Plenty Valley Christian College, PVCC, celebrated the artistic talents of students at its annual Heart of the Valley event last week, welcoming the biggest crowd in the event’s history.
Envisioned and organised by science learning leader Lucille Warwick, Heart of the Valley has become one of the college’s favourite events since its first instalment in 2017.
The event’s popularity stems from its interactive style, with attendees encouraged to roam the secondary school grounds to visit the multiple classrooms and stations hosting student artworks and performances.
Drama and music performances simultaneously operated at outdoor stations on Thursday night, while those off-stage showcased their artistic talents inside.
Classrooms were filled with paintings, visual artworks, fashion designs, and woodwork constructions, allowing excited students to share their works with family and friends.
Students also made use of the college’s recent renovations – English enthusiasts shared their poetry at the new undercover area and food technology students handed out baked goods at the extended staff room.
The information technology exhibit was popular for younger students looking forward to taking robotics classes in later years of study, the student-built Lego city with moving train and miniature PAC-MAN machines for attendees to play proving to be main attractions.
The senior student band was a standout of the night, the musicians drawing a large crowd with the performance of ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford and Sons.
Attendance at this year’s instalment set a new record, estimated to be well over 1000, with the warmer spring weather enticing people to the event.
Principal John Metcalfe said Heart of the Valley was a ‘fantastic community celebration of creativity’.
“Not only were the creative arts strongly represented but technology, science and the humanities were showing what creative children can do when given encouragement and the opportunity to explore the gifts and talents God has given them,” he said.
“I am so proud of the students and thankful for staff who are willing to give so much of their time to bring out the best in our students.
“Lucille Warwick, our science learning leader and her team, once again, did a brilliant job of allowing our creative and talented students to showcase their abilities.”
Ms Warwick said the fifth instalment of Heart of the Valley was ‘a beautiful evening’.
“There were so many grateful families and beaming students. I watched people perform, display, articulate and show off their ideas, thoughts and skills all around the school,” she said.