Southern Stars shine spotlight on talent 

As performances are polished for the Southern Stars: The Arena Spectacular, Federation has applauded the leadership and support of teachers and principals who inspire our students to shine so brightly. 

Federation Deputy President Henry Rajendra said the union’s role as Presenting Partner of the event – to be held at the WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, 25–26 August – highlighted the value it placed on arts education in our public schools. 

“Southern Stars is a stand-out feature of the NSW public school calendar,” Mr Rajendra said. “It is the culmination of hardworking students, teachers and support staff, and the love and support of their families pulling together amazing performances for the big stage, for all of us to enjoy. 

“Just as importantly, the Teachers Federation support for Southern Stars is also a show of our support for arts education in our schools.  

“It’s for everyone, from coast to coast, regional, rural and remote. Every child deserves opportunities to experience the worlds of theatre and production.” 

Southern Stars began in 2001 to provide students in the Illawarra area and beyond with performing arts opportunities and has grown into a statewide showpiece of public school talent. 

Mr Rajendra said Federation was “incredibly proud” to be the Presenting Partner for this year’s show, Embrace, Southern Stars: The Arena Spectacular. 

“To our incredibly dedicated teachers and principals, thank you for all you do to lead and support our students to shine so brightly,” he said. “We know you work above and beyond the call of duty. Your students adore you, parents and carers see you, we see you.  

“To our talented public school students. We wish you all the best with your performances. 

“We must continue to support arts education as a valuable experience ensuring its accessibility to all students.”