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Discover your journey with Australia’s premier integrated performance x academic college. Our Vision is to be the best performance-centred school. Our Mission is to nurture individual journeys in a creative and inclusive learning community that values intellectual inquiry and ethical decision-making.

We are an independent, non-denominational, co-educational offering classes from Kindergarten – Year 12 for the NSW HSC. We also offer Pathways to HSC, tailored to suit the needs of the individual.

We are located in North Strathfield, an easy 20-minute train trip from the heart of Sydney, NSW Australia.

Our Boarding House accommodates all genders from Years 7 – 12. Our current boarders come from international, national and local destinations.

While we have always been famous for our excellence in classical ballet training – today our performance offering is varied and includes:

Our highly experienced staff are professional, personable and passionate. Many of our staff have been at the top of their career, still participate in their chosen field on a professional basis and keep up-to-date with current trends via professional development.

Our performing arts students are offered many opportunities to perform throughout the year including at our High Performance Season, An Evening of Classical Ballet, showcases, various plays, Eisteddfod groups, and more.

Classical ballet students may audition for our pre-professional company, The Premier State Ballet, which performs a full-length ballet each year. Additionally, we offer an Elite Masterclass Series with respected industry professionals and the popular International Summer School. We also have an After Hours program which runs year-round and caters for all years and all levels.

Uniquely, we have forged partnerships with the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney Dance Co., Australian Theatre for Young People, and Voyager Academy of Tennis. In 2022 we are joined by Rhythmic Academy of Sydney (rhythmic gymnastics). These partnerships offer students pathways to the future with industry training of the highest calibre.

Our students often say that at the College they find their people – people who understand and value their difference. Parents love The McDonald College because we place equal emphasis on academic rigour and the pursuit of their child’s passion in an environment where the students enjoy coming to school

We count among our alumni the likes of Sarah Murdoch (international model, TV presenter, actor) Nikki Webster (star of the Sydney Olympics, dancer, vocalist) Tim Draxl (actor, musical theatre performer), Dimity Clancy (TV journalist), Meg Mac (singer-songwriter) and Emma Watkins (the Yellow Wiggle) just to name a few performers amidst our graduate doctors, lawyers, teachers and business leaders. We are proud of all our alumni and love to stay in touch.


We hold a series of Open Days / Mornings, Principal’s Tours, Experience Days for prospective K – 6 students and Auditions for entry into Years 5 – 11.

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Religion Non - denominational
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day and Boarding
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Years Kindergarten - Year 12
Enrolment 300 students
Fees on application. sibling discounts available.
02 9752******* 02 9752 0500
02 8765******* 02 8765 0195
Address 17 George Street, North Strathfield, 2137
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