Notre Dame College has a long standing tradition of excellence in the Performing Arts. We pride ourselves on our long tradition of excellence in the performing arts. Our rehearsal venue, Starkie Hall, is named after Mother Ignatius Starkie. She was one of many Mercy Sisters who developed outstanding musical and dramatic programs, including the staging of operettas and musical performances, during the early history of our College.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the following as part of the College’s Performing Arts Programme:
Each year Notre Dame College takes on a full scale musical. There are many roles, large and small that students are able to take on. College production is open to all students no matter your level of experience. It is an exciting way to develop skills in singing, dancing, and acting. We are incredibly proud of the positive relationships that are nurtured throughout the production community.
We are very proud to have many nominees and winners in the Georgy Awards conducted within the Goulburn Valley each year. We are most humbled and awed to receive nominations for the Victorian Music Theatre Guild, and have been blown away by recent wins. Most importantly, we are proud of every single student who participates and is able to grow, not only as a performer, but also as an individual.
College Mass Choir and Band
Each year we celebrate the start of school by coming together as a community to celebrate Mass. While the whole school is involved singing, the day is led by the Choir and Band. Everyone is welcome no matter your level of experience.
College Jazz Band
Students who undertake instrumental or voice lessons, either through the College or privately are welcome to audition for the Jazz Band. They meet once a week and undertake classic songs such as ‘Moondance’ by Van Morrison, ‘Under the Bridge’ by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and ‘Mercy’ by Amy Winehouse.
College Ensemble run each fortnight at Knight Street and gives students the opportunity to try out different instruments (including voice). It is a great social learning experience and students are encouraged to choose the music that is performed in College Ensemble. All levels of experience are welcome.
College Dance Group
All students are welcome to join the College Dance Group, and no experience or expertise is required. Students will perform routines in various dance styles, concentrating on contemporary
and jazz styles.
The performing Arts at Notre Dame College is a fantastic way to get to know students in your own Year level and across the school. It is in programs such as these that lifelong skills and friendships are formed.