Nambucca students take top honours at eisteddfod

NVCCS winners from back left: Hope Spriggs, Hannah Johnston, Madalyn Crampton, Elizabeth Jordan, Blake Baldwinh, Ella Schroder, Sarah Allen, Isabella Johnston and teacher Carolyn Allen. (Front) Ellesia James, Alexandra Johnston, Faith and Jonah Spriggs, Dylan Jerrett, Nalani Ferris, Zac Jerrett and Abigail ScottNAMBUCCA Valley school students did the region proud at the Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod, with students from Nambucca Christian Community School (NVCCS) and Nambucca Heads High (NHHS) returning with stellar results.

The annual eisteddfod is the longest continual running and only diverse cultural event for children in this region. There are six sections, piano, vocal, dance, instrumental and speech and drama.


NVCCS music students walked away with 13 trophies.

The group of 16 received outstanding results in the strings, woodwind and piano sections.

The NVCCS instrumental ensemble performed in the opens category where they were awarded first place for their performances, The Spook and Galloping Home.

“The adjudicator commended the group on their intonation, presentation and excellent precision,” the school’s principal Jeff Allen said.

“On Sunday they were invited back to the Gala Recital Day for an encore performance.”

The vocal group received the Perpetual Trophy for best Secondary Vocal Small Choir. Previous winners include Bellingen High School and Bishop Druitt College. The group sang two songs ‘True Colours’ and ‘Viva La Vida’.

High School music director, Carolyn Allen said both groups, as well the individual students who performed, had faithfully practised their pieces and arrangements since early in Term 1.

“It is wonderful to see them using the gifts they have been given,” she said.

“Congratulations to each of them for their outstanding performances.”


A group of 25 students competed in the Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod.

Initially students felt daunted and unsure of their talent, but as the results came in they realised there was no need for concern as they more than held their own as the results showed.

Drama teacher Cathy McSkimming was impressed with her charges.

“Their commitment, energy, professionalism, ability and general behaviour was outstanding, they are great students,” she said.

“Three students Jayde Hill, Max Galo and Natalya Byrt were invited to perform in the Showcase on the Saturday night. I’m sure that with the talent the students possess they are destined for bigger things.”

Many of these performances will be on show at the school’s own Roundabout Madness Junior Showcase which will be held in Term 3.

The student’s results:

Year 12

* Highly Commended – group devised (Zac Hocking, Abbee Milgate, Sarah Orman, Annika Warren).

* Highly Commended – individual performances (Abbee Milgate and Annika Warren)

* 2nd place – group improvisation (Zac Hocking, Abbee Milgate, Sarah Orman and Annika Warren)

Year 11

* 2nd place – group devised (Hayden Rose, Dakota Edwards, Hosannah Launt, Blake Ennis-Nickson and Jayde Hill)

* 3rd place – individual performance (Jayde Hill). Jayde was also invited (and successfully performed) with four other drama performances in the whole Eisteddfod Showcase Concert.

* Highly Commended – group iomprovisation (Hayden Rose, Dakota Edwards, Hosannah Launt, Blake Ennis-Nickson and Jayde Hill).

Year 10

* 1st place – dramatised scene from Living with Lady Macbeth (Shani Langford, Louise Parth, Zoe Ahern, Chloe Moxon, Anna Daley, Courtney Jarrett, Natalya Byrt and Jali Williams).

* 2nd place – group Improvisation (Hayley Kelly-Tipler, Morgan Robins, Jali Williams and Natalya Byrt).

* Highly Commended – group improvisation (Sharlotte Hoffman, Jenevieve Kennedy, Zahra Hocking and Courtney Jarrett)

* 1st place – Individual performance (Natalya Byrt). Natalya won a trophy and was invited to attend the Showcase Concert, but unfortunately, was unable to attend as she was performing in her final production of the musical, Annie, at the Jetty Memorial Theatre.

Year 9 – who was rehearsing for the primary school tour

* Highly Commended – group devised, Year 6 Rox, (Sophie Cavanagh, Leticia Phelps, Courtney Fuller, Grace Mackney, Kiaya Doughty-Paterson and Max Galo)

* Highly Commended – group devised, Unreal!, (Kiara Taylor, Jemima McKinney and Courtney Molloy)

* 3rd place – group devised, Bobby, (Lacey Brookes and Sophie Keers-Lawrence)

* Highly Commended – individual performances (Lacey Brookes and Sarese Paull)

* 1st place – individual performance (Max Galo). Max won a trophy and was the overall prizewinner of Year 9.

He also successfully performed at the Showcase Eisteddfod.

* 2nd place – group improvisation (Sophie Cavanagh, Leticia Phelps, Courtney Fuller, Grace Mackney, Kiaya Doughty-Paterson and Max Galo)

* 2nd place – group improvisation (Courtney Molloy, Jemima McKinney, Sarese Paull and Kiara Taylor)

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