ABOUT 850 Catholic school students have gathered in Strathfieldsaye for a musical spectacular.
It was one of central Victoria's largest-ever choirs to assemble, organisers believe.
A record number of students from 11 primary schools across Bendigo as well as Heathcote and Inglewood descended on St Francis of the Fields Primary School for the Festival of the Sacred on Thursday.
The festival is held every two years and features children in grades five and six who sing, dance and script dramatic pieces.
Students spent two months preparing for the concert, with the help of performers from the Australian School of Performing Arts.
The school is home to the 6500 strong Australian Girls Choir and also runs ASPA Education that aims to inspire students with a love of performing arts.
Organisers hope the experience will inspire students to pursue the arts upon reaching secondary college, and to find personal enrichment in performance.
Schools that took part:
- Holy Rosary Primary School, from White Hills
- St Peter's Bendigo, from North Bendigo
- St Therese's Primary School, from Kennington
- Marist College Bendigo, from Maiden Gully
- St Joseph's Primary College, from Quarry Hill
- Holy Rosary School, from Heathcote
- St Mary's Primary School, from Inglewood
- St Kilian's Primary School, from Bendigo
- St Liborius' Primary School, from Eaglehawk
- St Monica's Catholic Primary School, from Kangaroo Flat
- St Francis of the Fields Primary School, from Strathfieldsaye