We are an independent, non-denominational, co-educational K – 12 school. We offer performing arts & performance sports streams with an equal focus on academic rigour.
Our mission and values
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 exactly what we’ve been doing for over thirty years. We strongly believe that our legacy of successful students stands as a testament to both our approach and our philosophy.
It is our intention that all students have the opportunity to discover and develop their talents within a supportive school environment. The vitality, diversity and creativity that we can offer through our educational programs will help foster true Australian and world citizens.
We embrace creative expression in a non-judgmental and inclusive environment. At The McDonald College, we are proud to embrace the following core values:
and to demonstrate these in all our endeavours. We recognise that students who have been nourished through creative experiences are better able to build their confidence and self-esteem.
We celebrate your child’s creative abilities
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 programs mean that every student is supported to address and interact with the audience. In this way, they learn powerful communication skills, such as how to persuade, entertain and influence. These skills are applicable to a myriad of diverse careers.
The end result is an environment that feels more like family. This process creates an ideal learning environment in which students are with like-minded peers.
There are opportunities for interaction with same age peers in academic classes but also with 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 there is an abundance of interaction with supportive peers. In this type of environment, students are encouraged and challenged to give their best, reach their potential and to achieve.
We are a specialist school for creative children
Our firm belief is that performance raises both academic achievement and fosters the development of exceptional students and people. Every student is supported, included and encouraged to develop, achieve and perform. The McDonald College has the exceptional facilities and staff necessary to help young creative people reach both their academic and performance potential.
It is our history that has shown that only The McDonald College has been able to simultaneously achieve a high-level academic education and solid performance training for our students. Continuing this unique immersive approach students today enjoy on average ten hours or more a week dedicated to performance training. Furthermore, they are surrounded by like-minded students, teachers and industry specialists who are all creative and passionate about what they do.