Performing Arts

We’re Revolting!

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical opens on Wednesday, 4 May, with more than 70 students taking to the stage to bring this award-winning production to life. There will be four performances, including a Saturday matinee, each bursting with colour, fun and magic.

Haileybury has so many dedicated, passionate and skilled creative artists that we have even been able to cast the show twice! The show is performed by a core ensemble supported by two alternating leading casts. The production boasts an impressive professional band and beautiful design, too.

Buy your tickets today to avoid missing out!

Nick Waxman

Head of Drama and Theatre Studies


Music Camps Make Sweet Music

During the final two weeks of term, Middle School instrumental students travelled to picturesque Mount Evelyn to take part in two large ensemble music camps.

They met at Oasis Camp early on Saturday afternoon and stayed overnight, attending rehearsals, having plenty of fun and enjoying the amazing food.

The two weekends were divided into a String Camp for the orchestra and a Band Camp for our concert band students. Almost 200 students attended with 30 Music Department staff.

Special thanks must go to Jo Heaton (Head of Bands), Myfanwy Bramble (Head of Strings) and Roslyn Rodgers (Senior Music Administrator) for the many hours of planning they put into these two events.

Aria Night Masterclass

In the last week of term, 15 of our finest Senior School vocal students attended the Aria Night masterclass in preparation for the Aria Night competition that will be held in the David Bradshaw Chapel at Keysborough next term.

During the day, students worked individually with guest professional vocalist, Sophie Viskich. Ms Viskich performs regularly with Opera Australia and the Victorian Opera and she will adjudicate the competition on Wednesday, 25 May.

After working with the competition entrants, Ms Viskich and our Head of Choral Music, Robert Latham, will select nine finalists to perform at the prestigious event. Each finalist will perform two items—an aria from an opera, oratorio or operetta and an art song from the Western European tradition, such as a lied, chanson or English art song.

Rod Marshall

Director of Performing Arts & Head of Haileybury Music

Visual Arts

Under Construction Exhibition Opens

After weeks of collaboration, curation, installation and a term’s worth of incredible VCE creative output, the end-of-term exhibition, Under Construction, opened. Record numbers of students flocked to see the art, design, media and folio work-in-progress.

Visual Arts Captains, Kayla Salter and Kendrick Goy, welcomed the enthusiastic crowd to the Keysborough gallery and explained the theme of the exhibition. Celebrating the Visual Arts students’ achievements was a wonderful way to usher in the Easter break.

Maton Guitars Factory Visit

On Thursday, 31 March, our Unit 3 VCE Product Design and Technology class had a fascinating tour of one of Australia’s truly great manufacturing success stories, the Maton Guitars factory in Box Hill.

Seeing and hearing how Maton precisely craft their beautiful musical instruments from Australian and exotic timbers gave our students a real appreciation of the entrepreneurial and guitar-making skills that Maton have relied on since Bill May began the business in his backyard in 1946. Maton remains a family-owned business and now employs over 75 people who create more than 8,000 of the world’s finest guitars each year.

Rachelle Rae

Head of Visual Arts Senior School

Pipes & Drums

Supporting Monash

Pipers and drummers from our competition bands performed at the The Biggest Playdate fundraiser at Aspendale Community Centre on Sunday, 3 April. Senior band members P/M Brodie Nash, Ruby Nuttall, Jennifer Short, Braya Jade Hanssen and Sofia Carollo put on an amazing display.

In typical Scottish fashion, Haileybury Pipes & Drums summoned the rain clouds and it looked like there was going to be a downpour. However, we were lucky and managed to squeeze in the performance before the rain came down.

The Biggest Playdate is an initiative of the Miranda Foundation and it creates awareness and raises funds for the Children’s Cancer Centre at the Monash Children’s Hospital.

Lincoln Hilton

Director, Pipes & Drums