lenge.

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