St Columba’s students nominated for Onstage and Artexpress

St Columba’s students nominated for Onstage and Artexpress
St Columba’s students nominated for Onstage and Artexpress


St Columba’s Catholic College, Springwood students Lillian Gerlach and Jessica Cunningham, HSC practical submissions in Drama and Visual Arts were nominated for the prestigious Onstage Showcase and Artexpress Exhibitions.

The college’s Leader of Learning in Performing Arts Carmen Noonan said Lillian’s performance titled FISH was adapted from Kate Lutherborrow’s short story.

St Columba’s students nominated for Onstage and Artexpress
St Columba’s students nominated for Onstage and Artexpress


‘Lillian’s individual performance was a poignant exploration of a girl coming to terms with the loss of her mother at sea by transforming into a fish and returning to the ocean to be re-united,’ Carmen said. ‘Integrating a variety of styles and forms including: fantasy, magical realism, fairytale, (The Little Mermaid), physical theatre, and a touch of humor, Lillian created a highly original and evocative piece that captivated the audience with its ebbs and flows, reflective of the ocean tides.’

Leader of Learning for Creative Arts Margaret Rust said Jessica’s submission was a series of rendered graphite drawings. 

Leader of Learning for Creative Arts Margaret Rust said Jessica’s submission was a series of rendered graphite drawings.
Leader of Learning for Creative Arts Margaret Rust said Jessica’s submission was a series of rendered graphite drawings.

‘Jessica’s series of skillfully rendered graphite drawings titled, Getting a Handle On Life portrays key aspects of her parents’ work and leisure interests through intimate viewpoints of their hands,’ Margaret said. ‘On a wider level, her Body of Work makes references to our contemporary society and how traditional “hands on” skills are disappearing in our busy, technological age.’

‘To be nominated for any of the BOSTES HSC showcases and exhibitions indicates that the student’s practical submission is considered to be exemplary,’ she said. ‘Recognition in this manner is acknowledgement of your considerable talent and commitment to your studies in Creative Arts at our college.’