Irrawang High School performers crowned winners of inaugural Port Stephens Battle of the Arts

Battle of the Arts, which took place during Youth Week, gave Port Stephens young people the stage to showcase their creative talents and perform to win a major prize of $500.

Eighteen  students from 7 local schools participated in Battle of the Arts on Friday 12 April, showcasing a range of engaging performances across music, dance, acting, poetry and story-telling, to 4 judges and a crowd of 250 spectators, made up of family, friends, teachers, and fellow students.

The winners were as follows:

1st Place: Major Prize - $500
Holly, Evan, Brodie and Daniel, Irrawang High School – Drama ensemble

2nd Place: Rising Star Prize – Toboggan Hill Park Passes and a $50 Big W gift card
Violet, Tomaree High School – Dance performance

3rd Place: Rising Star Prize – $50 Voucher from Kmart
Reannah, Tomaree High School – Musical performance

Equal 4th Place: Rising Star Prize – 2 Scotty’s Cinemas tickets and 2 family passes for SuperStrike Bowling Salamander Bay, per winner
Scarlett, Hunter River High – Singing performance

Isla, Hunter School of Performing Arts – Dance performance

The idea for Battle of the Arts was born from Council’s 2020 – 2025 Youth Strategy, where Council expressed its intention to ‘plan and deliver events offering young local artists and musicians the chance to share their talent’.

Student involvement was also encouraged in the lead up to the event, with 1 student from Tomaree High School mentored by Council’s Vibrant Places Team on a fortnightly basis, while the student provided valuable insights and perspectives around how the event should be promoted and run. Other students from Hunter River High and St Phillips also assisted with sound and lighting during rehearsals and on the day of the event.

A massive thank all the local schools who participated and made the event a great success:
  • Irrawang High School
  • Hunter River High
  • Catherine McCauley
  • Tomaree High School
  • St Phillips Christian College
  • Hunter School of Performing Arts

Council also wishes to thank Salamander Bay Rotary for providing a BBQ for everyone to enjoy, as well as Jupiter Youth Counselling Services who provided audience activities in between performances.

Battle of the Arts was possible thanks to funding from the NSW Government in celebration of NSW Youth Week.