Corpus Christi WA

Year 7 Drama - Ancient Greek Masks

In Ancient Greek Theatre masks played a vital role in characterisation and performance.

Illustrations of theatrical masks from 5th century display helmet-like mask, covering the entire face and head, with holes for the eyes and a small aperture for the mouth, as well as an integrated wig. It is interesting to note that these paintings never show actual masks on the actors in performance; they are most often shown being handled by the actors before or after a performance, that liminal space between the audience and the stage, between myth and reality. 

This demonstrates the way in which the mask was to ‘melt’ into the face and allow the actor to vanish into the role. Effectively, the mask transformed the actor as much as memorisation of the text. Therefore, performance in ancient Greece did not distinguish the masked actor from the theatrical character.

Today in Year 7 Drama the students created and decorated their own Ancient Greek Masks, looking at simple designs as a starting point and discussing the effective use of masks in this traditional theatre style.


'Defining Moments' - Dance Open Evening 2017

On Wednesday 22 June the College Dance Team hosted Defining Moments’ , the Dance Open Evening for 2017. This was a rare opportunity to showcase our new Performing Arts space to the families and friends of the dance students who have the pleasure of using it on a day-to-day basis.

‘Defining Moments’ was an exciting new format for our annual College Dance Performance that invited the College community into the Dance classroom for an intimate look behind the scenes. In traditional dance performances, the audience sees only the finished product: the glitter, the lights and the smiles of the performers. The audience doesn’t get to see the preparation that goes into this final product – neither the countless hours students dedicate to improving their dance technique in class, nor the slow rehearsal process as students collaborate to create and learn the dances for performance. This is the process and development that we want to share with our Dance families and the College community as a whole.

‘Defining Moments’ is not designed as a polished performance, but instead it is an intimate and raw look at Dance at the College. The first part of the evening was presented in an ‘open day’ style where guests had the opportunity to see students actively learning new skills and discuss their experience of Dance at the College. 

Between Dance Teachers, Ms Fuhr and Mr Bain, they focussed on Contemporary and Jazz techniques, additionally, Mr Pidd guided those interested in fitness warm ups and the safe use of fitness equipment.

In the Art Foyer, guests could read about some of the theoretical work to dance, look at stunning costumes and photography from previous dance shows and listen to video interviews from students, discussing their experiences and philosophies of dance.



Our young artists do it again!

Congratulations to the 2017 Atwell Youth Award winners! Corpus students entered 5 categories and managed to achieve an award in each category. An exceptional feat!

The Atwell Gallery in Applecross is a great supporter of the artistic endeavours of young people. For the past 15 years the gallery has provided students from different schools across the metropolitan area an opportunity to showcase artwork to the general public. This provides students with an outside audience, which is a valuable experience for emerging artists! Viewing the variety of exceptionally high standard artworks exhibited is always a marvellous experience.

Once again, the College received commendable acknowledgements for the artwork of some of our students. Judges commented on the contrast shown in each of the artworks, stating they were truly amazing. The traditional use of drawing media was absolutely breathtaking and the young artists were commended for the high degree of skill achieved, particularly in relation to the large-scale works.

As a College, we are very proud to announce the following awards winners.

Year 12 Rachel Raphael: Highly Commended Medium Pencil drawing. Title ‘Jalan Penang’
Year 11 Tyler Sandon: Winner First Prize: Medium Pencil drawing. Title ‘More than meets the Eye’
Year 10 Amy Riordan: Medium Ceramic sculpture. Title ‘Contemplation’
Year 7 Mark Parker:  Medium painting. Title ‘Preador comic’

Year 7 Group work –  Medium Polystyrene.  Title ‘Homage to Oldenburg’

  1. Zoee Cokcetin
  2. Hudson Craig-Power
  3. Molly Dawkins
  4. Erin Doherty
  5. Harry Dunleavy
  6. Zak Grbelja
  7. May Hopwood
  8. Abriam Kalaiarasan
  9. Hugh Livingston
  10. Lucas Maghiar
  11. Maisy Metcalfe-Gibson
  12. Tia Monument
  13. Erin Peters
  14. Sinead Rego
  15. Claudia Werch

Photo Day 2017

On Monday 8 May, Corpus Christi students polished their black shoes, dusted off their blazers and practised their smiles for the 2017 official Individual photos, a yearly ritual and an opportunity for parents to have a permanent snapshot of their children throughout their high school experience.

MSP Photography have been the College's official photographers for the last 4-5 years and continue to raise the standards, not only in the quality of the student images, but in the diverse services provided to the College.