Performing Arts Term 2 Week 9

Tuesday, 25 June 2024

Thank you to everyone for an amazing term. We started with the College Musical which was a massive success and have ended the term on a high with Eisteddfod results. In between, we have multiple excursions, visiting artists, and performance opportunities both in the college and the wider community. Thank you to all Performing Arts students for the commitment this term and I hope you have a wonderful well deserved holiday.

Orchestra Camp

Thank you to Ms Sandra Smith, Mr Josh Jeremy and Mr Peter Morgan for the recent BDC Orchestra Camp held at the Coffs Coast Adventure Centre. Students from the orchestra attended a two-day camp where they were involved in intensive rehearsals in preparation for upcoming performances. The students also participated in a Performance Night with tough competition between the small ensembles. Thank you also to Ms Rachel Caesar for all of the organisation of the camp.

Dance Eisteddfod

On Friday 7th June, over 170 students from Kindergarten to Year 12 participated in the Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod Schools Dance Day. All students performed well and had a fantastic day. A huge thank you to all of the staff who attended the day and assisted with choreography: Ms Hannah Johnson, Mrs Rachel Caesar, Ms Katie Gudgeon, Ms Rachel Watson and Ms Kate Freeman.

Results were:
Stage One

Kindy- HC
Year 1- HC
Year 2- HC

Stage Two


Stage 3


High School


Goori Group

Cash prize

Students’ Awards at Maclean Eisteddfod 2024

Lance Benson: Piano Solo-Pop, Rock or Jazz – 8-10. Years – 1st place
Baroque or Classical 8-10 years – 2nd place
Graded Piano Solo 8-10 years –2nd place

Claude Taylor: Romantic Section 20C-21C 10 years and under – 2nd place

Graded Section 6th to 8th Grade – HC
Baroque or Classical – 8-10 years- 1st place
Piano Solo 8-10 Years any style -1 st place

Violin: String Solo and style – 10 years and under – 1st place
String solo-baroque or classical – 1st place
Graded string solo 2nd and 3rd grades – 1st place

Sofia Bravo: Piano Pop, Rock or Jazz – 11-14 years - 1st place

Romantic 20thC 11to 14 years – 2nd
Piano solo Australian- 11to 14 yrs – 1st place
Junior Piano Championship 16 years and under -1 st place Trophy and cash


Devavrat Chavan: Piano solo any style8-10 years 3rd place
Piano Solo Preliminary and first grade- 1st place
Piano Solo – Australian 2nd place

Special Award: Connie and Paul De Dassel – Instrumental Performance Award -12 years and
under. Claude Taylor
Sofia, Dev and Claude were chosen and all played in the Gala Concert.

Congratulations to Phoebe Tobin who was awarded:

2nd place - Jazz Junior Scholarship
Perpetual Award: ‘The encouragement award for conscientious effort and a love of dance’.

Dance Solos have also occurred in the previous weeks and we have had some amazing individual results from students. Well done to all involved!

HSC Music Exam Preparation Day

On Wednesday 19th June, Year 11 and 12 Music 1 and 2 students travelled to Armidale for a HSC Music Exam Preparation Workshop at the New England Conservatorium of Music. The students were separated into the different courses (Music 1 and Music 2) and attended three sessions throughout the day focussing on key components in the HSC exam paper. It was a valuable day with students gaining study tips, resource material and advice from HSC markers.

Battle of the Bands - Term 3

We are excited to announce the 2024 BDC Battle of the Bands Competition. This will be held on Friday 6th September in the Branson Centre and any students who are in a band are welcome to enter. All styles of music are welcome! There will be guest judges and major prizes up for grabs. If you are interested in entering, please see the Music Faculty to put your band on the list.

Performing Arts Awards Evening

Planning is underway for our annual Performing Arts Awards Evening. This event will take place on Thursday 14th November so please mark this in your diaries. There is an expectation that all students involved in Performing Arts through ensembles, academies and groups will attend as well as those students on Performing Arts Scholarships and in the High Performance Performing Arts Program. The event is going to be another highlight for the Performing Arts faculty and we are looking forward to it.

We are also asking for all perpetual trophies to please be returned if they have not already done so. If you were an award recipient and you still have your trophy, please return to one of the Performing Arts staff before the end of the term.

Seen Yas on Show

Our senior students are busily preparing their HSC Major works for assessment in Term 3. To showcase the talents of our Year 12 students, Seen Yas on Show will be held on Thursday 25th July. Performances from Music, Dance and Drama will be shown at this event and all are welcome to come along and support the Year 12 students.

Michael Dolce from The Voice

On Monday 5th August (Term 3 Week 3), Michael Dolce from The Voice will be returning to BDC to deliver a Q&A session followed by a guitar masterclass for selected students. Information regarding this will be provided in Parent Lounge to those students who have been invited to attend.

Boom Clash Rockstar

Congratulations to the Secondary Rock Band who were successful in progressing to the live semi finals of the Boom Clash Rockstar competition. This was the second year running that the group made it to the live semi-finals. Unfortunately, the finals are in Burleigh Heads in the middle of the school holidays so the group cannot attend. Congratulations however to Frank Lane, Axel Nicholson, Bram Nicholson, Bhadra Avarind, Tenzin Aichroy and Matthew Healy for making it to that level. Fingers crossed for BCR back in Coffs in 2025.

TAFE Winter School Courses

In the school holidays, TAFE is running a series of short courses that students can be involved in at the CHEC Campus in Coffs. There are a wide range of courses covering a broad range of subjects including music. These include songwriting, sound production and string instrument repair.

For more details including information on registration, course costs and dates, please visit the following link: or call 131601.

TAFE Winter School Flyer CHEC Glenreagh St

Winter School Course Codes

Secondary Assembly Performances

Thank you to the Scott Laneway Trio who performed But Not For Me by George Gershwin at the Secondary Assembly in Week 7. Students in this ensemble are Frank Lane (8), Digby Greenaway (11) and Camble Scott (11).

Year 3 String Concert

On Monday afternoon, Sandra Smith held the Semester 1 Year 3 strings concert. The concert was held in the Theatre and was an opportunity for students in Year 3 who were learning violin or cello in Semester 1 to perform in a concert to their parents, showcasing what they have learned.

Rebecca Day
Head of Performing Arts