Forget chocolate eggs. Holy Spirit Catholic Primary Carnes Hill held on to the true meaning of Easter this Holy Week with a dramatic performance of the events from Palm Sunday through to the resurrection of Jesus.
The school’s 640 pupils each had a part in the musical That We Might Live. In it, present day students Ruth and Jacob tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection to a group of kindergarten children more excited by a potential visit from the Easter Bunny.
“This play gives the children a really good reflection of those events that Jesus went through,” said dance and drama teacher Rosette Morabito.
“Kids who aren’t dance, drama, or music inclined have the chance to perform on stage. It has really helped them to understand the Easter story.
“The whole school reprised the story in a rehearsal on Monday and every teacher that was in here had goose bumps.”
Each grade performed a key scene, with Year 1 students enacting Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem, Year 2 the washing of the disciples’ feet, Year 3 The Last Supper, Year 4 the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ arrest, Year 5 the trial and crucifixion, and Year 6 the events at the tomb where Jesus rose.
Parents and community were invited to the performance on Holy Thursday.
As Ruth, Year 4 student Annabel Tedesco co-narrated the play.
“Ruth is a school girl and also Jesus’ friend,” she said. “I like the play a lot. I learned more by acting.”
Year 6 students Antonio Giusti and Lachlan McIenerney are a regular double act, having appeared in the same scenes in two of the school’s previous biennial performances.
In That We Might Live Antonio is disciple Peter and Lachlan, as Jesus, washes his feet.
Antonio said it was his favourite scene and that the play had come together well through the efforts of his teachers and peers.
“I think it’s a great idea,” he said. “Whoever thought of this play must have thought about it for a while.”
Lachlan said he was honoured to play the part of Jesus in the re-enactment.
“I find it really interesting and I love how everyone sings,” he said.
“Definitely I feel like I’ve learnt more about the characters and the Easter story than I had known before. I didn’t know there was a disciple named James, though I probably should have, so I’ve learnt more.”
Lachlan said the garden , arrest, and washing of the feet, were his favourite parts of the play.
“The washing of the feet is really fun to do and the arrest is a very serious scene,” he said. “I feel like it’s really emotional.”
Year 4 student Clare Casha played Mary Magdalene.
“I think it’s a really good opportunity for us students to realise what happened in Jesus’ time and feel the emotion of the story,” she said.
“I did a play on the Christmas story but it wasn’t as dramatic or as big as this.”