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It is The McDonald College’s intention that all students have the opportunity to discover and develop their talents within a supportive school environment. The vitality, diversity and creativity that the college can offer through its various educational programs will help foster true Australian and world citizens. Creative expression is embraced in a non-judgemental and inclusive environment that embraces the core values of humility, honour, passion, commitment and appreciation. Everyone at The McDonald College firmly believes that the powerful seeds of creativity live in us all.

The college recognises that students who have been nourished through creative experiences are better able to build their confidence and self-esteem. As a performing arts school, The McDonald College is able to offer performance opportunities and programs that mean every student is supported in the learning of powerful communication skills, which can then be applied to myriad diverse careers. The college strongly believes that its legacy of successful students stands as a testament to both the college’s approach and philosophy.

Facilities: Science laboratories, nine dance studios, pilates studio, acting studios, music and ensemble rooms, 60-seat theatrette, library, art studios, darkroom and digital laboratory, art library, conference centre, canteen, TV and recording studio. A boarding residence houses up to 26 girls.

Electives Years 7 to 10: Core and elective subjects include English, Mathematics, HSIE, Science, Language, Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Music, Commerce, Computing Studies, PD/Health/PE.

Electives Years 11 and 12: Subjects are chosen from the Key Learning Areas and include all English courses, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Ancient and Modern History, Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance, Design and Technology, Business Studies, French, Information Processes and Technology.

Co-curricular activities: During a two-hour block allowed in the timetable, students attend classes in acting, classical ballet, dance, music, or musical theatre.

Welfare and personal development: The college motto is “Strive for excellence”. It promotes, in all student endeavours, excellence and quality in learning — in all areas of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative, to focus on their area of performance, whether in academic learning, performing arts or sport, and to develop self-discipline, self-reliance, initiative and positive self-esteem.

Special features: The McDonald College provides traditional academic tuition as well as time and support for talented and gifted students wishing to excel and focus on their area of specialty. The balanced curriculum provides a range of options for students’ future employment or tertiary study. Former students are currently studying at NIDA, the Australian Ballet School, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Victorian College of the Arts and universities throughout Australia and overseas. 

Famous ex-students: Tim Draxl, Natalie Imbruglia, Josh Quong Tart, Sarah Murdoch, Kathleen de Leon (Hi-5), Robert Curran (principal artist, The Australian Ballet).

Religion Non - denominational
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day and Boarding
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Years Year 1 - Year 12
Enrolment 300 students
02 9752******* 02 9752 0500
02 8765******* 02 8765 0195
Address 17 George Street, North Strathfield, 2137
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