July School Holiday Timetables

We are running the following school holiday workshops during the upcoming July school holidays. These courses will be held in our Chatswood classroom only.
Course Years Day/Time

Reading to Write (Creative Writing)*


8-12 July (Mon-Fri)

Literary Techniques: Prosody, Tropes, Schemes (One Day)


8 July (Mon) OR 11 July (Thu)

Junior Book Club** (Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting)


9 July (Tue)

Senior Book Club** (Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall)


11 July (Thu)

Poetry for Beginners


15-19 July (Mon-Fri)

Poetry 2A: Analysis to Essay***


15-19 July (Mon-Fri)

* You may use the NSW Government’s Creative Kids $100 voucher for this 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 July will be charged a membership fee for the rest of 2019.

*** Since Poetry 2A includes advanced analysis, new students must first complete Poetry for Beginners or the Literary Techniques one-day crash course.

You can find out more about these courses online.

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Year 12, 2019: Common Module Practice Papers

We are preparing several sets of practice comprehension questions (Section I of Paper 1) for our Year 12 students on the Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences. The comprehension part (Section I) totals 20 marks, and makes up half of Paper 1 (the second half being an essay question on your prescribed text). As all schools will be running a full Paper 1 as part of their upcoming Trials in Term 3, our practice papers will help familiarise students with the format and questions before their exams.

Please contact us if you wish to order any practice papers. We will mark and provide feedback on all responses submitted before Term 3.

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Term 3, 2019

Here is our provisional timetable for Term 3, 2019. Since the term focuses heavily on writing skills (especially writing essays), all new students to Shakespeare Academy should first complete Poetry for Beginners during the July school holidays. This is to ensure students will be equipped with the notes to write the best possible essays during the course.

The term runs from Monday 22 July to Sunday 29 September.

Chatswood (Suite 504/8 Help Street)
Course Recommended Years Day/Time

Writing Skills 101


Mon 4:15-6:15pm

Writing Skills 102


Tue 4:15-6:15pm (Full)

Writing Skills 201


Wed 6:30-8:30pm
Sun 4:00-6:00pm

Year 12, 2020: The Merchant of Venice


Sat 1:30-3:30pm (1 space)
Sun 1:30-3:30pm

Years 3-4: Junior Novel Studies


Sat 3:45-5:45pm

Years 5-6: Junior Shakespeare Studies


Sun 10:45am-12:45pm

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

Writing Skills 201


Tue 4:30-6:30pm

For more information or to enrol, please speak with us on:
0401 005 878 (English) or 0466 008 661 (Chinese).

Book Club Changes

We have made the following changes to our Book Club Membership programme: all students who have previously paid to attend a book club are now entitled to a total of four book club sessions during their time at Shakespeare Academy. This means that if you first joined a session in July 2018 and subsequently attended January 2019, you may attend two more sessions. We have implemented these changes to encourage students to join and attend our book clubs – it really is a fantastic way to discuss books and have fun!

Giveaways and Competitions

Backpack Giveaway

Congratulations to Bella Li for winning the backpack giveaway!

Bell Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus and Much Ado About Nothing

We are giving away 4 tickets to each of the Bell Shakespeare plays at the Sydney Opera House later this year. Titus Andronicus is held on Sunday 15 September at 4pm, while Much Ado About Nothing is held on Sunday 17 November at 4pm. Here are instructions on entering:
  1. Create a response to the following question: What do you enjoy most about Shakespeare, literature, or your time at Shakespeare Academy?
  2. You response can be in any medium: poetry, painting, interpretative dance… Feel free to check out last year’s winning entries for inspiration.
  3. You may work alone or with a friend (which will make it a ticket for each of you).
  4. Email your response to with the subject ‘Bell Shakespeare’ by 31 July 2019.
  5. In your email, mention which play you prefer to attend. Entrants with the highest scores will be given first preference.
  6. Entries are open to all Shakespeare Academy students enrolled in Term 2, enrolling in Term 3, or have attended two school holiday workshops by the due date.
  7. Entries will be judged by our panel of tutor judges: Dr Lin, Mr Poulos, and Ms Kim
  8. Have fun!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this newsletter. Have a great holiday, and we look forward to seeing you around soon!

With best wishes,
The Shakespeare Academy Team
0401 005 878
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