Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust from everyday life.” 

The creativity of young people has a singular expressive power, bringing their energy and unique perspective forward to inspire people of all ages, serving as a mirror to our emotions, aspirations and shared experiences.

This year’s Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) Eisteddfod was a shining example of these vibrant expressions, an encore-worthy event, featuring the dance, music and vocal performances from our dynamic creative arts program offered throughout our 147 primary and secondary schools. 

While the curtain has officially fallen on this year’s Eisteddfod—with 8,500 students and 125 schools taking part in show-stopping solo and ensemble performances across 23 days—it will not quickly be forgotten.

The event continues to hit all the right notes, enabling more students and schools to access competition with feedback provided from industry professionals who adjudicate performances.

Performance categories included Drama, Dance, Instrumental and Vocal, showcasing the incredible breadth of talent and dedication among our students. Points were awarded for each place, certificate and participation.

St John Bosco Catholic Primary School Engadine were crowned the winners for the very first time, after receiving the most points over the course of the nine weeks.

St Vincent’s College Ashfield took 1st Runner Up, while Mount St Joseph Catholic College Milperra came in 2nd Runner Up.

A selection of the best and brightest acts from this year’s Eisteddfod were also invited back to perform at the Eisteddfod Showcase which was held at Marist College Eastwood.

As depicted in the uplifting photo gallery above, the annual Eisteddfod not only celebrates students’ artistic achievements but also fosters a lifelong appreciation for the arts.