Rock Eisteddfod Returns For Further Performances

Rock Eisteddfod Returns For Further Performances

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Premier Welcomes Return Of Rock Eisteddfod

Victor P Taffa

Premier Ted Baillieu visited Fairhills High School today to watch the school’s final rehearsals before the 2011 Rock Eisteddfod Challenge returns to Victoria’s Hisense Arena from Friday.

Last year dedicated school communities from across the state were forced to dump their Rock Eisteddfod plans when the Labor Government failed to support the event.

“We are committed to new opportunities for young people, and we want to encourage students to embrace the arts at every chance.” Premier Baillieu said.

“This is why the Coalition Government provided $200,000 for the 2011 Rock Eisteddfod to return to Victoria this year part of our $800,000 commitment to ensure students can participate in the event over the next four years.” Premier Baillieu said.

 

Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith, who accompanied the Premier, said now was the time for all participating Victorian schools to bring together their work and present an outstanding performance.

“I congratulate every young person participating in the Rock Eisteddfod be it onstage or backstage. The Rock Eisteddfod is about building leadership, team work, problem-solving and communication skills, which are all great life skills.” Mr. Smith said.

Member for Bayswater and Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts Heidi Victoria, as the local Member of Parliament who has been a strong supporter of the school, also attended the rehearsal.

Ms. Victoria said Fairhills High School had shown great leadership and commitment to developing quality performances for the Rock Eisteddfod since the event was established in 1989 and this year was no exception, with the school’s entry in the dance, drama and design spectacular entitled ‘A Reef in Time’ focusing on the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

“I wish Fairhills and all the participants in the Rock Eisteddfod the best of luck.” Ms. Victoria said.

“Everyone has worked so hard and this is evidenced not only by their eight minute act but also their 11 months of preparation. This performance is a creative way of addressing issues such as the environment, mental health, and identity.”

Fairhills High School teacher Anita Chipman, a veteran of 16 Rock Eisteddfod Challenges, said the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge benefited the whole school community.

“Students build improved self esteem and peer support skills, while teachers enjoy seeing students who want to be in school.” Ms. Chipman said.

Performances of the ‘high school’ section (high school students) of the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge are held on August 12, 18 and 19.