Double honour for arts lover

St Jerome's Primary School student Lauren Branch with her awards. Photo: Ben Smith.
St Jerome's Primary School student Lauren Branch with her awards. Photo: Ben Smith.

LAUREN Branch’s love of the arts is so strong, she finds it difficult to just pick one to stick to.

Her passion for all things arts-related has resulted in the St Jerome’s Primary School student winning two major honours for her work.

The Year 6 student’s acrylic on canvas of St Cecilia, her confirmation saint, won an award at the Angelico Art Exhibition, which led to the piece being displayed at St John of God Hospital.

She also performed at the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges in the drama category and featured in a solo performance at Perth Concert Hall where her rendition of a scene from the play Dags earned her special acclaim.

Lauren said the recognition was incredible and even though she enjoyed many areas of the arts – she is also a keen musician – she did not want to limit herself to just one.

“I love all the arts. I don’t know if I could pick a favourite,” she said.

“I was just having a go for the first time and was not expecting to win awards.”

Her drama teacher Jackson Bennett-Surtees said he was over the moon with Lauren’s recognition and enthusiasm.

“We didn’t set out to say we were going to win awards. There was no pressure, it was just about having fun and showcasing what we’d done in class,” he said.

“The fact Lauren has been given all these accolades shows she’s got this pure, natural talent.”

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