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Performing Arts

This is Emily

The VCE Drama, Theatre Studies and Dance students have worked tirelessly on their upcoming performance exams. The holidays were full of workshops, one-on-one sessions and mock exams.

One workshop was run by the inimitable Emily Goddard (pictured below). Emily is an incredible writer, performer and creative who has worked with MTC, Malthouse and Red Stitch and she is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.

Emily worked with Enya Lucas (Year 12) at the Brighton campus to help her develop her Bouffon style Theatre Studies monologue. Emily is one of Australia’s leading Bouffon specialists having created the award winning This is Eden—a production many of our students watched in 2020 and 2021.

Emily helped Enya develop a six-minute monologue performance that is powerful and dynamic.

Mini Solo Day

In the final week of Term 3, Keysborough campus hosted Unit 2 VCE Drama students from Berwick, Brighton and City campuses. The day of workshops was led by VCAA assessors Jane Marshall, Nicole Smith and Nick Waxman.

The intensive sessions took students through the process of creating a solo performance that moved beyond reality of life as it is lived. Students experimented with expressive skills, transformation techniques, scripting, improvising, dramatic element explorations and other core drama concepts.

The work created by the students was of extremely high-quality and the day was a great opportunity to share learning across campuses.

Nick Waxman

Head of Drama and Theatre Studies


Final Performance Preparations

During the recent holiday and the break from formal classes, VCE Music students completed final rehearsals for their upcoming Unit 4 Performance examinations. For most students, the exams will take place in the second week of term.

Students must present a 25-minute recital program to a panel of external VCAA assessors. The exams represent a significant highpoint in the musical journey of these elite students, most of whom began instrumental lessons at Haileybury in Junior School.

Across their developmental journey, these students will have likely received 300 instrumental lessons and attended over 500 ensemble rehearsals. Despite the interruption of COVID-19, most students have performed to thousands of people at more than 100 concerts.

Like most long-term pursuits, the journey won’t always have been smooth. At times, students may have felt like quitting, or felt like they weren’t progressing as much as their peers.

This year, like every year, we have had a diverse range of instrumental and stylistic disciplines within the VCE Music cohort. This includes: violin, viola, contemporary voice, piano, electric bass, acoustic bass, drumkit, classical guitar, flute, electric guitar, bassoon, percussion and saxophone.

I know the music staff are extremely proud of our 2022 cohort. They have been an outstanding group of young adults to work with.

Rehearsal recordings in the weeks before the exam date

Please click on the links below to view the rehearsals:

Rehearsal Sam Koh, Hoang Pham

Rehearsal Ryan Seymour, Daragh Rodrigues, James Dong, Tom Caspers

Rehearsal Nathan Su, Anson Zhang, Myfanwy Bramble

Rehearsal India Buntman-Bryant, Josh Reed, Nirujan Vijayarayan, Harry Marshall

Rehearsal Estelle Verner, Nicholas Adams, Daragh Rodrigues, Shown Plowmans

Rod Marshall

Director of Performing Arts & Head of Haileybury Music

Visual Arts

Folios Completed

Visual Arts students had a busy and energised end to Term 3. All Units 3 and 4 folio and theory work were due before the break and students worked with gusto to create incredible final artworks, products, presentations and media. Congratulations to all students for their dedication, inspiring creativity and the high level of skill demonstrated in their submissions.

Similarly, the Units 1 and 2 and Year 9 students are finalising folios and coursework and amazing and innovative works are appearing throughout the campuses. It will be wonderful to celebrate the hard work, thought and talent that has been applied throughout the year through the annual exhibitions in Term 4.

Examinations and Revision

Units 3 and 4 students ended the term with trial examinations and undertook revision lectures in the first week of the break. We hope students are making progress towards the upcoming VCAA examinations and are also making time to rest and recharge before this last round of assessments.

Units 1 and 2 and Year 9 students commence in-class revision in Term 4, before the Haileybury examinations begin. We wish all students the very best.

We also encourage students to develop effective study strategies with their teachers to manage their workloads and make the important incremental gains that make a difference on the day of the examination.

Young Archies Exhibition

Congratulations to Alicia Lewis (Year 11) whose portrait has been selected and exhibited in the Young Archies division of the Archibald Prize. Alicia’s work is on show at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren until Friday, 14 October.

It is testament to the passion of our creative students that Haileybury continues to be represented in significant art industry events across Melbourne and we couldn’t be prouder.

Rachelle Rae

Head of Visual Arts Senior School

Pipes & Drums

Australian Young Drummer of the Year

On Saturday, 17 September, the second annual Australian Young Drummer of the Year competition was held at St Mary’s Band Club, NSW. The event was open to drummers aged 17 or under who are residents of Australia.

Haileybury drummer Sofia Carollo (Year 9) represented the Pipes & Drums in fine form, delivering a solid performance in front of a large crowd. Sofia achieved a commendable third place in her first attempt at the title. Well done, Sofia!

Australian Young Drummer of the Year Results

1st: Damon Wright

2nd: Josh Niuila

3rd: Sofia Carollo

Hear Sofia’s amazing performance here.

Lincoln Hilton

Director, Pipes & Drums