PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
For Abbotsleigh students, parents and
friends in the wider community
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
    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                                Director of AbbSchool
    	Private and shared private lessons,           Mr Rob Pagano MM(LeisureMgmt) AssocDipSc(RecServicing)
       group lessons, term courses                  Phone 02 9473 7844
    26 Tennis                                       Email
    	Hot Shots programs, group lessons,            AbbSchool Manager
       tennis squads, private and shared            Ms Pat Griffiths BA(Hons) CertIV FrontlineMgmt CertIV Bus
       private coaching, competitions               Phone 02 9473 7827 Fax 02 9483 9527
2   30 Swimming and Diving
                                                    AbbSchool Supervisor Junior School
    	Learn to swim, squad program, diving
                                                    Phone 02 9473 7615 Fax 02 9483 9527
    32 Sport                                        Email
    	Physio Play, artistic gymnastics,             Aquatic Centre Manager
       rhythmic gymnastics, badminton,              Mrs Jo Wheatley BPhysEd
       basketball skills, fencing, soccer skills,   Phone 02 9473 7830 Fax 02 9473 7681
       netball skills, self defence                 Email
    34 Lifestyle and Education                      For specific course information, contact
    	Pilates, Box & Unwind, Drone Academy,         our program coordinators
       Minecraft, Code Camp, Young
       Engineers, Mandarin, Robotics                Dance
                                                    Sofie Batchelor Dip Bus, Cert IV DT+M, Cert IV TAE
    38 Creative Arts                                Phone 0400 035 382
    	Sewing studio, Art Space, ceramics            Email
    40 Holiday Program                              Dramatic Arts
    	Junior activities, excursions, tennis,        Darcy Tindale BA(Prof&CreatvWrit), DipArts, ATCL(Perf),
       sport, creative arts, performing arts,       FTCL(Dir)

       vocational and educational workshops,        Phone 0408 070 755
       swimming and diving                          Email
    46 Adult Program                                Tennis
    	Tennis, aqua aerobics, lap swimming,          Brendon Rose BA USPTR Professional, Level 2 Coach
       social sport competitions                    Phone 0407 778 605
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
Welcome to AbbSchool
Extended Tuition and                              offerings that continue to grow in popularity;
Holiday Program                                   this year we have added Minecraft. We have
                                                  also added two new activities to the Sport
AbbSchool is made up of two important areas       program; for Senior students we have added
within the Abbotsleigh community: Extended        Box & Unwind, and for Junior students we
Tuition and the Holiday Program. The purpose      have added Physio Play. Throughout this
of AbbSchool is to encourage participation,       booklet you will find a range of courses that
fun and friendship through a range of             cater to many interests, including several
exciting activities.                              sports, lifestyle and educational courses,
Recent studies have shown that involvement        creative arts courses and performing
in extended tuition can promote a sense           arts courses.
of engagement with school, which in turn          The AbbSchool adult program offers
has a positive influence on academic              activities such as aqua aerobics, lap
achievement, attendance and aspiration to         swimming and private or group tennis
higher levels of education. Extended Tuition      lessons. In addition, we will again be offering
also provides students with opportunities for     a range of programs for adults from our world
leadership and personal growth and teaches        class sporting facilities, including social
students the value of teamwork, competition,      badminton and social netball competitions.
cooperation and individual and group
                                                  The AbbSchool Holiday Program takes place
responsibility. Students have found that
                                                  during every holiday break, offering a vast
participation in these activities helps them to
                                                  array of activities to keep junior and senior     3
de-stress, providing them with a break from
                                                  students busy and stimulated. Before each
the rigours of academia.
                                                  break, a detailed course program is available
AbbSchool classes also provide the                outlining the specific courses for those
opportunity to meet and learn with girls          holidays. Please contact the AbbSchool
from a range of age groups and to extend          office at abbschool@abbotsleigh.nsw.
friendships. Through AbbSchool, students should you wish to be added to the
are encouraged to develop talents, interests,     email list. Our extended hours of care from
skills and hobbies which can often lead to a      7.30 am until 6 pm have been very popular
lifetime interest and passion for an activity.    in assisting busy parents. Included in this
The opportunities on offer are not limited to     booklet are the dates for the 2020 Holiday
girls that attend Abbotsleigh. Adult courses,     Programs as well as more information about
the Holiday Program and a selection of            the courses which may be on offer during
Extended Tuition courses are also available to    some of the holiday breaks.
people within Abbotsleigh’s wider community       Please take the time to read through the
including parents, friends, siblings (including   range of activities and courses described in
boys) and people from the local community.        this booklet. We hope that students, parents
What is on offer in 2020?                         and friends in the wider community will
                                                  take the opportunity to enjoy our programs
All the popular programs return in 2020           in 2020.
with the addition of some new and exciting
ones. In particular, a new Songwriting class
within the Speech and Drama program and
a new Roll & Limber class within the Dance
program. For students in the Junior School,       Rob Pagano
keep an eye out for our excellent STEM            Director of AbbSchool
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community

    Extended tuition
    Term 1 3 February to 8 April
    Term 2 28 April to 27 June
    Term 3 21 July to 26 September
    Term 4 12 October to 28 November
    Swimming and diving
    Term 1 28 January to 9 April
    Term 2 27 April to 4 July
    Term 3 20 July to 26 September
    Term 4 12 October to 19 December
    Additional extended tuition dates
    Senior School Drama Recital Monday 14 September
    Junior School Drama Recital Tuesday 15 September
    Dance Till You Drop Saturday 14 November
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
Extended tuition Conditions
• AbbSchool tuition fees are due before the    giving 24 hours’ notice; otherwise you will
   beginning of each term.                      be charged for the lesson.
• An adjustment period in Term 1 ONLY        • All lessons will begin in the week
  will be in place until Friday 21 February       commencing Monday 3 February 2020
  to allow for enrolment changes without          and in Week 1 for Terms 2, 3 and 4.
  penalty. NO REFUNDS will be issued           • Applications are processed strictly on
  after this date, except where a medical         a ‘first come first served’ basis and it
  certificate has been provided.                  is therefore not possible to guarantee
• We encourage you to view enrolment in         placement in any Extended Tuition
  any Dance or Drama class as an annual           program. To avoid disappointment it is
  commitment, due to the performance              recommended you enrol early.
  goals/outcomes for most classes. In          • Private lessons in Communication Skills
  order to develop girls’ skills safely and       and Speech and Drama are taught on
  sequentially in Dance, we discourage            rotational basis throughout the school
  movement between styles and classes             day. Senior School girls are not permitted
  from one term to the next.                      to come out of PDHPE classes for their
Conditions                                        private lesson.
                                               • Students in Years 7-9 may elect to have
• Continuation from term to term is             their private or shared private Tennis
   assumed unless written notification           lesson in PE.                                  5
   is received.
                                               • All Junior School students attending
• Written notification before the beginning      AbbSchool activities must be collected
   of term is required if lessons are to          from the activity venue within 10 minutes
   be cancelled. This notification can be         of its completion. After this time students
   emailed to abbschool@abbotsleigh.nsw.          will be escorted to After School Care Verbal advice from a student will      to ensure appropriate supervision and
   not be accepted.                               care is provided. Parents will be charged
• The guaranteed number of lessons is 32         accordingly for the use of ASC.
   per year with allowances being made for     • Junior School students enrolled in 4.30
   outdoor education, exams, excursions and       pm classes must attend After School
   variations to the school timetable.            Care until the start of class.
• Group lesson absenteeism – Please           • Junior School swimming and diving
   provide notification of absences from          lessons will continue during camp week;
   AbbSchool group classes by emailing            however, there will NOT be any other               AbbSchool activities.
   or by ringing 9473 7827 (senior) or
   9473 7615 (junior).
• Private lesson absenteeism – If your
   daughter is ill and unable to attend her
   private lesson, adequate notice must be
   given by phoning the individual teacher
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
    Welcome to AbbSchool Dance!                      SPARKLE AND SING
                                                     Abbotsleigh girls K-2
    This program aims to develop confidence,
    discipline and self-expression through           Explore the magic of song and dance
    movement. With opportunities for every           together in this theatre-inspired class that
    kind of dancer, our classes explore              draws inspiration from classic and modern
    coordination, musicality, team and               musicals. Sing along and as you connect
    partner work, performance quality and of         lyrics, stories and plenty of sparkle with
    course technique and choreography. We            theatrical dance steps.
    are passionate about dancer education,           SHOWTIME
    providing tuition beyond just the physical,      Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6
    by involving safe dance, critical and            An ideal platform to extend performance
    creative thinking, and body awareness            skills and style. It draws together the
    concepts across all settings.                    performing arts strands of singing, acting,
    Please peruse our comprehensive                  dance and movement. The ‘Showtime’
    2020 program:                                    class is jazz-based and incorporates
6   • Specialist Group Classes                       material from established musical theatre
                                                     works, as well as original choreography.
    • Performance/Competitive Groups
    • Dance Wellbeing Classes                        ON BROADWAY
                                                     Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11
    • Examinable/Syllabus Classes
                                                     Musical theatre is one of the major
    • Private Dance Classes
                                                     performing art forms attracting audiences
    Due to the physical nature of dance              around the world. It draws together the
    classes, and the performance goals/              performing arts strands of singing, acting,
    outcomes for most classes, we encourage          dance and movement. Our ‘On Broadway’
    you to view enrolment in any dance class         classes are jazz-based and incorporate
    as an annual commitment. In order to             material from established musical theatre
    develop girls’ skills safely and sequentially,   works, as well as original choreography.
    we discourage movement between styles
    and classes on a term-basis.                     LATIN
                                                     Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12
    Specialty Group Classes                          Latin-American dances are typically known
    All classes will participate in the end-of-      as the cha-cha, rumba, samba, salsa,
    year event.                                      mambo and merengue. Latin dances are
                                                     generally faster paced and showcase
    Our specialty dance classes are varied           more rhythmic expression. Music may be
    in style and pace. All sessions are led          traditional Latin-American or contemporary
    by instructors with extensive experience         popular music. More recently the Latin
    in their chosen genre; from Latin to             style has been performed to hip hop music,
    Acrobatics, Broadway to Ballet, there’s          creating what is known as Latin hip hop.
    something for everyone!
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
JAZZ                                            to handstand, cartwheel, walkover and flip
Abbotsleigh girls Years K-2                     in a safe and technical environment.
Jazz dance represents our popular culture       This class is highly recommended for
and is constantly changing. Choreography        students involved in performance work,
reflects the music, which is usually upbeat     who may be interested in adding extra
– top 40, disco, 80s or rock.                   dynamics to their repertoire.
JFH (JAZZ, FUNK, HIP HOP)                       MINI POP
Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-12                    Abbotsleigh girls Years K-2                       7
JFH is used by commercial dancers and is a      ‘Mini Pop’ is the introductory course to hip
stylised combination of three disciplines. In   hop for infant dancers. Students will learn
the style of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Justin      the foundations of grounded movement,
Timberlake, JFH is expressive and unites        isolations and popping, in an upbeat and
elements of each style of dance.                age-appropriate setting.
ROLL & LIMBER                                   HIP HOP
Abbotsleigh girls Years K-2          NEW!       Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6
Roll & Limber is the introductory               Hip hop was developed on the streets
course to acrobatics for infant students.       by African Americans in the ’70s. It is an
Students will explore the various               informal and relaxed style of dance that is
fundamentals of Acrobatics such as basic        performed to hip hop and rap music with
gymnastic elements, contortion and              supple and grounded movements. Hip hop
flexibility as well as learning how to link     may also include elements of isolations,
these elements with dance moves in a fun        popping and locking, crumping and break.
and safe environment.                           URBAN DANCE
ACROBATICS                                      Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12
Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11                    Urban dance is the umbrella term used to
Junior Acrobatics Years 3-6                     describe dance choreographed to hip hop
Acrobatics involves strong balance, agility     and R&B. Classes may include elements
and coordination, in a style that combines      of popping and locking, break, hip hop and
dance and gymnastic floorwork. This class       lyrical hip hop (a fluid, interpretive dance to
is designed to give dancers the confidence      down tempo rap or R&B).
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
LYRICAL                                          body weight, natural and spontaneous
    Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-12                     movement, and personal interpretation
    Lyrical dance borrows technical elements         to create unique and abstract repertoire.
    from classical ballet and combines this          Contemporary dance movement is fluid,
    with the freedom and eloquence of jazz           often including large phrases of floor
    and contemporary forms. Lyrical dance, as        movement, and is generated from the core
    implied by its name, is also often tied to the   of the body creating its distinguishable
    composition of a song’s lyrics, reflecting       contractions and releases. Contemporary
    its words as well as its accents and flow.       dance may be observed in the work of
    Lyrical choreography is often themed             many dance companies including the
    around emotional despair, freedom, or            Sydney Dance Company and Chunky Move.
    obstacles, creating works that are both          TAP
    melodic and expressive.                          Abbotsleigh girls Years K-12
    CONTEMPORARY                                     Tap dance is a fusion of Irish dance and the
    Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12                     African shuffle. Tap can be performed to
    Contemporary dance evolved in response           music or can be an innovative way of creating
    to the rigid constraints of classical ballet     sound percussion, as demonstrated by the
    and is therefore less restrictive compared       Tap Dogs. Girls will not be required to have
    to other theatrical dance genres. It uses        tap shoes until Term 2. In Term 1 girls can
                                                     wear sandshoes or school shoes. Correct
     ABBOTSLEIGH GIRLS – ‘LEND A                     tap shoes will assist students to perform
     HAND’ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES                   steps accurately.
     DANCE PROJECT                                   BALLET (OPEN) NON-EXAMINABLE
     St Lucy’s and St Edmund’s students with         Abbotsleigh girls Years K-12
     special needs Years 2-11 in conjunction
     with Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11               Ballet is a classical dance form
                                                     characterised by grace and precision of
     Dance Project is an integration program         movement. Elaborate formal gestures,
     closely linked with the annual ABBOX of         steps, and poses are linked to create
     FUN camp. Students with special needs           balletic routines.
     are welcome to bop and boogie with us
     each week inspired by all the fun and           Ballet is not only for dancers who want
     energy of camp movement sessions.               to be ballerinas. Ballet gives a dancer
                                                     presence, technical expertise to turn out
     Abbotsleigh students who are interested         one’s legs, to point toes, to extend legs
     in gaining teaching experience are              higher with more ease, and to dance with
     encouraged to engage in support based           correct posture, resulting in less injury.
     roles within Dance Project classes.             Ballet exercises build coordination and
     Students will provide assistance and            strength, required of many contrasting
     build meaningful relationships with             styles such as jazz, theatre and ballroom.
     those who may not have the same                 Our open ballet program accommodates
     capacity for movement but love it all the       a variety of age groups and draws content
     same. Expressions of interest in support        from syllabi and classical styles (such as
     roles should be forwarded to                    RAD, Cecchetti and ADi). or
     to the Dance Coordinator.                       Open classes allow students to participate
                                                     in lessons without the strictures of formal
     Volunteer hours contribute to Duke of           examination work and the commitment of
     Edinburgh requirements.                         multiple classes per week.
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
Students will participate in intra-school    Performance/Competitive
assessment to gauge progress.                Groups
SHAKE & CHEER                                All groups will participate in the
Abbotsleigh girls Years K-2                  end-of-year event.
An energetic and upbeat class based on       AbbSchool Dance competitive groups
the dance style, Pom. Dancers will learn     perform at community and eisteddfod
teamwork, develop synchronicity and          events over Terms 2-3. Groups are led by
establish coordination between technical     highly experienced and current instructors,
dance steps and use of coloured pom          with intensive workshop and masterclass
poms. Abbotsleigh pom poms will be           opportunities offered to expand versatility,
purchased on behalf of new dancers. This     ability and knowledge. All competitive
one-off cost will be charged separately.     dancers will require a costume for
K-POP                                        performance work, at an additional cost.
Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12                 Specialised footwear may also be required
                                             for some classes.
K-Pop is an abbreviation for Korean Pop;
a category of pop music strongly featuring   Junior Company and J Crew auditions are
dance choreography in Urban and JFH          held in Term 4 and commence training at
styles. Meet other K-Pop fans, learn full    the beginning of the new year. Senior Crew
routines and celebrate all things K-Pop!     and Company auditions are held in early
Classes will cover choreography from         Term 1.
your favourite groups such from BTS to       Specific information about the audition
BlackPink and Girls’ Generation.             process will be available on AbbNet
                                             Student and Parent Notices closer to the       9
Girls and boys aged 3-5                      audition period.

Wiggle and Wriggle classes employ            New students to Abbotsleigh can audition
elements of dance, gymnastics, yoga and      in Term 1, 2020. Please contact the Dance
song to provide movement experiences         Coordinator to express your interest.
that are fun and engaging. Lessons consist   SELECTIVE CLASSES
of freeform activities designed to build     Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11
confidence, and are a gateway to building    By way of fostering a high level of
physical and social skills in your child.    performance quality and providing an
Children are encouraged to develop skills    enhanced level of challenge, additional
through a variety of activities including    performance opportunities will be available
imaginative movement, props                  to Selective level classes in the styles of:
and instruments.
                                             • Lyrical
                                             • Contemporary
  INTENSIVE COURSES                          • Latin
  These short-format courses are             Opportunities will likely include Sydney-
  designed to provide complementary          based eisteddfods and local community
  training for dancers, in an intensive      events, all to proceed based on a combined
  setting. Courses may be 1-5 weeks          class effort in Semester 1.
  in duration, with session details and
  fees to be released on a term basis.
  Courses will run subject to numbers.
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - For Abbotsleigh students, parents and friends in the wider community
Entry into selective classes are via           Federation) events, under Primary and
     invitation or trial only. Trials are held in   Secondary School sections. Costumes are
     Weeks 2-3 of Term 1. Please indicate           required for competition work, at a cost
     an expression of interest to trial via the     of $100-150 per girl. AASCF membership
     AbbSchool enrolment form or email to the       will also be required, at a cost to
     Dance Coordinator.                             be determined.
     Please note participation in additional        J CREW
     performance work will require purchase of      Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6
     costumes (up to $100-$150 in cost) around
                                                    J Crew is the junior counterpart of the
     Term 2.
                                                    Senior Crew. The Abbotsleigh J Crew will
     COMP POM                                       compete at hip hop competitions and
     Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-12                   eisteddfods in 2020.
     Pom is a fun, energetic style of dance         NB Hip hop is a compulsory class for all
     using pom poms. Although often                 J Crew members in 2020.
     associated with cheerleading, this style
     incorporates technical dance elements,
                                                    Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12
     with a focus on jumps, leaps, kicks and
     turns. It is characterised by clean, sharp     Crew is a competitive dance group
     and precise motions, synchronisation and       adopting elements of urban dance. A Crew
     the use of interesting visual effects, such    member need not have strong jazz or ballet
     as formation and level changes, use of         technique; however, strong knowledge
     different coloured pom poms and passing        of Jazz, Street or Latin dance will allow
     them between dancers.                          the student to easily recall choreography,
                                                    further enhancing their Crew experience.
     Abbotsleigh pom poms will be purchased
                                                    The Abbotsleigh Crew will compete at hip
     on behalf of new dancers. This one-off
                                                    hop competitions and eisteddfods in 2020.
     cost will be charged separately.
                                                    NB Urban class is a compulsory ‘open’
     Junior and Senior Pom groups will have
                                                    component for all Crew members in 2020.
     the opportunity to compete in 2020
     AASCF (Australian All Star Cheerleading
COMPANY A                                    Dance Wellbeing Classes
Junior: Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-6
                                             Dance Wellbeing Classes are non-
Senior: Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11
                                             performance classes
Company A is for junior and senior
                                             Dancer wellbeing is a key objective of
students with a solid understanding of the
                                             the AbbSchool Dance Program. We are
technical elements required in dance and
                                             passionate about assisting dancers in
who possess a natural stage presence.
                                             using their body safely, minimising injury,
Strong technical jazz routines will be
                                             and improving performance through careful
a focus for 2020, for performance at
                                             conditioning. Our Dance Wellbeing classes
eisteddfods and community events.
                                             are led by highly qualified professionals
Students who achieve a place in              with extensive training in Exercise &
Company A must be working toward body        Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning
maintenance by meeting technique class       coaching, Pilates and dance instruction.
and stretch requirements, in conjunction     Numbers are limited to ensure quality
with company training hours.                 instruction and tailoring of programs to the
NB Jazz Syllabus or RAD/Open Ballet is a     individual dancer.
compulsory ‘technical’ component for all     Guest instruction and workshops from
Company members in 2020.                     leading Sydney dance physiotherapists
COMPANY B                                    are arranged for Pre-Pointe & Pointe
Junior: Abbotsleigh girls Years 2-6          Conditioning students, to further educate,
Senior: Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11         develop dance networks and assess
Company B is for students who wish to        dancer readiness for more advanced work.
extend their dance ability in jazz and       DANCE CONDITIONING                             11
theatre, with a view to becoming a member    Dance Conditioning classes combine the
of Company A in the future. Company B        modes of Pilates and resistance training to
will compete at eisteddfods in 2019 to       improve athletic development of dancers
provide performance experience. There        in a safe setting. Dancers who participate
is a strict focus on technique, developing   in Dance Conditioning consistently should
confidence, stage presence and a keen        expect to see gains in mobility, strength/
sense of musicality and rhythm.              muscle balance and knowledge of safe
Students who achieve a place in              stretching and warm-up practices, with
Company B must be working toward body        flow-on effects for all levels and genres
maintenance by meeting technique class       of movement.
and stretch requirements, in conjunction     Written programs and hand-outs may also
with Company training hours. Company B       be provided during Dance Conditioning
students may be awarded the opportunity      classes for students to develop a series of
to reserve for Company A work based on       complementary reference materials and
exceptional commitment and developing        conditioning resources.
dance ability.
                                             All equipment is provided for this
NB Jazz Syllabus or RAD/Open Ballet is a     class, however we recommend dancers
compulsory ‘technical’ component for all     purchase a theraband for their individual
Company members in 2019.                     use in the studio and at home. This class
                                             is strongly recommended for Senior
                                             Company dancers.
PRE-POINTE & POINTE CONDITIONING                 Royal Academy Of Dance (RAD)
     With a background in RAD training and
                                                      EXAMINABLE BALLET
     instruction, tutors of Pre-Pointe & Pointe
     Conditioning are able to safely guide dancers    Abbotsleigh girls Years 2–11
     through the journey towards and beyond           The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
     basic Pointe work. A holistic approach           syllabus is one of the most significant
     is taken to ensure that each student is          dance education organisations in the
     adequately prepared for the challenges of        world, possessing a rich history. RAD
     dancing en pointe; from postural awareness       maintains a presence across 83 countries
     and core strength, to turn-out, ankle-           with patronage from HM Queen Elizabeth
     strength and intrinsic foot articulation.        II and Darcy Bussell (CBE) as President.
     This class is strongly recommended for           The internationally recognised classical
     all students participating in RAD Grade          syllabi develop and challenge fundamental
     5, Grade 6, Intermediate Foundations,            dance technique through beautifully
     Intermediate Advanced Foundations and            choreographed exercises. The curriculum
     Advanced 1 to prepare for pointe work or         is grouped in two key classifications;
     maintain pointe strength. It is also suited to   ‘Graded’ and ‘Vocationally Graded’.
     non RAD dancers working towards pointe.          Graded
                                                      Graded levels (Pre-Primary and Primary,
     Examinable/Syllabus Classes                      Grade 1 to Grade 8) incorporate ballet,
     NB: RAD syllabus classes will not perform        free movement, and character, and are
     in the end of year event.                        suitable for candidates from 7 years up.
                                                      There is a focus on ‘feeling before form’,
     Examinable, syllabus-based classes
12                                                    with elements of freer and progressive
     are a key component of the AbbSchool
                                                      styles incorporated.
     Dance program. These provide formal
     opportunities for dancers to have their          Vocationally Graded
     training recognised by nationally and            Builds on the elements of the graded
     internationally-recognised organisations,        syllabus but with greater focus on
     and provide invaluable and notable               technique, music and performance skills.
     technical development.                           Comprises six levels from Intermediate
                                                      Foundation through to Solo Seal. Suitable
     Syllabus classes are led by dance-society
                                                      for the older ballet student (11 years up)
     certified instructors and trainers, who
                                                      through to advanced level.
     have a thorough working knowledge of the
     style, society and examination process.          An RAD-specific uniform will be required
     Our syllabus instructors hold CBTS (RAD)         by each girl and closely monitored on a
     certification, Cert IV in Dance Teaching &       weekly basis. Annual RAD examinations
     Management (Jazz) and Cert IV in Training        occur mid-year – please consider
     and Assessment qualifications, which are         your daughter’s schedule to this end.
     regularly updated through professional           Examinations may or may not occur
     development activities and industry              on site at Abbotsleigh and will attract
     revisions.                                       additional costs.
     Examination classes do not participate in        Proposed 2020 RAD Curriculum
     the end-of-year performance, but may have        Due to annual examinations around
     viewing-class opportunities throughout           May, Grade 3 – Advanced Foundation
     the year.                                        classes will use Term 1 for revision and
                                                      formal assessment preparation of their
                                                      2019 grade.
Grade 1–2                                       Instructor and Dance Coordinator. The
All enrolments will be observed during          Advanced Primary Ballet Open class is a
a grading week early in Term 1. This will       compulsory additional hour of training each
determine whether the group proceeds            week for all Grade 5 dancers. Pre-Pointe
with the Grade 1 or Grade 2 syllabus.           Conditioning is strongly recommended
As a guide, the Grade 1-2 class standard        for Grade 5 dancers as they are working
is a mid-point between the open Beginner        towards pointe for later grade. Please note
and Primary classes. Beginner Ballet 1          pointe approval from a licenced physio is     13
or 2 is a compulsory additional 30min           required for pointe work.
of training each week for all Grade 1-2         Grade 6
dancers.                                        Suitable for dancers who studied Grade
Grade 3                                         5 in 2019. Direct entry into Grade 6 is
Suitable for all dancers who studied Grade      possible based on assessment by the RAD
2 in 2019. Direct entry into Grade 3 is         instructor and Dance Coordinator. The
possible based on assessment by the RAD         Advanced Primary Ballet or Intermediate
instructor and Dance Coordinator. The           (Senior School) open class is a compulsory
Primary Ballet open class is a compulsory       additional hour of training each week for
additional hour of training each week for all   all Grade 6 dancers. Pre-Pointe & Pointe
Grade 3 dancers.                                Conditioning is strongly recommended for
                                                Grade 6 dancers.
Grade 4
Suitable for all dancers who studied Grade      Intermediate Foundation
3 in 2019. Direct entry into Grade 4 is         Intermediate Foundation is our suggested
possible based on assessment by the RAD         starting point for Senior dancers. Prior
instructor and Dance Coordinator. The           classical experience is recommended but
Primary or Advanced Primary Ballet open         not essential. Intermediate Foundation
                                                lessons should be viewed as the ‘syllabus’
class is a compulsory additional hour of
                                                component of a multi-class structure.
training each week for all Grade 4 dancers.
                                                The Intermediate Open Ballet class is a
Grade 5                                         compulsory component for all participants.
Suitable for all dancers who studied Grade      Pre-Pointe & Pointe Conditioning is
4 in 2019. Direct entry into Grade 5 is         strongly recommended for Intermediate
possible based on assessment by the RAD         Foundation dancers.
Intermediate                                  Australian Dance Vision (ADV)
     Suitable for all dancers who studied          Jazz Syllabus and Australian
     Intermediate Foundation in 2019. Prior        Dance Institute (ADi)
     classical experience is essential. Direct
                                                   Certificates I-IV in Dance
     entry into the Intermediate class is
     possible based on assessment by the RAD       The ADV syllabus is a fair and supportive
     instructor and Dance Coordinator.             examinable dance program, which
     Intermediate lessons should be viewed         evaluates the pathway of getting to the
     as the ‘syllabus’ component of a multi-       exam, not just the exam itself. Australian
     class structure. The Advanced Open            Dance Vision is the premier provider of
     Ballet class is a compulsory component        professional dance education in Australia.
     for all participants. Pre-Pointe and Pointe   Their courses were developed in response
     Conditioning is strongly recommended          to the need for a fair and competency-
14   for Intermediate students to assist with      based dance assessment program. The
     maintaining strong pointe work.               ADV program encompasses not only the
                                                   technicalities of a dance style but also
     Advanced Foundation
                                                   anatomy and physiology, dance history,
     Suitable for all dancers who studied
                                                   nutrition, safe dance, musicality and
     Intermediate in 2019. Prior classical
                                                   stage craft.
     experience is essential.
                                                   Students of Abbotsleigh use their Dance
     Intermediate lessons should be viewed
                                                   Society syllabus technical examination
     as the ‘syllabus’ component of a multi-
                                                   results towards VET competencies
     class structure. The Advanced Open
                                                   contained within the CUA Certificates in
     Ballet class is a compulsory component
                                                   Dance qualifications provided directly by
     for all participants. Pre-Pointe and Pointe
                                                   Australian Dance institute RTO 91600.
     Conditioning is strongly recommended for
     Advanced Foundation students to assist        The certificate system is available to
     with maintaining strong pointe work.          students from Level 3 up. Completion of
                                                   an annual yearly examination is required in
                                                   order to complete certificate courses.
                                                   There are 13 levels of the jazz syllabus. Age
                                                   and experience will determine which level a
                                                   student is most suited to (all 2019 students
                                                   will progress to the next level in 2020).
                                                   Each week the teacher will record attitude
                                                   marks, which will take into account a
student’s grooming, ability, concentration,    Level 2
effort, uniform and classroom etiquette.       Abbotsleigh girls Years 2-3
This mark is scaled against an overall         In this class, students step into full
ability mark and contributes directly to the   syllabus work, with strong emphasis on jazz
end grade in annual assessments.               elements such as terminology, barre work,
In the VETAB system, students are              progressions, as well as dance history
assessed against a set criteria, which is      and body science study. This level can be
competency based.                              taken over two years to ensure students         15
Students beginning syllabus classes in         have adequate grasp of both practical and
February 2020 will sit an assessment at        theoretical elements before moving into the
the end of Term 3 or beginning of Term 4       Certificate 1 levels.
2020. Assessments are optional and incur       Level 3
an additional cost. Students younger than      Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-4
the listed age recommendations may be          This syllabus class focuses on the
granted entry into a particular level based    various elements of jazz and works on
on their dance ability and experience.         improving students’ jazz technique and
Please apply in writing to the Dance           theory knowledge through their studies.
Coordinator for special consideration.         In this class, students work on elements
NB Jazz syllabus classes will not perform in   of jazz that will assist them with working
the end of year event.                         towards their VETAB nationally accredited
Level 1                                        Certificate I in dance that is completed
Abbotsleigh girls Years 1-2                    during their Level 4 year of studies.
In this foundation level, students are         Level 4 (Cert I)
introduced to syllabus work via technical      Abbotsleigh girls Years 4-6
jazz exercises and basic theoretical           Level 4 is the entry level for Certificate I.
worksheets on history and body science.        Students wishing to complete their
Level 1 is an ideal starting point for any     Certificate I must have completed their
dancers new to the structure of syllabus       Level 3 ADV examination prior to entry into
work or with aims of recognition for their     Level 4. All certificate I theory work must
dancing via examinations.                      be completed in 12 months.
Prelude                                         Private Dance Classes
     Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11
                                                     NB: Solo and duo dancers will not perform
     In Prelude, practical sessions will involve     in the end of year event.
     exercises challenging core strength,
     posture and alignment, along with               SOLO AND DUO LESSONS
     progressions requiring both technical           Abbotsleigh girls Years 3-11
     and expressive skill. Students enrolled         Students wishing to further their dance
     in Prelude will work towards their VETAB        skills can apply for individual training in
     nationally accredited Certificate II in         the form of solo or duo lessons. The aim
     dance that is completed during their            of these lessons is to provide students
     Transition studies.                             with one-on-one technical training OR
     Transition (Cert II)                            suitable choreography with which to enter
     Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11                    their chosen competitions, auditions
                                                     and eisteddfods. Students and teachers
     Transition is the entry level of study for
                                                     collaborate on music choices and
     Certificate II in Dance. It explores more
                                                     choreographic style, producing a piece that
     intricate body science subjects, with
                                                     best enhances each student’s strengths
     the aim of ensuring dancers are well
                                                     and interests.
     equipped with nutritional and anatomical
     information. Students wishing to complete       Students and their parents will be
     Certificate II must have completed their        responsible for both entering and providing
     Prelude examination prior to entry into         costumes for external events, although
     Transition. All Certificate II theory work      teachers will be able to offer advice. A
     must be completed in 12 months.                 handbook will be provided to assist with
16                                                   solo/duo objectives and performance work.
     Major 1
     Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11                    Lessons will be scheduled across Thursday
                                                     and Friday afternoons. Select lunchtimes
     Major 1 is a pre-professional level. The        and limited slots Monday-Wednesday
     syllabus involves increased elements            may be agreed upon where other slots
     of student composition, solo and                are already filled. Morning sessions are
     improvisation alongside detailed history        not available.
     and physiology theory. Students enrolled
     in Major 1 will work towards their VETAB        Solo & Duo Recital 2020
     national accredited Certificate III in Dance    A solo and duo recital evening will take
     that is completed in their Major 2 studies.     place in 2020 (likely late Term 3), on the
                                                     Senior campus. This will be an intimate and
     Major 2 (Cert III)                              supportive performance opportunity for all
     Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-11                    performance-based solo and duo dancers.
     Major 2 is the entry level of study for         Parents and friends are invited to share in
     Certificate III in Dance. Students wishing to   the recital event.
     complete this course must have completed        Participation in the recital is strongly
     their Major 1 examination prior to entry into   encouraged, but optional for all solo and
     Major 2. All Certificate III theory work must   duo dancers.
     be completed in 12 months.
Audition only groups
Company is the title of the representative
jazz teams at Abbotsleigh. Company
reflects the professional nature of the
groups, highlights teamwork aspects and
emphasises the training level required
of members.
Company members must maintain a high
level of commitment and possess strong
time management. Generally students
in performance teams have extensive
dance training in ballet, jazz and
contemporary; however, this experience
is not compulsory as students will be
considered on their current ability.
Students invited to join Company will
be asked to purchase a dance costume
that will be worn at each competition in
which they participate. All students on a
team must be prepared to participate in
dance classes consistently, particularly
compulsory technique based classes.
Company may train as a single inclusive
group, or be selected as distinct A and B
teams. This decision will be based upon
audition standards.
                                              ALL ABBOUT DANCE EXTERNAL
End of year event                             STUDIO
                                              External students aged 3-9
INTRA-SCHOOL COMPETITION                      Saturdays are abuzz with our All
This biennial, intra-school dance             ABBout Dance program. External
competition will take place on Saturday 14    students have the opportunity to
November on the Senior School campus.         point, pop and plié their morning away
AbbSchool dancers from Kindergarten-          within the extensive Abbotsleigh dance
Year 12 will experience the exhilaration of   venues, overseen by the experienced
competition in an encouraging and familiar    and friendly AbbSchool staff.
environment. The event is designed            Ballet and jazz/JFH options are
to encourage interdependence and              available from beginner level through to
present a comprehensive performance           intermediate/advanced level. Combine
opportunity. ‘Dance till you Drop’ is a       back to back classes to provide a
rehearsal-free event; we promote positive     well rounded dance experience.
and constructive interaction between          Students will have the opportunity
performers, friends and family in the         to perform during a low key open
audience, and our panel of adjudicators.      day event. No special rehearsals
                                              or expensive costumes needed!
Dramatic Arts
     Drama, prose, poetry, musical theatre,          nerves, warming up and confidently being
     playwriting, physical theatre, stage            in control of the pressure of presenting a
     combat are some of the many performing          year’s work in one sitting.
     and creative arts programs offered in           All students in these programs are given
     AbbSchool’s dramatic arts courses, along        the opportunity to take part in a variety of
     with the Trinity Guildhall syllabus.            performance opportunities.
     We encourage you to view enrolment in any
     Drama class as an annual commitment,            Private and shared private
     due to the performance goals/outcomes for       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
     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
18                                                   wide knowledge and appreciation for
     Trinity Guildhall’s assessment of ability in
                                                     prose, poetry and drama. Emphasis is
     speech, spoken interaction and dramatic
                                                     placed on voice and voice production
     performance offers a varied and in-depth
                                                     through activities involving breathing,
     study of performance and communication.
                                                     articulation and projection. Lessons will
     The program provides a structured set
                                                     include a range of strategies including
     of learning outcomes designed to help
                                                     vocal exercises, theatrical games and
     students develop a confident manner
                                                     performance activities.
     and a full, forward and free voice. In
     addition, it allows students to progress        Private lessons are available for Junior
     in a systematic way as their interest and       School students and private or shared
     aptitude for communication, speech and          private lessons for Senior School students.
     drama develop.                                  All students are enrolled on a semester
                                                     basis, with 32 lessons provided each year.
     Students may complete voluntary
     individual or group examinations                Students enrolled in private or shared
     in Semester 2 to achieve Trinity                private lessons, after consultation with
     certification. These examinations incur an      their teacher, may elect to study one of the
     additional cost.                                options below:
     Trinity Guildhall exams also provide            Acting
     invaluable experience for class                 This course is designed for those students
     assessments and the HSC. Performing and         who wish to focus entirely upon the
     being examined in front of an unknown           process of drama, and includes related
     examiner is important practice for working      performance skills such as improvisation
     on pre-exam preparation, controlling            and mime, and the opportunity to devise
and develop original scripts. It looks at       Private lessons are available for Junior
character development, transition and tools     School students and private or shared
used to create a full, rounded performance.     private lessons for Senior School
Performance arts                                students. All students are enrolled on a
This course provides an exciting way to         semester basis, with 16 lessons provided
learn how to use the ability of several art     each semester.
forms with confidence. Various acting tools
are mixed, ranging from mime, puppetry,         Private drama performance
clowning, juggling, combat skills, physical     opportunities
theatre, musical instruments, music and         Private and shared private students are
pantomime to blend into a scene.                invited to perform at the annual drama
Musical theatre                                 recitals where parents and friends can
The three disciplines examined in this          come and enjoy the pieces students have
syllabus are singing, acting and movement       worked on all year.
but, as is the nature of musical theatre,       The Junior School Recital for students in
candidates need to demonstrate their            Years 4-6 will be held in Everett Hall on
ability in these skills through integrative     Tuesday 15 September. The Senior School
performance.                                    Recital for Years 7-8 will be held in the
At all levels, the syllabus offers a wide       Drama Studio on Monday 14 September. All
choice for selection of performance             students may sit the Trinity Guildhall exam
material, which may include material from       in October/November.
the candidate’s own country or culture.
World dramatists                                Group lessons
This syllabus explores the great playwrights                                                       21
                                                LITTLE DRAMA FUN
from around the globe. Discover the likes
                                                Girls and boys aged 3-5
of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller,
Patrick White, Harold Pinter and more. The      In this class, children will delight in creating
course encourages students to develop           characters through voice and movement,
confidence and expressiveness and is            experiment and play using costumes and
invaluable for those who wish to develop        props, whilst being taught how to move and
their acting and performance skills. The        use stage space. Through drama games
examinations have been carefully designed       and re-enactment, children will work on
so that they complement and enrich              following stage directions, expressing
programs of study in drama and literature.      their ideas, and using their imaginations.
                                                Children will have a taste of poetry,
COMMUNICATION SKILLS                            storytelling, myths and legends along with
This program is designed to enhance             play-building skills and improvisation.
a student’s ability to communicate in a         This class will boost children’s stage
variety of contexts and circumstances,          presence, build confidence and encourage
including preparing and delivering              their creativity.
speeches, interactive 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
able to use language with increasing ease,
confidence, subtlety and appropriateness.
     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       Performance opportunities include the
     to be fun! Students do not sit a Trinity     Junior School and Senior School recitals
     Guildhall examination.                       held in September. All students may sit
                                                  the Trinity Guildhall exam in October/
     TRINITY GROUP DRAMA                          November.
     Abbotsleigh girls Years 4-8
     This course will provide girls with the      Term courses
     opportunity to interact with their friends
                                                  CREATIVE WRITING FICTION
     and create a fulfilling and dramatic
                                                  Abbotsleigh girls Year 5-6 | Term 2
     performance in a relaxed and enjoyable
     environment. The program involves a          John Larkin is the much-loved author
     deeper focus on drama and constructing       of more than 25 published books for
     a performance for examination in Term 4.     teens, adults and children. His books for
     Each group will be assessed as a whole       young people include The Shadow Girl,
     by the examiner who will provide a written   Growing Payne and Spaghetti Legs. John
     report with each student receiving an        has degrees in English Literature and
     individual certificate.                      Education, a Masters in Creative Writing
                                                  and is the writer in residence at Knox
     Performance opportunities include
                                                  Grammar School. His workshops allow
     the Junior School and Senior School
                                                  students the opportunity to work in a
     recitals held in September. All students
                                                  supportive and encouraging environment
     may sit the Trinity Guildhall exam in
                                                  as they build a portfolio of original work.
     October/ November.
                                                  Students who are interested in the craft
     TRINITY MUSICAL THEATRE                      of writing will learn how to write a more
     Abbotsleigh girls Years 5-7                  sophisticated piece of work, along with
     Students will develop the ability to         receiving supportive feedback to help them
     integrate singing, acting, movement and      develop and take more risks in their writing.
     dance into a sustained and convincing        CRIME WRITING FICTION
     performance, and will be encouraged to       Abbotsleigh girls Year 8-11 | Term 2
     develop confidence, expression and their
                                                  Darcy-Lee Tindale has written comedy
     ability to cooperate and negotiate during
                                                  for radio, stage, media personalities,
     this course.
                                                  comedians and theatre restaurants. Her
                                                  plays, poems, articles and short stories
                                                  have been published in the School
Magazine, Celapene Press, Tincture,           Students will work on their story to polish
Clan Destine Press, ZineWest, Black           and enter the Scarlett Stiletto Award in
& Blue Publications, Penguin Books,           August, in the under 18 year old category.
Bumples Magazine, Newcastle anthology,        The Scarlett Stiletto is a national award for
Stringybark Publications and Storm Cloud      short stories written by Australian women
USA. Her children’s books are published       and featuring a strong female protagonist.
with McGraw Hill Education and her            Award winners who have gone on to have
middle-grade reader Thumb Pickles and         novels published include Cate                   23
Other Cautionary Preserves is published       Kennedy, Tara Moss, Annie
with Woodslane Publishers.                    Hauxwell, Angela Savage and           NEW!
Darcy’s work has been nominated for           Josephine Pennicott.
and won many awards, including the
Scarlett Stiletto, CBCA Frustrated
                                              Abbotsleigh girls Year 6 | Term 2,
Writers, Varuna Writers’ House, Narda         Years 4-5 | Term 3
Lyn, Di Cranston National Literary Award,
Monash University Undergraduate Prize,        Students will learn many of the Impro
Stringybark, Newcastle Short Story Award,     Australia Theatresports™ games including
CA Broadribb Award, and the Writer            Death in a Minute, Word at a Time Story,
Around the Murray Award. She has been         Gibberish, Human Puppets, Mime and
shortlisted three years running in the        Typewriter, to name a few. Theatresports
SD Harvey Short Story Australian Crime        is fun, teaching valuable and essential
Writers Association Ned Kelly Awards.         skills for any student actor: from quick
                                              thinking, using the imagination, role play,
Darcy’s passion for crime writing will take   improvisation, voice use, physicality with
students on the journey of writing a strong   characters, movement, thinking outside the
plot, fully rounded characters, a touch of    box, thinking on one’s feet and more. Girls
red herrings, and twists and turns that all   will form teams, learn the rules and have
amount to a thrilling read of crime.          a friendly challenge of improvisation and
                                              Theatresports skills.
     Abbotsleigh girls Years 5-6 | Term 3          Abbotsleigh girls               NEW!
     Years 7-8 | Term 2                            Years 5-6 | Term 2
     This workshop is ideal for students who are   Roxanne and Stephen
     uncomfortable with public speaking. The       Kiely are musicians, music teachers,
     aim is to build confidence in a supportive    entertainers, award-winning songwriters
     environment. Speaking in front of an          and directors of ScoopFX Music.
     audience can be a stressful and nerve-        Roxanne is a well-known vocal coach
     racking event, but understanding the key      to stars such as Delta Goodrem, Bec
     elements of a good speech and learning        Cartwright, Sarah Blasko, Hayley Warner
     how to use those butterflies to your          (co-writer of the Katy Perry song Never
     advantage are effective tools for life.       Really Over) and Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
     This course will look at the planning and     With more than 30 years of industry
     preparation of a speech, content, tone and    experience, Roxanne is a performer,
     length, as well as knowing your audience,     vocal coach, songwriter, the president of
     practising your speech, vocal variety and     Songsalive! Australia, and author of the
     speech delivery, body language, posture       Busy Izzy and Friends children’s picture
                                                   books and multi-media series.
     and gesturing. Presentation and physical
     appearance, eye contact and controlling       Stephen is a multi-instrumentalist,
     your nerves will also be addressed.           songwriter, producer, performer, website
     Students will develop confidence and          designer, multi-media and digital creative
     have a better understanding of public         director, and co-songwriter with Roxanne
     speaking tools.                               for the Busy Izzy and Friends series. He has
                                                   written and produced film soundtracks,
                                                   advertising jingles and songs covering
                                                   genres as diverse as rock and country,
                                                   through to swing and jazz.
Roxanne and Stephen will work with
students on the following:
How to write catchy lyrics – hook lines –
writing from a title – prosody – phrasing
– choosing words that sing well – angles
– concepts – chord progressions – styles
and more.
Students will craft their original song over
the ten weeks, then record it accompanied
by Stephen on piano or guitar on a Zoom
digital recorder for the students to keep.
Abbotsleigh girls Years 5-6 | Term 1
Years 3-4 | Term 2
Students will learn comedic skills
associated with clowns. They will embrace
being ‘silly’ and identify what makes
human beings laugh. Students will explore
physical theatre, experiment with props
and costume, devise group drama pieces
for an audience and draw on aspects of
Commedia dell’arte to create their own
clown characters and scenarios.                 25
Clowning is particularly challenging (and
beneficial) for students whose cultures or
upbringings value seriousness or where
‘silliness’ is frowned upon. This is also
an important outlet for those girls who
are ‘class clowns’ – they are given the
opportunity to use and build on this skill in
a structured environment. It provides the
opportunity for all students to loosen up,
learn to laugh at themselves and others in
a safe and friendly way, release themselves
from fear of failure and enjoy themselves.
     At Abbotsleigh we are very passionate           ANZ HOT SHOTS SQUADS
     about tennis. Tennis is an important part       The Hot Shots Squads complement
     of our sporting landscape with many             group or private lessons and are focused
     competitions; Tildesley shield being the        predominantly around gameplay and
     biggest for our senior girls and is one of      drilling. The squads are invitation only;
     the major carnivals on the IGSSA calendar.      however, anyone wishing to trial for a place
     Whether it be junior or senior girls,           in these squads may contact the Head
     identifying and developing talent in girls of   Coach, Brendon Rose, at
     any age is of utmost importance and keeps to
     the tennis staff busy all year round!           express interest.
                                                     Junior Red, Orange and Gold
                                                     FREE JUNIOR HOT SHOTS LUNCH
                                                     GAME PLAY
                                                     Abbotsleigh girls currently enrolled in
                                                     AbbSchool tennis
26                                                   These sessions are intended to
     Boys and girls aged 3-12
                                                     complement students’ tennis lessons
     ANZ Tennis Hot Shots lessons are for            and encourage extra practice, hence
     all children looking to start their tennis      only students who are enrolled in the
     journey. Each lesson is run in a nurturing      AbbSchool tennis program can enrol.
     environment which promotes participation        Sessions will be held on Mondays for K-2
     and inclusion. They are run in small groups     Red ball and Fridays for 3-6 Orange/Green
     where children will learn a sport they can      ball. These sessions are not compulsory;
     play for life. The groups encompass each of     however, parents must advise the Head
     the stages – blue, red, orange and green.       Coach if their child will be absent.
     The program is designed so that any child,      Racquets will be provided.
     no matter their age or ability, can jump in
     and start playing tennis. All equipment and
     courts are modified to make starting tennis
     as easy as possible.
     These are our entry level squads. The          Abbotsleigh girls Years 7-12 currently
     sessions provide an interesting and            enrolled in AbbSchool tennis
     enjoyable introduction to tennis, and as the   These Fast 4 Tennis lunchtime sessions are
     students progress they cover all aspects of    offered to Abbotsleigh senior students who
     technical, tactical and game play.             are enrolled in AbbSchool Tennis. Students
     TENNIS INTENSIVE SQUADS                        will enjoy playing in a fast-paced format
     These squads offer an intensive training       while gaining valuable match practise.
     program for the more advanced tennis           Students will be placed in a ladder system
     player and are only available by invitation    based on ability and will play a challenge
     from the Head Coach. Students need             match, moving up and down the ladder
     to show a strong commitment to their           depending on results. Students will play
     tennis as positions in these squads are        once a week in a stress-free environment
     reviewed each semester. In addition to         at a lunchtime which is mutually agreed
     participating in these squads, it is highly    upon between students. There will be
     recommended that players also enrol in         awards each term for most-improved and
     private or shared private tennis lessons for   this ladder will also aid tennis staff when
     more refined stroke production techniques.     selecting school teams, as regular practice
     As recommended by Tennis Australia, our        and enthusiasm to improve is regarded
     squads have a game based approach with         highly by the coaches.
     students learning through match play and
     a focus on the game itself, rather than        New initiatives in 2020
     emphasising technique alone.                   Some things to look out for in 2020 are our
28   The levels for our tennis squads are:          weekly, free Hot Shots lunchtime gameplay
     Senior Gold, Silver and Bronze                 sessions along with more Hot Shots
                                                    challenges. Our Fast 4 senior ladder will be
     Coaching                                       perfect for those girls who are time poor
                                                    but want more gameplay. Also, keep an eye
     These lessons are available to both            out for the Universal Tennis Ranking (UTR)
     Abbotsleigh and non-Abbotsleigh students       tournaments held locally for extra practice.
     of all ages including adults.                  We will advise students and parents of
     PRIVATE COACHING                               these as they come up.
     All ages | 30 or 60 minute sessions
     Private coaching allows for customised
     sessions to develop the skill level of
     individual students in a one to one or
     two to one format. This can range from
     teaching the basics to the more advanced
     tactics of the game. This lesson is tailored
     to the student’s individual needs.
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