The McDonald College is a small, specialist school centred upon children achieving optimal learning results. These statements are not simply words to us. This fact is reflected in how we deliver our curriculum, the way we teach and what we expect of our students in both Academic and Performing Arts.We take great pride in the fact that we have created an inviting and welcoming environment where our students feel free to learn, express their creativity and grow. Helping to create this positive learning environment is the team of committed educators. Our results reflect the cultivation of an atmosphere where students do more than just learn. They truly grow, achieve and develop.
Our Educational Environment
A key aspect of our philosophy is that by creating a focused environment, we promote the kind of dynamic and interactive learning conditions that are essential for the development of young minds. Through a combination of individualised attention and quality teacher/student interaction our junior school students are able to blossom.
In addition to this positive and interactive learning environment, we provide students with a broader and more diverse curriculum than what is offered at other schools. This aspect helps to keep students interested in learning, as the overall process is more varied and dynamic. All of these aspects serve to foster what we think of as a whole school community where there is a great deal of interaction and mentoring amongst students.
Performing Arts is at the Core of Everything We Do
At other schools, junior students who are interested in Performing Arts may feel ostracised due to their interests. Of course, the exact opposite is true at The McDonald College. Each day our students embrace Performing Arts. We have discovered that this translates into happy students who learn more effectively.
Creativity and lateral thinking is the norm at The McDonald College. The curriculum is structured so that the Board of Studies syllabus is enhanced by allowing students to creatively respond through a variety of mediums. It is not unusual for students to submit an English assessment supported with a song, a short film or visual design. We allow students to express their creativity and explore the curriculum in ways that emphasise depth and meaning. The freedom to respond creatively is highly motivating for creative students.
Over the last thirty years, we have seen first hand that there is an undeniable link between a strong Performing Arts component in the curriculum and true academic success.