Western Sydney schools join forces for HSC Drama

Local students were among those from eight western Sydney high schools who joined forces last month to prepare for their HSC.

More than 90 students came from Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Penrith Selective High School, St Marys Senior High School, Chifley College, Cambridge Park High School, Glenmore Park High School, Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School and Kingswood High School.

The workshops were run by industry professionals at Nepean high school. It was the students’ first opportunity to work on their HSC group drama performances.

“It’s about bringing arts-based opportunities out west rather than asking our kids to consistently go into the city. It makes it easier and the cost is lower,” Nepean drama teacher Anthony Vassallo said. “A major aim is to stop kids thinking that everything is a competition and to instead view collaboration as an opportunity to further themselves.”

Chifley College student Eryn Butters said this was one of the best parts of the workshops. “Everyone does things differently so it’s good that we can all come together and share ideas,” she said.

Senior drama students have to perform an eight to 12 minute group performance involving three to six students for their HSC.

These students will come together again at the end of this month to present their group performances and get feedback from each other.