Parklands Christian College produced their first ever Arts Finale night on Tuesday October 19 to celebrate their students’ progress over the year.
Parklands Christian College instrumental music coordinator Alison Harbottle said the Arts Finale was an opportunity for the college to showcase their instrumental students, choir, and visual arts and dance students.
The Arts Finale will also showcase drama performances in the future.
“It was a whole arts celebration, so the parents could see what the students had been working on through the year and celebrate their success,” she said.
About 115 students from Grade 2 to Grade 12 participated in 15 performances on the night.
Items included the Year 4 “Give it a Go” band, two primary choirs, a secondary choir, solo songs from high school students, a Grade 6 dance, a flute quartet, the advanced wind ensemble, and nine piano solos.
Mrs Harbottle said research conducted in the last 20 years showed playing music had enormous benefits in the brains of children by developing their memory, resilience and social skills through visual, auditory and motor learning all at once.
“It supports their learning in every other area of life … not to mention they’re having fun,” she said.
“There’s no other activity that we as humans do that uses our brain in the way that music does.”
Mrs Harbottle said students’ shared experiences of playing music together would create bonds they would never forget.
“There are lots of takeaways from a night like this; the students gain so much from playing music together.”