Meet our Principal

As a parent myself, I know that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

One of the best ways to decide if The McDonald College is the right place for your child is to experience the reality of a normal school day. We offer a series of information events that I encourage you to attend.

My personal tour is also a good way for me to get to know a bit about you and your child – and for you to get to know a little about me.

We can organise tours outside these times, but if you can come through the school day, you will get a much better feel for the inclusive community that we have cultivated and see how our students genuinely enjoy coming to school every day.

My purpose is to ensure that every child, whose education has been entrusted to us, is nurtured to fulfil their potential while pursuing their performance passion. This is the reason why I was motivated to co-found the College and is the reason I still find daily joy and fulfilment in my role as Principal.

Enjoy looking around our website to better understand how we can nurture your child. Join us on socials to read about some of our student’s successes.

If you decide to book a time with me, I encourage you to come to our meeting with in-depth questions so you feel fully informed before applying to the College.

I look forward to meeting you and your child soon.

Maxine Kohler

Maxine Kohler



Maxine Kohler is a Founding Director of The McDonald College and has held multiple positions in the College since its inception in 1984.

In the early years of the College, Maxine taught full-time while also overseeing the general administration, timetabling and accounting duties.

Other roles she has held at the College include Head of Classical Ballet, Head of After Hours, and Deputy Principal of Performing Arts.

in 2005, Maxine was appointed as Principal of The McDonald College.  

Her extensive knowledge of classical ballet, the performing arts industry and performance training, more broadly, is underpinned by a Masters of Education.

Maxine brings a unique blend of knowledge, skills and experience. She embodies the College’s values. Her passion and dedication to the education of young people in an inclusive environment are without exception.