The Festivals of the Sacred began in 2009 as part of an Arts vision for Catholic Education in the Sandhurst Diocese and an ongoing commitment to expand opportunities for students and teachers to develop their God-given gifts through The Arts.
An important partnership with a3-Australian Arts Alive, a branch of the Australian School of Performing Arts has been a critical part of the program's success.
Since the inception of the Festivals of the Sacred, the program has expanded to incorporate more dramatic and musical performances by primary and secondary students and has focused on building the capacity and skills of teachers in Sandhurst schools.
Students who experience their first festival in grade five are fortunate to have a second year in the program, honing their skills and awakening their God-given talents in The Arts.
For staff, especially music teachers, the festival has enabled them to develop their own skills and knowledge with the opportunity to learn from the specialist tutors from the Australian School of Performing Arts.
There are three Festivals of the Sacred performances each year involving over two thousand grade five and six students from the three deaneries. Secondary students from each region also perform at each festival adding another dimension to the festival through dance, choral and instrumental performances.
It is recognised that The Arts transcends cultural, economic and social barriers, inspiring us all to a greater appreciation of creative thinking, imagination and cultural awareness. As the Festival of the Sacred continues to grow in the Sandhurst Diocese it creates an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and creativity of each performance and the contribution of students, teachers, A3 tutors and leaders of Catholic Education Sandhurst who ensure that the language of the Arts is alive in our schools and in our diocese.