Various dance performances took place around the school compound during the St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School Night Festival.

More than a thousand visitors to St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School (SACSS) were treated to drama, dance and music performances during the school’s inaugural Night Festival held on April 13.

Themed “Let the Light Shine”, in conjunction with the school’s theme of Hope Alive 2018, the festival was an inclusive event of joy, hope, connection and celebration as the school brought the Canossian family including parents, alumni,
Canossian Sisters and partners together to celebrate the artistic talents of fellow Canossians.

The song, “Let My Little Light Shine”, performed by the Canossian Sisters and alumni at the school chapel served to accentuate the message to bring light to all.

To break away from the usual indoor-staged concerts, unconventional venues around the school were used in creative ways to entertain visitors. For example, the Indian dancers made use of the stairways leading down to the foyer for their dance performance.

The school buildings and gardens were also illuminated with bright lights and colourful installation artwork.

Students were empowered to take ownership of their own learning and creative endeavours by proposing how they would like to be involved. A professional lighting designer also worked with them to design the architectural lighting to transform the school into a multi-sensory light installation.

Non-performing arts students, a number of CCA groups including the Chinese Cultural Society and Badminton CCA, sold crafts to raise funds for St Magdalene’s fund for needy students. The Drama Club collaborated with three CCA Groups, namely the Girl Guides, the Library and the St Magdalene’s Club to make handwoven necklaces using upcycled yarns.

A music performance by students featuring instruments such as the angklung.

Catering to a multi-generational and multi-interest festival goers, there were also carnival games, badminton and a flea market. Another unique highlight was the silent disco, taking participants into a surreal experience.

Schweigner Lais Raquel, president of the school’s Drama Club, said, “Seeing my CCA mates perform their devised pieces filled my heart with pride and accomplishment, as our hard work and determination paid off.”

Johann Rala, a St Patrick’s School student, said, “This unusual concept of a night festival ... brought about an enlivened and energised atmosphere. There wasn’t a dull moment for my family, with various activities at different times and venues.

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