Bitter-sweet experience of leaving school

Penrith High School captain Imogen Clark, 17, beat hundreds of other applicants to perform in the Talent Development Project’s Sydney concert on August 7. The project helps develop the singing and performing talents of public school students.
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“We had to go into many auditions,” Imogen said. “They culled the students and got down to the final 12.”

She played guitar and sang her song Porcelain at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“The process was a bit scary at times,” Imogen said. “I didn’t know whether I’d be culled. But it made me tougher because of the criticisms of what I was doing. It also gave me a lot of contacts in the industry.”

Imogen is doing her HSC this year, but plans to spend next year touring and singing before studying drama or literature at university in 2014.

“I’ve been singing since I could talk,” she said.

“I started off in opera but my passion now is for folk music — Bob Dylan and Missy Higgins.”

Other songs of hers apart from Porcelain are 30 Days in California and By Candlelight.

“I have gigs in the Hawkesbury every month or so,” she said. “I’d like to be a professional singer.”

Imogen said she had mixed feelings about completing her time at Penrith High School.

“Being elected school captain was one of the greatest honours of my life,” she said. “I was stoked.

“I’m excited about getting out into the world, but leaving school is bitter-sweet, because I’ve enjoyed so many aspects of it.”

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