Workshops

Dance Ensembles

Dance ensembles have been established at NBCS to provide students with the opportunity to develop and refine their technical skills in a variety of dance styles and experiences. NBCS dance ensembles will enjoy working together to rehearse and perform items they have been taught or have choreographed themselves. Students will be given a variety of performance opportunities both within and outside the school.

FOR PRIMARY

Junior Dance Ensemble

Age: Years 1-3
Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:40-8:40am
2018 fee: $305 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 6 students
Location: MPC Studio
Tutor: Lisa White

Primary Jazz/Funk/HipHop Ensemble

Age: Years 4-6
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 3:20-4:20pm
2018 fee: $305 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 6 students
Location: MPC Studio
Tutor: Lauren Mackinnon

NEW: Tap Dance

Age: Years 4-6
Day: Thursdays
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $305 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 6 students
Location: MPC Studio
Tutor: Lauren Mackinnon

FOR SECONDARY

NEW: Musical Theatre - Years 9-12

Age: Years 9-12
Day: Tuesday
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 6 students
Location: MPC Studio
Tutor: Lauren MacKinnon

NEW: Musical Theatre - Years 7-8

Age: Years 7-8
Day: Wednesday
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 6 students
Location: MPC Studio
Tutor: Lauren MacKinnon

NEW: Jazz Technique

Age: Years 9-12
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 6 students
Location: MPC Studio
Tutor: Lauren MacKinnon

NEW: Tap Dance

Age: Years 7-11
Day: Thursday
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 6 students
Location: MPC Studio
Tutor: Lauren MacKinnon

Secondary Contemporary Dance

Age: Years 7-10
Day: Friday
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 6 students
Location: MPC Studio
Tutor: to be advised


Visual Arts

Primary Art Club

Primary Art Club is for all young artists who love to draw, paint and create. Students will have opportunities to make art individually and as a group, as they explore different drawing techniques and mixed media artworks. Students will have the chance to ‘exhibit’ their favourite piece of art.

Age: Years 2-6
Day: Thursdays
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Numbers: 8-20 students
Location: Tate/MoMA art rooms
Tutor: Rowena Beale

Studio Space

Studio Space offers Secondary students with a passion for Visual Arts the opportunity to have the space to create. Studio Space will run for an hour, enabling artists to have dedicated time to discover, experiment and create their own masterpieces at their own pace.

Age: Years 7-11
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $330 for Semester 2
Numbers: 6-15 students
Location: Tate/MoMA art rooms
Tutor: Nicole Courtenay


Photography

TERM 3:  DSLR Photography - Beginner/Intermediate

The course aims to teach beginners how to shoot and edit great shots in manual mode, and advance the skills and understanding of intermediate students – those who have some experience already. Building on the Creative Photography workshops, these workshops will be fun as the group will work together to learn, practice and share our new skills. Among others, the following areas will be covered: getting to know the camera; the exposure triangle – choosing ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture; introduction to Adobe Lightroom software and editing; focal length/angle of view; manipulating natural light and shadow; working with fast moving subjects; and working with low light situations. The class will include one excursion to Mona Vale during the term.

Age: Years 7-11
Day: Mondays
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
2018 Fee: $295 for Term 3
Numbers: 6-12 students
Location: DY classroom
Requirements: Digital SLR or mirrorless camera with Full Manual Mode for exposure and ISO; Laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed (free download for NBCS students at NBCS Portal / Creative Cloud)
Tutor: Kim Rodgers


Drama - For Primary

Acting for Camera

Kathy Williamson (tutor) has a Diploma of Applied Science and Creative Arts (Major in Drama), has acted for stage and film and has directed plays and short films. Kathy won the Young Video Makers Competition, and was creator and director of the Kids Drama Club at C3 Church, and later taught and wrote accredited courses for acting and film.

Little Actors: Camera Intro

This class is a fun and safe place to learn and explore about life using the medium of acting. Children learn to act through role play, story telling, improvisation exercises, fuzzy felts for scene development, dress ups, puppets and imaginative play. Simple camera techniques are introduced, as well as video playback analysis at the end of the camera classes. A video montage will produced by the end of Semester.

Age: Kindergarten - Year 1
Day: Thursdays
Time: 3:20-4:20pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Location: DX classroom
Numbers: 4-7 students
Tutor: Kathy Williamson

Kids Drama Games

Tongue Twisters, Zip Zap Zop, Zombie Run, One Word Story, Improvisations are just a few activities in Kids Drama Games. These valuable theatre skills grow brain cells while allowing students to have fun, build confidence and stretch their imagination. These skills form an ensemble of creative actors.

Age: Years 5-6
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3:20-4:20pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Numbers: 4 – 7 students
Location: DX classroom
Tutor: Kathy Williamson

Shining Stars: Scripts & Camera

Acting development is fun when a script is introduced. Working on team building exercises with improvisation, theatre sports, script analysis, storyboard, accents, are great ways to get an ensemble of actors to work well together in front of a camera. All camera work will be reviewed at the end of the lesson. A video montage will produced by the end of Semester.

Age: Years 2–4
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 3:20-4:20pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Location: DX classrooom
Numbers: 4-7 students
Tutor: Kathy Williamson


Drama - For Secondary:

Drama Club 7 + 8 

Drama Club will be a dynamic, fun group for students at NBCS in Year 7 and Year 8. The group, taught by NBCS Drama Teacher Mr Isaac Owen, will focus on drama games, performance skills, speech, movement, group work, plays, creativity, social skills, characterisation, comedy, improvisation, physical theatre – and will be a whole lot of fun. No experience is necessary; anyone interested in exploring the world of Drama is welcome to sign up. There will be performances for parents and other students toward the end of Semester 2.

Age: Years 7-8
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $260 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 5 students
Location: MPC Studio or Globe
Tutor: Isaac Owen

 

 

Theatresports Training

The Theatresports Training group is for Year 9, 10 and 11 students who are interested in further training in Improvisation and Theatresports Games. In Semester 2, a team from the group will participate in an end of year competition with some schools in the area. There will also be performances for parents and other students. Students wishing to join should already have some previous knowledge of Drama and Improvisation basics. They are also expected to be doing Drama as a curricular subject at school. This group will have a maximum of 5 students from each grade, and students showing developed improvisation skills, and strong teamwork will be selected. Teams will be coached by the school's Drama Teacher, Mr Isaac Owen.

Age: Years 9-11
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
2018 fee: $260 for Semester 2
Numbers: Minimum of 5 students
Location: MPC Studio or Globe
Tutor: Isaac Owen


Masterchef

Masterchef is an exciting way to build confidence in the kitchen while having fun. Students are introduced to different cooking techniques and recipes, and in small groups children create amazing and delicious food. Cooking will involve using an oven in a safe and supervised way. Students will also develop fine motor skills, knowledge of nutrition, sensory awareness, ability to follow directions and a myriad of numeracy concepts. Please be aware recipes may involve gluten, dairy, egg and nuts.

Masterchef

Age: Years 3–6
Day: Tuesdays (enrolments allowing, a second group on Thursdays may be considered)
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $320 for Semester 2
Location: The Galley Kitchen (next to MPC)
Numbers: 9-16 students per group
Requirements: Snack and drink; Apron; Lunch box or container to transport food home
Tutor: Michelle Mills


Computer Programming

This course builds the students' experience in computer programming by making basic computer games. We'll be using the python programming language, along with pygame zero, to learn real programming concepts without getting bogged down in the boring stuff. Prior programming experience isn't necessary, but some interest in computers is recommended! Lots of fun and learning is to be had in this 8 week course, which can be taken either in Term 3 or in Term 4. Because Term 4 has only eight weeks, and there will be no program in Week 8 (last week of school), the Term 4 course will begin in Week 1. The course sessions in weeks 2 and 6 will be one hour and thirty minutes, in order to provide eight hours of content. 

Programming

Age: Years 5–6
Day: Fridays
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $130 for Term 3 or 4
Location: DX classroom
Numbers: 4-8 students
Requirements: Laptop computer; participants also are to have installed the Python 3 software (version 3.6.5) prior to the start of the course (free download from www.python.org).
Tutor: Cody Lovett


Public Speaking

Two new eight week courses are on offer in Term 3. The program has been designed to empower people of all ages to find their voice and communicate effectively, at school, public and social functions, job interviews, presentations, etc. Adam Dear facilitates a fun, safe and encouraging, yet challenging learning environment that releases people to speak clearly and confidently in any setting. A sample of topics covered: voice warm-up; posture, voice placement, understanding the power of body language - how the way one moves and stands informs your audience; breathing; gestures; speech structure. There will be lots of practice with detailed individual feedback. 

Adam Dear holds an Advanced Diploma in Creative Arts from C3 College, and is currently pursuing a Theatre and Performance degree at UNSW. He teaches drama classes and offers personalised training for public speaking, HSC drama, and performers in general. 

Speak with Confidence

Age: Years 10-12
Day: Thursday
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
2018 fee: $140 for Term 3
Location: to be advised
Numbers: 6-12
Tutor: Adam Dear

Speak with Confidence

Age: Years 7-9
Day: Thursday
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
2018 fee: $140 for Term 3
Location: to be advised
Numbers: 6-12
Tutor: Adam Dear


Application procedure

Please indicate which program(s) your child/children wish to participate in by completing the Workshops Application Form 2018 - Semester 2 (Google Form). Please note that individual activities will not run if numbers are too low.

You will only be notified if your nominated activity has insufficient numbers to run, or there is any other reason your child cannot be enrolled.

There is a two week trial period which will be charged pro rata if anyone withdraws during this time. From Week 3, no adjustment or refund will be available.

Please note: Students will not be permitted to participate in any Extra-curricular Workshop program or activity without having submitted an Application Form.


Expectations of students

  • Attend all weekly workshops.
  • Arrive promptly to all workshops, rehearsals and performances.
  • Notify their Workshop Tutor at least two weeks prior to the engagement if unavailable for a performance for any reason (dance, drama).
  • Behave with respect, responsibility and friendliness at all times.
  • Failure to satisfy the above expectations may result in students being asked to leave the Ensemble/Workshop.

Payment & conditions

By returning the application form, you agree to:

  • Pay the amount indicated on this website for each of the selected extra-curricular activities.
  • Ensure the full commitment of your child for the full duration of the course, whether a full Semester or shorter time period.

You understand that:

  • No refunds will be given to anyone who withdraws from the activity after the two week trial period.
  • No changes can be made once the form has been submitted. Please choose carefully.
  • You will receive no further confirmation of acceptance unless the group has insufficient numbers to run.
  • Workshops start in Week 2 of each school term. There are no workshops in the last week of Term 4.