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On Monday evening Years 11 and 12 Drama students attended this showcase of best performances from the 2017 HSC cohort. All students were enthused and inspired by what they saw and it has certainly given much “food for thought’ when it comes to their own programs. We look forward to seeing how their works progress during the year.



These ensembles offer all of us a great opportunity to step outside the academics of Drama and explore the nature of acting and the disciplines of theatre through plays and improvisation. We will be exploring rich texts that will allow each student to stretch their abilities and enable human agency and empowerment. As a young actor I was consistently given the opportunity to strive for the truth and be the best version of myself both on and off stage. I hope that the experience of being in these Ensembles will go some way towards teaching our young men the power of true communication, as well as listening to each other and connecting with others on a deep and profound (and fun) level. The students will perform twice a year in the Sarto Centre which will give a focus and direction to what we do. I look forward to meeting many students over the coming weeks. For further information, please email


Senior Drama Ensemble (Years 9 – 12) is on Monday afternoon 3.30 – 4.30pm and Junior Drama Ensemble (Years 5 – 8) is on Friday morning 7.30 – 8.30am. Both groups will meet in the Drama Room.


“Where the hand goes, the eye must go, where the eye goes, the mind. Wherever the mind, there the feeling (Bhava/Love). Where the feeling, there the mood.” (Sanskrit verse)



We are looking for students in Years 5 and 6 to join the Junior Choir. There is an exciting calendar of performances ahead for this ensemble, including the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival which  will be held at the Sydney Town Hall in Term 3. The Choir rehearses on Thursday morning 7.30 – 8.30am in Music Room 1. The Director for this year is Ms Waters and  Ms Rawle is the accompanist. Interested students should simply attend tomorrow morning. For further information please contact Ms Waters,



With the exception of the Junior and Intermediate String Ensembles (who will commence next week), all other groups have now started. Students should check the lists on the Performing Arts Noticeboard if they are unsure where they have been placed. The schedule of rehearsal days and times was in last week’s Woodchatta.



The College Orchestra is in need of at least two more cello players. Interested students should speak with Ms Bates or email



Congratulations to our Performing Arts Captain Jasper Choi (Year 12) on attaining Honours in his Grade 6 Violin examination.




Mr Cranney who is the Director of the College’s Guitar Ensembles will be holding ‘taster’ workshops for beginners in North Sydney. Please see the PDF flyer for further information.



Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator