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Performing Arts

Our City play is about to open

The adolescent brain is a weird and wonderful creation! Inside, 86 billion neurons connect and collide and trigger change. The new City play, Brainstorm, explores this fascinating process and investigates the inner workings of the teen brain.

The script for this play began as a blueprint with some structure, but much of the content and dialogue has been developed by Director, Jane Marshall, and the City student cast to reflect their ideas about the teenage experience.

Performed at the Chapel Off Chapel, this will be a theatrical experience not to be missed.

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Tickets are on sale for the Years 9–12 Senior musical, SpongeBob. This family friendly musical includes music from Cindy Lauper, David Bowie, Steven Tyler, John Legend and many other big-name artists.

Expect a larger than life, hilarious and energetic show that will have you laughing out loud and singing along as you journey to Bikini Bottom to play with SpongeBob and friends.

Nick Waxman
Head of Drama and Theatre Studies


Making music together

Key features of the instrumental music program are the collaborative performance opportunities at Haileybury. Many of you will be aware of the Music Department’s large ensemble concert schedule, which can be located here, and there are many other exciting performances throughout the year.

These include:

  • Chapel Concerts (Every second Wednesday from 1.15 pm – 2.00 pm. Parents and friends are welcome
  • Performances at assemblies, speech nights and special or community events
  • Soirée performances — smaller semi-formal afternoon or evening concerts
  • Eisteddfods — weekend competitions or festivals
  • Jazz nights held in Melbourne jazz venues
  • Aria Night — a classical voice event
  • Chamber Concerts, which are our smaller ensembles.

Last Friday night, 25 jazz performance students provided background music for guests at the Haileybury Founders Day Cocktail Party, which was held at the new Year 9 Centre at Brighton campus.

The event celebrated and recognised the contributions of those who have played, or continue to play, a key role in the development and evolution of Haileybury.

Guests listened to speeches from Scott Doran, Vice Principal Community Engagement & Advancement and Katrina Manson, Head of Castlefield. They also enjoyed refreshments while listening to the jazz combos perform a modern jazz repertoire.

Rod Marshall
Director of Performing Arts & Head of Haileybury Music

Visual Arts

What a start!

Junior and Middle School students across our campuses have started the year with a bang and their enthusiasm for art making can be seen through the works already on display.

Junior students are exploring topics from identity to relationships and learning about the practice of artists who have also investigated these topics.

Middle School students have extended their art knowledge, while Year 8s have created portraits that are on display for everyone to enjoy.

Newlands students in Jane Pooley’s class are focusing on resilience, persistence and overcoming challenges when making artworks. Here they are working collaboratively, assisting a friend, offering support and encouragement.

City Year 8 and Prep portraits. Prep students began the year sharing stories from their holidays by completing self-portraits. They then focused on the importance of presentation by cutting their own frames. Year 8s explored oil pastels, bringing their own unique interests to their works.

Our Art curriculum focuses on the student as a central inspiration to their works by linking their prior experiences and unique perspective. We look forward to nurturing their creativity and embracing each student’s individuality as they immerse themselves in the Visual Arts this year.

Newlands Year 1 students creating works focussing on our relationships with others. They have been exploring how they feel when they are with special people, such as family, and how we represent this through our artwork.

Rebecca Frith

Head of Visual Arts Junior & Middle School

Pipes & Drums

Success in Ballarat

The Haileybury Pipes & Drums had tremendous success at the Ballarat Grammar Pipe Band Contest yesterday. Despite the heavy rain, the P&D students showcased their talents and skills in various grades that were heavily contested.

Nonetheless, Haileybury secured some impressive results.

The A Band, led by Pipe Major Jennifer Short (Year 12), Pipe Sergeant Ruby Nuttall (Year 11) and Drum Sergeant Sofia Carollo (Year 10), won Grade 4A and Novice Juvenile A. Their performance was characterised by their precision, technical skill and sound. Their victory was a testament to their hard work, dedication and teamwork.

The B Band were runners up in the Novice Juvenile B Medley & Marches elements, and their drum core was awarded the Best Drum Corp. They also came third overall in Grade 4B. Their performance was marked by their excellent rhythm, tempo and control and this earned them high praise from the judges.

The C Band made their debut performance at the contest and received great feedback from the judges — impressive given this was their first time performing in a contest.

After the Australian Championships in 2022, it seems the rain continued to follow us. While the weather was less than ideal, students didn’t let that get in their way. They marched on, determined to give their best, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements.

Lincoln Hilton
Director, Pipes & Drums