Last week, we were overjoyed with the students’ performance in Hairspray, the Musical (Junior). Performances were held at the Marana Auditorium in Hurstville to matinee and evening audiences filled with our local primary feeder school students, parents, extended family and friends. The performances were polished and professional and I have received many, many accolades from people who attended. Well done girls!

It got me to thinking about how achieving a balanced education is just one of the benefits of studying the Performing Arts. Students gain important life skills as they learn the value of critical feedback, both positive and constructive. Furthermore:

  • Students have the opportunity to celebrate the richness and depth of human expression in all of its forms. Through creative expression students learn to comprehend our world better and are therefore better equipped to navigate the challenges they might be faced with upon graduating from secondary schooling.


  • Drama and the performing arts allow an avenue to develop cognitive abilities that complement study in other disciplines. For example, drama students learn to approach situations in an array of different manners which can help to develop creative thinking and new study techniques. Further, it builds confidence which benefits public speaking opportunities. The talent that students discover through the Arts can form habits which transcend all areas of study.


  • Communication between peers is accelerated as students are exposed to group activities. This experience also provides opportunity for students to display cultural leadership qualities.


  • Some students find their ‘voice’ while studying the Arts. They may discover they are natural problem solvers or leaders. Creative expression is a great way to build self-confidence and can be particularly beneficial for introverted and reserved children.


  • The Arts can also be a source of solitude – a place where a child is able to shut out their surrounds and immerse themselves in a creative environment. This process allows the imagination to thrive, aiding internal exploration. It’s a natural precursor to a well-developed sense of self.


  • The Arts can act as an agent through which a variety of emotions can be learned, rehearsed and practiced. Adolescents can find it difficult to express their emotions and so the Arts provide a great outlet for children to explore a wide range of feelings including delight, anger and unhappiness.



We were happy to host a number of our CaSPA leaders at performances of Hairspray. They were very impressed and as a result, have invited many of our students to join the elite CaSPA troupe from 2018. Namely:

Our team were impressed with the performance and would like to invite the following students to join the CaSPA Student Ensemble for 2018.


Tracey Turnblad: Georgia Morrison
Motormouth Maybelle: Ashley Mtetwa
Edna Turnblad: Chloe Dibben


Velma Von Tussle:                 Liz James


Sofia Canestro

Monique Cost – Chretien

Congratulations to these students at achieving such recognition and we wish them well as they explore this opportunity.



  • We are delighted to announce the arrival of baby Louis Arthur Wellesley Rowland to the world on 30 October. We wish Mrs Rowland and the family well.




Our mantra:

“Girls can do anything.
Bethany girls can do everything!*
(*except divide by zero)”



Vicki Lavorato