Performing Arts Term 2 Week 3

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Wow! What a fantastic start to the term for the Performing Arts faculty. So many amazing opportunities for our students across Dance, Drama and Music! In the first 3 weeks of term we have had the Dance Academy Launch, Mothers Day Breakfast, exchange with Clarence Valley Anglican School, Scholarship Auditions, assembly performances, Friends of Performing Arts meeting as well as normal tuition, classes, and ensemble rehearsals. It has been such a busy start to the term and I would like to thank all of our staff for making these events possible and the students for taking these opportunities.


Thank you to Emily Hodges for her amazing dance item at Secondary Assembly. Such talent from one of our High Performance Performing Arts students. You can watch her performance below. 

Mothers Day Breakfast

Thank you to all of the students who performed at the Mothers Day Breakfast last week. It’s not an easy task being at school before 7am to perform to a crowd of over 450 people and the students who performed did a wonderful job. Thank you to Imogen Daymond, Jess Joice, James Rothacker (12), Mahi Khobregade (10), Nyah Gaddes and Oliver Gruber Styles (9) for performing. You all sounded amazing!

Dance Academy Launch

Last week, our Dance Academy students had the amazing opportunity to work with choreographers from the Sydney Dance Company as part of the Dance Academy launch. It was a wonderful experience for our dance students to work with such amazing choreographers and they gained a lot from the workshops.  

Teo Ross wrote a reflection on the experience.

View the Dance Academy Launch media release and photos


Last Friday, dance, drama and music students from Clarence Valley Anglican Grammar visited BDC and participated in a range of workshops with BDC students. Students also heard from guest presenter, Jade Naidu, who spoke about her life in Performing Arts, the different paths life can lead you and some of the keys to her success. The key message to students from Jade that resonated was “to be a good person. It doesn’t matter what your skill set is. Just be a nice person.” BDC is planning a return visit to CVAS later in the year.


Term 2 is a busy term for the Performing Arts as we prepare for the Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod. This year, we have school groups entered for Dance, Drama and Music as follows. Specific details will be provided to the parents of those children involved soon.


  • Tuesday 31st May - Lifehouse Church - 10am
    Primary Performance Choir 
  • Thursday 2nd June - Coffs Harbour Education Campus - 9am
    Highly Strung
    World Options Music class
    HSC Music
    Senior Rock Band

All students who are performing in these music groups will be required to wear the new BDC Music Performance Shirts which are available for purchase from the College Uniform Shop. 


  • Friday 10th June - Coffs Harbour Education Campus - 10am
    Junior Primary Dance
    Stage 2 Dance
    Primary Dance Academy
    Secondary Dance Academy
  • Monday 30th May - Lifehouse Church - 3:15pm

Foundation Day

Preparations for Foundation Day 2022 are underway and this year, we will be focussing on the Performing Arts across the college. There will be performances from:

  • Secondary Rock Band
  • BDC Orchestra
  • Primary Performance Choir
  • Secondary Dance Academy
  • BDC Music Tutors

It will be an amazing event and students involved in the above ensembles will be required to perform at the assembly in the BDC Music Performance Shirts. 


This year, our percussion students have expanded their skills and with Pete Skelton (our percussion teacher) formed two percussion ensembles - one primary and one secondary. The students have been learning how to play a range of large percussion instruments including timpani, bass drum and our newly purchased marimba. They are all thoroughly enjoying the group. New students are definitely welcome to join.

Secondary Percussion Ensemble rehearses in M1 Monday Lunch and Primary Percussion Ensemble rehearses Tuesday lunchtimes in M1.

Primary Performance Choir

A message from Mrs Cooper who is a casual teacher at BDC and her observations of our Primary Choir.

Secondary Assessments due

The following tasks are due for Performing Arts subjects:

Week 5 (23rd - 29th May)
Year 11 Drama - Class Production - Lines Down / Blocking

Week 6 (30th May - 5th June)
Year 7 Drama Comedy Performance
Year 7 Music Instruments of the Orchestra Research Task
Year 12 Drama Group Devised Project - First Appraisal

Find Your Song Children's Choir

Local music teacher, Louise Wilson, has started a community choir for children aged 8 - 14. It is called Find Your Song Choir. This group rehearses every Wednesday afternoon from 4:50pm - 5:30pm at ‘Your Church’ on Loaders Lane. For more details, see the flyer linked.

Upcoming Events for your diary:

  • Tuesday 31st May - Primary Performance Choir Eisteddfod - 10am at Lifehouse Church
  • Thursday 2nd June - Schools Instrumental Section at the Coffs Eisteddfod - 9am at CHEC
  • Friday 10th June - Schools Dance Eisteddfod - 10am at CHEC
  • Wednesday 22nd June - World Options Showcase
  • Thursday 23rd June - Brass Recital Evening from 4:30pm in M1
  • Friday 24th June - Foundation Day

Rebecca Day
Head of Performing Arts