PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 2020 - 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 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 email@example.com 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 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 46 Adult Program Tennis Tennis, aqua aerobics, lap swimming, Brendon Rose BA USPTR Professional, Level 2 Coach social sport competitions Phone 0407 778 605 Email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. friendships. Through AbbSchool, students edu.au 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
4 Dates 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
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 email@example.com. will be escorted to After School Care edu.au. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Dance 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!
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).
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 8 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). email@example.com 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.
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 WIGGLE AND WRIGGLE 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.
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. 10 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 CREW 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). Assessment 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 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. 17 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 DANCE TILL YOU DROP 2020 – 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.
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 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 22 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 THEATRESPORTS 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.
CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING SONGWRITING Abbotsleigh girls Years 5-6 | Term 3 Abbotsleigh girls NEW! Years 7-8 | Term 2 Years 5-6 | Term 2 24 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. CLOWNING – THE ART OF BEING SILLY 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.
Tennis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ANZ HOT SHOTS GROUPS 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.
SENIOR TRAINING SQUADS FAST 4 TENNIS LUNCHTIME LADDER 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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