Bendigo students take centre stage

BENDIGO Senior Secondary College students will take to the stage tonight at Hisense Arena, Melbourne, in the 2012 Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Raw division.

The group is hoping to improve on last year’s tied fourth place with Lyndhurst Secondary College.

Students were putting the final touches on the item at their final dress rehearsal earlier this week in preparation for tonight’s performance.

For student Rachael Wilson, this year’s eisteddfod allowed her to further explore dancing as part of subject VET Dance at Bendigo Senior Secondary College.

“I’ve always enjoyed dancing and wanted to learn how, but never had the chance before so I wasn’t sure if I could do it at first,” she said.

“But I’ve learnt a lot in this course and it’s given me the chance to be part of a Rock Eisteddfod, which I like because I get to be part of something created by all of us.”

BSSC supervising teacher Natalie Hannaford said the student group was given creative liberty in selection of music, costume and choreography to tie in with the theme “desire and expectation”.

Student Brydie Marshall said she revelled in the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process.

“For Rock Eisteddfod this year I’ve been given the opportunity to contribute to decisions around music and costume and I enjoy choreographing and teaching a part in the show,” she said.

Ms Hannaford said she was proud of the students for putting together an item while undertaking their VCE year.

The group will be judged according to design, performance and production elements.

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