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Performing Arts

Brainstorm Begins!

Rehearsals have begun for the Senior School City Play, Brainstorm by Ned Glasier. The passionate group of West Melburnians meet twice weekly to develop the production ready to perform in March 2023.

Brainstorm is a script like few others as it relies on those who are producing the play to decide on many elements of the script and performance. It was developed in collaboration with neuroscientists Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Dr Kate Mills and is designed to be created and performed by teenagers, drawing directly on their personal experiences.

These rehearsals are run by Director Jane Marshall with the ensemble working together to develop a brand-new version of this fascinating play.

Bikini Bottom Day

The 2023 Years 9–12 Senior Musical SpongeBob auditions ran in late November with a great turnout from our excited thespians. Each person was put through their creative paces as they sang, danced and acted together to create the exaggerated, comical and fantastical world of Bikini Bottom.

Students from City, Brighton, Berwick and Keysborough worked collaboratively to bring to life cartoonish sea creatures and calamitous choreography. The cast will be announced soon as we prepare for our May performances!

Huge thanks to 2022 Drama Captains Sam Prins and Kim Petley, and 2023 Drama Captains Thanh Vu, Laura Burns, Geneveive Gray and Harry Jones for supporting the day and encouraging others.

Pictures: the auditionees were split into three groups and were given a dance, acting and singing auditions led by Nick Waxman, Emma Ford, Nicole Smith and Robert Latham.

2022 Haileybury Dance Gala

On Thursday 10th November, 300 Prep to Grade 6 students from all four of Haileybury’s Melbourne campuses participated in the 2022 Haileybury Dance Gala. This event has been unable to take place since 2019, so the night was extra special for all involved.

The end of year Dance Gala is always a memorable and special event on our school calendar and a chance to celebrate our after-school dance students and their fabulous work throughout the year.

The Prep to Grade 6 after school dance class students worked tirelessly on multiple items for the Dance Gala evening which explored various dance genres such as jazz, hip hop, lyrical and theatrical. The night was colourful, energetic and fun filled. All students had a wonderful time, beaming with pride as they came off stage. Congratulations to all students who were involved and thank you to all parents and friends who came along to support the event

The success of this program is largely due to the hard work, time and efforts of our fabulous campus coordinators and coaches. These members of staff and past Haileybury students are very much invested in their classes and students and do a myriad of work each week to ensure the very best outcomes. Their dedication, time and effort is greatly appreciated and it certainly showed on Thursday evening.

We look forward to the after-school dance classes occurring again in 2023. Enrolments will open in late January, please check the myHaileybury app for details.

Nick Waxman
Head of Drama and Theatre Studies


Music Numbers Keep Rising

2022 has been a very successful year for the instrumental Music Department and I am confident the year has been a rewarding experience for students and parents who committed to our exciting journey of creative endeavor. The high level of engagement and artistic growth across the year has been most pleasing.

Haileybury can now boast that more than 1,000 students will receive a weekly instrumental music lesson in 2023. In the last month alone more than 80 families have enrolled for lessons. As available places in the program are filling fast and with several instruments already now having waitlists, I encourage families hoping to secure a 2023 place to look at the Instrumental Music Handbook ASAP.

The music culture at every campus now sees more than one in four students carry a musical instrument to and from school during the week. Music plays a high-profile role at Haileybury.

For Senior School, 2022 highlights included the Twilight Concert, Aria Night, Annual Concert, Jazz Nights, Chamber in the Chapel and recent outstanding performances at Senior School Speech Night.

For Middle School, the Term 2 concert series was simply outstanding. Audience numbers were large and all students did themselves proud. This year’s combined Spring Concert also saw more than 1,500 guests enjoy performances by combined one-school concert bands, percussion ensemble, brass ensemble, string orchestras, choir and guitar orchestra.

At the Junior School level, the recent Year 2 String Concert and Scrolls Concert demonstrated what can be achieved when an outstanding department combines with an abundance of Junior School enthusiasm.

The department’s final performance for 2022 will be Haileybury Carols held this Thursday, 8 December at St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of Melbourne. It would be wonderful to see as many families as possible celebrate the season of Christmas in a non-religious, culturally diverse end to the school year.

The event will run from 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm. I strongly encourage families to arrive by 6.30 pm to avoid any potential traffic and parking congestion issues.

Well done to everyone and thanks for a most enjoyable year!

Rod Marshall
Director of Performing Arts & Head of Haileybury Music

Visual Arts

In the Hot Seat

Units 3 and 4 Media students got some experience in the field last week during an excursion to Docklands Studios. Students from all four campuses got the chance to peer behind the curtain and take part in the filming of Channel 9’s Millionaire Hot Seat as part of the live studio audience.

After being forced to surrender their electronic devices at the door to ensure a fair competition — a traumatic event for all involved and especially Peter Aumann — the Haileybury cohort were ushered into Studio 5.

They were able to ask the producer and the host, Eddie McGuire, questions in between takes and ad-breaks and learned that it takes a crew of nearly 100 to produce a show the scale of Millionaire. This crew includes two Old Haileyburians and former media students!

After several hours of enthusiastic clapping and cheering, students got the chance to go on set and chat with Eddie about what it’s like to be at the helm of one of the longest running game-shows in Australian television history. The students walked away with a new-found understanding of the complexity and collaboration required to create a professional media production.

Rachelle Rae
Head of Visual Arts Senior School

Pipes & Drums

Twelve Drummers Drumming

The final get-together for the Pipes & Drums community took place on Saturday, 26 November. The event was arranged by our wonderful Parents and Friends of the Pipes & Drums organisation.

Our end-of-year celebrations attracted over 120 guests and was filled with music from our entire Pipes & Drums program, who performed some of their repertoires for parents. What a day to wrap up 2022!

Our competition teams will be working hard to get their 2023 competition material ready for the Victorian Pipe Band Association season starting in February 2023.

Student leaderships will be announced before the end of the term.

We wish everyone a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!

Lincoln Hilton
Director, Pipes & Drums