Dance Opportunities for Catherine McAuley Students
05 Feb 2024
Contemporary Dance students performing last year at the Performing Arts Afternoon
Catherine McAuley Westmead has a great tradition of dance with McAuley dance students highly skilled, talented and committed to their craft.
To recognise this skill and commitment the Performing Arts Department is renaming the former dance ‘troupes’ to instead be known as dance ‘companies’.
The school will offer dance performance opportunities through three dance companies.
- The Jazz Dance Company which will comprise of a Junior and Senior ensemble
- The Lyrical and Contemporary Dance Company
- The Hip Hop Crew
Jazz students performing last year
Senior Jazz students performing last year at the Performing Arts Afternoon
“In the past the dance groups have been referred to as ‘troupes’”, says Ms Flynn, Catherine McAuley Dance Teacher.
“However traditionally a troupe is a group of dancers who travel around and perform which isn’t a clear indication of what the groups actually do. The name ‘company’ recognises the expertise and skill the dancers demonstrate in rehearsals and performances, just like in a professional dance company. Our Dance students are hardworking and committed just like professional dancers are and the new name will now reflect this”.
The student choreographers of the Catherine McAuley Dance Companies
The three dance companies will be made up of students from Years 7 - 11 and will have student choreographers. The choreographers are previous members of the dance groups and were chosen for their expertise and skill in dance. For the Jazz Dance Company Senior Ensemble the choreographers were chosen based on votes from other Dance students. The choreographers will partner with two pairs of Year 8 students for the Junior Jazz Ensemble, two pairs of Year 9 students for the Senior Jazz Ensemble and one pair for the Hip Hop Crew. The student choreographer for the Lyrical and Contemporary Dance Company is still to be decided and they will work with Ms Flynn in choreography.
The Lyrical and Contemporary Dance Company is a new pairing for Catherine McAuley. Previously there has been a contemporary troupe but due to the popularity of lyrical dance this genre has now been added. The Company will perform both styles of dance.
The Hip Hop Crew
Students interested in joining one of the dance companies will need to audition. Auditions will take place in Week 3 and 4 for Jazz and Hip Hop with Lyrical/Contemporary to be held in Week 5. Full details are available for students on the Compass Noticeboard. Students rehearse once a week with Hip Hop and Lyrical/Contemporary rehearsing during a lunch break and Jazz during Thursday afternoon activity time. A student may be a member of more than one company.
“Dance students this year can look forward to taking part in a number of eisteddfods and performing at the performing arts afternoon/night”, said Ms Flynn. “It will be an exciting year!”
The student choreographers for the Jazz Dance Company and Hip Hop Crew are:
Jazz Dance Company Junior Ensemble
- Charlize D. and Emma S. Year 8
- Mariah F. and Yalaina O. Year 8
Jazz Dance Company Senior Ensemble
- Marissa C. and Charlotte K. Year 9
- Ashleigh D. Year 9
Hip Hop Crew
- Kaitlin C. and Aliyah T. Year 11
26 Feb 2024
NEED HELP WITH SCHOOL WORK? 📚📝 Tutoring is again being offered on Monday and Tuesday afternoons straight after school until 5pm in the school library. This is a free service open to all students. In addition, there will be some specialist tutors in the library all day on Tuesdays and on Thursday mornings to assist senior students during their study breaks. These tutors will move to the BM Building on Thursday afternoons.
24 Feb 2024
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡️ Year 7 Religious Education students of Miss Radisavljevic are currently focusing on the unit ‘Initiation and Belonging’. Students have been recapping the Opening School Mass to fully understand the importance of initiating one into a group - in this case, the Catherine McAuley Westmead community. The class stumbled upon a solitary clay structure in the classroom and used this as an example of initiation and belonging. They warmly welcomed the figure and dubbed it Valentino, or 'Val' for short. Miss Radisavljevic said the class is committed to incorporating him into the class as they delve into learning about types of initiations and what it means to belong.
23 Feb 2024
APPLICATIONS FOR YEAR 7 2025 CLOSING SOON ‼️ Catherine McAuley Westmead is enrolling now for Year 7 2025. The closing date to be considered in the first round is Thursday, 28th March 2024. Contact the school on 9849 9100 or visit our website for an enrolment pack. https://www.mcauleywestmead.catholic.edu.au/
23 Feb 2024
Find your reading ERA in the Catherine McAuley school library! 📖 In honour of the Taylor Swift Eras tour this weekend, the library staff have curated a selection of Taylor Swift-era-themed books. Ready for students to borrow now! 📖 💄 🎤
23 Feb 2024
NSW ALL SCHOOLS TRIATHLON 🏃♀️ Well done to the three Catherine McAuley students who represented the school as a senior team at the NSW All Schools Triathlon yesterday. This event was held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith. Irene S., Samantha T. and Sophie S. competed for the last time in a school triathlon and teacher Miss Radisavljevic said that they all pushed to their absolute limits in what was a very hot day.
22 Feb 2024
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ Year 7 English students with Ms Shipley are currently reading ‘Hilter’s Daughter’ by Jackie French. This week in class the students were discussing characters and what might help identify a character’s personality. The students were suggesting things like how they speak, how they act and what their role in the story is.
22 Feb 2024
This week Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services (www.enhanced-learning.net) presented a study skills session to Year 9 and Year 11 students. The sessions focused on helping students identify changes and improvements they could make to their approach to their studies in order to maximise their results while minimising stress.
22 Feb 2024
Claudia Nguyen, Dux for 2023, returned to Catherine McAuley Westmead on Wednesday 21st February for the High Achievers Assembly. Claudia achieved an ATAR of 98.9 and has accepted an offer from Sydney University to study a Bachelor of Law and Arts.
21 Feb 2024
In partnership with Western Sydney University a small number of Year 11 students participated in their orientation day for the 'Leadership in Complexity' university subject they will complete this year. Sophie, Fiona, Aurelia, Makayla, Annie, Joaquina, Isabella, Niamh, Jasmine and Brinda will have the opportunity to understand leadership styles and traits (including Indigenous leadership) and will learn about leadership in crisis. We commend these students for taking on the challenge of completing a university subject alongside their preliminary studies.
21 Feb 2024
Congratulations to the Class of 2023 and to the high achievers who returned to school today for the High Achievers Assembly and morning tea. It was lovely to see the students return proud of their achievements and so many proud parents as well! Congratulations to all. 🥰🥰
21 Feb 2024
The Catherine McAuley Westmead school community honoured the high achievers from the Class of 2023 at a special school assembly on Wednesday this week.