Performing Arts

Live Theatre Experiences

This term, at each of our Melbourne campuses, you will have the opportunity to experience several fantastically diverse and engaging live theatre events. There is something for everyone.

You can see the Senior Students display their Shakespearian skills in a shortened version of Much Ado About Nothing, immerse yourself in a promenade production of Alice in Wonderland, be part of the action in Murder’s in the Heir, or celebrate the work of Stephen Sondheim with Into the Woods Jnr.

See below to find out more about these wonderful shows.

Cross Campus Experiences

Term 3 will see the Year 5 students putting on a Creative Arts Evening. Every Year 5 class across BMS and GMS will display the work they have been developing in their art, music and drama classes.

In one evening, you will experience a showcase of passion and skill as students share different perspectives on the world through diverse art forms.

Edrington Students Ready to Perform

Years 7 and 8 students at our Berwick campus are ready to take to the stage. Almost every character in Murder’s in the Heir has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder and it’s up to the audience to decide who actually did it! Come and be part of this wonderful live theatre experience!

The City in Wonderland

The City campus continues to present engaging and exciting theatre and this term is no different. Alice in Wonderland will see the audience move through the beautiful City campus and experience Lewis Carrol’s classic tale like never before. Just like Alice explores Wonderland, you too can make your way through the magical maze and enjoy this theatrical adventure!

Into the Woods at Newlands

Into the Woods Jr is a multi-award-winning musical from legendary composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. This wonderful show is based on a range of classic fairy tale characters and includes a score filled with brilliant music. This one-act version will introduce the audience to some hilarious characters and take you on a very joyous journey.

Much Ado About Nothing at Keysborough

Senior School students have skilfully brought Shakespeare’s classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, to life. This 70-minute version of Benedick and Beatrice’s merry war is a delightful mix of fools, fun and feuds.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Nick Waxman

Head of Drama and Theatre Studies


There has been a buzz of excitement around the Music department this first week of term. As musical tuition progresses beyond the year’s half-way point, students are rapidly developing their skills due to lessons, home practice sessions and ensemble rehearsals. At this point, I would particularly like to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of everyone who has participated in the new Year 5 Band program.

Following the success of the recent Middle School concert series, the department is looking forward to providing Middle School musicians with a number of exciting performance opportunities this term.

The first whole school music event will be the Haileybury Jazz Nights. These performances will take place on Monday, 1 August, and Tuesday, 2 August, at St Kilda’s live music venue, MEMO Music Hall.

Each night will feature jazz combos from Middle School, Senior School and the VCE Music program. The Haileybury Stage Band will perform both nights and tickets are available now.

The Music department is also excited to announce a new concert for the whole school music calendar, Chamber in the Chapel. A refined night of orchestral music, Chamber in the Chapel will feature our most developed smaller ensembles from within the orchestral, voice and concert band programs.

The event will take place in the Keysborough Chapel on Thursday, 1 September.

Rod Marshall

Director of Performing Arts & Head of Haileybury Music

Visual Arts

Art Competition

Add your contribution to Haileybury’s history by donating your own unique piece of artwork to celebrate 130 years of our great school.

Throughout Semester 2 we will display works created by students, teachers, or families that celebrate your special connection to Haileybury. Be as creative as you like and be sure to share your special stories. Works must be no larger than A2, any medium (pencil, paint, digital etc.), and should be 2-dimensional.

To donate your work, please submit your piece to your campus Arts Department prior to Week 7, Term 3. Please ensure your work is clearly labelled with artist/s name, title, date and a short artist statement if you wish. There will be one winner per campus and each winner will receive a $500 voucher to spend at the Melbourne Art Supplies!

Studio Arts Day Out

Part of the requirements of Unit 4 studio arts includes the study of how artworks are exhibited in galleries and other arts industry spaces. With this in mind, the 2022 cohort visited the Collective Movements exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), followed by the Duldig Studio House Museum.

The students were treated to a comprehensive lecture by the education officer at MUMA who detailed the behind-the-scenes processes of exhibition design, logistics, curation and promotional strategies.

There was special emphasis on the First Nations co-curated Collective Movements show that brings together a variety of Indigenous Victorian historic and contemporary cultural practices and knowledge to: “make more visible a language and terminology beyond Western art concepts of ‘collaboration’ and ‘collectivism’—one that better describes and acknowledges the way Indigenous creatives work within a broader community and its inheritances”.

Students were also welcomed into the stock room to examine conservation, storage and transport methods used by the gallery to care for their valuable collection and loan items.

2022 3/4 Studio Arts students at the front of the Monash University Museum of Art and interacting with this mob’s Gunyah Manu (Home Camp) 2022 installation.

After lunch we visited the Duldig Studio in Malvern East to travel back in time to the creative world occupied by Viennese refugee artists, Karl and Slawa Duldig.

Their home, replete with their original furniture that was preserved in a Parisian basement during their flight from Europe, has been transformed into a museum celebrating the internationally influential sculptor’s work.

Through displays of Karl’s tools, works in progress, and his studio and sculpture garden, students were immersed in a vastly different exhibition experience. This gave them valuable insight into the rich diversity of the arts industry in Melbourne for their upcoming SAC and end of year examination.

3/4 Studio Arts students in situ in the Duldig Studio garden among the bronze and terracotta sculptures. The preserved studio is in the background.

Rachelle Rae

Head of Visual Arts Senior School

Pipes & Drums

Piping Champions!

Term 2 was another busy term for the Pipes & Drums, ending with the Middle School concerts at Newlands, City, Brighton and Berwick. Students across all campuses performed in front of large audiences, with many pipers and drummers debuting their new musical skills.

They amazed the crowd with an energetic pop piece, Wake Me Up, by the late Avicii and an awe-inspiring Drummers Fanfare. They finished with the band favourite, Silver Threads Among the Gold.

We are very proud of each band member and, as usual, the Pipes & Drums were a huge hit! All students displayed professionalism well beyond their age and experience level.

On Saturday, 9 July, senior Haileybury pipers represented the Pipes & Drums in the State Victorian Pipers Association (VPA) Solo Piping Championship—the final contest for the season.
Jessie Sun (Year 9) was crowned 2022 Novice State Champion and Novice Piper of the Year (an aggregate prize across all VPA run competitions). Brodie Nash (Year 12) achieved a commendable 3rd place overall in the D Grade championship.

Both students delivered top-tier performances against other competitors in their respective grades and placed in every event they entered.

Along with winning the Novice Championships and Piper of the Year, Jessie has now been upgraded to D grade for the 2023 season.

Novice – 2/4 March

2nd: Jessie Sun

Novice – Strathspey and Reel

2nd: Jessie Sun

Novice – Piobaireachd

1st: Jessie Sun

Novice – Overall Spot (15 competed)

1st – Jessie Sun

D Grade – 2/4 March

2nd: Brodie Nash

D Grade – Strathspey and Reel

4th: Brodie Nash

D Grade – Overall Spot (10 competed)

3rd – Brodie Nash

Get Your Kilt On!

The Haileybury Pipes & Drums joined over 200 pipers, drummers and highland dancers who paraded down Collins Street. The parade started in front of the Old Treasury Building before turning into Regent Place, where the massed pipes and drums did a short recital before the parade concluded.

Haileybury was front and centre for the parade. Band leaders Pipe Major Brodie Nash (Year 12) and Pipe Sergeant Oliver Perry (Year 12) led the group of performers for the crowd favourite, Amazing Grace.

The official party was led by the Hon. Ted Baillieu, Chieftain of Pipe Bands Victoria, Mr Reg Davis, Chairperson, Scots of Victoria Coordinating Group, and Mr Hamish Tadgell, Chairperson, Victorian Scottish Heritage Cultural Foundation.

It was a wonderful opportunity to support the pipe band community and to celebrate Tartan Day in Melbourne!

Lincoln Hilton

Director, Pipes & Drums