Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College students learn puppetry, photography, street theatre and more!

Mar 3, 2016    

Horizon Theatre Company has been offering week-long Work Placements to HSC students for over 16 years.  These Year 11 and 12 students are training towards the Certificate III in Entertainment and need to complete successful placements with industry to attain the qualification and pass their Higher School Certificate.

Horizon Theatre Company, located in Wiley Park, was established in 1997 and works mostly with youth and children.

Artistic Director, Maddy Slabacu, is the Creator of Horizon Theatre Company.  She is passionate about art and young people and often hosts a number of students at a time, as she encourages team work in all that she teaches.

The students get involved in puppetry, photography, street theatre, lighting, filming, digital support and workshops.

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Students from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College with Maddy Slabacu (centre)

Maddy says “We believe art and theatre can contribute to the foundation of a young person.  We work with students to help them express emotion and cover issues such as stalking, bullying, emotional, financial and social abuse and intimidation.  Some students also get to work with disabled kids as we are big on breaking down barriers, including age, faith and culture.  Often without realising it the students develop their own personal skills from working with others.”

Matthew Matta, a Year 12 student attending Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College said “My Work Placement at the Horizon Theatre Company was better than I expected. I loved this week.  I chose it for a reason and I’m glad I did.”

Caragh Hayes, also in Year 12 and from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, added “I really enjoyed working as part of a team this week and working with these types of issues I got an idea of how to express them visually”.

Maddy sees the students develop skills and confidence in the week they are with her.  She believes this self-assurance will help students at interviews and that students will be better at coping with peer pressure.

These skills include assisting with production of live performances, working safely in the industry, live audio productions, bump in and bump out and participating in collaborative creative projects at school as part of the course and then having the opportunity to practice these skills while on Work Placement.

MWLP – Linking Youth is the new Work Placement Service Provider that co-ordinates all Work Placement in Bankstown, Canterbury and the Inner South West for local high schools and TAFEs.  They have been servicing the Macarthur area for over 20 years (and still are).  This year alone they will place over 6,800 students into businesses.

Students add value to businesses and are covered for insurance while on Work Placement.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this worthwhile program please call Trudi or the Work Placement Team on 4625 1863 or email trudi at .

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