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Primary Principals Conference is a Show Stopper!!

The ISE Performing Ensemble (2016) got back together for a one off performance at the Primary Principals Conference in Batemans Bay on Friday 24 March. The Ensemble performed to rave review from the attending principals displaying outstanding professionalism, performance skill and entertainment value! Each and every one of the 35 students who participated was a great ambassador for Public Education! To see some photos from the performance go to the ISE Performing Ensemble link.... Read more

BOW WOW Opening a great success!

The opening of the BOW WOW exhibition was held on Saturday 25 March at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre in Nowra. This exhibition aims to showcase the innovative subject matter and quality work produced by local HSC students from both public and private high schools. To see which of our high schools were represented in the exhibition check out the Regional Activities - Visual Arts section of this website. Congratulations to all those budding artists for being fantastic ambassadors for your school and public education.... Read more

2017 School Applications for Southern Stars are now open

Applications are now open for schools to participate in Southern Stars 2017. Click on this link: https://southernstarseoi.wordpress.com/ or go to the Southern Stars page above. All enquiries to sharon.buikstra@det.nsw.edu.au... Read more


Schools wanting to participate in Southern Stars 2017

Applications for Schools wanting to participate in Southern Stars 2017 will be open early in Term 1 2017. Schools can nominate to participate in Mass Dance, Mass Drama or Mass Choir. Any enquiries email: sharon.buikstra@det.nsw.edu.au... Read more

2017 South Coast Dance Festival

The information booklet for the 2017 South Coast Dance Festival is now available. Follow the headings above to "Regional Activities", "Dance" and then "South Coast Dance Festival"... Read more

Southern Stars 2017

Southern Stars 2017 Performances on Friday 25 & Saturday 26 August 2017 Applications to participate will be available online from December 2016 All enquires to: email sharon.buikstra@det.nsw.edu.au 0419-402033 mobile 42571744 Albion Park High School... Read more

Southern Stars Finale photo

Congratulations! Southern Stars 2015 - Beyond the Frame

A message from Ian Millard - Executive Producer Congratulations to everyone on the creation of a very successful and uplifting production. Ticket sales alone tell us that we have been successful. Added to this are the many positive comments coming through to creative, production and stage management team members. There were many stunning moments in the show and it is these moments that we need to capitalise on in future productions. Southern Stars 2015 has been successful not only because word got around after last year's amazing... Read more

South Coast Music Camp

Student nomination for the South Coast Muisc camp have been extended to Friday 14 August. Nominations are open to all NSW Primary and High School students from years 5 to 10. We welcome players from any instrumental family, including voice. Please note that nominations will only be made available to non-DEC students after DEC students have been placed. The total cost for the camp is $450, including GST. This includes accommodation, all meals, t-shirt and music. The program consists of a four day, three night residential camp at The Tops... Read more

NSW Public Schools State Dance Ensemble Applications now open

This ensemble is for high school students only (Years 7-12) who cannot attend the weekly rehearsals and live in the Sydney Metropolitan area or Regional NSW. This ensemble participates in four compulsory intensive weekend workshops in Sydney during the year. For more information and to apply online, please visit our website http://www.artsunits.nsw.edu.au/dance/state-ensemble... Read more

Problems with Online Applications for Southern Stars Performing Company

***** Urgent Notice ****** If you are having trouble with accessing the online applications for Schools to apply for Southern Stars or for the chance to audition for the Southern Stars Performing Company - please note that the website will NOT support Safari. Please try an alternative browser.... Read more

Southern Stars Performing Company - Auditions

2015 Southern Stars Performing Company Audition Information Follow the links below to apply online online audition application Click here to download the information package Audition Package (pdf 2002 KB) If you have any queries please contact Deirdre Backhouse on 4267 6166 or email deirdre.backhouse@det.nsw.edu.au... Read more

Apply online for your school to be involved in Southern Stars 2015

Applications are now open for schools to be involved in Southern Stars 2015. Please follow the link below to apply online. https://southernstarseoi.wordpress.com Alternatively follow the links above to Southern Stars and look for the tab EOI down the left hand side.... Read more

2015 Audition Applications now open for the Regional Performing Ensemble

Applications are now open for students in Year 7 to Year 11 in 2015 to audition for the Regional Performing Ensemble. Follow the link above to Performing Ensemble and download the application form.... Read more

Would you like to become a friend of Southern Stars?

Are you as passionate about the arts as we are? Would you like to support the amazing work being done behind the scenes that will become Southern Stars 2014? Then Southern Stars needs you! Please download the Friends of Southern Stars package below to see how you too can be a supporter of the biggest performing arts event in Wollongong. Friends of Southern Stars (pdf 4697 KB)... Read more

Stage Management Team Applications

Applications are now open to be a part of the Southern Stars 2014 Stage Management Team. Follow the tab above to Southern Stars - teachers information to download the application form.... Read more

Southern Stars 2014 - How to be involved

Southern Stars 2014 New challenges, new changes, new beginnings ! Southern Stars 2014 will once again be an exciting event. The show will take place on Friday 29th August and Saturday 30th August, 2014 at Wollongong Entertainment Centre. Keep an eye out for exciting developments on how you can be involved in 2014. With change comes new beginnings. If you would like to participate in 2014 and have not participated previously, or if you are from a school within an area of Sydney metropolitan or Country NSW and you would like to participate... Read more

Choir Mass Rehearsal

Mass Choir Movement Rehearsal a success!

A fun and energy-filled day was had by all (even the staff!) despite the rain on Monday at the Mass Choir Movement Rehearsal! Students and Teachers from over 18 schools across the region packed the Shellharbour Stadium at Croome Rd to be involved in the first Mass Choir Movement Rehearsal on Monday! Despite the miserable conditions outside, over 500 students sang and danced their way though a very energetic and fun routine, choreographed by Southern Stars favourites, Kate Sharp and Ashley Jones. The duo were very excited to see their concept... Read more

Material Girl rehearsal

Southern Stars Mass Rehearsals taking shape!

Rehearsals have begun! It has been an action packed week so far with many rehearsals already taking place for Southern Stars! Zoe Pryor, one of our Choreographers from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, has been busily working on her Choreography for 'Material Girl' - an exciting item in this years show! Pictured are students from the various schools involved in the item. Zoe was very excited at how the dance is looking, saying it was "coming together nicely, and the Kids are all having a great time!" Keep your eye on the... Read more


Southern Stars Welcomes Illawarra Credit Union As A Sponsor

Southern Stars is thrilled to welcome Illawarra Credit Union as a sponsor for 2013. Below is a note from the CEO, Bob Kotic. Illawarra Credit Union is proud to announce that we have become a sponsor for the 2013 Southern Stars. We were delighted to attend the launch and the quality of the talent showcased is a credit to the students, teachers and all involved in this great event. Illawarra Credit Union is a long standing local banking services business, supporting our community. We are proud of our 40 years of service to the Illawarra... Read more

Stars Promo

Southern Stars - Tickets now on sale!

Jamie Walsh, Shelby Thornett, Jack Paterson, Eden Colley and Marley Janssens get in the mood at yesterday's launch of Southern Stars 2013. Southern Stars launch makes headlines A year of preparation, 3000 students, 79 schools, Princess Diana, newspapers and a circus – those are just some of the elements coming together for the region's biggest performance event, Southern Stars. Southern Stars 2013 launched yesterday at WIN Entertainment Centre, with more than 60 students performing selected song and dance numbers from the upcoming... Read more

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