MEGA GALLERY: DioSounds 2018

The 12th year of DioSounds was a year of firsts as 13 secondary schools performed in the musical showcase last Thursday, 21 June, at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre.

This year’s theme was “Heavenly Legends”, with each school paying tribute to musicians who have passed away but whose music remains.

Over 500 students performed, with debut performances from students of St Dominic’s Centre, Mayfield, who performed for the first time in an inclusive choir with students from San Clemente High School, Mayfield.

Principal Veronica McLoughlin said that “being included in DioSounds had given students the opportunity to experience a live performance in a supportive environment.”

Another first this year was the debut performance for St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm, as the initial cohort of Year 7 students took to the stage to groove to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Heard it through the grapevine’ and ‘How sweet it is’.

With the matinee audience of diocesan primary students, the theatre was roaring as each secondary school took to the stage. The audience clapped and sang along to familiar tunes as the MCs engaged the audience between performances.

“DioSounds has become an opportunity for music students to be creative and work closely with their teachers to explore their performing arts talents,” said Director of Schools, Dr Michael Slattery.

“The quality of performances is a true indication of the dedication of both students and staff and I congratulate all on their efforts.”

The performances included:

St Dominic’s Centre, Mayfield

(featuring San Clemente High School, Mayfield)

Feelin’ Good - Christina Grimmie


San Clemente High School, Mayfield

Dreams - Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan


St Pius X High School, Adamstown

When You Believe, I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston


St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm

Heard It Through the Grapevine, How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye


St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton

What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye


St Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul

Here Comes the Sun, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Hey Jude - John Lennon, Paul McCartney


St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen

Eleanor Rigby - John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Valerie - Amy Winehouse


St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton

Under the Bridge, Breaking the Girl

Can’t Stop the Rock, Around the World

My Lovely Man, Velvet Glove, Dani California

Red Hot Chilli Peppers


St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead

Space Oddity , The Man Who Sold the World, Heroes - David Bowie


All Saints’ College, Maitland

No Woman No Cry, One Love - Bob Marley

Under Pressure, I Want it All, The Show Must Go On - Freddie Mercury/David Bowie


St Clare’s High School, Taree

Somebody To Love - Freddie Mercury

Feeling Good - Nina Simone


St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton

Stayin’ Alive - The Bee Gees

Kashmir - Led Zeppelin


St Joseph’s College, Lochinvar

They Don’t Really Care About Us, Smooth Criminal, Beat It - Michael Jackson



Blame It On the Boogie - Michael Jackson


Photos courtesy of Amanda Skehan, Amy Theodore, Gabbi Sutherland and Year 12 student of All Saints’ College, St Mary’s Campus, Jakob Kaminski.

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Amanda Skehan was the Marketing Team Leader for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and a regular contributor to Aurora and