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.


‘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.


Film and Television (FTV)

Since the first time Murray saw Star Wars, he has always had a very keen interest in how movies are made, especially the application of technology and the construction of special effects and digital film making technologies.

Murray graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1998 with a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Communications, specialising in Film and Television and Information Technology. Murray assisted the Queensland Curriculum Council with the writing and testing of the Media Strand of P-10 Arts Syllabus and also the Film, Television and New Media Syllabus.

Murray has extensive experience in video production & event broadcast technologies having worked on television productions, tvcs, corporate videos, live events and corporate awards events for the past 8 years. Working as an Audio Visual TD at Brisbane Convention & Entertainment Centre for the past 2 years, Murray has been able to bring these event production skills back to the SCTV Students at Sheldon College.

Murray James
B.Ed.(Secondary) Communications
Senior College Film, TV & New Media / ASTA SCTV
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ASTA School of Film and Television

The ASTA Professionals School of Film and Television offers students in Year 11 and 12 extensive training in a wide range of Media styles. The course is designed for talented students who possess a passion for Film and Television and a vision for a career in the Media industry.

The course offers students the ability to gain a Nationally Recognised “Certificate III in Media” within the Senior program. This is complemented through participation in regular master classes and workshops directed by industry-trained specialists at the cutting edge of their field. Further media exposure will be gained through weekly performance workshops, providing regular skill building and media practice.

The ASTA FTV course looks for students who show the potential to pursue a career in the Film and Television industry in the future. It is ideal for students who display natural talent, and thereby enhancing this ability by providing a strong foundation in fundamental training and industry specific knowledge.


Wednesdays - 1:10pm to 3:30pm
Fridays - 2:20pm to 3:30pm
ASTA FTV Students will also be involved in a rotation assembly schedule from 7:30am each Friday.  Selected students will also be requested at various events throughout the year.  Parents and students will be advised in advance of when they will be required.

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