IT was hard for scores of Canobolas Rural Technology High School students to settle down to their books yesterday afternoon.
Still brimming with excitement from scooping the pool at the City of Orange Eisteddfod, the students from four dance groups returned to their school yesterday amid more rounds of applause for their performances.
The students took out every place in the senior schools’ dance section. The year 10 group was first, year 9 was second and a year 7 group was third. The other year 7 group was highly commended.
Most of the students had never experienced the opportunity to become involved in dance until the school began focusing on the arts activity for sport.
“We are all absolutely over the moon and the teachers and students involved are really to be congratulated,” school principal Chad Bliss said.
“Not only is this part of a return for our school to performance-based subjects such as dance and drama, which we balance with academic emphasis, being involved in dance groups helps students develop a wonderful sense of teamwork.”
The students' success follows school survey results this week indicating the number of students undertaking dance as a sport activity next year will double to more than 150.
Mr Bliss said the school had already started planning ahead to provide a facility for the new wave of interest in dance.
“We are planning to build our own studio which is very exciting,” he said.
Teacher Amanda Rouse said yesterday following the competition she was extremely proud of her students.
“The majority of our students have never done dance outside our school environment and it is a fantastic opportunity for them,” she said.
Ms Rouse said the school was also entering an exciting new phase by offering dance as a Higher School Certificate subject for the first time next year.
An eisteddfod official told the CWD it was wonderful to see the school supporting the schools’ dance section.
“It was just lovely to see the kids, they were just so excited,” she said.
Ms Rouse was assisted by Kate Foran in preparing the students for the competition.
Go to our CWD website to see just how excited some of the students were following their win.