11 May. High School theatre production closes after successful sold-out season
The High School production of the musical "13" closed after a sold-out season last Saturday night. Joe Woodward, the Performing Arts Coordinator at Daramalan thanked those involved;
Sometimes there is just simply a pure joy in being part of this school ...
Last night at "13" The Musical was one of those times ...
Director Lucy Smith's outstanding contribution as a Director and leader of a production team showed in an electric performance that had hardened old-time theatre practitioners (from outside Daramalan) jumping and the Dara community excited.
Coming back from overseas and being away from the development of "13" meant that I saw the work virtually for the first time only the week it opened. It was brilliant. I wish to thank Lucy, Michael Jackson, Jo Howard, Amy Thomas, Annette Mitchell, Damien Foley, Angela Dunn, Richard Stoddart, Scott McQuiggin, David Kurthi, Annie Arkwright and Jacintha Francis for their outstanding work on he show and also offer thanks to Helen Dickson, Tony Allan, Lauren Reid, Louise Chapman, Desiree Bandle and Br Barry Smith for positive contributions at key moments in the work. A special thank you must be given to Sharon Robinson, a professional musician, for her playing in the band but most of all, thank you to all the wonderfully talented students who amazed and astonished us all with their sheer talent.
The season sold out just before the start of the first performance. So I must also thank the Daramalan community for its huge support of the Daramalan Theatre Company: the students, teachers and the work.
21 Feb. New 1st XV Rugby Coach Appointed
Daniel Hooper (pictured) has been appointed Head Coach of Daramalan’s 1st XV Rugby team for 2013. Hooper visited Daramalan to meet with players and officials and is seen here being presented with a Daramalan tie and jacket by Principal Rita Daniels along with Andrew Digan.
Daramalan Rugby President, Eoghan O’Byrne stated, “Daniel brings a wealth of experience to the role including experience with Super XV teams, Queensland ‘Reds’ Rugby Union as Rugby Development Manager and his current role with the ACT Brumbies coordinating the Brumbies Development programs for the ACT and Southern NSW regions.
Hooper’s first job is to prepare his players for the upcoming ARU Schoolboys National Open Championships. The top two teams from the ACT Championships on 6 March at Campese Oval, Queanbeyan will progress to the regional finals, to be played at Canberra Stadium on 5 April as a curtain raiser to the Brumbies v Kings match against two other finalists from the other Brumbies Regions. The winner will represent the Brumbies Schools Region at the National 7’s Championships on the Gold Coast in October 2013, against the best schools in Australia.
Rugby Registrations are available from the Sports Office for renewing and new players. Each student who registers to play for Daramalan receives a 2013 ACT Brumbies Junior Registered Player Membership providing entry to all Brumbies home games at Canberra Stadium.
20 Feb 2013. Daramalan students in Tropfest Jr finals.
Year 10 Daramalan student Oliver Levi-Malouf, (left) whose short film I Know I'm A Sensation, was trilled to be chosen as one of the finalists to exhibit his production at Tropfest Jr in Canberra last weekend. Out of about 250 entries, his was among the final 16 that were shown last Sunday at Commonwealth Park before the main Tropfest short film screenings. Canberra hosts the biggest Tropfest event outside Sydney.
Oliver said the film - which he wrote, directed and acted in - was about two siblings (played by himself and Renee Doyle) who want to become famous. They order a machine over the internet that is supposed to achieve this, but decide to test it on other people first.
I Know I'm A Sensation was filmed with many of his friends including cinematographer Sophie Howard, (right) daughter of Ms Jo Howard, the Visual Arts co-ordinator at Daramalan
''My parents supported me all the way through,'' Oliver said. ''They made sure everyone was fed and happy and kept bringing out water and ice blocks.''
Oliver, Renee and Sophie went to Sydney on the Sunday for Tropfest live as part of the VIP section of the Domain.
14 Feb 2013. Daramalan Drama students win major Acting Awards.
Saturday 16 February saw the annual Canberra and region Amateur Theatre Awards (CAT) presentations. At these prestigious awards, Year 12 student Sam Williams (right) won the Award for “Best Youth Actor in a Featured Role in a Play” and Hannah Lawson, Year 12 from last year, was voted “Best Youth Actress in a Featured Role in a Play”. Both performances were from the 2012 Daramalan production of “The Tempest”.
Jan 2013. Year 12 student Australian Open Champ.
Daramalan ex-student (2012) Nick Kyrgios (below) was crowned the Australian Open junior tennis champion in Melbourne in late January. Nick, who completed Year 12 at Daramalan last year is now considered the brightest star amongst the ranks of junior Australian tennis players.