It is with pleasure that we announce that Bauke Snyman has been appointed to the role of Head of Performing Arts.
Bauke joins us from Presbyterian Ladies’ College, where he has been the Director of Theatre Arts teaching International Baccalaureate Drama and Dance. In addition, he has been a National Dramatic Arts Examiner (South Africa) and External Examiner for Rhodes University.
The panel were impressed with his relational and inclusive approach, and his philosophy is to listen and value the input of the experts of their respective arts. He is a passionate Performing Arts educator who has extensive experience in professional, community, industrial and educational theatre. He has a love of and commitment to the arts and has expressed this through his teaching, playwriting, directing and designing.
Bauke will be commencing in the role from the start of Term 3. We will be hosting a meet and greet evening during the term as he settles into Scotch and Adelaide. He is excited to become an integral part of the Scotch Performing Arts program.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing PA team who over the last 12 months have worked hard to pull together and create Scotch magic in a range of performances and events. The collaboration and commitment to excellence sees the program going from strength to strength. There are many highlights including the PA Open House weekend, the Scotch Strings evening, the ANZ Charity Ball with the amazing studio orchestra, the dance program which is now has a pathway from Junior School to Senior School and the outstanding classroom drama performances. All of these events signify the ever-growing talents of our students and the depth of staff talent to nurture and drive the program forward.
I would like to pay tribute to Jane Pope for her work over the first semester of this year to bring her energetic and supportive leadership style to the faculty ensuring the broader program has been able to thrive. Jane’s presence and engagement with all students, staff and community is appreciated. She continues to be the Coordinator of the Junior School Performing Arts team and we look forward to the amazing performances to come by all our students in the Junior School as part of their regular program.
In readiness for the next stage of the growth of the Faculty the College committed from the start additional resources to the Performing Arts program to ensure our students and staff feel well supported in their endeavours. The Cabaret performance last week which featured each subject area was a superb showcase of the best of the program and the great news is that we know there is quality and depth being nurtured each rehearsal in every aspect of the program.