Performing Arts

Dancing to the Top of the State

To do well in VCE Dance you must master creative choreographic ideas, meticulous technique, sophisticated understanding of style, written language skills and detailed knowledge of performance intent and conception.

In 2021, one of our incredible students achieved a perfect score of 50 in VCE Dance, which is given to only two students in the state. Congratulations to Melanie Nguyen (Year 12) and her teacher, Samantha Drury, Head of Dance, for this outstanding result.

Top Class Stage Performance

Haileybury Drama and Theatre students have been invited to audition for the Top Class 2022 concert series to be performed at the Arts Centre Melbourne. This opportunity comes on the back of excellent performance results at the end of last year.

Some of our Performing Arts students achieved the highest possible results in their final written exam. Congratulations to these high-performing Theatre and Drama students and to their teachers, Nicole Smith and Stewart Bell.

One of our Theatre and Drama students, Rufaro Zimbudzi, has been offered a place at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2022. After years of dedication, the theatre family at Haileybury could not be prouder of Rufaro’s achievements

After-School Dance Program

Each campus of Haileybury offers a wonderful, optional After-School Dance Program for Prep to Grade 6 students. Weekly classes are filled with different activities, warm-ups, approaches to learning and refining choreography—and plenty of fun. Students build technique, are exposed to different genres of dance and students in Years 5 and 6 can prepare routines for competition. Our end-of-year Dance Gala is a highlight in November.

Please visit myDance on the myHaileybury app (within Performing Arts) to learn more about the program and for information on class times, locations and fees.

Enrolments for the 2022 After-School Dance Program open on Monday, 24 January, 2022 for Prep to Year 6 classes. To enrol your child, please:

Click on the myHaileybury app

Click on the Performing Arts tab

Click on myDance

Click on Join Co-Curricular Dance.

Once you have submitted your enrolment form your relevant campus Dance Coordinator will email you to confirm receipt and will pass on details about the first lesson. Please note that if you enrolled in 2021, you need to re-enrol for 2022.

If you have any queries, please contact Teri Batis and Cassie Peele at

Nick Waxman

Head of Drama and Theatre Studies


A Top Class Effort

Making an outstanding start to the 2022 school year, I am extremely proud to announce that three Haileybury Music students have been invited to audition for the prestigious VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority) Top Class concert series later this year.

The series, held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, showcases the statewide ‘best of the best’ performers from 2021, with Top Class students typically achieving the maximum assessment score in their performance examination.

Congratulations to last year’s Year 12 students, Xavier Brown, Music Investigation (Contemporary Voice) and Olivia Van Der Heyden, Music Investigation (Alto Saxophone) and Harry Marshall (Year 12) Music Performance (Electric Bass and Acoustic Bass).

I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding work of the instrumental tutors who helped these students achieve their results, Lionel Bailey (saxophone tutor) Kim May (bass guitar tutor) and Robert Latham (voice tutor).

The Music Department is also extremely proud to announce that Olivia Van Der Heyden achieved a maximum score of 50. Olivia attained this outstanding result for her performance research of the jazz performance style of saxophonist David Sanborn.

I wish everyone well for the beginning of a very exciting year for Music. It’s going to be a very busy year with exciting performance opportunities in which our talented students can showcase their skill, talent and dedication to the craft of music making.

Rod Marshall

Director of Performing Arts & Head of Haileybury Music

Visual Arts

Finding Inspiration for the Year Ahead

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”
Pablo Picasso

The Visual Arts Department is looking forward to welcoming students to a new term of creative studies. We hope students are fresh with inspiration from the holidays, which are a wonderful source of experiences, memories, family celebrations and rituals, fun with friends and ideas to draw on for the year ahead.

Time away from the busy academic timetable also allows new concepts to percolate and develop and we encourage students to chat with family and friends about how the break has shaped their thinking and will contribute to their creativity.

Inspiration is a cornerstone of Visual Arts teaching at school. In Term 1A, the new Units 3 and 4 Studio Arts students enjoyed a visit from Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design alumna Ana Livia Maiorino, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Design, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne.

Ana's 2018 Studio Arts work was selected for the Top Arts exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and was awarded the Macquarie Group Collection Prize. Our students enjoyed hearing about Ana's journey so far and looked through her folio, which helped contextualise the work they have begun. Students also took part in a virtual excursion exploring the work of contemporary Indigenous artist Maree Clarke, whom they will study for their school-assessed coursework (SAC) and examination.

“Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities”
William Bridges

Rachelle Rae

Head of Visual Arts Senior School