The McDonald College (CRICOS 02293K)
Integrated Full Time Academic & Performing Arts School (Years 3 – Year 12 HSC)
Sydney Dance Company’s Contemporary Dance Stream (Year 10 – 12)
The McDonald College is a specialist school based in Sydney’s inner west. With over thirty years as a performing arts and education provider, it has produced an impressive alumni community who are now working in the industries of the Performing Arts, Film & Television, Music, Journalism, Education and more.
The College currently offers an exciting performing arts curriculum across Acting, Ballet, Dance, Musical or Musical Theatre. It operates a Junior School (Years 3 – 6) and Senior School (Years 7 -12), which prepares our students both academically and creativity so that they enter their chosen industry as confident leaders. With a 10-hour week dedicated to the stream of their choice, students receive an immersive education as they learn with likeminded individuals whilst being taught by industry specialists who are at the top of their field.
Dance streams include a Commercial or Contemporary focus which sees collaboration with Sydney Dance Company with the Senior Contemporary Dance Stream in Years 10-12.
Notable alumni includes Amanda McGuigan (The Australian Ballet), Daniel Raso (High School Musical Live on Stage, Grease the Mega-Musical, Matilda), Dimitri Kleioris (An American in Paris on Broadway, Flesh & Bone), Harrison Lee (2015 Prix de Lausanne Winner, Royal Ballet School), Josef Brown (The Australian Ballet, Dirty Dancing Stage Musical), Kip Gamblin (The Bodyguard: Musical, All Saints, Home & Away, Neighbours), Lachlan Monaghan (First Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Emma Watkins (The Wiggles) and Tim Draxl (Swimming Upstream, Crownies, A Place to Call Home)
Classical Ballet, Dance (Commercial or Contemporary), Musical Theatre, Acting, Music, Academic Studies (Year 3 to the NSW Higher School Certificate in Year 12.)
“I can’t remember a moment when I wasn’t inspired and being encouraged to be creative. That, for me, is the secret of success at the College. An environment that not only nurtures creativity but also encourages it. There were so many opportunities to perform, choreograph, compose or direct for every student, and that is what would stand out as the highlight of my time at the school.”⏤ Lachlan Monaghan, 2009 Graduate (Soloist at Birmingham Royal Ballet)