Policies & Guidelines

For more information on fee payment, cancellations, lessons, parent viewings and more, please see below. 

 

Payment of Fees

Fees must be paid in full within the first two weeks of the beginning of each term. Fees paid within this period will receive a 5% early payment discount. If fees have not been paid in the first two weeks of term, an invoice will be issued by the fourth week of term showing a due date for payment in full.  If fees are not paid on or before this date, a non-reversible late fee of $50.00 will be charged to your account. The McDonald College reserves the right to terminate the students enrolment and/or provide your information to a debt collection agency should fees remain unpaid. The College reserves the right to prohibit any student from participating in classes until all fees are paid in full. Classes for the term will not be refunded for any reason. Fees can be paid in person or by telephoning the Performing Arts Office.  The College accepts all credit/debit cards, cash, cheques or via direct deposit. AMEX incurs a 2% surcharge. Payment plans can be put into place for families at the discretion of the Manager.

 

MISSED OR CANCELLED CLASSES

The College allows students to participate in a make-up lesson (of the same grade) where it is available to do so. Missed classes may be made up at a maximum of twice per term.  It is your responsibility to inform the teacher of the intent to participate in a makeup lesson. Classes will not be refunded for any reason other than teachers absence if we are unable to provide a relief teacher.

 

EXAMINATIONS

The College follows the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet syllabus and examinations as well as the Australasian Dance Association for Tap and Jazz. To take part in an R.A.D. Classical Ballet exam, the College requires students to participate in two syllabus classes per week from Primary to Grade 8. Intermediate Foundation level and higher are required to do two syllabus classes a week and a compulsory open class. You may also be required to undertake private lessons leading up to exams at the teachers discretion. The final approval of exam entry is at the decision of your child’s teacher, Head of Ballet and Head of After Hours. You may be required to pay your exam fee, coaching classes and private lessons in advance at the discretion of the Manager.

 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIVATE LESSONS & SOLO LESSONS

Private lessons are for exam work/technique/general coaching and is dependent on the teacher’s availability and studio availability. A private lesson is not the same as a solo Lesson. The actual work involved in creating/choreographing a solo is much more extensive and creative than a private lesson and each teacher has different requirements for how they wish to choreograph a piece of work. You are required to speak directly to the teacher prior to commencing your first solo lesson so you understand exactly what is involved and the associated costs. Teachers have no control over the fee structure.

All solo lessons must be maintained by the teacher at a minimum of 15 minutes per week unless under special instruction. Any student hoping to represent the College at an Eisteddfod with a solo is required to attend a minimum of two syllabus classes per week. The College will not pay for any costs involved in a student entering a solo, including costumes. The final approval of a solo being performed at an Eisteddfod is at the teacher’s discretion if the student is ready.

Solo lessons and private lessons may need to be paid weekly or in advance at the discretion of the manager.

 

PUBLICATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS ON THE McDONALD PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGE WEBSITES

Photographs taken during College activities would be used for the purpose of educating students or promoting The College.  The College will use these in a variety of ways. Publications could include, but are not limited to, school newsletters (online and in hard copy), intranet websites, school annual magazines, reports, performance programmes and newspapers. If published, third parties would be able to view photographs. By signing your enrolment agreement you agree to the following:

The College is able to publish photographs of your child as many times as it requires in ways mentioned above and may be reproduced in colour, or black and white. The College will not use your child’s photograph for any purpose other than for the education of students, or for general promotion of the College.  Any photographs taken will be kept for no longer than is necessary for the above mentioned purposed and will be stored and disposed of securely.

 

PHYSICAL CONTACT IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

Some physical contact may be necessary by a member of the faculty to demonstrate technique or exercise – or if First Aid is to be administered.

 

PARENT VIEWING OF CLASSES/TAKING OF PHOTOGRAPHS

In the interest of protecting the safety and privacy of our staff and students, the College does NOT allow any parent or guardian to view classes – this includes watching through studio windows. The only time a parent or guardian is able to view their child’s classes (excluding performance classes) is during Parents Week, which takes place towards the end of each term unless otherwise stated. The taking of photographs/videos during this time is strictly prohibited. The only time the College will permit parents to take photos/videos is during performance events held here at the College such as in-house performances and only if stated that you have permission to do so.

 

HEALTH OF A STUDENT

We accept students on the assumption that they are in good health and fitness. It is your responsibility to notify staff of any medical condition/allergy suffered by the student that may prevent him/her from engaging in certain physical exercises or routines. Students are permitted to bring water in the studios. It is our hope that every student has a safe and enjoyable experience here at The McDonald Performing Arts College After Hours Program; therefore we have put in place an Anti-Bullying Policy for our students and staff. We reserve the right to terminate a student’s enrolment without notice if a student is found to be demonstrating inappropriate behaviour.

 

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY AND EXPECTATIONS OF GOOD BEHAVIOUR

Verbal abuse, intimidation, discrimination, social media/cyber bullying, harassment, extortion, threats/acts of physical violence (or any other acts of unacceptable behaviour) towards fellow Students, Parents/Guardians, McDonald College employees or employees of venues where the McDonald College concerts are held will not be tolerated. In the event that we terminate your enrolment, fees will still be expected to be paid up until the conclusion of that school term.  For further information on our Anti-Bullying Policy please see the Performing Arts Office.