The Mary Hornsby Music School was established by Mary and Reginald Hornsby in 1976, at a time when the roll at St Paul’s Collegiate School topped 446 students. Now, with a roll of almost 700 students, we have outgrown the current music building.
Music is an important part of our goal to develop the whole person at St Paul’s and our aim to push students out of their comfort zone to try things they haven't experienced before.
All our Year 9 boys take part in a 12-week music programme where they learn a new instrument and one-third of these boys choose to continue music lessons after the course is complete.
With the growing number of students taking lessons and groups that require practice facilities – Big Band, Orchestra, Chamber Music Group and Rock Band – the space is now at an absolute premium. The Music School is unable to cope with the current demand let alone the predicted growth in the future.
The expansion of the Mary Hornsby Music School will include the new Evan McCulloch teaching classroom (which will double as a band practice facility), a recording studio to allow implementation of the new music technology curriculum, three group practice rooms, student storage, music office and toilet facilities. The large foyer can be used as a teaching break out space and for performances.