St Johns Park High School students to perform at Sydney Opera House

St Johns Park High School students and teachers with Sydney Opera House teaching artist Margie Breen. Picture: Chris Lane
St Johns Park High School students and teachers with Sydney Opera House teaching artist Margie Breen. Picture: Chris Lane

St Johns Park High School students will get a "once-in-a -lifetime opportunity" to perform at the Sydney Opera House next week.

The group of year 8 students will perform at the inaugural two-day festival called Amplified: A Festival of Creative Learning on Thursday and Friday.

In preparation, the school hosted Sydney Opera House teaching artist Margie Breen this week to work with the students ahead of their performance which involved valuable drama exercises like team building and line delivery.

Their work is called Hero: Standing on the shoulders of Giants and explores the school's diversity.

The students, many who are refugees, have written pieces that tell personal stories of how members of their family have overcome adversity to arrive in Australia. The production pieces everyone's experiences into one creative story.

St Johns Park High School reahearsing their play. Picture: Chris Lane

St Johns Park High School reahearsing their play. Picture: Chris Lane

Principal Effie Niarchos said the interdisciplinary project explores outcomes from English, geography and history.

"This program is a great opportunity for our students and teachers to integrate creativity into learning. We are excited to share our story with the community at the iconic Sydney Opera House," she said. The festival will also feature a performance from Lansvale Public School.

What the students said:

"This journey started with a live show, the Playlist, as an inspiration. I am excited to share our stories in a beautiful play and have the opportunity to work with an industry expert like Margie. We are performing on the world stage of the Sydney Opera House. It is so exciting."

Ngoc Nguyen

"This experience is more fun than every day classroom situations. This project has helped us in thinking creatively and imaginative. It was magical."

Nicholas Bet Dashto

"Working together as a team to build scenes helped me understand our whole team's strengths and weaknesses. We are grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and thank you to our principal and teachers who have made this happen."

Nathan Chen