Principal’s Spotlight | September 2017

I have long believed in the study of creative arts as being essential skills for individual advancement in the 21st century. In fact, it was this driving commitment to provide the environment for students passionate about performance (academic, performing arts and sport) that was the founding philosophy for The McDonald College.

It is this very concept of creativity and design that are now being recognised as a fundamental component of a student’s success and are at the forefront of our rapidly changing world. Creativity has never been more valued by individuals, society and employers, and creative workers are sought after for the economic, social and cultural development of our ever-changing world and employment landscape.

A recent article published by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) discusses the importance of studying Creative Art subjects for building necessary 21st century skills. It is a creative mindset that we aim to impart to our students – have a go, believe, get back up again, find a way, communicate, celebrate who you are, celebrate difference, dare to be different, problem solve and ultimately perform.

“Creative Arts students experience and develop the complex skills required to create and test ideas, generate creative works with confidence, shape inquiry and to critically evaluate and reflect on what they do. Developing an independent, forward thinking, learning mindset is considered critical to the future world of work,” commented Rosemary Gorman, NESA Creative Arts Inspector.


Maxine Kohler, MEd



Source: Studying Creative Arts Helps Promote Essential Capabilities for the 21st Century (4 August, 2017).


High Performance Season

11-15 September 2017


La Bayadère

Premier State Ballet

22-23 September 2017


An Evening of Classical Ballet

12 November 2017


International Summer School

9-19 January 2018