Drama teacher Nick Trenthan says the Year 12 body of work is delving into some deep societal issues.
“We’re doing political theatre for a semester, and through the strong service learning [focus] throughout the college, we’re learning about communities and that idea of equity versus equality and that distribution of opportunity, power and money...”
Trenthan explains. St Peters is a large coeducational independent school in Brisbane. Gaining access to a quality arts education is easier for Trenthan’s students than some, an advantage the teacher is well aware of.
So this year, the school became one of the first to sign up to an Outreach initiative with the Queensland Music Festival Youth Touring, a program that gives regional and remote schools access to live performances from some of Australia’s premier musicians and artists.
Outreach sees metropolitan schools like St Peters sponsor smaller schools to access the program which they would otherwise be unable to take part in.
St Peters will sponsor the production Ruby Moon, a haunting tale set in Australia and The Didjeribone Show, a mix of ancient and cutting-edge music, to tour schools in the state’s north-west corner.
“I initially was teaching in the state system and I started teaching out in the Lockyer Valley,” Trenthan says.
“I was out in a regional school myself, and so I [know] what it’s like to get the students involved in live arts and how expensive and difficult it is to organise. So, the fact that we’re able to support [two] schools with the one donation is really powerful for me.”