Updated: Jan 9

Presented by:

Robyn Emerson

ADFAS Pokolbin AGM

20 November, 2017

ADFAS Pokolbin Young Arts Program has supported and funded a number of arts-based projects and initiatives in 2017 to benefit students at schools in our Local Government Area.

Our Society was very pleased to once again fully fund an operatic performance by Opera Australia Schools Tour. On Tuesday 2nd May 2017, students at Cessnock West Public School were treated to a performance of opera “El Kid” which is a new opera specially designed for young school students, and features the wonderful music of Bizet’s opera “Carmen”. The performance was thoroughly enjoyed by students.

The enthusiasm shown by the students at the school, and the commitment by the Principal, Mrs. Ruth McGlashan, to provide the students with a wonderful cultural experience has resulted in our Committee agreeing to fund a performance of Mozart’s Opera “The Magic Flute” by the Tour Group in 2018. (The performance will be held at the school on Monday 19th March 2018.)

The opera performances are 50 minutes duration, followed by ‘questions and answers’ which the students respond to very enthusiastically. Preparation and follow-up are all part of the cultural experience. Opera Australia Schools Tour provides a Teacher Resource Pack which includes suggestions and classroom extension activities both before and after the opera performance.

Since 2008 we have provided annual funding for a Sydney Excursion for Stage 3 students (years 5 and 6) at Cessnock East Public School. This year’s Excursion took place on 19th July 2017. The 50 students attended the Sydney Opera House for a performance of “The Wolf and Peter” which is an energetic new work from internationally acclaimed CoisCeim Dance Theatre...told through the eyes of the Wolf, inspired by Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”. We are always delighted to receive ‘Thank You’ letters from the attending students who all described the performance as ‘fantastic theatre’.

Our funding includes coach transport and a picnic lunch which is always very much appreciated by the students and teachers. The Committee has agreed to provide funding for the Cessnock East Public School Sydney Excursion in 2018.

Also this year at Cessnock East Public School, we are providing funding for a number of arts- based prizes to be awarded at the school’s Presentation Day on Wednesday 29th November 2017. These books will be presented for “Inspired Learner Award”. Additionally, we have purchased a book as a donation to the School Library.

ADFAS Pokolbin 2018 Inaugural Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships.