This term, Year 11 Philosophy students have been engaged in a multimodal study of the medieval legend of Parsifal. Students have been reflecting on the young person’s journey into adulthood through a collaborative examination of the narrative and through the artistic and meditative process of watercolour painting.
Sometimes all you can do is sit back and watch people make mistakes... The instant a person loves a person or a thing, they face the risk of losing that person or thing.
The Shearwater Year 11 Drama class of 2019 invites you to come and see their production of Debra Oswald's The Peach Season. Winner of the 2005 Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award, The Peach Season is a powerful and moving story of desire, and the painful process of a mother's letting go.
After fleeing Sydney following the loss of her husband, Celia has spent 16 years on an isolated peach farm, hiding from the horrors of the world, in an effort to keep her daughter Zoe safe. But Zoe is chafing against Celia's protectiveness, and the arrival of two young people looking for picking work heralds the end of their remote existence. An intoxicating cocktail of heat, isolation, and the excitement of the forbidden, is destined to trigger youthful passions and bad decisions, changing Celia's world forever.
The play will be performed over two nights, June 26 and 27, in the Shearwater School Hall. The show starts at 7.30pm and will run for about two hours including an intermission. Tickets are $12 or $8 concession and will be available at the door. The play has a mature audience rating MA15+, due to strong themes and course language.
"The virtue of Oswald's funny and tender play is that it's deeply caring of people, irrespective of the mess they create or get themselves into.” (Sydney Morning Herald).
While the Primary School was busily preparing for its annual Bush Dance last Thursday, students from years 8 to 11 were also out under the autumn skies, transforming the School grounds into an outdoor art gallery, as part of the High School's annual Site Day. This year’s event was titled Ephemeral Earthscapes: Pathways Back to Nature and was a celebration of autumn, art and nature. The rain held off and the sun shone, for the first year in memory.
Students created artworks across a range of mediums and within a variety of subject areas. There were animals made from recycled materials in a science class; blue and gold Art Nouveau-inspired shapes twirling in the wind; a giant mathematically-constructed geometric shape made from rope; a bamboo screen overlaid with a stencil design; a series of playful miniature worlds in hidden places, and some breathtaking works made entirely from natural materials, including plaited reeds, threaded leaves and flowers stuck to the muddy bank with tiny sticks. The knighted land art sculptor Andy Goldsworthy would have been proud.
Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard to bring their vision to fruition. In this technological time when we are often alienated from nature, it is important to have moments of connection with the natural world. At the end of this year's event, with dirty feet, sore legs and blisters on our hands, we were filled with gratitude for this place we are lucky enough to work and learn in every day.
Visual Art and Design Teacher
Shearwater students proudly showed their year's work to families and friends during the School's annual Open Day at the end of November - a breathtaking display of colour, creativity, beauty and incredible energy.
Three hundred lucky people braved the heat last night to watch the spellbinding premiere of WAVE 2018. Judge Richard Weakley said the calibre of costumes this year set a new benchmark. "A dizzying parade of style and skill had us scrutinising small details to try and set the entrants apart from one another, such was the craftsmanship and creativity on display."
Last night's event ended with the announcement of the winning garments, the creators of which will share in almost $8,000 prize money.
With opening night under their belts, the performers are looking forward to cooler conditions for the remaining performances.
A reminder to ticketholders - please print your tickets out at home and come early to enjoy the fabulous pre-show dining experience by the WAVE food team, featuring Buddha Bowls, coffee, cakes and cool drinks.
Congratulations to the winners of WAVE 2018 'Homecoming: Labyrinth of Twists and Turns'. Enjoy the performances!
Overall Grand Winner ($2000) - sponsored by James Hardware Mitre 10, Mullumbimby
Winner: #76 'Protector Eye of the Storm' by Ana Jol
Directors Prize ($1000) - sponsored by Chincogan Real Estate
Winner: #39 'Coral Petals' by Nitza Flantz
Most Creative Use of Materials ($500) - sponsored by Baxter & Jacobson Architects
Winner: #20 'El-Beri' by Eloise Galea
Section 1 – Rivers of Stars: A Guide to the Night Sky - ($750) partially sponsored by Westpac ($500)
Winner: #15 'Rise up: Seven Sisters' by Bianca Wildwood & Kate Mutimer
Highly Commended: #6 'Su Pasta' by Timna Kopman (Shearwater Year 11)
Section 2 – City of Angels single garment section ($350) - sponsored by Byron School of Art
Winner: #19 'Ocean's Flight' by Ishtar Dempsey (Shearwater Year 7)
Highly Commended: #20 'El-Beri' by Eloise Galea
Section 3 – Labyrinth of Twists and Turns ($750) partially sponsored by Shamanic School of Womancraft ($350)
Winner: #53 'The Labyrinth Of Life' by Sheri Piccone
Highly Commended: #41 'Minotor' by Shea Howard and #59 'Lady Pianola' by Maggie Wretham
Section 4 – Knock, Knock, Who’s There ($750)
Winner: #61 'The Butterfly Catchers' by Mirra-Winnie Gaze
Highly Commended: #62 'Cosmic Leviathan' by Eloise & Wyuna Baker (Shearwater Year 7)
Section 5 – Homecoming: Treasure Ships From the Edge of Time ($750)
Winner: #72 'Guardian' by Evan Anderson (Shearwater Year 10)
Highly Commended: #74 'Fields of Frequency' by Gypsy Hunter (Shearwater Year 8) and #83 'Warrior Between Worlds' by Oceana Piccone (Shearwater Year 12)
Student Awards ($1000) sponsored by Fuji Xerox Business Centre Northern Rivers
#10 'The Phoenix Rising' by Maya Morrison ($200) - Homeschool
#83 'Warrior Between Worlds' by Oceana Piccone ($200) - Shearwater Year 12
#58 'Give A Crap Creations' by Oceana Williams-Brauer ($200) - Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
#74 'Fields of Frequencies' by Gypsy Hunter ($200) - Shearwater Year 8
#78 'Goddess Of Love And Protection' by Zuki Lamerton ($200) - Shearwater Year 11
Student Encouragement Award:
#56 'Kick Like A Girl' by Rosa Tansley-Beckerman - Shearwater Year 7
The halls are alive with the sound of sewing machines, arc welders, dancing feet, laughter and song as the High School counts the days until opening night. Wearable Arts 2018 - 'Homecoming' is coming to ground and around 200 students from Class 7 to Year 10 are busily creating, with roles as musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers and editors, lighting and audio technicians, carpenters, dancers, singers, tailors, artists, set and prop designers and makers, choreographers, photographers, graphic designers, stage hands, models, judges, ushers, and caterers. Tickets are on sale now via the shearwaterperformingarts.com website. Don't miss out!
In the waning weeks of the 2017 school year, our intrepid and passionate (then) Year 10 Geography students were asked to plunder the depths of their boundless creativity, over one…last….school…project, one of which would be chosen as Shearwater's entry into a wonderful Youth Environmental Art competition, organised by a local treasure, acclaimed actor and passionate environmental crusader Tony Barry.
It was hot. The crickets were just warming up for their summer accompaniment and listlessness had begun to sing its siren song in the classroom. The students could already smell the sea and feel the surf, “holidays hurry up”. They were tired.
We were studying a wonderful topic in Geography about environmental issues and the way they are being managed. We were faced with the reality of the impact on Mother Earth and the advent of the era of the Anthropocene. The class looked at: the tsunami of plastics that we are swimming against, overfishing and the sixth extinction, focusing on insect population decline, climate change and deforestation. Such big issues, all of vital importance and equally mind boggling, these topics are often hard to process.
The aim of the competition was for our youth to voice their hopes and concerns for the environment through a variety of art mediums. What better way to end our studies than creating change or dialogue around the issues we had studied.
We ended up choosing the painting by Shayla Oates, pictured below, titled 'The Consumer'. A big congratulations to Shayla for her really insightful piece, she highlighted what is at the core of our environmental plight and for her efforts, her painting came fourth in the contest!
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to photograph all of the completed pieces, some of which had limited life spans. Well done to Year 10 for opening your hearts and minds and voicing your reflections, and thank you for completing them in the limited time we had. The different mediums you used displayed the width and depth of your abilities and creativity.
Sometimes, with a little bit of effort, mixed with some heart and care, we can make a statement, spark a thread and create change that ripples out.
Nikki Treanor and Sandra Bain
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