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COLLEGE REGISTRAR (02) 9752 0507 registrar@mcdonald.nsw.edu.au 17 George Street Nor th Strathfield NSW 2137 reception@mcdonald.nsw.edu.au (02) 9752 0500 CRICOS 02293K

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They love to perform and our vision is to provide the environment for our students to be understood, accepted for their individual talents, and given the oppor tunity to be themselves to explore the endless oppor tunities that exist in the 21st century. Performance to us covers every area of learning – academic, performing ar ts, visual ar ts, spor t, technical production and personal development. In addition to facilities that one would expect, such as classrooms, science

P R I N C I P A L’ S W E L C O M E I am proud that we are a school that celebrates difference, encourages individuality and provides a home for like-minded students who often don’t fit the ‘mould’ expected of them from other schools. Our students are creative, inquisitive and thrive in our unique environment graduating with an edge on their peers.

laboratories, ar t and technology rooms, library and recreational spaces, we have nine dance studios, a recording studio, multiple drama and music studios, a Pilates Studio on-site, costume depar tments plus access to the world-class facilities at Sydney Olympic Park. Our purpose built boarding house gives the oppor tunity for international, national and local female students to reside in contemporary studio-living spaces whilst being on the premises of the College. Our strong reputation and results in the HSC examinations can give our graduates entry into the course of their choice beyond school. These choices are limitless and amongst our alumni we have doctors, lawyers, pilots, teachers, ballerinas, actors, musicians, ar tists and business people working in many different industries. There is no other school with learning oppor tunities quite like ours. Students are immersed in performance – life long skills they can take from the stage to the boardroom. Whether a ballerina, tennis champion, or a mathematics enthusiast, staff and students alike are suppor tive of each other as learners and performers. I invite you to walk through our corridors, see our learning spaces, and see why our students love attending school each day.

Maxine Kohler MEd Principal

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MISSION STATEMENT To operate a unique school providing: • a co-educational Year 3 to Year 12 education for day and boarding students; • an innovative and dynamic environment, catering for individual needs and talents; • an extended special studies program offering specialisation in the performing areas of Acting, Classical Ballet, Dance, Music and Musical Theatre as well as opportunities in Sport and Art & Design; • an enriched curriculum offering: Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art to Higher School Certificate level.

COLLEGE VALUES Students and staff at the College give a commitment to the values pertinent to our College community. • HUMILITY • HONOUR • PASSION • COMMITMENT • APPRECIATION These values are integrated into curriculum and pastoral care activities each term.

“The children all love going to school. It’s such an amazing place.” PARENT TESTIMONIAL 6

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FACILITIES Our school is dedicated to enriching the academic and performing arts experiences of our students through its facilities and learning spaces. • Science laboratories • Large classrooms • Nine dance studios with sprung floors, ballet barres & mirrored walls • Pilates studio • Acting studios • Music and recital rooms with grand piano • TV & Recording Studio • BlackBox theatrette with sound & lighting system • Library with wireless internet & networked computer stations • Art studios, Art Library, Design & Technology studios • Exhibition Space • Darkroom and Mac Digital Laboratory • Multi-purpose Conference Centre • Large Cafeteria • Open-air Amphitheatre • Costume Departments • Recently renovated change rooms • Contemporary Living Boarding House, which houses up to 42 female boarders • 5-minute drive access to state-of-the-art sports training facilities at Sydney Olympic Park ge St

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UNIFORM The College’s Scottish heritage is carried through to today’s College uniform, which features the McDonald tartan. The school Uniform Shop is located on the College grounds near reception and is open from 9.30am – 3.30pm during the school term, unless an appointment is made outside these hours. It is recommended to book a time with the Office Manager for uniform appointments during the school holidays.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT PROCEDURE Entry into the College is by application, audition and interview. Applications for enrolment at The McDonald College should be made in writing by a parent or guardian on the application form provided, accompanied by documents listed on this page and with lodgement of the Application Fee.

CLASS TIMES | YEARS 3-6 Classes Recess Classes Lunch Classes

Monday - Thursday 08:25am - 10:30am 10:30am - 10:50am 10:50am - 12:20pm 12:20pm - 01:00pm 01:00pm - 03:25pm

Classes Recess Classes Lunch Classes

Friday 08:25am - 10:10am 10:10am - 10:35am 10:35am - 12:20pm 12:20pm - 01:00pm 01:00pm - 03:25pm

CLASS TIMES | YEARS 7-12 Monday - Thursday Period 1 08:30am - 09:30am Period 2 09:30am - 10:30am Recess 10:30am - 10:50am Period 3 10:50am - 11:50am Period 4 11:50am - 12:45pm Lunch 12:45pm - 01:25pm Home Room 01:25pm - 01:45pm Period 5 01:45pm - 02:45pm Period 6 02:45pm - 03:40pm Period 7 03:40pm - 04:40pm

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Monday - Thursday Period 1 08:30am - 09:20am Period 2 09:20am - 10:10am Recess 10:10am - 10:35am Period 3 10:35am - 11:25am Period 4 11:25am - 12:15pm Assembly / Year Meeting 12:15pm - 12:50pm Lunch 12:50pm - 01:25pm Home Room 01:25pm - 01:40pm Period 5 01:40pm - 02:40pm Period 6 02:40pm - 03:40pm Period 7 03:40pm - 04:40pm

CHECKLIST 1. Please complete Application for Enrolment Form. Please provide: a) A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate b) A copy of the applicant’s two most recent school reports c) A copy of the applicant’s most recent NAPLAN results d) A copy of certificates of achievement in performing arts e.g. examinations passed or eisteddford results etc. e) One written personal reference for the applicant f) One written personal reference for the applicant’s family g) One photograph of the applicant h) Payment of Application Fee i) If applicable, demonstrated evidence of the completion of AEAS or IELTS testing if submitting application for an international student. Years 7-10 require an IELTS (overall) score of 5.0 & AEAS 55+ Years 11 & 12 require an IELTS (overall) score of 5.5 & AEAS 70+

2. Auditions are held twice annually in the year prior to the applicant’s entry into the College. The applicant is advised to audition in their chosen performing arts area of focus i.e. Acting, Ballet, Dance, Music or Musical Theatre. The applicant may also audition for multiple areas. Students will also undertake an academic test on Audition Day to assess written and numerical competency. 3. Students interested in the Elite Tennis stream can organise a Trial Day with the College. Technical Production is also offered as a stream but students do not need to audition for this. 4. Applicants will be notified in writing of the audition outcome within two weeks of auditioning. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the Principal. 5. Once an offer has been made, a parent or guardian will be asked to accept the offer by signing the Acceptance Policy and paying a non-refundable Confirmation of Enrolment fee to secure the applicant’s place. This is a once-off, non-refundable payment. 6. Your enrolment will be confirmed in writing by the College Registrar. 11


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AUDITIONS The Audition Day provides prospective students the opportunity to work with our teachers in engaging workshops, and establish how each student can benefit from our high performance pathways. Audition Day mirrors the nurturing and creative environment that our students experience each day. Please note that you do not need to have attended an Open Day or Morning to register for Audition. Alternatively, prospective Elite Tennis students will be booked in for a trial day by the College Registrar. HOW TO REGISTER The first step is to register your interest for an upcoming Entry Audition by submitting an Audition Expression of Interest online or by contacting our College Registrar. The Registrar will then contact you with further details. Alternatively, you can download & submit an Application for Enrolment Form (along with supporting documentation) to the Registrar prior to attending the audition. Please note that the Application Fee must be paid prior to Auditions. Prospective students are required to nominate the performance discipline they wish to audition for. You are welcome to audition for more than one discipline. The six disciplines are Acting, Classical Ballet, Dance (Commercial), Dance (Contemporary – Sydney Dance Company), Music and Musical Theatre. An Application for Enrolment Fee of $250AU is payable by overseas students. Please visit our International Students page for more information.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS Acting Prospective students will participate in either an acting workshop or monologue. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Classical Ballet Prospective students will participate in an open classical ballet class. Please wear appropriate classical ballet attire (girls to bring pointe shoes if applicable). Dance Prospective students will participate in a dance class. The class will include a brief warm-up, jazz and tap combinations. Please wear appropriate dance attire and bring jazz shoes (and tap shoes if applicable). Music Prospective students are required to perform one piece of their choosing on their primary instrument. Vocalists should bring backing tracks on a smart device (i.e. iPhone, USB, etc.) or an accompanist. Instrumentalists may bring an accompanist if they wish, or play unaccompanied. Please wear smart casual attire or your school uniform. Prospective students in the Music stream will be allocated an individual audition time. Musical Theatre The Musical Theatre audition will be in the format of a vocal audition. Prospective students should bring backing tracks on a smart device (i.e. iPhone, USB, etc.) or an accompanist. Applicants auditioning in Musical Theatre must also audition in a second discipline, such as Dance or Acting. Please wear smart casual attire or your school uniform. Prospective students in the Musical Theatre stream will be allocated an individual audition time. Voyager Tennis In conjunction with our partners at Voyager Tennis we liaise directly with each family with regard to acceptance to the Elite Sports Program. For more information please visit our page under Voyager Tennis Academy.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS The McDonald College encourages diversity and welcomes international students. The College often hosts students from New Zealand, Korea, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the UK. The Year 3 – 12 curriculum taught is that prescribed by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA). Teaching methodology and Assessment procedures are in accordance with the College’s Secondary School Assessment Policy. Curriculum Guides are given to secondary students upon enrolment. Qualifications gained are: • Year 12 Higher School Certificate ESL PROGRAM The responsibility for assisting students from non-English-speaking backgrounds in learning English rests with all teachers and College personnel. The College offers a compulsory ESL program for international students to enable students to develop their full potential, to gain the skills, knowledge and values needed to contribute actively and positively to the school environment and ultimately become an integrated and successful citizen. Taking part in the ESL program for overseas students with English as a second language is compulsory.. The delivery of ESL lessons can take various forms such as: • Withdrawal from normal classroom activities for intensive tutoring in small groups or individually • Support within the mainstream classroom, or • Specialised ESL support for the mainstream classroom teacher ADMISSION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS • International students applying to the College must provide reports and references to the Registrar as part of the admission procedure • Each international student entering the College will be assessed by the Registrar and the Director of Curriculum (in consultation with the Head of Learning Enrichment if Language Testing is required) to determine they meet the College’s minimum English Language Proficiency. The minimum level of English language proficiency is: Years 7-10 require an IELTS (overall) score of 5.0 & AEAS 55+ - Years 11 & 12 require an IELTS (overall) score of 5.5 & AEAS 70+

• The College may also accept a student for enrolment on the recommendation of an ELICOS provider if the student is deemed by the provider to have reasonable operational English • The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has authorised The McDonald College to enrol a number of students on student visas for study in Australia. (The McDonald College Registered Provider Code 02293K) • An 80% attendance rate is a requirement of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship • Accommodation for students from Year 7 to Year 12 is available at the College’s boarding residence (girls only at present). Students not requiring boarding will be asked to give full details of accommodation and guardianship arrangements unless they are residing with a parent • It is the student or guardian’s responsibility to advise the College of any change of address • The primary contact for International Students or intending Overseas Students is the College Registrar.

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BOARDING HOUSE Our state of the art Boarding House is located within the College grounds on the second, third and fourth floor of the administration building. We accommodate female boarders from Years 7 to Year 12 from the inner and outer suburbs of Sydney, country NSW, interstate and internationally. Our boarding house lodges up to 45 students and is designed to provide increasing levels of privacy as the girls become more independent and mature.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THE ANN MCDONALD SCHOLARSHIPS Offered in three categories – Primary, Junior and Senior – across five performing arts disciplines of Acting, Classical Ballet, Dance, Music, and Musical Theatre (Years 6 to 11) also in Sport and Art & Design. THE ROBERTA ARMSTRONG SCHOLARSHIP In honour of a former student who tragically lost her life during 1991, awarded to a student or students of the College who show outstanding talent in classical ballet and music combined with a strong academic record. THE INDIVIDUAL CREATIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD Recognising a breadth of talent and creative abilities across all areas of education at the College. To be eligible the student must have been a committed McDonald College community member studying in the academic and performing arts program for a minimum of three years and have been fully involved in performances and other College activities. DUX OF STAGE 3,4,5 The Dux of Year 6, Year 8 and Year 10 are eligible for an academic scholarship based on overall academic achievement and results. The College uses assessment and examination results, school reports and a variety of other criteria in its decisions regarding the awarding of academic scholarships. Only open to existing students. Scholarships are subject to Terms and Conditions as outlined with individual awardees. ENTRY SCHOLARSHIPS Entry Scholarships are offered to exceptional applicants and are typically awarded in the format of a partial fee reduction on Tuition Fees, that is the Combined Academic and Performing Arts Fees. Assistance may be granted to a family by proving a financial disadvantage through the lodgement of the prescribed application form supported by documents as stipulated. If you would like to apply for financial assistance please contact our College Registrar.

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INTRODUCTION ACADEMIC SUBJECTS • • • • • • •

English Mathematics Science & Technology Human Society & Environment Creative Arts Personal Development Health Physical Education

BENEFICIAL LEARNING • Small class sizes (average 20 students/class) • Individual Learning Plans for each student • Teaching of French in every class

• Enhanced Science Study using Secondary School laboratories • Choir & Debating Classes • Use of Secondary School art facilities • A structured and developed transition from Primary to Secondary School Students from Years 3 to 6 participate in an elective class each Tuesday morning. The following classes are offered within the Junior School are: • • • • •

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developing a strong sense of discipline in the students.

Acting Acting is an important means of constructing and communicating social and cultural values. It engages the imagination, thoughts and feelings of the individual student. We provide a quality acting program that is varied and offers stimulating drama experiences. The acting program focuses on self-discipline, confidence, responsibility and trust. Our junior students participate in our unique play building and scripted drama course. Our primary actors are encouraged to build ensemble, creative and problem solving skills.

Each classical class consists of Classical Technique, Free Movement and Character. Primary students also have the opportunity to study Jazz & Funk, Musical Theatre Jazz and Contemporary.

Primary Drama students follow NESA requirements in addition to experiences in play-building and scripted drama designed by the College. Students experience a performance outcome in each semester, a highlight being the work they prepare for Starburst during the High Performance season.

Primary Musical Theatre As an alternative to the Primary Orchestral Instrument Program, Year 5 and 6 students may elect to participate in the Musical Theatre class. Classes aim to provide students with a relevant and engaging experience in Musical Theatre repertoire at their level. The program incorporates singing, dance/movement and some dramatic skills.

Dance Junior School students do 1½ hours of performing arts tuition per day. Four days per week can be spent on dance training and the fifth day is devoted to learning a musical instrument (Year 3 – 6) or musical theatre (Year 5 - 6). Students study classical ballet, jazz and performance. The College uses the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and encourages students to be entered for the external examinations held by this organisation where deemed appropriate. These classes aim to develop coordination of the mind and body without tension or self-consciousness whilst still holding the imagination and 16

Music - Primary Orchestral Instrument Program This program is viewed as an extension of our academic Music program through the Music Stream. The program aims to promote the enjoyment of music through the use of orchestral instruments. Students learn in groups of the same or similar instruments and with an ensemble. Groups are streamed according to ability.

Students in the Primary School experience the music stream by becoming involved in a Primary Orchestra under the direction of a Primary Music Specialist. Elite Tennis Our Voyager Tennis Academy program is suitable for Year 5 & 6 Junior School students. This program operates when performing arts classes are on with 1½ hours devoted each day to training at Sydney Olympic Park. The program includes transportation to and from the school for all of our Junior School tennis students. 17


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The McDonald College Performance program offers Acting, Ballet, Dance, Music and Musical Theatre, Technical Production and Elite Tennis. To get the most out of the courses students must nominate one of these disciplines as their Core Area of Study to which they can devote all of their Performing Arts hours. Alternatively, in addition to nominating a Core Area of Study, students may vary their timetable by choosing an elective to broaden their experience.

EXAMPLE TIMETABLE & SUBJECTS The academic program for Years 7 - 8 is compliant with NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) requirements. The College provides a differentiated curriculum, which aims to meet the needs of all students by offering innovative and flexible programs that allow students to achieve their full potential.

An elective can be chosen from any of the performing arts classes scheduled on elective day, which is Tuesday. The elective class is taken in place of the Core Area of Study on this day, hence the total performing arts hours undertaken is unchanged. Other variations to a student’s Performing Arts timetable may be negotiated in exceptional circumstances. A student’s Performing Arts course nomination is made in advance for one full year.

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Academic Curriculum English Mathematics Science HSIE - Geography & History Visual Arts Music Technology (Mandatory) PD/H/PE Total

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Academic Curriculum English Mathematics Science HSIE - Geography & History Visual Arts Music Technology (Mandatory) PD/H/PE Total

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Performance timetable for Years 7 & 8 (Example)

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Ballet • Open Class

Ballet • Open Class

Ballet • Performance

Music • Listening Lounge/Session Styles

Music • Composition

Music • Performance

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Acting • Production

Acting • Acting Skills

Acting • Production

Acting • Screen Acting

Acting • Production

Dance • Hip Hop/Ballet

Dance • Jaz z

Dance • Performance

Musical Theatre • Tap • Perfomrance

Musical Theatre • Vocal Repertoire

Dance • Contemporary Dance • Tap Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre • Acting Musical Theatre • Ballet Skills Sport

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YEARS 9 & 10 Academically-streamed Classes in Years 9 & 10 (English, Science, HSIE & PDHPE) In both Years 9 & 10 there may be a class dedicated to those students who have shown in their previous Stage 4 studies that they are capable of:

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1. Working at a fast pace, understanding concepts easily 2. Are self-directed in their learning and can work independently or in groups 3. Have achieved Stage 4 outcomes at a much higher level than their peers 4. Have performed well above the average and median scores under examination conditions Students who are in this class must maintain the high academic standards expected. If there is a concern about a student in this class, this will be communicated to both student and parent. A decision will then be made as to whether the student is better suited to another class. Similarly, students can be moved into this class if they have shown they can work at the rate expected of students in this academically-streamed class.

Academic Electives Students also study 2 Electives chosen from the following

Other classes in both Years 9 & 10 will be mixed ability. In summary, in both Years 9 & 10 there will be one top class and the other classes will be students of mixed abilities.

Please note: • An Elective subject will only proceed if there is sufficient student demand. • Electives can be run as either 100hr or 200hr courses over the Years 9 and 10. All students will sstudy at least one 200hr course

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Acting • Production

Acting • Skills

Acting • Production

Acting • Screen Acting

Musical Theatre • Tap

Musical Theatre • Jazz

Musical Theatre • Vocal Repertoire

Musical Theatre • Acting Musical Theatre • Skills Performance • Ballet

Dance • Contemporary Dance • Tap

Dance • Hip Hop/Ballet

Dance • Performance

Dance • Jazz

Technical Production

Tecnical Production

Technical Production

Technical Production

Technical Production

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Ext. Classical Ballet

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YEARS 11 & 12 The academic program for Years 11 and 12 is compliant with NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) requirements. The College provides a differentiated curriculum, which aims to meet the needs of all students by offering innovative and flexible programs that allow students to achieve their full potential.

Biology Business Studies Chemistry Dance Design & Technology Drama English - Advanced English - Extension Course 1 English - Extension Course 2

Selection of Course

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1. English is compulsory. 2. Students must study a minimum of twelve Preliminary Units and ten HSC units to qualify for the Higher School Certificate. Most students are encouraged to undertake more than the minimum ten Units of Study for the HSC. 3. ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for entry into university is calculated on the best ten Units of Study. Two of these units must be English.

English - Standard Legal Studies Mathematics Mathematics - Extension Course 1 Modern History or Ancient History Music 1 Music 2 Music Extension

2 Unit 2 Unit 2 Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 2 Unit 2 Unit

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4. The College supports students who wish to study a course not offered using a Distance Education Provider. In Years 11 & 12, The McDonald College offers a selection of courses shown in the table top right hand side.

Prelim only*

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*This course does not contribute to the ATAR score Please note: The provision of these courses is subject to sufficient student demand.

Performance timetable for Years 11 & 12 (Example)

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Ballet • Contemporary

Ballet • Open Class

Ballet • Open Class

Ballet • Open Class

Ballet • Performance

Music • Listening Lounge/Session Styles

Music • Composition

Music • Performance

Music • Vocal/Percussion/ Music • Performance Guitar Workshop

Acting • Production

Acting • Skills

Acting • Production

Acting • Screen Acting

Musical Theatre • Tap

Musical Theatre • Jazz

Musical Theatre • Vocal Repertoire

Musical Theatre • Acting Musical Theatre • Skills Performance • Ballet

Dance • Contemporary Dance • Tap

Dance • Hip Hop/Ballet

Dance • Performance

Dance • Jazz

Technical Production

Tecnical Production

Technical Production

Technical Production

Technical Production

Ext. Ballet

Ext. Ballet

Ext. Ballet

Ext. Classical Ballet

Ext. Classical Ballet

Acting • Production

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LEARNING ENRICHMENT Learning Enrichment provides support for students who need extra assistance, particularly in literacy and numeracy, and with their organisational skills. The program may also provide for enrichment opportunities for students across the grades with appropriate skills and application.

TECHNOLOGY The BYODD (Bring Your Own Designated Device) program is designed to support student learning using technology whilst giving families flexibility in purchasing Apple equipment for their children. The McDonald College is committed to preparing all students and teachers to maximise learning by fully integrating relevant technology into academic content.

DISTANCE EDUCATION The College supports students who choose to undertake a course via Distance Education and VET. More information is available on our website.

“My time at The McDonald College nurtured and supported my dream of becoming a surgeon. The training you receive in your chosen stream teaches you so much more than how to be a dancer, an actor or a musician - you learn how to communicate, how to express yourself, and how to approach any situation with confidence and passion.� REWENA SHAW, SURGEON 24

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“To this day l fall back on my training at the school when I am writing, directing and acting. For me the McDonald College was the first time in my life that it all came together.” JULIAN SHAW, FILMMAKER, ACTOR

ACTING Practicing drama by acting in plays, play-building and navigating an ensemble is vital to the development of communication skills and enables a growth in confidence. Through participating in a comprehensive Acting program, our students develop life skills to assist memory development, problem solving, working in groups, self-directed learning, respect for others and an ability to speak in public forums. The rewards of collaboration are also promoted and realised. The intention of the program is to provide students with exposure to the fundamental and essential stagecraft necessary for an actor. The course realises this through a study in three primary focus areas: Indie Film Making, Approaches to Acting and Production. These subjects are studied at Intermediate and Senior levels in the Secondary school. Acting Stream for Secondary School Secondary students complete two production outcomes each year. One experience is participation in the staged production of a play. The other is preparation of work to be featured in the College’s High Performance season in September. Opportunities to perform at concerts, eisteddfod, assemblies etc are also sought. Students expressing an interest in other elements of theatre are encouraged and have their talents fostered in technical, costume, directorial, writing and design areas of production. Post-School Opportunities It is intended that on completion of the course in Year 12, a graduate might pursue further training at a tertiary level, equipped with an understanding of the self-discipline and preparation that this level of study requires. It is anticipated that the course will prepare them appropriately to audition for potential study at tertiary training institutions such as the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, the Victorian College of the Arts & the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Graduates have also made keen use of their Acting skills in fields as diverse as teaching, journalism, real estate and law.

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BALLET At the forefront of Classical Ballet training in Australia, The McDonald College Classical Ballet Steam provides excellence in tuition from four years of age (After Hours Program) to a pre-professional level. Primary students study 4 ½ hours of classical ballet training per week, which includes a contemporary production class. Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to the standard Ballet Stream program offering 10 hours of training per week which includes open class work, pointe, boys coaching, contemporary and production classes. Year 9 and 10 students are given greater opportunity to further their ballet training with elective ballet subjects offered rather than taking academic elective studies. These classes include Pilates, yoga and body conditioning, well-being & self-esteem workshops, specialized coaching for boys, pointe and variations, pas de deux, ballet knowledge, stagecraft, contemporary and production classes. Year 11 and 12 students have several options with their academic studies; • Complete HSC with 10 hours of ballet stream classes per week • Partial HSC by studying English and 2 HSC subjects with more time spent on their classical ballet training. These students could complete their HSC with an extra year 13. • HSC Dance is also offered as a 2-unit subject which includes performance, composition and dance appreciation. Regular performance excursions are offered through out the year to companies such as Sydney Dance Company and The Australian Ballet. Further After Hours ballet classes are offered which includes other genres of dance, performance and eisteddfod work. Students also get the opportunity to participate in youth ballet company Premier State Ballet and perform on stage at the Sydney Opera House. Various performance opportunities include: • An Evening of Classical Ballet held annually at the Sydney Opera House • Premier State Ballet, a youth ballet company with 3 performances at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre • High Performance Week at the NIDA theatre • After Hours Eisteddfod Groups in Ballet, Contemporary and Lyrical styles • International competitions such as and not limited to the Alana Haines Awards in New Zealand • College assemblies, Open Days and formal functions • Local community organisations and industry groups • Extra opportunities with The Australian Ballet Sydney season when required Many graduates from the Classical Ballet Stream are now enjoying further study in various international finishing schools such as the Royal Ballet School, The Australian Ballet School and the English Ballet School to name just a few. Graduates are enjoying successful careers at The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and more.

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“I learned the fundamental tools that created the foundation needed for my professional career as a ballet dancer. It’s thanks to the education I received at McDonald College that I was assured a successful career in my chosen field of Performing Art.” CRAIG CATHCART, COMPANY MANAGER QUEENSLAND BALLET 29


PERFORMANCE STREAMS

“I can firmly say that my schooling at The McDonald College not only gave me a step forward into my degree (Bachelor of Dance Education) but has placed me ahead of my peers in the workforce.” STEPHANIE GARCIA, DANCE EDUCATOR

DANCE Students study many styles to help develop their skills in a variety of dance forms: Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. The Dance Department employs ex-professional and working professional dancers/ teachers who have a wealth of experience and reputation in the entertainment industry. Their combined expertise and knowledge aims to develop intelligent, knowledgeable, skilled and artistic performers who are versatile in many dance genres. Dance may also be taken as a 2-Unit subject for the Higher School Certificate. This study includes performance, composition and dance appreciation. Performance Opportunities The Dance Stream develops original performance pieces, occasionally in conjunction with other performance streams in the College. Evening excursions to professional performances such as the Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Company are offered to senior students from time to time. Each year, the Dance Stream performs at the Parade Theatre NIDA (or a similar venue). The students perform with energy, strong technique, enthusiasm and commitment. This performance is a highlight on the College calendar and leaves the audience inspired and invigorated. Secondary students spend two hours per day on performing arts tuition and they cover a wide variety of dance styles including Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet. Students may elect to take another performance genre or Sport or Art and Design on the elective day. The Dance faculty aim is to help foster, encourage and develop each student’s potential within and to create passionate, technical and informed dancers.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL

COURSE STRUCTURE

CURRICULUM

Students will develop technical skills and artistry while working with a variety of choreographers and educators pioneering their art form. Skills learned in the three main focus areas will support students development in a holistic framework that allows growth in the individual.

FOCUS AREA: TECHNIQUE

Implementing ideas from biomechanics and applied anatomy will expand the mind and body to find efficiency of movement. Techniques such as Pilates, Classical Ballet, Yoga and other Contemporary practises are explored to embody a strong and authentic physicality.

F O C U S A R E A : C R E AT I V I T Y

Through creative play the choreographic process will be demystified. By exploring various improvisation skills and methodologies students will enhance their performative presence. In this collaborative environment students will be active creators in their choreographic developments.

FOCUS AREA: PERFORMANCE

With a performance outcome in mind, students will flourish communicating their ideas and abilities worked on throughout the year. Being present in this environment will highlight maturity and creativity cultivated throughout the program.

Students are encouraged to further their training at a tertiary level with the aim of attaining a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) degree or an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). Students may aspire to become an ensemble member of a fulltime dance company, an independent dancer, choreographer, director, dance educator, or an integral collaborator in any creative environment.

WELCOME TO THE SENIOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE PROGRAM IN ASSOCIATION WITH SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY AND THE MCDONALD COLLEGE The Senior Contemporary Dance Program will enable students in Years 10 – 12 to engage in training in all aspects of Contemporary Dance whilst continuing academic studies through to the NSW Higher School Certificate. All classes will be delivered at The McDonald College by industry specialists that are proficient at working in an inclusive and mixed-level, diverse environment. 32

Tertiary pathways may include: • Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year • Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) • Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) • New Zealand School of Dance • NAISDA Dance College • and other national and international classical and Contemporary full-time institutions offering accreditations. Pathways into other arts degrees include visual arts, dramatic arts, film and photography, directing, dance education & research. 33


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MUSIC The Music Stream at The McDonald College is unique as it offers two hours per day of training in the art of performance within the normal school curriculum. The program is designed to be accessible to all students regardless of their chosen style, e.g. Contemporary, Jazz or Classical Vocal or Classical Instrumental. Learning experiences in performing, performance techniques, composition techniques and styles, musicianship and analysis, aim to heighten student awareness and assist in the development of the complete musician. The Music Stream consists of four core days where students work towards achieving specified performance outcomes in relation to Music. Performance is valued as the culminating musical experience of the educational process engaged within the teaching and learning environment. The Elective day is designed for students from all streams to experience another art form that interests them. Music students may choose to remain in the Music Stream on elective days, but are encouraged to broaden their education by choosing a class in another performance discipline. The Music Stream elective is Composition. In any of the Elective or Core Performance Days, students may have access to choreographers, directors or specialist musicians brought in to supplement the program, as the need arises.

“My time at McDonald College was such an integral and important part of my life in development as a musician and a person to be able to participate professionally in the music industry.” LUKE DAVISON, MUSICIAN, THE PREATURES

The Music Stream program works alongside the Academic Music program and can support students who wish to study Music for the School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate, particularly in the area of performance. Refer to Academic Studies for details of HSC Music. All academic music students attend the Meet the Music Concert Series at the Opera House as part of their extended listening. Each year the Music Stream Staff assist students in the recording of three CDs of their own original works, i.e. Music Stream Live; Music Stream Double CD; and the Christmas CD. Specialists in the area of Music production and composition teach students the process involved in writing original work and how the recording process works. These recordings are made in the College’s digital recording studio located within the Music Department. The Music Stream students gain performance experience by performing on many occasions throughout the year. These events include graduation ball, showcase concerts, open days, fairs, studio recitals, lunch-time concerts, CD launches, various competitions, the City of Sydney Eisteddfod, corporate functions and NIDA. 34

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MUSICAL THEATRE The Musical Theatre vision is to set a standard of excellence in training while providing students with an intensive and specialised foundation to be a triple threat performer. Students are challenged and developed in a variety of classes and genres of performance including: Musical Theatre Repertoire, Dance in all its forms, Performance, Audition Technique, Drama Skills, History of Musical Theatre and Vocal technique, with both solo and group singing. The program is aimed at preparing the student for auditions for either a Tertiary Education in the Arts both nationally and internationally, or more immediately, for auditions in Sydney and Australia as they come to the College’s attention. We offer the best opportunity to achieve the highest level of competency. Musical Theatre is currently available to students from Years 7 to 12, as we believe it is important for students in their younger years to experience all areas of Performing Arts and have time to develop their skills base in singing, dancing and acting. Therefore, students in Year 5 & 6 are offered a taste of Musical Theatre on their elective Performance day once a week.

“One of the best things about the College is the faculty. They all have immense experience in the performing arts. Their passion and drive inspires you to push yourself every day.” JACK MAINSBRIDGE, MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMER

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Performance opportunities are wide and varied and may consist of Musicals, Cabaret, Showcases and individual and group performances. As with all performing arts classes at the College, staff are drawn from the industry and are either working or have been working in professional Musical Theatre for some time. From time to time specialist master classes are conducted by visiting International Directors, Performers and Legends in the industry. Students wishing participate in this stream do not have to be competent in all areas, but need to have a strong desire to gain the skills required. The Musical Theatre students are offered the opportunity to visit the USA for the Broadway experience every two years, with specialist classes at the most prestigious studios, master classes and to view Broadway shows. This trip is a must for anyone on a “Musical Theatre Journey.”

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PERFORMANCE STREAMS

“We can fully recommend The McDonald College Voyager Tennis program to anybody who is serious about their tennis.”

ELITE TENNIS VOYAGER TENNIS ACADEMY The McDonald College in partnership with Voyager Tennis delivers a program that allows elite tennis players the opportunity to further develop their tennis careers whilst completing their academic studies. Currently, Voyager Tennis runs one of the largest player development programs in Australia and works with over 100 nationally ranked players across Sydney.

PARENT TESTIMONIAL

This program works with tennis students as elite performers with the same requirements as elite performing artists. The program allows for daily training in their area of performance whilst completing their secondary education at the highest levels. The College sets aside two hours per day for performance training in addition to normal academic studies. When College students go to performing arts classes, tennis students train at the world-class training facilities at Sydney Olympic Park, which is a 5-minute drive from the College. The Voyager Tennis Academy training program includes testing, group coaching, match play, fitness, recovery, tournament support, player development, tournament scheduling, and opportunities for U.S. College placement. To request a Voyager Tennis Academy brochure please contact our College Registrar. • 2018 Australian Schools Championship Winners • Awarded Most Outstanding School by NSW Tennis Awards (2017) • Luke Bourgeois (Voyager Tennis Academy) Awarded Most Outstanding Coach by NSW Tennis Awards (2017)

Example timetable Years 7-9

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MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

8:30am - 10:00am Academic

8:30am - 9:55am Academic

8:30am - 9:55am Academic

8:30am - 10:315am Academic

8:30am - 10:00am Academic

10:00am - 12:45pm Tennis

10:10am - 12:45pm Tennis & Fitness

10:10am - 11:30pm Tennis

10:30am - 12:45pm Tennis & Fitness

10:00am - 12:45pm Tennis & Recovery

01:00pm - 01:25pm Lunch

01:00pm - 01:25pm Lunch

11:45am - 12:45pm Fitness - Precision Athletica

01:00pm - 01:25pm Lunch

01:00pm - 01:25pm Lunch

01:25pm - 3:40pm Academic

01:25pm - 3:40pm Academic

01:00pm - 01:25pm Lunch

01:25pm - 3:40pm Academic

01:25pm - 3:40pm Academic

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR

AFTER HOURS PROGRAM The McDonald College is proud to run a large and dynamic After Hours program that caters to students of the College and general public. After Hours classes operate on weekdays and Saturdays, offering classes from ages 3-18 for boys and girls. Classes include: • RAD Classical Ballet • Preschool Ballet • Progressing Ballet Technique • Jazz • Contemporary • Hip Hop & Funk • Musical Theatre • Acting • Private Music Lessons

New students from all areas of the community are always welcome to come and trial any of our classes. Our programs provide a gradual and simple technical progression through dance, while also giving the ideal preparation for higher levels of training, which may progress into examination, professional dance or teaching. Teaching a young child the joy of dancing and sustaining this early enchantment with dance throughout their childhood and beyond is our aim. The McDonald College After Hours Program follows the internationally renowned Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. More information on The McDonald College After Hours program can be found online: mcdonald.nsw.edu.au/afterhours

PREMIER STATE BALLET PSB is Australia’s Leading Youth Ballet Company. It provides the opportunity for students from The McDonald College, The McDonald After Hours program, and external auditioned students to become members of a semi-professional ballet company. Each year the company produces a full-length ballet production at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. PSB rehearses on Saturday afternoon and students must be prepared to work throughout the July school vacation and to attend rehearsals whenever called by the Director. PSB has been the launch pad for many dancers now performing professionally around the world. A small sample of these outstanding artists: •

Robert Curran Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet

Amanda McGuigan The Australian Ballet

Damian Smith Principal Artist, San Francisco Ballet

Lachlan Monaghan Birmingham Ballet

Terence Kohler Artistic Director, International Summer School

Serena Green Queensland Ballet

Kayla-Maree Tarantolo Scottish Ballet

Harrison Lee Royal Ballet School

Lauren Songberg English National Ballet

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS Every year the College runs exciting school holiday programs that are open to both students of the school and to the general public. Every year the renowned International Summer School hosts a prestige guest teaching faculty for a 1-2 week contemporary dance and ballet program. On alternate years students also have the opportunity to audition for international ballet schools. Previous audition incentives have included the English National Ballet School, Royal Ballet School and the Dutch Conservatoire of Ballet. In 2017, the College launched the first of its Elite Masterclass Series, focusing on teaching high-level ballet techniques to intermediate to advanced students. Anita Young (Royal Ballet School, U.K.) and Paul Boyd (Queensland Ballet Academy) were some of the teachers included in the guest faculty. The Musical Theatre Winter School is offered on alternate years and provides students with a one-week opportunity to be taught by some of the industry’s heading practitioners across musical theatre, music, dance and more.

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PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

PERFORMANCE PATHWAYS Graduates have appeared on stage for Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, The Production Company, The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Griffin Theatre and Belvoir Theatre. Television credits of our alumni include Water Rats, Home & Away, A Country Practice, Brides of Christ, Hi-5, Black Jack, McLeod’s Daughters, Love Child, Marking Time and The Wiggles. Film credits of our alumni include Amy, Blackrock, Strictly Ballroom, Swimming Upstream, Candy, December Boys, Travelling Light and The Shallows. Stage credits include South Pacific, Cats, Miss Saigon, Rent, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, Dusty the Musical, An Inspector Calls, The Subtle Art of Flirting, Fiddler on the Roof, Matilda the Musical, Billy Elliott the Musical and The Bodyguard Musical. Students wishing to pursue performing arts pathways after graduating have accepted offers to The Australian Ballet, Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, National Institute of Dramatic Art, London Contemporary Dance School, Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, Princeton Ballet School and more.

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TERTIARY PATHWAYS

ELITE TENNIS PATHWAYS

We have many students who chose to further their education beyond the performing arts. Graduates of The McDonald College have gone on to careers in medicine, nuclear medicine, psychology, teaching, science, journalism, aviation, finance, optometry, physiotherapy, visual arts, graphic design, hospitality, engineering, public relations, the armed forces and business as well as theatre, ballet, film, television, musical theatre, fashion and modeling.

Study & Play USA As part of our Voyager Tennis Academy program elite tennis students may be eligible to apply for a U.S. College scholarship as part of the Study & Play USA pathways program. This incentive allows students to receive a full scholarship up to the value of $200K to participating universities across the U.S.A., allow tennis students to train and receive their degree at the same time.

Students going on to higher education have accepted offers as vast Veterinary Science to Journalism, demonstrating both the academic strength of our graduating students and the diversity of their professional interests. Popular pathway providers have included Western Sydney University, Macquarie University, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of NSW and more. 43


ALUMNI

TIM DRAXL

EMMA WATKINS

Actor/Singer/Dancer

Performer Emma started ballet when she was only four and later studied other styles of dancing including Irish dancing, jazz, hip-hop, tap and contemporary. After graduating from the College she went on to study at the Sydney Film School and ED5 International before earning her Master’s degree in Media Arts in Communication at the University of Technology Sydney.

Tim’s television credits include the telemovie Molly, the critically acclaimed series Serangoon Road, Mrs Biggs, Home & Away, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Crownies, Day One, Tangle, Headland, Supernova, Dynasty and The Shark Net. Tim’s theatre credits include Mothers and Sons (Ensemble), Freeway – The Chet Baker Journey (Melbourne Festival), Nailed (Griffin Theatre Company) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Belvoir).

She first began working with The Wiggles in 2010 as Fairy Larissa, then performed at Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and was also a Wiggly Dancer. In May 2012, The Wiggles announced that Emma would replace founding member Greg Page as the Yellow Wiggle, making her the first female Wiggle.

His film credits include: A Few Best Men, Undocumented, Ivory, In My Sleep, Red Canyon, Right Here Right Now, Travelling Light, Swimming Upstream and Dirty Deeds. Tim received an ASTRA Award Nomination for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Supernova (2006)and a Logie Award Nomination for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for The Shark Net (2005).

SARAH MURDOCH Model

JOSH QUONG TART Actor/Singer • NIDA Graduate

Theatre credits include This Lime Tree Bower for Ensemble Theatre, Old Wicked Songs for Marian Street Theatre, Romeo & Juliet for Bell Shakespeare Company, The Miser for Sydney Theatre Company. Television credits include Home & Away, All Saints, Headland, as well as corporate and voice-over work. Recent credits include playing the villainous Scar in The Lion King Musical, Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss, and Ken the swimming coach in Sydney Theatre Company’s Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.

BOJANA NOVAKOVIC

She is passionate about many causes and has been an ambassador for many not-for-profit organisations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. In 2016, after serving her 10-year term on the Board, she was appointed as Global Ambassador of The Australian Ballet and continues to be a patron of the performing arts.

Actor • Dux of the College 1998 • NIDA Graduate

LACHLAN MONAGHAN

Bojana is a former acting student of the College and NIDA graduate. Film credits include Blackrock, Strange Fits of Passion, The Monkey’s Mask and Thunderstruck. Stage credits include Romeo and Juliet for Bell Shakespeare, These People and Away for Sydney Theatre Company, and Death Variations for Belvoir Theatre.

Lachlan Monaghan is a First Artist of Birmingham Royal Ballet. He was born in Sydney, Australia where he trained at The McDonald College and then at The Royal Ballet School in London. As a student he danced with The Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Prince of the Pogodas. At the Royal Ballet School his repertory included: Black Knight in Checkmate, Paquita pas de trois, Parrish Maynard’s Fractals, Jirí Kylían’s Un ballo and John Neumeier’s Spring and Fall.

In 2005, Bojana won an AFI Award for Best Actress in a TV Drama or Comedy for her role in the ABC mini-series Marking Time. Other TV work includes The Cooks, Water Rats, Big Sky, All Saints, Wildside, Heartbreak High and Murder Call. Since moving to the U.S., Bojana has created an extensive body of work across Film & TV, with recent credits including Westworld, Shameless & Rake. 44

Sarah attended the College as a ballet student before transitioning into a model career at the age of 17. Soon after getting signed to Vivien’s Management she moved to Paris and worked as a runway model for some of the biggest names in fashion including Chanel, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld and more. Some of her famous ad campaigns have included Bonds, Revlon,Yves Saint Laurent and Estée Lauder.

He won the 2009 McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship in Sydney and a bronze medal at the 2010 Adeline Genée Awards. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2012 and was promoted to First Artist in 2016.

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