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2015 Arts Academy Awards

Another entourage of students is bound for stage stardom after stealing the show at the 11th Annual Arts Academy Awards on Saturday 19 September. Staged to coincide with Hollywood’s Academy Awards, this year’s brilliant instalment saw more than 300 singers, dancers and musicians raise the roof off the Sheldon Event Centre.

Seasoned song and dance man Travis Johnson capped a stellar season of excellence when he was named 2015 Actor of the Year and the Year 12 student was back on the podium a short time later to accept another award as the 2015 Dancer of the Year. However fellow Year 12 Student Manali Datar scooped the pool when she was named Actress of the Year, won the Senior Cultural Award and then the major annual award, the prestigious Gold Award.

Sheldon College Captain Matthew Copley added another accolade to his burgeoning resume of scholastic excellence when he was named the Instrumentalist of the Year while at the end of the spectrum, April Beak was named Best Emerging Artist of the Year.

Triad Studios won the Production Group of the Year category while the highly sought after Director of the Year trophy went to Adam Shaw. Bronwyn Myers was named Interdisciplinary Media Artist of the Year and Charlotte Balfour secured 2D Multi-Media Artist of the Year.

Emerging star Axel Duffy was acknowledged for his brilliant work throughout 2015 when he was named Male Vocalist of the Year and his partner in rhyme, Jaimee Godfrey was named Female Vocalist of the Year.

Jenna Rainbird won the Middle Cultural Award and Laura Dower won the ASTA Award for Excellence.

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Award recipients.

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Sheldon College 'Reel Awards' 2013

The 2013 annual Sheldon College 'Reel Awards' were held recently at Cineplex Victoria Point on Monday, 21 October 2013. The Reel Awards ceremony is one of the most anticipated and enjoyable events for the Film and Television students and staff each year. It is a great opportunity for the wider Sheldon College community to see all of the hard work, time and commitment media students put into their curriculum productions throughout the year.

The evening was an opportunity to view work from Year 8 – 12 students, across a wide range of genres such as comedy, drama, action and the highly anticipated Year 12 thriller and horror films.

The following students were the 2013 award winners this year:

EPIC SHOT OF THE YEAR
Grace Low

CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Chelsea Balfour

EDITOR OF THE YEAR 
Zhouwen Yi

SCRIPTWRITER OF THE YEAR
David Uscinski

BREAKTHROUGH ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM
Toby Duffy

MOST VALUABLE CREW MEMBER
April Bradford

MOST IMPROVED TECHNICAL SKILL
Andrew Uscinski

MOST IMPROVED ARTISTIC SKILL
Taane Erickson

ACHIEVEMENT IN ARTISTIC DIRECTION
Kate Morris

ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL DIRECTION
Kane Luhrmann

Miss Lauren Cossettini was extremely proud with the work of the students who were involved in staging the evening.

“The students are placed in high pressure situations, and they work tirelessly, collaborating with staff and each other to produce a quality evening of entertainment for all guests. The 2013 Reel Awards evening was a huge success and we can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!"Miss Lauren Cossettini, Media Teacher
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ASTA Gets ABC Camera Presenting Tips

Year 11 and 12 students from the ASTA Professionals program at Sheldon College were recently guided through a presenting to camera workshop by experienced ABC journalist/presenter Quentin Hull. Mr Hull shared his experience with live and pre-recorded camera presentations, and passed on his tips to the class. Students will be applying this industry-level knowledge in coming weeks as they continue to become more comfortable presenting to camera and delivering factual text and journalistic reports.

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‘Hairspray the Musical’ Wows the Redlands

Sheldon College’s 2013 production of “Hairspray the Musical” opened on Wednesday 1 May 2013 to a sold out audience and finished with a spontaneous standing ovation after every show at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC).

The cast of 75 students delivered on every level with a simply brilliant performance, ably backed up by a hardworking media team, backstage crew and pit band. Over 130 students from Sheldon College were involved in the production, with the majority of key roles being played by students from The Australian School of the Arts program. The industry level Arts training available to students at the College was certainly evidenced by all in attendance on opening night, with many guests commenting on the consummate professionalism of the actors, musicians and dancers on stage.

“The response to the show from the school family network and the wider Redlands community has been amazing. The 2013 Sheldon College production of Hairspray represents the benchmark for musical theatre and Arts hybrid performance for secondary schools in Qld”Darren Harvey, Director Australian School of the Arts

The entire season of performances was sold out and there was also a free ticket community engagement matinee performance on Friday 3 May attended by school groups from across the Redlands and Moreton Bay islands, as well as special interest community groups. For many of these attendees, it was their first visit to RPAC and for some it was their first musical theatre performance. Some of the school groups used the performance as stimulus material for classroom discussion and responding.

The students at Sheldon College and the Australian School of the Arts are now back to their usual scholastic routine, but will carry the memories of an amazing week of Arts performance for many years to come.

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