THERE was an excited buzz to be felt last Thursday evening as the community came together to celebrate Public Education Week with the highly anticipated ‘Creating Our Future’ concert.
The Multipurpose Hall was packed with an eager audience, with all keen to see the colourful production put together by the combined Bombala, Delegate and Bibbenluke Public Schools and the Bombala High School.
Amongst the special guests was Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, who was just one of many who gave high praise for the spectacular.
The show opened with ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ by high school students, Sophie Rumph and Daysha O’Hehir-Elton, which was followed by an Acknowledgment of Country by Tim Olsen.
From here on the acts were introduced by fellow students, with Bibbenluke PS presenting ‘Teamwork’, Sophie Rumph returning to the stage with ‘Riptide’, and the Bombala PS Kindergarten to Year 6s giving a series of ‘Discovering the Future’ performances.
Year 9/10 Drama then delivered ‘Shades of Us’, Scott Hepburn played ‘You Don’t Treat Me No Good No More’, and the Delegate PS performed both ‘Imagine’ and ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’.
There was a pause while presentations were made, before the entire student cast joined together to give the big finale, ‘Song of Australia’ to loud applause.
Following the wonderful feedback the concert received, coordinator Kristil-Rae Mobbs, teacher at Delegate Public School, reminds us that the night was all about celebrating public education.
“It is so important that students get a well rounded education, it is not just about results in a one off literacy or numeracy test. Education is about a child as a whole,” she said.
“The Performing Arts allow students to engage in new and innovative ideas, to make connections with their everyday lives and make memories that will last a lifetime.
“The audience got to witness a showcase of musicians, dancers, actors and public speakers, however there were also many students working behind the scenes on lighting, sound, projections, stage managing, ticket and poster design and written pieces of work.
“So many students contributed in so many ways to the show it was truly amazing. That is what public education is all about, working together and acknowledging strengths and talents.”