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The Balaklava Eisteddfod has become an annual pilgrimage for students involved in Faith Lutheran College’s highly regarded music program. Each year the Eisteddfod provides students with the opportunity to refine skills, develop confidence and share their talents in a unique performance environment.

Held on Friday 2nd August, 84 students from Years 3 to 12 travelled to the mid north town of Balaklava to compete against a range of schools from across South Australia.  Faith Lutheran College was represented in a number of categories including Intermediate and Senior Rock Bands, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Choral Workshop and Open Band.

Faith’s Music Coordinator, Mr Frank Cammans was delighted by the way students embraced the opportunity.

“Our students performed with energy and enthusiasm and they can be very proud of their efforts. It was wonderful to see the junior and senior students come together and support each other throughout the day.”

Faith students were thrilled to travel back to the College with four accolades from the day. The Year 7 and 8 Rock Band ‘The Reason Why’ presented confidently in the Intermediate Rock Band competition, which was open to Year 10 students. The age difference didn’t deter the enthusiasm, with ‘The Reason Why’ achieving a 1st in their division.

The Senior Rock Band category was also strongly contended, and the Year 11 students involved were excited to receive a 1st for their efforts in the Open Rock Band section, as well as being labelled ‘Champion Rock Band’ overall.

Formed at the beginning of the year, the Junior Campus Choir has been working passionately towards the Eisteddfod competition, and their performance did not disappoint on the day. The 23-strong choir presented an outstanding rendition of “One Call Away” and the Stevie Wonder/Ariane Grande number entitled “Faith”. Staff, students and conductor and parent volunteer, Tash Steinert, were simply delighted to be awarded a 2nd in the Junior Choir category.

Rounding out the day of achievements, was the uplifting performance from Faith’s Jazz Ensemble, with a third place awarded to the 22 staff and students performing in the Open Band category.

“The Balaklava Eisteddfod has been a wonderful experience for our students. At Faith we work closely with our music students to prepare them for performing on stage.” said Mr Cammans. “We look forward to providing additional performance opportunities in the coming months as we now focus our attention on the ‘Magnolia Showcase’ which will be held at the College on October 16.”