On Tuesday 24th May 2016, Dandenong High School celebrated the Eighth Annual House Choral Competition in the Martin Culkin Theatre, Melaleuca Building.
The House Choral Competition has a long history at Dandenong High School. Restarted in 2009, it has brought the joy of singing to a growing number of students each year. Each of the seven houses form their own choir rehearse and perform two songs and are scored on their musical, teamwork and performance abilities. Each year the winning choir is awarded the House Choral Shield.
This year we have had over 500 students participating in the competition – a new record! The students performed to a packed theatre, including parents, friends, special guests and the four adjudicators: a member of the Ex-Students Association, Dawn Harris; our guest adjudicator Nicki Johnson, from the Greater Dandenong With One Voice choir; Staci Sargent from our well-being team; and, Bob Wejnschenk, our resident guitar teacher.
This year the school introduced a new model for the competition, including an updated assessment criteria, a Set Song List from which houses could choose their first piece of music, and streamlined support for each choir from the music staff. This was in an effort to make the competition more equitable and in line with modern competitions and eisteddfods.
The quality of the choirs this year was astounding. Mr. Shane Davies, our Choral and Performance Coordinator said, “it was fantastic to see so many smiling faces singing in harmony. The performances showed the dedication and determination from our staff and students over the past few weeks. It really shows what a wonderful school community we have here at Dandenong High School.”
This sense of community was the theme of the night. The foyer was filled with an art exhibition of works by our Art and Design students, and food was on sale from our Dandenong High Environmental Response Team. Our school student leaders, Rebecca Mersin and Imran Rasoli opened the performance and introduced each choir throughout the evening. The House Captains then presented information on the songs their house had chosen, before rejoining their choir and singing. Every choir performed brilliantly, with only 8.75 points separating first and seventh place.
Darwinia came in the champions with their versions of Hello and Stiches, closely followed by Fern and Banksia. All students should be congratulated on their contribution to our amazing choirs – it really does show what a remarkable community we have here at Dandenong High School.