PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2019 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
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Contents 4 Dates 5 Extended Tuition Conditions 6 Dance Specialist Group Classes, Performance/ Competitive Groups, Dance Wellbeing Classes, Examinable/Syllabus Classes, Private Dance Classes/End of year event Contacting AbbSchool 18 Dramatic Arts Private and shared private lessons, Director of AbbSchool group lessons, term courses Mr Rob Pagano MM(LeisureMgmt) AssocDipSc(RecServicing) 26 Tennis Phone 02 9473 7844 Hot Shots programs, group lessons, Email firstname.lastname@example.org tennis squads, private and shared private AbbSchool Manager coaching, competitions Ms Pat Griffiths BA(Hons) Cert IV Frontline 2 30 Swimming and Diving Mgmt Cert IV Bus Learn to swim, squad program, diving Phone 02 9473 7827 Fax 02 9483 9527 Email email@example.com 32 Sport Artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, AbbSchool Supervisor Junior School badminton, basketball skills, fencing, Phone 02 9473 7615 Fax 02 9483 9527 soccer skills, netball skills, self defence Email firstname.lastname@example.org Aquatic Centre Manager 34 Lifestyle and Education Mrs Jo Wheatley BPhysEd Pilates, Recharge and relax, Robotics, Phone 02 9473 7830 Fax 02 9473 7681 Robokids, Code Camp, Young Engineers, Email email@example.com Mandarin For specific course information, contact our 38 Creative Arts program coordinators Sewing and textiles studios, Art Space, ceramics Dance Sofie Batchelor Dip Bus, Cert IV DT+M, Cert IV TAE 40 Holiday Program Phone 0400 035 382 Junior activities, tennis, sport, creative Email firstname.lastname@example.org arts, performing arts, vocational and educational workshops, swimming Dramatic Arts and diving Darcy Tindale, Phone 0408 070 755 Email email@example.com 46 Adult Program Tennis Tennis, aqua aerobics, lap swimming Brendon Rose, Phone 0407 778 605 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to AbbSchool Extended Tuition and Holiday Program short courses for seniors. Our Pom classes will compete in 2019. For our external students, AbbSchool is made up of two important areas we are offering an examinable RAD Ballet within the Abbotsleigh community: Extended class on Saturdays. Keep an eye out for our Tuition and the school Holiday Program. excellent STEM offerings that continue to grow The purpose of AbbSchool is to encourage in popularity. Throughout this booklet you will participation, fun and friendship through a find a range of courses that caters to many range of exciting activities. interests, including several sport, lifestyle Recent studies have shown that involvement and educational courses, creative arts and in extended tuition can promote a sense of performing arts courses. engagement with school, which in turn has a The AbbSchool adult program offers activities positive influence on academic achievement, such as aqua aerobics, lap swimming and attendance and aspiration to higher levels private or group tennis lessons. In addition, of education. In addition, Extended Tuition we will again be offering a range of programs provides students with opportunities for for adults from our world class sporting leadership and personal growth and teaches facilities, including social badminton and students the value of teamwork, competition, social netball competitions. cooperation and individual and group responsibility. Students have found that The AbbSchool school Holiday Program participation in these activities helped them takes place during every holiday break, to de-stress, providing them with a break from offering a vast array of activities to keep 3 the rigours of academia. children busy and stimulated. Before each break, a detailed course program outlines AbbSchool classes also provide the the specific courses for those holidays. opportunity to meet and learn with girls from a Please contact the AbbSchool office via email range of age groups and to extend friendships. email@example.com should Through AbbSchool, students are encouraged you wish to be added to the mailing list. Our to develop talents, interests, skills and extended hours of care from 7.30 am until hobbies which can often lead to a lifetime 6 pm have been very popular in assisting interest and passion for an activity. busy parents. Included in this booklet are The opportunities on offer are not limited to the dates for the 2019 Holiday Programs as girls who attend Abbotsleigh. Adult courses, well as more information about the courses the holiday program and a selection of which may be on offer during some of the extended tuition courses are also available to holiday breaks. people within the School’s wider community Please take the time to read through the range including parents, friends, siblings (including of activities and courses described in this boys) and people from the local community. booklet. We hope that students, parents and friends in the wider community will take the What is on offer in 2019? the opportunity to enjoy our programs in 2019. All the popular programs return in 2019 with the addition of some new and exciting ones. In particular, new classes within the Dance program including acrobatics, mini pop, and shake and cheer for juniors, as well as K-Pop, Rob Pagano dance wellbeing classes and intensive dance Director of AbbSchool
4 Dates Extended tuition Term 1 4 February to 13 April Term 2 30 April to 29 June Term 3 23 July to 28 September Term 4 14 October 23 November Swimming and diving Term 1 29 January to 13 April Term 2 29 April to 6 July Term 3 22 July to 28 September Term 4 14 October to 21 December Additional extended tuition dates Junior School Drama Recital Monday 23 September Senior School Drama Recital Tuesday 24 September Dance Showcase Friday 8 November and Saturday 9 November
AbbSchool extended tuition • AbbSchool tuition fees will be billed before • Private lesson absenteeism – If your the beginning of each term. daughter is ill and unable to attend her private lesson, adequate notice must be • Payment must be made by the cut-off date given by phoning the individual teacher stated on the invoice. giving 24 hours’ notice; otherwise you will be • An adjustment period in Term 1 ONLY will charged for the lesson. be in place until Friday 22 February to allow • All lessons will begin in the week for enrolment changes without penalty. NO commencing Monday 4 February 2019 and REFUNDS will be issued after this date, in Week 1 for Terms 2, 3, and 4. except where a medical certificate has been provided. • Applications are processed strictly on a ‘first come first served’ basis and it is therefore • We encourage you to view enrolment in not possible to guarantee placement in any Dance or Drama class as an annual any Extended Tuition program. To avoid commitment, due to the performance goals/ disappointment it is recommended that outcomes for most classes. In order to forms be returned promptly. develop girls’ skills safely and sequentially in Dance, we discourage movement between • Private lessons in Communication Skills and styles and classes on a term-basis. Speech and Drama are taught on rotational basis throughout the school day. Senior Conditions School girls are not permitted to come out of 5 • Enrolment is based on a semester (two PDHPE classes for their private lesson. terms), except in the case of specialist • Students in Years 7-9 may elect to have their short courses. private or shared private Tennis lesson in PE. • Continuation from term to term is assumed • All Junior School students attending unless written notification is received. AbbSchool activities must be collected from • As mentioned above, written notification the activity venue within 10 minutes of its before the end of Semester 1 is required if completion. After this time students will be lessons are to be cancelled for Semester escorted to After School Care to ensure 2. This notification can be emailed to appropriate supervision and care is provided. firstname.lastname@example.org. Verbal Parents will be charged accordingly for the advice from a student will not be accepted. use of ASC. • The guaranteed number of lessons is 32 per • Junior School students enrolled in 4.30 pm year with allowances being made for outdoor classes must attend After School Care until education, exams, excursions and variations the start of class. to the school timetable. • Junior School swimming and diving • Group lesson absenteeism – Please provide lessons will continue during camp week; notification of absences from AbbSchool however, there will NOT be any other group classes by emailing AbbSchool activities. email@example.com or by ringing 9473 7827
Dance Welcome to AbbSchool Dance! genre; from Latin to Acrobatics, Broadway to Ballet, there’s something for everyone! This program aims to develop confidence, discipline and self-expression through SPARKLE AND SING movement. With opportunities for every kind Abbotsleigh girls K-2 of dancer, our classes explore coordination, Explore the magic of song and dance together musicality, team and partner work, in this theatre-inspired class that draws performance quality and of course technique inspiration from classic and modern musicals. and choreography. We are passionate about Sing along and as you connect lyrics, dancer education, providing tuition beyond stories and plenty of sparkle with theatrical just the physical, by involving safe dance, dance steps. critical and creative thinking, and body awareness concepts across all settings. SHOWTIME Please peruse our comprehensive 2019 Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6 6 program: An ideal platform to extend performance skills and style. It draws together the performing • Specialist Group Classes arts strands of singing, acting, dance and • Performance/Competitive Groups movement. The ‘Showtime’ class is jazz- • Dance Wellbeing Classes based and incorporates material from • Examinable/Syllabus Classes established musical theatre works, as well as original choreography. • Private Dance Classes ON BROADWAY Due to the physical nature of dance classes, Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 and the performance goals/outcomes for most classes, we encourage you to view Musical theatre is one of the major enrolment in any dance class as an annual performing art forms attracting audiences commitment. In order to develop girls’ skills around the world. It draws together the safely and sequentially, we discourage performing arts strands of singing, acting, movement between styles and classes on a dance and movement. Our ‘On Broadway’ term-basis. classes are jazz-based and incorporate material from established musical theatre Specialty Group Classes works, as well as original choreography. All classes will participate in the end-of-year CHA CHA CHA event. Abbotsleigh girls K-2 Our specialty dance classes are varied in style Cha Cha Cha is a blended Jazz and Latin and pace. All sessions are led by instructors dance class. High energy, and incorporating a with extensive experience in their chosen taste of traditional Latin-American, Latin-pop
and contemporary pop music, Cha Cha Cha JFH (JAZZ, FUNK, HIP HOP) classes develop a keen sense of rhythm Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-12 and coordination in an exciting and fresh JFH is used by commercial dancers and is a class setting. stylised combination of three disciplines. In RUMBA RHYTHM the style of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake, JFH is expressive and unites Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6 elements of each style of dance. 7 Rumba Rhythm is the junior counterpart of the senior Latin classes. ACROBATICS Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 NEW! LATIN Junior Acrobatics Years 3-6 Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12 Acrobatics involves strong balance, agility Latin-American dances are typically known as and coordination, in a style that combines the cha-cha, rumba, samba, salsa, mambo dance and gymnastic floorwork. This class is and merengue. Latin dances are generally designed to give dancers the confidence to faster paced and showcase more rhythmic handstand, cartwheel, walkover and flip in a expression. Music may be traditional Latin- safe and technical environment. American or contemporary popular music. More recently the Latin style has been This class is highly recommended for performed to hip hop music, creating what is students involved in performance work, who known as Latin hip hop. may be interested in adding extra dynamics to their repertoire. JAZZ Abbotsleigh girls Years K-2 MINI POP NEW! Abbotsleigh girls Years K-2 Jazz dance represents our popular culture and is constantly changing. Choreography ‘Mini Pop’ is the introductory course to hip reflects the music, which is usually upbeat – hop for infant dancers. Students will learn top 40, disco, 80s or rock. the foundations of grounded movement, isolations and popping, in an upbeat and age-appropriate setting.
HIP HOP LYRICAL Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6 Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-12 Hip hop was developed on the streets by Lyrical dance borrows technical elements African Americans in the ’70s. It is an informal from classical ballet and combines this and relaxed style of dance that is performed with the freedom and eloquence of jazz to hip hop and rap music with supple and and contemporary forms. Lyrical dance, as grounded movements. Hip hop may also implied by its name, is also often tied to the include elements of isolations, popping and composition of a song’s lyrics, reflecting locking, crumping and break. its words as well as its accents and flow. Lyrical choreography is often themed around URBAN DANCE emotional despair, freedom, or obstacles, Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12 creating works that are both melodic Urban dance is the umbrella term used to and expressive. describe dance choreographed to hip hop and R&B. Classes may include elements CONTEMPORARY of popping and locking, break, hip hop and Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-12 lyrical hip hop (a fluid, interpretive dance to Contemporary dance evolved in response down tempo rap or R&B). to the rigid constraints of classical ballet and is therefore less restrictive compared to other theatrical dance genres. It uses body ABBOTSLEIGH GIRLS – ‘LEND A HAND’ weight, natural and spontaneous movement, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DANCE PROJECT and personal interpretation to create unique and abstract repertoire. Contemporary 8 St Lucy’s and St Edmund’s students with dance movement is fluid, often including special needs Years 2-11 in conjunction large phrases of floor movement, and is with Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 generated from the core of the body creating Dance Project is an integration program its distinguishable contractions and releases. closely linked with the annual ABBOX of Contemporary dance may be observed in the FUN camp. Students with special needs work of many dance companies including the are welcome to bop and boogie with us Sydney Dance Company and Chunky Move. each week inspired by all the fun and energy of camp movement sessions. TAP Abbotsleigh girls Years K-12 Abbotsleigh students who are interested in gaining teaching experience are Tap dance is a fusion of Irish dance and the encouraged to engage in support based African shuffle. Tap can be performed to music roles within Dance Project classes. or can be an innovative way of creating sound Students will provide assistance and percussion, as demonstrated by the Tap Dogs. build meaningful relationships with those Girls will not be required to have tap shoes until who may not have the same capacity Term 2. In Term 1 girls can wear sandshoes for movement but love it all the same. or school shoes. Correct tap shoes will assist Expressions of interest in support roles students to perform steps accurately. should be forwarded to BALLET (OPEN) NON-EXAMINABLE firstname.lastname@example.org or to Abbotsleigh girls Years K-12 the Dance Coordinator. Ballet is a classical dance form characterised Volunteer hours contribute to Duke of by grace and precision of movement. Edinburgh requirements.
Elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses WIGGLE AND WRIGGLE are linked to create balletic routines. Girls and boys aged 3-5 Ballet is not only for dancers who want to be Wiggle and Wriggle classes employ elements ballerinas. Ballet gives a dancer presence, of dance, gymnastics, yoga and song to technical expertise to turn out one’s legs, to provide movement experiences that are fun point toes, to extend legs higher with more and engaging. Lessons consist of freeform ease, and to dance with correct posture, activities designed to build confidence, and resulting in less injury. Ballet exercises build are a gateway to building physical and social coordination and strength, required of many skills in your child. Children are encouraged contrasting styles such as jazz, theatre to develop skills through a variety of activities and ballroom. including imaginative movement, props and instruments. Our open ballet program accommodates a variety of age groups and draws content from syllabi and classical styles (such as RAD, INTENSIVE COURSES Cecchetti and ADi). These short-format courses NEW! Open classes allow students to participate are designed to provide in lessons without the strictures of formal complementary training for examination work and the commitment of dancers, in an intensive setting. multiple classes per week. Courses may be 1-5 weeks in duration, with session details and fees to be Students will participate in intra-school released on a term basis. Courses will assessment to gauge progress. run subject to numbers. 9 SHAKE & CHEER NEW! Term 1 Intensive: Popping & Locking Abbotsleigh girls Years K-2 An energetic and upbeat class based on Performance/Competitive Groups the dance style, Pom. Dancers will learn teamwork, develop synchronicity and All groups will participate in the end-of-year establish coordination between technical event. dance steps and use of coloured pom poms. AbbSchool Dance competitive groups Abbotsleigh pom poms will be purchased on perform at community and eisteddfod behalf of new dancers. This one-off cost will events over Terms 2-3. Groups are led by be charged separately. highly experienced and current instructors, K-POP NEW! with intensive workshop and masterclass Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12 opportunities offered to expand versatility, ability and knowledge. All competitive dancers K-Pop is an abbreviation for Korean Pop; will require a costume for performance work, a category of pop music strongly featuring at an additional cost. Specialised footwear dance choreography in Urban and JFH styles. may also be required for some classes. Meet other K-Pop fans, learn full routines and celebrate all things K-Pop! Classes will cover Junior Company and J Crew auditions are choreography from your favourite groups such held in Term 4 and commence training at the from BTS to BlackPink and Girls’ Generation. beginning of the new year. Senior Crew and Company auditions are held in early Term 1. Specific information about the audition process will be available on AbbNet
Student and Parent Notices closer to the costumes (up to $100-$150 in cost) around audition period. Term 2. New students to Abbotsleigh can audition COMP POM in Term 1, 2019. Please contact the Dance Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-12 Coordinator to express your interest. Pom is a fun, energetic style of dance using 10 SELECTIVE CLASSES pom poms. Although often associated with Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 cheerleading, this style incorporates technical By way of fostering a high level of dance elements, with a focus on jumps, performance quality and providing an leaps, kicks and turns. It is characterised enhanced level of challenge, additional by clean, sharp and precise motions, performance opportunities will be available to synchronisation and the use of interesting Selective level classes in the styles of: visual effects, such as formation and level changes, use of different coloured pom poms • Lyrical and passing them between dancers. • Contemporary Abbotsleigh pom poms will be purchased on • Latin behalf of new dancers. This one-off cost will be charged separately. Opportunities will likely include Sydney-based eisteddfods and local community events, all to proceed based on a combined class effort Junior and Senior Pom groups in Semester 1. will have the opportunity to NEW! Entry into selective classes are via invitation compete in 2019 AASCF or trial only. Trials are held in Weeks 2-3 of (Australian All Star Cheerleading Term 1. Please indicate an expression of Federation) events, under Primary and interest to trial via the AbbSchool enrolment Secondary School sections. Costumes are form or email to the Dance Coordinator. required for competition work, at a cost of $100-150 per girl. Please note participation in additional performance work will require purchase of
J CREW COMPANY B Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6 Junior: Abbotsleigh girls Years 2-6 J Crew is the junior counterpart of the Senior Senior: Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 Crew. The Abbotsleigh J Crew will compete Company B is for students who wish to extend at hip hop competitions and eisteddfods their dance ability in jazz and theatre, with in 2019. a view to becoming a member of Company NB Hip hop is a compulsory class for all A in the future. Company B will compete at J Crew members in 2019. eisteddfods in 2019 to provide performance experience. There is a strict focus on CREW technique, developing confidence, stage Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12 presence and a keen sense of musicality Crew is a competitive dance group adopting and rhythm. elements of urban dance. A Crew member Students who achieve a place in Company B need not have strong jazz or ballet technique; must be working toward body maintenance however, strong knowledge of Jazz, Street or by meeting technique class and stretch Latin dance will allow the student to easily requirements, in conjunction with Company recall choreography, further enhancing their training hours. Company B students may Crew experience. The Abbotsleigh Crew be awarded the opportunity to reserve for will compete at hip hop competitions and Company A work based on exceptional eisteddfods in 2019. commitment and developing dance ability. NB Urban class is a compulsory ‘open’ NB Jazz Syllabus or RAD/Open Ballet is a component for all Crew members in 2019. compulsory ‘technical’ component for all COMPANY A Company members in 2019. 11 Junior: Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6 Senior: Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 Dance Wellbeing Classes Company A is for junior and senior students Dance Wellbeing Classes are non- with a solid understanding of the technical performance classes elements required in dance and who possess a natural stage presence. Strong Dancer wellbeing is a key objective of technical jazz routines will be a focus for the AbbSchool Dance Program. We are 2019, for performance at eisteddfods and passionate about assisting dancers in community events. using their body safely, minimising injury, and improving performance through careful Students who achieve a place in Company A conditioning. Our Dance Wellbeing classes must be working toward body maintenance are led by highly qualified professionals with by meeting technique class and stretch extensive training in Exercise & Sport Science, requirements, in conjunction with company Strength & Conditioning Coaching, Pilates training hours. and dance instruction. Numbers are limited NB Jazz Syllabus or RAD/Open Ballet is a to ensure quality instruction and tailoring of compulsory ‘technical’ component for all programs to the individual dancer. Company members in 2019. Guest instruction and workshops from leading Sydney dance physiotherapists are arranged for Pre-Pointe & Pointe Conditioning students, to further educate, develop dance networks and assess dancer readiness for more advanced work.
DANCE CONDITIONING organisations, and provide invaluable and Dance Conditioning classes combine the notable technical development. modes of Pilates and resistance training to Syllabus classes are led by dance-society improve athletic development of dancers certified instructors and trainers, who have in a safe setting. Dancers who participate a thorough working knowledge of the style, in Dance Conditioning consistently should society and examination process. Our syllabus expect to see gains in mobility, strength/ instructors hold CBTS (RAD) certification, muscle balance and knowledge of safe Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management stretching and warm-up practices, with (Jazz) and Cert IV in Training and Assessment flow-on effects for all levels and genres qualifications, which are regularly updated of movement. through professional development activities Written programs and hand-outs may also and industry revisions. be provided during Dance Conditioning Examination classes do not participate in classes for students to develop a series of the end-of-year performance, but may have complementary reference materials and viewing-class opportunities through-out conditioning resources. the year. All equipment is provided for this class, however we recommend dancers purchase a Royal Academy Of Dance (RAD) theraband for their individual use in the studio EXAMINABLE BALLET and at home. Abbotsleigh girls Years 2–11 PRE-POINTE & POINTE CONDITIONING The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus is With a background in RAD training and one of the most significant dance education 12 instruction, tutors of Pre-Pointe & Pointe organisations in the world, possessing a Conditioning are able to safely guide dancers rich history. RAD maintains a presence through the journey towards and beyond across 83 countries with patronage from basic Pointe work. A holistic approach is taken HM Queen Elizabeth II and Darcy Bussell to ensure that each student is adequately (CBE) as President. The internationally prepared for the challenges of dancing en recognised classical syllabi develop and pointe; from postural awareness and core challenge fundamental dance technique strength, to turn-out, ankle-strength and through beautifully choreographed intrinsic foot articulation. This class is suitable exercises. The curriculum is grouped for dancers who are preparing towards pointe in two key classifications; ‘Graded’ and work, as well as dancers who have already ‘Vocationally Graded’. achieved this goal and are looking to improve Graded specific weaknesses and improve their Graded levels (Pre-Primary and Primary, pointe-work capacity. Grade 1 to Grade 8) incorporate ballet, free movement, and character, and are suitable Examinable/Syllabus Classes for candidates from 7 years up. There is a NB: RAD syllabus classes will not perform in focus on ‘feeling before form’, with elements the end of year event. of freer and progressive styles incorporated. Examinable, syllabus-based classes are a Vocationally Graded key component of the AbbSchool Dance Builds on the elements of the graded syllabus program. These provide formal opportunities but with greater focus on technique, music for dancers to have their training recognised and performance skills. Comprises six levels by nationally and internationally-recognised from Intermediate Foundation through to Solo
Seal. Suitable for the older ballet student (11 based on assessment by the RAD instructor years up) through to advanced level. and Dance Coordinator. The Primary Ballet open class is a compulsory additional hour of An RAD-specific uniform will be required by training each week for all Grade 3 dancers. each girl and closely monitored on a weekly basis. Annual RAD examinations occur Grade 4 mid-year – please consider your daughter’s Suitable for all dancers who studied Grade 3 13 schedule to this end. Examinations may or in 2018. Direct entry into Grade 4 is possible may not occur on site at Abbotsleigh and will based on assessment by the RAD instructor attract additional costs. and Dance Coordinator. The Primary or Advanced Primary Ballet open class is a Proposed 2019 RAD Curriculum compulsory additional hour of training each Due to annual examinations around May, week for all Grade 4 dancers. Grade 3 – Advanced Foundation classes will use Term 1 for revision and formal Grade 6 assessment preparation of their 2018 grade. Suitable for dancers who studied Grade 5 in 2018. Direct entry into Grade 5 is possible Grade 1–2 based on assessment by the RAD instructor All enrolments will be observed during and Dance Coordinator. The Advanced a grading week early in Term 1. This will Primary Ballet or Intermediate (Senior School) determine whether the group proceeds with open class is a compulsory additional hour of the Grade 1 or Grade 2 syllabus. training each week for all Grade 6 dancers. As a guide, the Grade 1-2 class standard is Prep & Pointe is strongly recommended for a mid-point between the open Beginner and Grade 6 dancers. Primary classes. Beginner Ballet 1 or 2 is a Intermediate Foundation compulsory additional 30min of training each Intermediate Foundation is our suggested week for all Grade 1-2 dancers. starting point for Senior dancers. Prior Grade 3 classical experience is recommended but not Suitable for all dancers who studied Grade 2 essential. Intermediate Foundation lessons in 2018. Direct entry into Grade 3 is possible should be viewed as the ‘syllabus’ component of a multi-class structure. The Intermediate
Open Ballet class is a compulsory component program. The ADV program encompasses for all participants. Prep & Pointe is not only the technicalities of a dance style strongly recommended for Intermediate but also anatomy and physiology, dance Foundation dancers. history, nutrition, safe dance, musicality and Intermediate stage craft. Suitable for all dancers who studied Students of Abbotsleigh use their Dance Intermediate Foundation in 2018. Prior Society syllabus technical examination results classical experience is essential. Direct entry towards VET competencies contained within into the Intermediate class is possible based the CUA Certificates in Dance qualifications on assessment by the RAD instructor and provided directly by Australian Dance institute Dance Coordinator. RTO 91600. Intermediate lessons should be viewed as The certificate system is available to students the ‘syllabus’ component of a multi-class 14 from Level 3 up. Completion of an annual structure. The Advanced Open Ballet class is a compulsory component for all participants. yearly examination is required in order to complete certificate courses. Advanced Foundation Suitable for all dancers who studied There are 13 levels of the jazz syllabus. Age Intermediate in 2018. Prior classical and experience will determine which level a experience is essential. student is most suited to (all 2018 students will progress to the next level in 2019). Intermediate lessons should be viewed as the ‘syllabus’ component of a multi-class Assessment structure. The Advanced Open Ballet class is Each week the teacher will record attitude a compulsory component for all participants. marks, which will take into account a student’s grooming, ability, concentration, Australian Dance Vision (ADV) effort, uniform and classroom etiquette. This Jazz Syllabus and Australian Dance mark is scaled against an overall ability mark Institute (ADi) Certificates I-IV and contributes directly to the end grade in in Dance annual assessments. The ADV syllabus is a fair and supportive In the VETAB system, students are examinable dance program, which evaluates assessed against a set criteria, which is the pathway of getting to the exam, not just competency based. the exam itself. Australian Dance Vision is Students beginning syllabus classes in the premier provider of professional dance February 2019 will sit an assessment at education in Australia. Their courses were the end of Term 3 or beginning of Term 4 developed in response to the need for a fair 2019. Assessments are optional and incur and competency-based dance assessment
an additional cost. Students younger than theoretical elements before moving into the the listed age recommendations may be Certificate 1 levels. granted entry into a particular level based Level 3 (Year 1, Cert I) on their dance ability and experience. Please Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-4 apply in writing to the Dance Coordinator for 15 special consideration. Level 3 is the entry level for Certificate I. Once Levels 3 and 4 are completed, students NB Jazz syllabus classes will not perform in are awarded a VETAB nationally accredited the end of year event. Certificate I in Dance. Level 1 Level 4 (Year 2, Cert I) Abbotsleigh girls Years 1-2 Abbotsleigh girls Years 4-6 In this foundation level, students are Level 4 is the second year component of introduced to syllabus work via technical jazz the Certificate I course. Students wishing to exercises and basic theoretical worksheets complete Certificate I must have completed on history and body science. Level 1 is an Level 3 theory components prior to entry into ideal starting point for any dancers new to Level 4. the structure of syllabus work or with aims of recognition for their dancing via examinations. Prelude (Year 1, Cert II) Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 Level 2 Abbotsleigh girls Years 2-3 Prelude is the entry level and first year of study for Certificate II in Dance course. In this class, students step into full It explores more intricate body science syllabus work, with strong emphasis on subjects, with the aim of ensuring dancers jazz elements such as terminology, barre are well-equipped with nutritional and work, progressions, as well as dance history anatomical information. In practical sessions, and body science study. This level can be exercises challenging core strength, posture taken over two years to ensure students and alignment are included, along with have adequate grasp of both practical and
progressions requiring both technical and best enhances each student’s strengths expressive skill. and interests. Transition (Year 2, Cert II) Students and their parents will be responsible Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 for both entering and providing costumes Transition is the second year component for external events, although teachers will of the Certificate II in Dance course. An be able to offer advice. A handbook will be advancement of the Prelude syllabus, provided to assist with solo/duo objectives Transition level incorporates elements of solo and performance work. choreography, improvisation, unseen written Lessons will be scheduled across Thursday exercises, and Q&A industry sessions over the and Friday afternoons. Select lunchtimes examination period. and limited slots Monday-Wednesday Major 1 (Year 1, Cert III) may be agreed upon where other slots Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 are already filled. Morning sessions are not available. Major 1 is the first year component of the Cert III in Dance course. A pre-professional SOLO & DUO RECITAL 2019 level, the Major 1 syllabus involves increased A solo and duo recital evening will take elements of student composition, solo and place in 2019 (likely late Term 3), on the improvisation, alongside detailed history and Senior campus. This will be an intimate and physiology theory. A Q&A industry session supportive performance opportunity for all over the examination period is compulsory for performance-based solo and duo dancers. all Major candidates. Parents and friends are invited to share in the recital event. 16 Major 2 (Year 2, Cert III) Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11 For technique-based solos and duos, a Major 2 is the second year component of masterclass opportunity will be available the Certificate III course. Students wishing to on the recital evening in order to showcase complete Certificate III must have completed technical development over the course of Major 1 theory component prior to entry into 2019. Major 2. Participation in the recital is strongly encouraged, but optional for all solo and Private Dance Classes duo dancers. NB: Solo and duo dancers will not perform in Audition only groups the end of year event. Company SOLO AND DUO LESSONS Company is the title of the representative jazz Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-11 teams at Abbotsleigh. Company reflects the Students wishing to further their dance skills professional nature of the groups, highlights can apply for individual training in the form of teamwork aspects and emphasises the solo or duo lessons. The aim of these lessons training level required of members. is to provide students with one-on-one Company members must maintain a high technical training OR suitable choreography level of commitment and possess strong with which to enter their chosen competitions, time management. Generally students in auditions and eisteddfods. Students and performance teams have extensive dance teachers collaborate on music choices and training in ballet, jazz and contemporary; choreographic style, producing a piece that however, this experience is not compulsory as
students will be considered on their current ability. Students invited to join Company will ALL ABBOUT DANCE EXTERNAL STUDIO be asked to purchase a dance costume that External students aged 3-9 will be worn at each competition in which Saturdays are abuzz with our All ABBout they participate. All students on a team Dance program. External students have must be prepared to participate in dance the opportunity to point, pop and plié classes consistently, particularly compulsory 17 their morning away within the extensive technique based classes. Abbotsleigh dance venues, overseen by the Company may train as a single inclusive experienced and friendly AbbSchool staff. group, or be selected as distinct A and B Ballet and jazz/JFH options are teams. This decision will be based upon available from beginner level through to audition standards. intermediate/advanced level. Combine End of year event back to back classes to provide a well rounded dance experience. Students will SHOWCASE 2019 have the opportunity to perform during The Dance Showcase is a biennial event; a a low key open day event. No special culmination of work over 2019. The Senior rehearsals or expensive costumes needed! Assembly Hall will be transformed into a professional theatre with full stage lighting Subject to interest, our 2019 and sound. Students will require a costume external students are invited NEW! for each class they are in. to participate in a formal RAD Ballet class led by our certified Our shows will be held on Friday 8 November instructors. This examinable class, likely and Saturday 9 November, 2019*. Rehearsal of Primary or Grade 1 level, will involve an and photo days for Showcase will be annual examination in May/June of 2019 scheduled on Saturday afternoons (19 or 2020. Contact the Dance Coordinator October, 26 October, 2 November)*. for further information and to express Please ensure you check the Parent Portal interest on behalf of your daughter/son. regularly to remain up to date on all Showcase information.
Dramatic arts Drama, prose, poetry, musical theatre, practice for working on pre-exam preparation, playwriting, physical theatre, stage combat controlling nerves, warming up and are some of the many performing and confidently being in control of the pressure of creative arts programs offered in AbbSchool’s presenting a year’s work in one sitting. dramatic arts courses, along with the Trinity All students in these programs are given Guildhall syllabus. the opportunity to take part in a variety of We encourage you to view enrolment in any performance opportunities. Drama class as an annual commitment, due to the performance goals/outcomes for Private and shared private lessons most classes. Abbotsleigh girls Years K-12 TRINITY GUILDHALL Private and shared private lessons are Communication skills, speech and drama, offered in two strands: speech and drama 18 Shakespeare, performing arts, musical and communication skills. theatre and world dramatists are taught using the internationally recognised ‘Trinity SPEECH AND DRAMA Guildhall’ methodology. This program focuses on developing a wide knowledge and appreciation for prose, poetry Trinity Guildhall’s assessment of ability in and drama. Emphasis is placed on voice and speech, spoken interaction and dramatic voice production through activities involving performance offers a varied and in-depth breathing, articulation and projection. study of performance and communication. Lessons will include a range of strategies The program provides a structured set of including vocal exercises, theatrical games learning outcomes designed to help students and performance activities. develop a confident manner and a full, forward and free voice. In addition, it allows Private lessons are available for Junior students to progress in a systematic way as School students and private or shared private their interest and aptitude for communication, lessons for Senior School students. All speech and drama develop. students are enrolled on a semester basis, with 32 lessons provided each year. Students may complete voluntary individual or group examinations in Semester 2 to achieve Students enrolled in private or shared private Trinity certification. These examinations incur lessons, after consultation with their teacher, an additional cost. may elect to study one of the options below: Trinity Guildhall exams also provide invaluable Acting experience for class assessments and the This course is designed for those students HSC. Performing and being examined in who wish to focus entirely upon the process front of an unknown examiner is important of drama, and includes related performance
skills such as improvisation and mime, and able to use language with increasing ease, the opportunity to devise and develop original confidence, subtlety and appropriateness. scripts. It looks at character development, Private lessons are available for Junior transition and tools used to create a full, School students and private or shared private rounded performance. lessons for Senior School students. All Performance arts students are enrolled on a semester basis, This course provides an exciting way to learn with 15 lessons provided each semester. how to use the ability of several art forms with confidence. Various acting tools are mixed, Private drama performance ranging from mime, puppetry, clowning, opportunities juggling, combat skills, physical theatre, musical instruments, music and pantomime Private and shared private students are to blend into a scene. invited to perform at the annual drama recitals where parents and friends can come Musical theatre and enjoy the pieces students have worked The three disciplines examined in this syllabus on all year. are singing, acting and movement but, as is the nature of musical theatre, candidates The Junior School Recital for students in need to demonstrate their ability in these Years 4-6 will be held in Everett Hall on skills through integrative performance. Monday 23 September (last week of Term 3). At all levels, the syllabus offers a wide choice The Senior School Recital for Years 7-8 will for selection of performance material, which be held in the Drama Studio on Tuesday 24 may include material from the candidate’s September. All students may sit the Trinity own country or culture. Guildhall exam in October/November. 21 World dramatists Group lessons This syllabus explores the great playwrights from around the globe. Discover the likes of LITTLE DRAMA FUN Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Patrick Girls and boys aged 3-5 White, Harold Pinter and more. The course In this class, children will delight in creating encourages students to develop confidence characters through voice and movement, and expressiveness and is invaluable for experiment and play using costumes and those who wish to develop their acting props, whilst being taught how to move and and performance skills. The examinations uses stage space. Through drama games and have been carefully designed so that they re-enactment, children will work on following complement and enrich programs of study in stage directions, expressing their ideas, and drama and literature. using their imaginations. Children will have COMMUNICATION SKILLS a taste of poetry, storytelling, myths and This program is designed to enhance a legends along with play-building skills and student’s ability to communicate in a variety improvisation. This class will boost children’s of contexts and circumstances, including stage presence, build confidence and preparing and delivering speeches, interactive encourage their creativity. speaking, storytelling, persuasive speaking, initiating conversation and social speaking. As students progress through the grades, they will develop an intuitive feel for public and interpersonal communication and will be
OPEN GROUP DRAMA Abbotsleigh girls Years K-3 This program has an emphasis on confidence building and provides students with the necessary skills for effective communication. Using theatre games, improvisation, devised work and recital techniques, students encounter poetry, plays, prose and musical theatre. Care is given to gently encourage less confident students and provide opportunities for budding actors. Girls experience both solo and group work. Most importantly at this level, open drama classes are designed to be fun! Students do not sit a Trinity Guildhall examination. Term courses TRINITY GROUP DRAMA CREATIVE WRITING FICTION Abbotsleigh girls Years 4-8 Abbotsleigh girls Year 5-6 | Term 2 This course will provide girls with the John Larkin is the much-loved author of more opportunity to interact with their friends and than 25 published books for teens, adults create a fulfilling and dramatic performance and children. His books for young people in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. include The Shadow Girl, Growing Payne The program involves a deeper focus on and Spaghetti Legs. John has degrees in 22 drama and constructing a performance for English Literature and Education, a Masters in examination in Term 4. Each group will be Creative Writing and is the writer in residence assessed as a whole by the examiner who at Knox Grammar School. His workshops will provide a written report with each student allow students the opportunity to work in a receiving an individual certificate. supportive and encouraging environment as they build a portfolio of original work. Students Performance opportunities include the Junior who are interested in the craft of writing School and Senior School recitals held in will learn how to write a more sophisticated September. All students may sit the Trinity piece of work, along with receiving supportive Guildhall exam in October/November. feedback to help them develop and take more TRINITY MUSICAL THEATRE risks in their writing. Abbotsleigh girls Years 6-7 CRIME WRITING FICTION Students will develop the ability to integrate Abbotsleigh girls Year 8-11 | Term 2 singing, acting, movement and dance into a sustained and convincing performance, and Darcy-Lee Tindale has written comedy for will be encouraged to develop confidence, radio, stage, media personalities, comedians expression and their ability to cooperate and and theatre restaurants. Her plays, poems, negotiate during this course. articles and short stories have been published in the School Magazine, Celapene Press, Performance opportunities include the Junior Tincture, ZineWest, Black & Blue Publications, School and Senior School recitals held in Penguin Books, Bumples Magazine, September. All students may sit the Trinity Newcastle anthology, Stringybark Publications Guildhall exam in October/November. and Storm Cloud USA. Her children’s books are published with McGraw Hill Education and
her middle-grade reader Thumb Pickles and SPOKEN WORD Other Cautionary Preserves is published with Abbotsleigh girls Year 5-6 | Terms 3 and 4 Woodslane Publishers. Sheli Gold holds a BEd (Primary Creative Arts) Darcy’s work has been nominated for and and an MA in Creative Writing (fiction). She won many awards, including the CBCA enjoys blogging about travel and parenting Frustrated Writers, Varuna Writers’ House, and has contributed to online publications Narda Lyn, Di Cranston National Literary such as Mamamia and BootsnAll. Sheli has Award, Monash University Undergraduate taught creative writing to adults in Israel, Prize, Stringybark, Newcastle Short Story where she lived for four years, and to primary 23 Award, CA Broadribb Award, and the Writer aged children as a teacher in various public Around the Murray Award. She has been and independent schools. Sheli branched out shortlisted three years running in the SD 8 years ago from classroom teacher to drama Harvey Short Story Australian Crime Writers specialist – her true passion – and has also Association Ned Kelly Awards. worked as a storyteller, performing interfaith folklore and original stories at schools, Darcy’s passion for crime writing will take festivals and cultural events. students on the journey of writing a strong plot, fully rounded characters, a touch of red In this course, students will explore the herrings, and twists and turns that all amount art form of Spoken Word – a form of to a thrilling read of crime. original poetry recitation that focuses on voice inflection, intonation, and powerful Students will work on their story to polish and expressions of ideas about self. enter the Scarlett Stiletto Award in August, in the under 18 year old category. They will watch various Spoken Word performances from both children and adults, The Scarlett Stiletto is a national award for interpreting the art form through their own short stories written by Australian women lenses, and write different styles of poetry and featuring a strong female protagonist. before selecting one of these to develop Award winners who have gone on to have and perform. novels published include Cate Kennedy, Tara Moss, Annie Hauxwell, Angela Savage and Josephine Pennicott.
24 CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING CLOWNING – THE ART OF BEING SILLY Abbotsleigh girls Years 5-6 | Term 3 Abbotsleigh girls Years 5-6, Term 1 This Term 3 workshop is ideal for students Years 3-4, Term 2 who are uncomfortable with public speaking. Students will learn comedic skills associated The aim is to build confidence in a supportive with clowns. They will embrace being ‘silly’ environment. Speaking in front of an audience and identify what makes human beings can be a stressful and nerve-racking event, laugh. Students will explore physical theatre, but understanding the key elements of a experiment with props and costume, devise good speech and learning how to use those group drama pieces for an audience and draw butterflies to your advantage are effective on aspects of Commedia dell’arte to create tools for life. their own clown characters and scenarios. This course will look at the planning and Clowning is particularly challenging (and preparation of a speech, content, tone and beneficial) for students whose cultures or length, as well as knowing your audience, upbringings value seriousness or where practising your speech, vocal variety and ‘silliness’ is frowned upon. This is also an speech delivery, body language, posture important outlet for those girls who are ‘class and gesturing. Presentation and physical clowns’ – they are given the opportunity to appearance, eye contact and controlling use and build on this skill in a structured your nerves will also be addressed. Students environment. It provides the opportunity for will develop confidence and have a better all students to loosen up, learn to laugh at understanding of public speaking tools. themselves and others in a safe and friendly way, release themselves from fear of failure and enjoy themselves.
Tennis Under the guidance of Head Coach Brendon ANZ HOT SHOTS GROUP LESSONS (JUNIOR) Rose, Abbotsleigh offers professional tennis Boys and girls Years K-6 coaching in a fun filled atmosphere using a These sessions incorporate Tennis Australia’s variety of modern teaching methods. The official children’s starter program called program caters for students of all levels, Hot Shots. Through the use of scaled court whether their goal is to ‘just have fun’ or to sizes and low compression balls, children develop their skills to the highest competitive learn to serve, rally and score in a game level. The program is delivered in a number that is appropriate to their developmental of stages, with progression and improvement needs. The program caters for students from being a priority. beginner through to intermediate/transition ANZ HOT SHOTS LAUNCH PAD levels, with the children progressing through the red, orange and green ball stages. The Boys and girls aged 3-6 sessions provide an interesting and enjoyable 26 The Launch Pad program is designed by introduction to tennis. Students with an Tennis Australia specifically for young children aptitude for tennis will progress from this to experience tennis for the first time. The aim program to the junior development squad of the Launch Pad program is to introduce where they will also use the appropriate ball a fun way for three to six year old children for their level of ability. All children can claim a to learn and enjoy tennis in a safe and free t-shirt from Tennis Australia. encouraging environment. ANZ HOT SHOTS SQUADS The Launch Pad program incorporates Boys and girls Years K-4 specially developed, modified equipment including smaller courts, lower nets, low The Hot Shots Squads are aimed at pressure red balls and appropriately sized complementing group or private lessons and racquets. This means each child will enjoy are focused predominantly around gameplay the game and a measure of success and drilling. The squads are invitation only; immediately and will be provided with a sound however, anyone wishing to trial for a place in foundation on which to build in the future. these squads may contact the Head Coach, The Launch Pad structure recognises the Brendon Rose, at email@example.com. need to intersperse the key learning areas of edu.au. These squads will use red, orange tennis strokes and gross motor skills with fun and green balls depending on the stage of activities to suit the age group. Children will the child’s development. Tennis Australia learn about the game whilst having fun. research has shown that over a five-year period, students progressed faster (at four times the rate) if they played twice per week. We strongly recommend these sessions once students are at the appropriate standard.
27 FREE JUNIOR HOT SHOTS LUNCH play, scoring and tennis etiquette. Students GAME PLAY with an aptitude for tennis and a positive Abbotsleigh girls currently enrolled in Red/ attitude will progress from this program to Orange/Green ball groups more advanced squads. These sessions are intended NEW! CARDIO TENNIS to complement students’ tennis lessons and encourage Boys and girls Years 10-12 extra practice, hence only students who are Cardio tennis is a social fitness program for enrolled in the AbbSchool tennis program can people of all ages and abilities. It is less about enrol. Sessions will be held on Mondays for technique and more about getting a great, K-2 Red ball and Fridays for 3-6 Orange/Green high energy workout. The session is also ideal ball. These sessions are not compulsory; for everyone who likes the idea of playing however, parents must advise the Head tennis but finds it hard to commit to being Coach if their child will be absent. Racquets involved in a regular competition. Participants will be provided. wear heart rate monitors, exercise to music, use low compression balls and a variety of GROUP LESSONS (SENIOR) equipment, including agility ladders. This Boys and girls Years 7-12 high energy program will naturally improve These sessions are for the beginner and tennis skills, allowing participants to take up transition level tennis players. The sessions traditional tennis in the future. Cardio tennis is provide an interesting and enjoyable a fun program, where people can experience introduction to tennis, and as the students tennis for the first time or discover it again. progress, they will cover all aspects of stroke
Tennis squads Coaching These squads offer an intensive training These lessons are available to both program for the more advanced tennis player Abbotsleigh and non-Abbotsleigh students of and are only available by invitation from the all ages including adults. Head Coach. Students need to show a strong commitment to their tennis as positions in PRIVATE COACHING (ONE TO ONE) these squads are reviewed each semester. In All ages | 30 or 60 minute sessions addition to participating in these squads, it is Private coaching allows for customised highly recommended that players also enrol sessions to develop the skill level of individual in private or shared private tennis lessons for students in a one on one format. This can more refined stroke production techniques. As range from teaching the basics to the more recommended by Tennis Australia, our squads advanced tactics of the game. This lesson is have a game based approach with students tailored to the student’s individual needs. learning through match play and a focus on the game itself, rather than emphasising SHARED PRIVATE COACHING (TWO TO ONE) technique alone. All ages | 30 or 60 minute sessions As with private lessons, shared coaching JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT SQUAD lessons are customised to develop the skill Boys and girls Years 3-6 level of students. In this format the students This squad offers training and competition of similar ability can share a lesson tailored to where children develop and hone their skills their needs. It is particularly advantageous to with other intermediate to advanced players. doubles teams. Ability and the determination to improve 28 are the key requirements for successful Competitions participation. Students must have reached Apart from our traditional tournaments and the intermediate level or be graded by the competitions, we will be working closely with coaching staff. AbbTen to continue to expose more of our girls to outside tournaments and competitions SENIOR DEVELOPMENT SQUAD throughout 2019. Some of these competitions Boys and girls Years 7-12 include the Northern Suburbs Primary Schools This squad is designed for more advanced Challenge, the Eastwood-Thornleigh Primary tennis players and covers all facets of the Schools Challenge, Hotshots tournaments, game, systematically progressing from Tennis NSW junior development series technique development to learning about style tournaments and Australian ranking match strategy through a variety of drills and tournaments. Exposure to these competitions match play scenarios. is vital for the development of aspiring tennis players. SENIOR ELITE SQUAD Boys and girls Years 7-12 FAST 4 TENNIS LUNCHTIME LADDER This squad is aimed at the elite tennis players Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12 These Fast 4 Tennis lunchtime NEW! or those wishing to go to the highest level. Students will refine their skills in all aspects sessions are offered to Abbotsleigh of technique and match play through a senior students. Students will enjoy variety of high intensity drills and advanced playing in a fast-paced format while gaining teaching methods. valuable match practise. Students will be placed in a ladder system based on ability and will play a challenge match, moving up
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