Pupils unite in song

STUDENTS united through song and dance during the fifth Festival of the Sacred. 

More than 700 students from Catholic schools in the Western Deanery assembled at Sacred Heart Cathedral for the event on Wednesday. 

The Australian School of Performing Arts branch a3 Australian Arts Alive hosted workshops with schools in preparation for the festival. 

St Francis of the Fields music teacher Helen McCarthy said her students had been excited about performing. 

"(The students) love the dancing," she said. 

"They love the (a3 Australian Arts Alive teachers) who are really enthusiastic and have developed a great repertoire with the students."

Ms McCarthy said the festival gave students the chance to experience the arts. 

"Students are able to perform individually, in small groups and all together," she said. 

Students are able to perform individually, in small groups and all together. - Helen McCarthy

"For those who have a particular interest in singing and dancing it gives them an avenue to express themselves.

"It is a great program." 

VIDEO: Leigh Sharp

St Francis of the Fields year 5 student George Simpson said the Festival of the Sacred offered something different. 

"I am not part of the choir (at school) so singing (in the choir) is not normal for me," he said. 

"It was a chance to try something new.

"I enjoyed (rehearsing in the lead up to the festival)."

George said he wasn't nervous about performing in front of an audience. 

"Maybe if I was doing it by myself I would be, but I was in a group," he said

The Festival of the Sacred has been running for five years and events are also hosted in Shepparton and Wodonga. 

For a video of the festival visit www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au 

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