St Laurence’s College students enjoy a wide variety of art activities that extend their classroom experiences, catering for the gifted and talented, targeting those with specific interests and generally designed to ensure everyone has the chance to excel. The Art staff room and classroom noticeboards frequently promote a range of activities, competitions, exhibitions and events that cater for individual interests.
Each year the school hosts major exhibitions of student art work in Gallery spaces off campus. These opportunities showcase the work by individuals and classes in a dedicated art space enabling the wider school community to gather and celebrate the diverse abilities of the boys. These exhibitions promote participation and excellence and are a highlight of the year for the ‘creative’ in our school. The mid year exhibition is called ‘Survey’ and the focus of this show is changed each year to cater for a range of themes and current issues.
At the end of year St Laurence’s College hosts the Annual Art Awards and Exhibition, aiming to highlight the outstanding efforts of the students during the year and with awards to encourage excellence.
All students are encouraged to participate in community based projects, exhibitions and competitions as a way of extending their abilities and horizons. Each year student work is submitted in regional art and design competitions and exhibitions. During the year student artwork is promoted throughout the school with changing displays in the staffrooms, offices and libraries.
Debating, affectionately known as a formal argument, is about developing one’s communication skills. It is about assembling and organising effective arguments, persuading and entertaining an audience, and using one’s voice and gestures to convince an adjudicator that your arguments outweigh your opposition’s.
Debating is not about personal abuse, irrational attacks or purely emotional appeals. Thus debating is a wonderful vehicle for boys to improve their public speaking and communication skills. This has obvious benefits when making oral presentations as part of their assessment in school subjects.
St Laurence’s Primary students compete in the Brisbane Independent Schools Competition for Debating and Public Speaking. The Public Speaking competition is for Year 6 students while Debating is open to Year 7 students.
Debating in the Secondary at St Laurence’s is conducted under the auspices of the Queensland Debating Union. This provides the opportunity for boys in Years 8 to 12 to participate in debates in teams of three during Terms 1 and 2. If they are fortunate enough to pass through the preliminary rounds, the boys compete in the finals series during Term 3.
Ms Ruth Little is the Primary Debating and Public Speaking Coordinator and Dr Graeme Mellor is the Secondary Debating Coordinator.
It encourages students to be expressive and creative with their ideas as well as improving their communication and confidence. Drama enables students to form and extend their own performance ideas, develop performance skills for the stage and capably respond to amateur and professional Drama. In addition to assessment and class work, the St Laurence’s Drama department seeks to provide students with a variety of co-curricular Drama experiences to enrich and deepen their appreciation for this subject.
The highlight of 2013 was the performance of Oliver! the well-loved, rollicking musical of epic proportions. A talented double cast of more than 100 students from St Laurence’s and numerous Brisbane all girls schools, successfully brought to life this timeless musical. Performing classics like Food Glorious Food, the production thoroughly entertained the audiences. A choral group and full piece orchestra and band joined the performers, resulting in an outstanding production.
Another successful co-curricular activity is the College’s ongoing training and participation in the Youth Theatre Sports competition.Next