Columba girls rock Melbourne Eisteddfod

Two Catholic schools have scooped major prizes at last week's Melbourne Rock Eisteddfod with Essendon's St Columba's College taking out the Premier Division with a piece entitled "Fear" that shows the triumph of the human spirit over the fear of terrorism.

According to the Rock Challenge website, the judges praised the St Columba's team for "their incredibly professional level of performance skill, detailed costumes ability to meaningfully convey a powerful message".

Education officer for religious studies at the Catholic Education Officer, Geraldine Martin, notes that St Columba's have won many times over the last five years and "have always used a contemporary theme or issue to remind the audience to reflect on injustices or issues of the time".

Another Catholic college, De La Salle, Mentone, also did well, taking out third place as well as the choreography award.

"De La Salle is a school that definitely displays the true (Rock Eisteddfod Challenge) spirit, winning both the Performance Entertainment Award as well as the Spirit of Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Award," the Rock Challenge website says.

The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge is an annual dance, drama and design competition for schools. With the Melbourne competition over, the event is now off to Sydney.

Sydney finalists include St Joseph's Catholic High, Albion Park, south of Port Kembla.

Meanwhile, up north, the Catholic Leader reports that the 16th Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival from 18-20 August attracted a record number of schools from across the state.

More than 5500 young performers, aged from 6 to 17, from 70 Catholic schools and colleges, played and sang through 60 hours of performances across 30 sections of choral, band and string ensemble presentations.

The music festival, started by Villanova College, Coorparoo, in 1991, was again held at the school and neighbouring venues.

This year's Catholic Education Week logo, "It's all about the Spirit", was personified during the festival by the enthusiasm of all performers, directors, conductors, parents, teachers and a band of more than 300 volunteers.

Melbourne Premier Winners, St Columba's College (Rock Challenge, 1/9/06)
2006 Premier Grand Final Results (Rock Eisteddfond Challenge)
Musical smorgasbord (Catholic Leader, 3/9/06)

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Rock Eisteddfod Challenge
St Columba's College, Essendon

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4 Sep 2006