HSC Showcase 2018
Welcome to the Abbotsleigh Showcase of 2018! If you’ve already had the chance to look around at some of the major works I’m sure you can see that we have an extremely talented Year 12, and we are so excited to share with you the end product of all our hard work this year. We have such a vast variety of talents and skillsets in our year, and this showcase is a wonderful display of what we are capable of together. I was part of the English Extension 2 course and wrote a critical response for my major work – and although my experience was different from the VA and DT students, and different again from Drama or Extension History, we have all shared in the meticulous process of creating a major work this year. Altogether more than 100 girls created a major work and I have been very lucky to work alongside this group of girls all year, through ups and downs alike, and to come out the other end proud of what we have created. The major work journey is not an easy one, but I know I speak for everyone when I say that undertaking a major work has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my schooling, and I am beyond grateful to have done so in a school like Abbotsleigh with such supportive teachers.
Tonight, you will see Visual Art and Design and Technology, you can read Extension History and Extension 2 English, and you can listen to Music performances. Each subject has vastly different requirements for the major works.
In the VA course, students can draw inspiration from artists they have studied, or simply follow a creative spark to realise their developed concept in any medium including painting, printmaking and photography.
In Design and Technology, students are also free to pursue any aspect of design they choose, having a focus on the practical application of their creations. This year, DT has projects tackling issues such as sustainability, arthritis, earthquakes, and gender neutral clothing, rigid materials and even a bit of coding.
The Extension History course involves an extended essay with a focus on historiography providing different interpretations of a certain topic. Topics ranged from the history of video games, to British child migrants; from the Australia Day debate to the Trojan War.
There are no prescriptions or exam content or Extension 2 English, and each student can write poetry, short stories, critical responses, play scripts, film shorts and more on any concept of their own choosing.
In Music 2, girls can choose to focus on performance or composition and prepare as many as six pieces to perform. Music 1 focuses more on world music, and thus many of the performances feature Broadway songs and other popular music.
And, lastly, I must give a shout out to the 4-unit Mathematics classes. We have no final product to show for the work we put in, but the dedication and perseverance of any extension subject is rival to a major work.
While each subject is different in content, there are things shared along the major work journey. The process has not been easy, but the rewards of the final product have made all the struggles and difficulties more than worth it. To embark on a year-long journey of dedication and hard work driven by your own creative vision as a 16, 17 or 18-year-old is feat of courage and determination. The framed, spiral-bound and polished major works you see around you are the product of hundreds of hours of blood, sweat and tears. This process has been challenging for everyone involved in major works – from hours spent in the library pouring over research, to testing paints and textures endlessly. Personally, doing Extension 2 English, I spent all of Term 4 last year reading and rereading trying to develop my idea before I even began to create my major work. One of the things I struggled with the most was being content and proud of my own work, because when you work on one piece of your work for as long as a year, you only see the imperfections and details that can be fixed. But, Year 12, tonight I encourage you to overcome any self doubt and to be proud of what we have managed to achieve.
The diversity of the class of 2018 has never been more apparent than in the display of individuality and creativity tonight. Each girl in the year group has different talents, strengths and passions, but when 100 different major works are pulled together, we see a powerful manifestation of creativity. Working on a major work this year has taught me dedication and perseverance, and has also drawn me closer to other girls also creating major works. Firm friendships have been forged as we have struggled together to create the best work we possibly can.
However, none of this would be possible without our incredible teachers who have been our rocks throughout this year. Thank you so much for everything you do. You have been the best support we could have hoped for; coming into school in the holidays, or reading and rereading edits, suggesting ideas and giving us helpful critiques and advice. We quite honestly could not have done it without you and thank you with all of our hearts for the hard work and long hours you have put into our works alongside us.
Please enjoy a small selection of the HSC major works below.