The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Performing Arts


The past fortnight has been a showcase of the Arts at Scotch College.

After months of rehearsals, the Year 8 to 10 students took to the stage to perform The Prince and the Pauper, and what a tremendous success it was. From the opening moments, thanks largely to a wonderful set and clever costumes, the audience was taken back to the time of King Henry VIII to follow the story of Prince Edward and a pauper, Tom Canty. The cast delivered their lines with confidence and portrayed a storyline with equal measures of humour and sincerity. Congratulations to all cast and crew members, and special thanks to their wonderful director, Mrs Rachel Budlimich.

On Friday 1 September, our Year 11 and 12 musicians performed at the annual Senior Recital Night. For students who study ATAR or IB Music, these performances were mandatory but for other boys, performing a solo item was voluntary. It was wonderful then, to see so many senior students take up the opportunity to perform. It demonstrates the high value placed upon music by senior students at Scotch and the desire to continue with their instrumental studies, even if they are not studying Music as a Year 11 or 12 subject. Thanks to the many parents who attended and to the students', music teachers and accompanists.

Arts Week is established as one of the highlights of the College's calendar. To commence the week, all students enjoyed a street style performer, a Year 12 rock band and a professional artist at work. Rock bands, the Year 12 Jazz Combo and string ensembles continued to perform during lunch breaks throughout the week. Lunchtime performances culminated in a stunning performance from the newly formed staff choir. The large crowd of colleagues and students were left marvelling at the staff talent on display.

Each evening during Arts week, our students have performed in more formal settings. Our Year 11 and 12 Drama students performed their repertoire in preparation for their final examinations. On Wednesday evening, the whole school Art Exhibition took place in the Middle School Gallery, our Media Awards night took place on Thursday evening and the Spring Concert on Friday.

The week was a celebration of talent and diversity, so congratulations to performers and students from all Arts disciplines. Special thanks to the staff who provide these opportunities for our students and to the parents who support their sons in their Artistic endeavours.

Winter Term





Wednesday 13 September

8.30am - 3.00pm

Year 6 Concert

MacKellar Hall

Thursday 14 September


JS Music Strings Soiree

MacKellar Hall

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesday) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Friday) via phone 9383 6841 or email

Alternately, please contact Mr Chris McMillan, Head of Performing Arts, via email or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact

Mr Chris McMillan
Head of Performing Arts