On Wednesday 13 September, Mentone Girls’ Grammar 2017 BIG ART Festival was a memorable night of creativity, imagination and pure talent.

Coming through the school gates thick and fast, the beachside campus was swarming with students, staff, families and friends, who marvelled at the incredible displays of our visual arts, dance, music, media and drama exhibitions. In its ninth year, the annual BIG ART Festival provides an exciting way for students from ELC to Year 12 to explore, express and communicate ideas, beliefs and values through critical thinking and imaginative play.

The School was decked out with exquisite pieces of artwork, which symbolized our 2017 school theme of ‘Embrace the Journey’, focusing on leadership, collaboration, enterprise and passion. The walls of vibrant skateboard decks were definitely a sight to see!   

Stunning music performances and interactive stations also enthralled wandering guests, from stage bands and string quartets to African drumming and 3D virtual reality. There was always something to see and do.

The inaugural BIG ART auction was a popular hit with guests, featuring a selection of year level skateboard artworks, with all items being successfully auctioned off and raising an outstanding $1,005. These funds will be donated towards the Wellbeing Precinct Capital Fundraising Campaign.

Principal Fran Reddan awarded two Junior and two Senior prizes to students for their individuals pieces of artwork which related closely to this year’s theme and had the most impact. Congratulations to:

  • Zoe Toms in Year 1 for her excellent use of Mexican motifs and transference of these to her skateboard deck.
  • Emily Cullen in Year 5 for her risk-taking approach in acquiring materials from home to use within an assemblage portrait.
  • Allanah Charlton in Year 8 for her tranquil skateboard design of spiralling gold fish.
  • Amelia Giannioglou in Year 11 for her imaginative ‘Journey to a New Dimension’ 3D virtual reality room.

The Musical Supper Club Gala Concert was a treat for the eyes and ears, showcasing the best of musical talent at Mentone Girls’ Grammar. There was a comprehensive array of musical items for the audience to enjoy, including a Star Wars inspired performance by the award-winning Wind Symphony, a beautiful Les Misérables medley by Senior Choir and a grooving rendition of ‘Uptown Funk’ by our Brass Ensemble – just to name  a few.

A spectacular night of art, media, music, drama and dance!


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