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On The Road With APATA National Award Presentations!

Posted by CEO & Founder Yolande Smith | Jun 16, 2021

The month of May has been beyond a delight as we’ve hit the road visiting schools and presenting awards for the 2021 APATA National Awards program. APATA team members, our special guests, APATA ambassadors have thoroughly cherished the opportunity to be back visiting schools and talking with educators and students.

First and foremost a BIG congratulations to all who nominated for the awards program and a big round of applause to the winning recipients. It has truly been a remarkable month and the buzz of excitement when visiting each and every award winner has left us with a deep sense of gratitude to have the opportunity to celebrate your passion in the performing arts.

Every day at APATA our focus is to support performing arts educators and students and celebrate their achievements. I am a true believer cultivating creativity starts with schools and it is wonderful to see us all return to a fresh start in 2021 and get back into learning and performing. Nothing excites me more than to visit a school and enjoy all the hard work and talent up on a stage.

In schools around the nation, teachers are putting in so many extra hours to give their students the opportunity to come together, develop their passions, skills and make shows. I just want to say thank you to all of the teachers who make performing arts in schools possible. You are laying the foundations for a lifelong love of the arts for all your students. It is here that our future audiences are nurtured, passions for art-forms discovered and possibilities revealed.

What I love more than anything about schools and teachers offering performing arts programs is not only are foundations developed for the arts, but schools and teachers represent the very first group of individuals to introduce us to creativity and performance. It is here where we start to discover and explore, grow and learn how to create. This is what sits at the heart of the APATA National Awards program.

To our educators in the performing arts community who tour programming and educational experiences as well as those who have created the most amazing programs to support educations across the nation – thank you. Your work and dedication is not only deeply respected but imperative for the continued growth, development and transfer of skills, knowledge and education for our community.

It has been a great honour to meet you all and celebrate your achievements in the performing arts and to share your stories, know-how and practice. Congratulations!

To view the APATA National Awards full video presentations, please visit our awards webpage – CLICK HERE


Performing Arts Student Of The Year – Jackson Hughesman

Congratulations Jackson Hughesman! Amazing morning at St Patrick’s College to present the APATA National Award.

Thank you to the teaching faculty especially Ms Kate Albury, Acting Head of Culture, for arranging the incredible assembly and presentation at the school. AND a very BIG thank you to the wonderful Lee Lewis, Artistic Director, Queensland Theatre and Frances Hannaway, Senior Designer, Iceworks Design for joining us to present the APATA National Award.

View the Full Presentation VideoHERE

Excellence In Performing Arts Education – Wakakirri

Wonderful to meet the team at Wakakirri in Sydney last month to officially present the APATA National Award for Excellence In Arts Education.

Thank you Emma Watkins and NIDA for your support and generosity in presenting this award to the incredible team at Wakakirri!

Learn more about Wakakirri CLICK HERE

Performing Arts School Of The Year – John Paul College

It was a fantastic morning at John Paul College. Many thanks to the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP for presenting the Performing Arts School of the Year Award to John Paul College alongside APATA’s Yolande Smith, in JPC’s beautiful theatre.

Thank you also to Principal Karen Spiller OAM, Ms Amanda Waddell, the executive team and Arts faculty, Unveil Films and Photography and the John Paul College performing arts students for helping make this occasion something to celebrate.

Learn More About John Paul College – HERE



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