Students shine and rock out on stage

AFTER more than one hundred hours of hard yakka behind the scenes, Cabramatta High School's Rock Eisteddfod Challenge crew had their chance to strut on stage last week.

The students, dubbed the Cabra Rock Crew, turned rehearsal into performance before a packed Sydney Entertainment Centre.

The group comprised students from years 7 to 11.

They were helped along the way by four teachers from the school and choreographer Lidia Sentic from Freeman Catholic College.

While they didn't walk away with one of the two major awards, the school received special mentions for six aspects of their performance: concept, costumes, soundtrack, student achievement, choreography and drama.

Year 10 student Catherine Pham played one of the lead roles.

Design judge Andrew Benson commended Catherine on her powerful presence and character portrayal.

Another year 10 student, Anh Tai Le Tran, played the bird of freedom.

Mr Benson said he was astounded by Tai's performance and he was proof that all males could dance.

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