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  • The McDonald College

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    The McDonald College

    Founding year: 1983
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 0
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: Ms. Maxine Kohler (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    There is no other school in Australia, like McDonald College. Our students love coming to school as they study their academic curriculum integrated with excellence in performing arts. Together with the motivation provided by studying dance, ballet, acting, music, or musical theatre every day, our unique timetable stimulates our students to achieve in all areas of their life.
    Our environment supports and nurtures creativity, enabling us to graduate students who are lateral thinkers and excited about life beyond school. Whether their chosen career is on the stage as a performer or in the world of medicine, law, or global business, our students are confident communicators, distinguished leaders, and diverse role models.
    Coming from a performing arts background, We have been fortunate to combine this passion with a determination to ensure that performing artists have every opportunity to nurture their talents while achieving the highest academic education that they are capable of. The College's philosophy is for our students to follow their passion while keeping their options open for that which lies beyond their school days.
    We fully understand that a passion for performance means that children are creative and think laterally. We harness and develop this trait for our students as they strive for excellence academically. This is precisely what we have been doing for over thirty years. We strongly believe that our legacy of successful students stands as a testament to our approach and philosophy.
    We intend that all students can discover and develop their talents within a supportive school environment. The vitality, diversity, and creativity we can offer through our educational programs will foster true Australian and world citizens.
    We embrace creative expression in a non-judgemental and inclusive environment. At The McDonald College, we are proud to embrace the following core values: Humility, Honour, Passion, Commitment, Appreciation and to demonstrate these in all our endeavors. We recognize that students who have been nourished through creative experiences can build their confidence and self-esteem.
    There are real and tangible social advantages for students in a Performing Arts School. By its very nature, this is a nurturing environment for students. Students are happier and build deep reservoirs of confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, the performance opportunities and program mean that every student is supported to address and interact with the audience. In this way, they learn assertive communication skills, such as persuasion, entertainment, 
    and influence. These skills apply to a myriad of diverse careers.
    There are opportunities for interaction with same-age peers in academic classes and younger and older students in performance ensembles. Strong bonds are forged with fellow students in an exciting learning environment where peer support is high, and interaction is abundant with supportive peers. In this environment, students are encouraged and challenged to give their best, reach their potential, and achieve.
    Our firm belief is that the Performing Arts raises both academic achievements and fosters exceptional students and people's development. Every student is supported, included, and encouraged to develop, achieve, and perform. The McDonald College has the facilities and exceptional staff necessary to help creative young people reach both their academic and Performing Arts potential.
    Our history has shown that only McDonald College has been able to simultaneously achieve a high-level academic education and solid Performing Arts training for our students. Continuing this unique immersive approach, students today enjoy on average ten hours or more a week in dedicated Performing Arts tuition. Furthermore, they are surrounded by like-minded students, teachers, and industry specialists who all share a passion for performing and gaining new opportunities.

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    Address: The McDonald College, 17 George Street, North Strathfield Sydney, New South Wales, 2137, Australia



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