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Mary Hornsby Music School

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.

Development costs $1,500,000
Already pledged $150,000
School contribution $1,100,000
Fundraising target $250,000

Fundraising for this project

Fundraising goal $1.50m
Amount raised $150k
School contribution $1.10m

Donation opportunities

  • Wall of Music

    The Wall of Music will be a crafted work of art – spreading across the main wall of the Music School's entrance. You now have the opportunity to purchase a music note as a lasting contribution to the redevelopment of the Mary Hornsby Music Centre. A music note can be purchased for $2,000, $3,000 or $5,000. This payment can be spread over three years.

    Wall of Music $5,000$3,000$2,000
  • Evan McCulloch Music Scholarship Fund

    Evan McCulloch (staff 1961-2007) spent 46 years of his life involved in St Paul’s. He had a profound effect on the development of a strong music culture within our school. He started weekly singing lessons with the entire school, introduced music appreciation classes and the House Music competition which is still keenly contended today. He opened students' eyes to classical music, a gift that many carried with them into adult life.

    Evan gave the gift of music to many people who crossed his path. To continue Evan’s legacy of music at St Paul’s, a memorial fund has been set up in his name with donations being allocated towards scholarships for students who the talent but not the means to attend St Paul’s.

    Evan McCulloch Music Scholarship Fund $50,000$25,000$10,000$5,000Other