This week we have been running a ‘People’s Choice Award’ that will include a prize of a $50 Riot Art Supplies Voucher.  The students have the opportunity to vote for the piece of art they would like to win.
The winner will be announced via Schoology on Friday.

Take a look here to view all the wonderful pieces of work.

On Monday July 26th 2016, Ms. Lyn Coates’ Year 10 art class exhibited artworks at the grand opening of The Commons in Mate Street.  The exhibition was part of a collaboration between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, taking on the theme ‘The Art of Sustainability’. Works featured formed part of a sustainability project aimed to connect communities.

Throughout Term 2, Art students in Year 10 created a major project focusing on the theme of landscape, which coincided manner with the art competition. Artworks currently on display will be up for viewing until Friday 5th August before being returned to Xavier for our own exhibition. Works will be rotated between June and November with other artworks from district schools.

Paintings from Ms. Mary-Jayne Boyd’s Year 10 class will be exhibited from September 28th until October 10th, 2016.

District finalists will be awarded during the Border Sustainable Living Festivities and judged by lecturers from Charles Sturt University. The Commons is a community based facility designed to cater for various purposes; it provides food for those in need, as well as being a way to connect with local community members.

by Emma Dunn Year 10


Year 10 Visual Arts students have been invited to exhibit their Semester One Landscape Paintings as part of a collaboration between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. CSU has received funding to host a sustainability themed art competition and exhibition series involving Albury district secondary school students and community members. The series of exhibitions presents works of art on the theme of sustainability and the environment.

We would like to invite you and your son/daughter to attend the respective exhibition openings at The Commons, 1076 Mate St North Albury. Light refreshments will be supplied by CSU.

Year 10 Ms Coates: Exhibition opening Monday 25th July at 5pm. Works are on display until 5th August.

Year 10 Ms Boyd: Exhibition opening Monday 10th October at 5pm. Works are on display until 28th October.

There are a range of prizes on offer with district finalists awarded during Sustainable Living Week.

Jemma Power’s artwork ‘DE-CON-STRUCT-IVISM’ has been selected for ARTEXPRESS and will be exhibited at the McGlade Gallery Australian Catholic University in 2015.

Jemma’s work uses the manipulation of styrofoam cups to explore the tension between construction and destruction, the extraordinary and banal, beauty and ugliness and control and chaos.

Deconstructivism is a development of postmodern architecture. It is characterized by fragmentation, an interest in manipulating a structure’s surface and skin. It focusses on non-rectilinear shapes which appear to distort and dislocate elements.The finished visual appearance is characterised by unpredictability and controlled chaos. -adapted from

Within my work the manipulation of styrofoam cups create a fragmented, yet beautiful, surface that intrigues and compels the viewer into a journey across and around a once banal object. The structure of this object is both enhanced and destroyed through the embellishment of its skin. The object itself is throwaway and disposable; the potential that lies within mostly overlooked. Thus highlighting our human shortsightedness. Whilst a beautiful surface is created, it belies the environmental disaster that permeates through all aspects of the original object.

Overall, it is the tension between construction and destruction, the extraordinary and banal, beauty and ugliness and, control and chaos that my work endeavours to explore.

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The following students have been selected to exhibit their work in the annual Albury Year 12 Art Show at Lavington Library.

Student Work Size Medium
Emily Pattison Ephemerality 1.6 x 3.2m Painting
Hayley Kotzur Emancipation 2 x 1m approx Photomedia
Lilly Lloyd Are We Still Bound Wearable less than 1m cubed Photos 3xA3 approx Wearable + 3 Photos
Taylor Emery Splintered Borderlines 2x3m approx Drawing
XHS Emily Pattison Ephemerality
Emily Pattison, ‘Ephemerality’
XHS Hayley Kotzur Emancipation
Hayley Kotzur, ‘Emancipation’
XHS Lilly Lloyd Are We Still Bound (2)
Lilly Lloyd, ‘Are We Still Bound’
XHS Taylor Emery Splintered Borderlines Detail
Taylor Emery, Splintered Borderlines (Detail)

The Year 12 Art Show is an annual event that celebrates the high standard and diversity achieved by our graduating HSC Visual Arts students in Albury. Come along, view the artwork, and reflect on the important role the students’ art plays in the development of their individual identities.

This exhibition also applauds the dedication and commitment of our local visual art teachers.

When: Saturday 22 November 2014 to Saturday 24 January 2015
Where: Lavington Library, Northpoint Tower, Griffith Road, Lavington
Exhibition opening: Friday 21 November, 5.00pm
RSVP: 02 6023 8333

Congratulations to Emily Pattison who has recently been offered a place as a Dean’s Scholar at the University of Wollongong in their Creative Arts Degree program.

Dean’s Scholar

degrees are for high-achieving students who want to stand out from the crowd. The special program of study and extra opportunities Dean’s Scholars enjoy give them a valuable edge entering the job market.

Dean’s Scholars have access to a number of benefits including:

  • Pairing with an academic mentor
  • Special workshops and seminars
  • Extended library privileges
  • Designated study space
  • Possibility of accelerating a degree
  • $500 textbook allowance per year (pro rata for part-time)

Academic mentors are selected based on students’ interests and strengths. Students are free to develop a working relationship that best suits them.

They also attend special seminars and workshops, and hear from a variety of guest speakers. The opportunity to explore on an intellectual is exemplified in a Dean’s Scholar program.


With the opening of ‘Twenty Fourteen’, Xavier High School’s annual exhibition of HSC student works on Wednesday August 27 our Art Centre was once again a beautiful gallery filled with stunning works. The diversity of work is a reflection of the freedom that students have to explore their individual interests. Every year the works challenge and amaze us.

The gallery also displayed Industrial Technology timber and multimedia projects. Once again creativity with attention to detail were the hallmarks of the works which included both the final work and a design portfolio outlining the journey from inspiration to product.

The evening performances began with a group performance of original theatre created by students Bonnie Moore, Teagan Futcher, Sheridan Simpson, Mikaela Evans-Gould and Anjil Henry. The girls impressed us with their expressive skills, their ability to realise and sustain a role, and also to establish a relationship with the audience.

Music performances were also showcased on the night by students Ellen Keogh, Matt Ortiz, Lara Files, Vince Cheng, Erin Smyth, Chris Mulcahy and Cameron Adams followed by roaring applause. It was an extraordinary display of talent by the students who performed up to two pieces from their HSC repertoire.

Year 12 will be completing their secondary studies in the next few weeks. They have been an outstanding group of young people throughout their six years at high school and on behalf of the students and staff at Xavier High School, I wish them every success both in the upcoming HSC examinations and for their future years at university or any other pathway they choose.

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Poster 2014
Xavier High School Invites you to:
twenty fourteen
an exhibition of HSC student works
art · design & technology · drama · music · woodwork

When: Wednesday August 27
Where: Xavier High School Arts Centre
Time: Gallery open from 6pm
performances commence at 7pm

Last Wednesday the 23rd July we held what is becoming an annual showcase and exhibition of works from Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Textiles. With over 200 people attending on a cold and wintry evening, it was wonderful to have such strong support from our Xavier community. This event provides a magnificent opportunity for students from Years 7 through to 12 to share their creativity and talent through work from Semester One. The night incorporated fantastic performances from our Year 7 to 9 Drama students and a diverse selection of music from Xavier Voices, our Concert Band and many talented individuals from Years 7 to 12. The quality and refinement of the work on display was a true credit to the students and teachers involved. I congratulate and thank all who contributed to the making of a truly enjoyable evening.

Written by Mary-Jayne Boyd
Head of Creative & Performing Arts

On the 18th of June students from Year 11 and 12 Music classes attended the HSC Music Study Day in Wagga Wagga.

This experience was in preparation for the upcoming practical and theory exams for the Year 12 students along with giving the year 11’s a taste of what it’s all about.

Throughout the day we listened and participated in a number of activities in which two of our own, Matt Ortiz and Erin Smyth, blew away the judges with impressive renditions of their chosen pieces. The various activities revolved around the three main electives, these being Composition, Viva, and Performance which are all integral parts of the HSC Music course.

We were given the rare opportunity to receive feedback on our own musical performances as well as listening to the other Year 12 music students from around the district. We were accompanied by Mrs Anne Files and Mr Geoff Haymes who also provided their time towards the day and offered feedback to other Year 12’s that attended.

This day was highly beneficial to all senior Music students and left our Year 12 students better prepared and ready for their upcoming exams. We are very grateful for this opportunity and thank the team of teachers who provided us with their time and efforts to make this day happen.

Report by Erin Smyth and Ellen Keogh