We’ve had a wonderful year of fun and learning (and fun learning) at Shakespeare Academy! Here’s our last newsletter for the year – we hope you’ll enjoy!


January School Holiday

We are running school holiday workshops and activities over three weeks in January 2019.

All workshops will be held in our Chatswood classroom.
Course Years Day/Time

Year 12: Texts and Human Experiences


7-11 January (Mon-Fri)

Poetry for Beginners*


7-11 January (Mon-Fri)

Essay Writing


14, 16, 18 January (Mon, Wed, Fri)
22, 24 January (Tue, Thu)

Creative Writing


15, 17 January (Tue, Thu)
21, 23, 25 January (Mon, Wed, Fri)

English Grammar


14-18 January (Mon-Fri)

Book Club (Junior)**


21 January (Mon)

Book Club (Secondary)**


21 January (Mon)

Book Club (Senior)**


22 January (Tue)

* Poetry for Beginners is recommended for students in Years 8-11 who wish to join Shakespeare Academy in 2019. Year 7 students will start 2019 with the Poetry for Beginners course.

** The Book Club is an excellent opportunity for students to engage with what they have read, and share their opinions in a pseudo-academic environment. Students who attended the first Book Club session in July 2018 are invited to attend any 2019 session for free (excluding the price of the book if you wish to purchase your own copy). Students who wish to start in January will be charged a membership fee for the rest of 2019.


The Book Club novels are the following:

  • Junior (6-7): Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the River Sea (2001)

  • Secondary (8-9): Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007)

  • Senior (10-11): Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove (2012)


Please contact us if you wish to join any of these January activities.

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Term 1, 2019

We have finalised our timetable for Term 1, 2019. Please find below the classes and times.
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Chatswood (Suite 504/8 Help Street)
Course Recommended Years Day/Time

Poetry for Beginners


Mon 4:15-6:15pm
Sun 1:30-3:30pm

20th Century Fiction


Tue 4:15-6:15pm
Sun 4:00-6:00pm

Year 12: Module C


Wed 4:15-6:15pm

Reading and Writing


Sat 11:00am-1:00pm



Sat 1:30-3:30pm

Junior Poetry


Sun 10:30am-12:30pm

City (Suite 805A/368 Sussex Street)
Course Recommended Years Day/Time

20th Century Fiction


Thu 4:30-6:30pm



Fri 4:30-6:30pm


Personalised Pencil Case: Winners

The results are in – here are the winners!

  • Penelope Jin (Year 6)

  • Yolanda Youqi Pu (Year 7)

  • Monica Kim (Year 12)

Congratulations once more – we hope you’ll enjoy your personalised pencil cases!

Student Achievements


  • Shirley Lin (Year 7) of North Sydney Girls' High School for achieving a Holistic Learning award
  • Annie Yan (Year 10) of Hornsby Girls' High School for achieving First in English

The end of this term marks the one-year Shakespeare Academy anniversary of the following students, who were each gifted with a $25 Dymocks voucher:

Ann Lee, Cecilia Lam, Dora Tong, Helen Lin, Hellen Wang, Jessica Yin, Liana Cai, Sabrina Hui, Serena Xue, Shirley Lin, Sunny Cai, Vanessa Vu, Vivian Xu, Yashi Mai, and Yawen Mai.


We hope you enjoy your present!


Here’s what some of our students had to say about their experiences at the Pop-up Globe:
By Yolanda Pu (Year 7)
On a Saturday, I went to see an “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performance in the pop up globe. According to Dr Lin, this will be a “Shakespearean” performance where all the actors were men, and there were different seats. She got us some spots in the groudling section. 

As I watched the performance go on I realized it is not as serious as I thought it would be. The actors acting the women’s parts are wearing ridiculous puffy dresses. When Hermia and Lysander fled Athens and went in the forest, Hermia hilariously carried a whole suitcase with her. This was not in the play and I found it quite amusing to see Lysander helping Hermia carry her giant suitcase around.

Some of my favourite things about the performance were 1. How the fairies spoke in gibberish and nobody in the audience could understand and 2. The fake blood used in the mechanicals’ play, even though a lot of this sticky red substance stuck to me. Mostly my face. WHY ME?

I thought the performance was a quicker way of covering the play as it is probably modified so that it is shorter than actual “Shakespearean plays”, but still contained most of the information. Watching it instead of reading it is fairly amusing as you actually see the actors stumble around on stage saying silly things instead of black on white paper.
We hope you’ll have a fantastic summer with lots of festive cheer, and we look forward to hearing all about your school holiday adventures – see you in 2019!

With best wishes,
The Shakespeare Academy Team
0401 005 878
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