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About Theatresports

Theatresports is a competitive and engaging improvisation activity played in teams. Opposing teams perform timed scenes based on audience suggestions. Scenes use both these suggestions and rules of a game (for example, the scene might be a commercial, the scene might need to begin and end with certain lines, or one player might need to provide commentary of the action).

Scenes are then awarded scores by a panel of judges based on their entertainment, storytelling, and use of the rules of the game. Scenes can be dramatic, they can be comedic – but they are always different.

If you love creating new content, acting for stage, or simply want to further develop your dramatic skills, then Theatresports is for you! It fosters skills in storytelling, communication, collaboration, creativity, and self-confidence.

Above all, Theatresports is collaborative and fun. The skills you will develop in Theatresports teach you to work as an ensemble, which is useful for productions and further drama education. We will encourage the development of a positive attitude, teamwork, and personal growth – Theatresports does not focus on winning for its own sake.

Theatresports in 2017

Theatresports in 2017

A Little on the History of Theatresports and the Competition

Keith Johnstone created Theatresports in 1976 in his acting classes to inject theatre audiences with the passion displayed by sports fans. Since then, this form of competition improvisation has spread all over the globe, providing audiences with enjoyment and performers with challenging games to stretch their creativity.

The Theatresports Schools Challenge (TSC) brings students together from scores of independent and government schools across Sydney and beyond, to share in the joyful spirit of improvisation.

We are after Waverley boys to take up Theatresports as an extra-curricular activity to represent the College in this wonderful competition.

Details of each division and heats are below:


Please see Mr Stephen O’Donnell or Mr Steven Hall (Theatresports Convenor) for details on how to join.

Join the Year 7 Rock Band!

Do you have a passion for music? Are you ready to rock out with your classmates? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you!

Boys in Year 7 who are interested in joining one of the school’s Rock Band Groups are invited to meet Mr Johnston next Wednesday, 14 February 2024 at 10:15am in the Recital Room of the Performing Arts Centre. This is your chance to showcase your musical talents and be a part of our amazing music program.

Whether you play guitar, drums, bass or any other instrument, we welcome all aspiring rock stars to come together and make some unforgettable music.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the Year 7 Rock Band.

If you have any questions or are interested, send an email to Mr Johnston at or complete the Private Music Tuition Form here.

See you there!

Elective Music students in Years 11 and 12 are to attend the ENCORE Concert at the Sydney Opera House on Monday, 4 March 2024.

The concert features a selection of outstanding performances and compositions by Higher School Certificate Music students from 2023.

Parent/carer permission is required. Please respond to the notification in the Parent Lounge.


Ms Keiran Kossenberg

Performing Arts Centre Coordinator

Private music lessons are available to all students from Years 5 to 12. Extending timetabled music study with private tuition on a specific instrument is strongly encouraged.

Lessons are held on campus by external tutors, and instruction is available in a large range of instruments, theory, voice and composition.

To read more about registration and the fee schedule for private tuition, please click the button below.

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Music Festival 2021


Ms Keiran Kossenberg

Performing Arts Centre Coordinator

As part of their preparation for HSC Drama, Years 11 and 12 Drama students are required to attend ‘OnSTAGE.’ This is NESA’s presentation of a selection of the best practical work from the Drama HSC practical examination in 2023.

Parent/carer permission is required. Please respond to the notification in the Parent Lounge.

This is an After School Event!

Date: Tuesday, 13 February 2024 (7:30pm to 9:30pm)
Assemble Location: 7pm in Seymour Centre Foyer
Travel Details: Students make their own way there and back
Dismissal Details: Students make own way back home
Uniform Expectations: Smart Casual (school uniform not required)
Missed Classes: None (after school)
Cost: $37.37 (added to school account)
Enquiries to: Mr Peter Lamb (HOD Drama), Ms Gina Cohen (Drama Teacher)

OnSTAGE 2024

Image: courtesy Seymour Centre

Family and friends are invited to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment from our Rock Bands.

The event will be held outdoor in the Braidwood Courtyard area near the Performing Arts Centre (PAC), commencing at 4pm. The evening should conclude by approximately 6pm.

A BBQ and drinks will be available for purchase – a meal deal for $5.00.

Click here to view the flyer

Please click the button below to complete the form to advise the number of persons attending. This helps us greatly with set up and seating for this event. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the PAC.

Click here to advise number of persons attending

Students are welcome to stay after school to prepare for their performances. We look forward to a great afternoon of entertainment!

Please advise by email if your son is in a Rock Band Group and is not able to attend this event:


Ms Keiran Kossenberg

Performing Arts Centre Coordinator

The Annual Choral and Chamber Music Concert will be held on Tuesday, 31 October at 6pm in the College Chapel.

Join us for an evening of music featuring performances from the College Choir, Chamber Choir, Clarinet Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles, Chamber Ensembles and soloists.

Limited tickets are available for purchase.

Click here to book tickets

Adults: $25.00
Student/Concession: $15.00

Click here to view the concert flyer

Year 12 Drama students will perform a selection of their Group Performances (GP) and Individual Projects (IP) for friends and family at the PAC Theatre on Tuesday, 5 September, 5pm-6:15pm.

The boys have worked extremely hard on these performances and it’s the final chance for us to appreciate the talent and dedication that goes into them.

Bookings are not required.


2017 HSC Drama showcase

2017 HSC Drama showcase

Visual Arts Club will be offered at Waverley as a Summer activity for students from Years 5-12.

It will commence Term 4, Week 2, 2023. 

Visual Arts Club provides an opportunity for students to build skills in critical and creative thinking. This summer, students will be introduced to: Contemporary Illustration: Silkscreen Printing and Collage. 

Each student will be introduced to a range of silkscreen media to produce a series of large scale works based on surrounding Architecture and the natural world. Imagery will be sourced from student drawings, photographs and existing collected images, then manipulated using darkroom techniques.

Students will learn to prepare, expose and print photographic transfers using silk screen methods. A focus on Photographic digital software will be explored to prepare compositions and collected photographs to use in this process. Skills in stencil preparation, image transfer to screens using photographic emulsions and screen exposing will be learnt across the course.

In Visual Arts Club students will:

Cost: $110.00
Materials: all materials will be supplied
Session times: select ONE from the following:

Book now!

We are thrilled to invite you to our annual HSC Art & Design Showcase on Friday, 18 August, 6pm-8pm in the College’s Brother Lacey Gymnasium. Come one, come all—let’s make it a memorable celebration of creativity and talent!

This event is a fantastic exhibition featuring Major Works from Design & Technology, Industrial Technology, Visual Design, and Visual Arts, celebrating our students’ success! The evening will be catered by Year 11 Hospitality, with beverages available for purchase.

Click the button below to view the official invite. Feel free to share it with your friends and family.

2023 HSC Art & Design Showcase Invite

We can’t wait to see you there, supporting our students and enjoying the incredible display of artistry and design!


Ms Jenna Turnbull

(Acting) Head of Visual Arts

Across our two campuses, Waverley College offers a great variety of Choral, Bands and Ensembles for our music students with opportunities to perform.  

chapel performance


College Choir

The Waverley College Choir rehearse and perform a variety of repertoire under the Direction of Ms Jaz Dolso. Rehearsals are held weekly in the Recital Room of the Performing Arts Centre.

The College Choir is engaged throughout the year to sing at many College events, College liturgies, masses and concerts. Over the last 10 years the Choir has participated in several overseas tours performing in Germany and Italy. Students also have the opportunity to attend a Music Camp and to participate in performances across the wider community.

Waverley College Choir at 2021 Music Festival

Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir is a small acapella group of Waverley College and St Clare’s College students who meet once a week to rehearse and perform at assemblies, music festivals and other College events. The group sings a range of contemporary repertoire.

Chamber Choir


The Waverley College Junior School Cantores is an auditioned choral group of approximately 40 students. The Cantores sing for liturgies, masses, concerts and competitions. The Cantores perform a mixture of contemporary and classical repertoire including choral works by Australian composers.

Music Festival 2023

Concert Bands

Cliff Goodchild Concert Band

This is the premier Concert Band at Waverley College, and students are invited and auditioned for their position. The Band comprises students from all years at the Senior School. Students need to be proficient on their instrument and are given the opportunity to learn skills and to contribute to large group performances. The  band perform for College events and competitions and have toured across Europe, China and the USA. The Band is under the Direction of Mr Dan Williams.


Matthew Coorey Concert Band

Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students are introduced into the large ensemble program for Senior School students who play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument including piano. This group allows new and existing students the ability to come together during their first years of Senior School, to perform music in a safe, fun and enjoyable learning environment. The Band is under the Direction of Mr Alexander Lee.


Waterford Concert Band

This Band comprises students from Years 5 and 6. All students who learn an instrument in brass, woodwind and percussion can join this Band. Rehearsals are held Thursday morning from 7:30am. The Band covers a range of repertoire and performs at College assemblies, concerts and festivals.

Jazz Band – A

This ensemble builds upon the skills learnt in Jazz Band – B. The students in this group mainly belong to the Cliff Goodchild Concert Band who wish to continue developing their jazz ensemble playing. Jazz Band – A are often called upon to perform at many College events and competitions. The Jazz Band also offer their time and skills to perform at a number of our local community events which fall under the Social Justice programme of the College. This group has also toured extensively overseas.


Jazz Band – B

This ensemble provides our middle school students an introduction to jazz at the Senior School level. Students are required to audition and should also be part of the Concert Band programme. Jazz Band – B gives students an opportunity to begin learning about the different genres and the art of improvisation. 

Brass Ensemble

The Brass Ensemble comprises students who are proficient on their brass instrument. The group builds on skills learnt in the Concert Band and performs often within the College environment, including liturgical services, academic assemblies and community events. Students perform a wide spectrum of repertoire.

Woodwind Ensemble

Students are given an opportunity to learn and perform Wind Chamber Music in various types of woodwind ensembles. These ensembles are small groups that usually perform in small venues. Membership is by audition.  


Rock Bands

There are a number of Rock Band Groups at the College. These groups are arranged by Year group and ability. The annual ‘Rock Band Festival’ gives each of the rock bands an opportunity to perform in front of their friends and family, and is one of the many highlights of the year in the Music Department.

Rock Band

String Ensembles

Chamber Strings Ensemble

Students in the ensemble range from Years 5 to 12, and approximately Grade 2 to Grade 5 standard (AMEB). The ensemble extends and enhances students’ musical development and enjoyment through the rehearsal and performance of stimulating repertoire.

Chamber strings

Guitar Ensemble

The College has a number of guitar ensembles allowing students to play in a group of students with a similar level of attainment. In most Chamber Music groups there will be only one player per part, giving added responsibility to the musicians.

Guitar Ensemble


The Waverley College Junior School Stomp is a small creative group of 16 boys. It is a very popular activity at the Junior School that encourages boys to be creative with rhythm and improvisation. The idea behind the Stomp style of music is that you can create music using everyday items in creative ways.

Over the years we have developed performances using chairs, music stands, buckets, bins, brooms, pipes, pots and pans – to name just a few. We also try to include a theatrical element or some kind of storytelling in our Stomp performances to make it more spectacular for the audience. The most important part of this activity is the creating not the performing, with each of our Stomp items created solely from original ideas from the boys.

STOMP performance - Junior School

Private Music Lessons

Private music tuition is available on a range of instruments. Students​ ​electing​ ​to​ ​take​ ​private​ ​music​ ​lessons​ ​must​ ​do​ ​so​ ​for​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​six​ ​months​ ​(one​ ​semester). There is an additional charge​ ​for​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​a​ ​College​ ​instrument.  

Parents/carers who would like their sons to commence instrumental lessons or rock band must complete a private music registration form by clicking the following link: Music Tuition Form.

cadet drum