Educational theatre company Gibber referenced pop culture to show the benefits of higher education to year 7 students at Granville South Creative and Performing Arts High School today.
Their high-energy show Onwards and upwards is part of the Bridges to Higher Education initiative, which aims to present the courses and pathways to study available at NSW universities.
The University of Western Sydney, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, The University of Technology, Sydney, and the Australian Catholic University are partners of the initiative which also launched student website Make your Mark in April.
Careers advisor Betty Kassapakis said the performance which used reworded hits by Timomatic, Bruno Mars and Miley Cyrus hit the mark.
‘‘I think the most important thing for year 7 is just to start the groundwork and get that conversation started about higher education,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s very important to have that dialogue now before they get to year 10
‘‘I think it was age appropriate. The kids seem to have enjoyed it tremendously.’’
Actors Hilary Caitens, Dominic Nimo, and Joshua Thaiday have also visited Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta and Merrylands High School this week as part of a tour of 44 schools in greater Sydney.
‘‘It’s a change to how they usually show us about education,’’ said Zainab Al-Faham, 12.
‘‘There are a lot of ways to choose to study to get a better education and a better career. I think the message was to choose wisely but it doesn’t matter if you want to do something else.’’
Ellie Goodwin, 12, hopes to become a professional tennis player and said she enjoyed the performance.
‘‘They made it fun for us,’’ she said.