News & Events


Jean-Claude van Itallie’s The Interview premiered as part of his larger work, America Hurrah, at the Pocket Theatre in New York City on November 7, 1966.

This was the year that saw Harold Holt returned to office with an increased majority, a terrorist bomb exploding in the baggage compartment of an Aden Airways DC-3, an 18-year-old high school student walking into a college in Arizona and murdering four women and a 3-year-old girl, Israel moving one step closer to developing its own nuclear bomb and the number of U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam totalling 184,314.

Unfortunately, it appears that little has changed since van Itallie produced his avant-garde work all those years ago. Names and faces have come and gone but our global village seems no better off. Anxiety has pipped depression at the post as the most common mental health issue in Australia, and despite the fact that social media has us all more connected than ever, we seem plagued by a profound sense of disconnection and alienation. Is this why we struggle to maintain our social profile? Do we believe, deep down, that we are all actually invisible?

This is the question that The Interview poses as we watch four jobseekers ricocheted through ludicrous job interviews, chilly urban parties, and farcical political rallies searching in vain for some sort of genuine human connection.

It is 2017 and the students of Orana Senior Drama invite you to consider the question: How far have we really come?




Staff Stories

Staff Stories: Maia Harrison

Orana music teacher Maia Harrison tells us about her passion for music and her trip to Scotland where she will be presenting on and discussing her paper 'Music Education in a 21st Century Steiner School'.









Orana teacher Michael Thompson tells us about his personal experiences and passion for music.












Orana teacher Brenda Goggs talks about her talents as a visual artist and her passion for weaving.











Staff Stories: Roger Targett

Orana teacher Roger Targett talks about his passion for the arts and his talents with pottery.













Student Achievements

We would love to know if anyone else in our student community (or our wider parent community) is achieving in their chosen field. please send us an email: [email protected]



Recently, Class 8 student Dana Atkins was one of 6 students who went to ALIA house in Deakin for the Make Your Own Story Book competition presentation. As well as having the opportunity to meet local authors and booksellers, Dana won the Year 7/8 prize and was interviewed by 666 ABC Radio. Congratulations Dana!



Three students won speaker awards in the Junior Debating Competition. Max Archer-Challinor and Lucy Roberts were equal 4th and Riley Withycombe was 6th in a competition of about 200 students. Awards are given only to the Top 10 speakers in the competition.



Orana students win silver at australian national eisteddfod 

Congratulations to the 40 wonderful Orana students who received silver trophy in the under 16 orchestra division in the Australian National Eisteddfod on Saturday 21 May at Llewelyn Hall, ANU School of Music.

Our students played with such life and vigour, sounded fantastic and conducted themselves with confidence and excitement. The adjudicator noted - 'An excellent presentation today with superb communication between all members of the ensemble. A fine effort at 'self direction'. Tonal projection was resonant and consistent and a polished tone in the strings blended beautifully with the recorders.'


senior college

Class11MuralThe students transformed the room and created a space that truly reflects the personalities who live in it, with inspiration taken from the local landscape, form drawing, ethnic artworks and literary favourites. This year we felt it was high time that our Senior College students had a place to call their own! Many thanks to Susan who recognised the need and appointed the perfect room - the group swiftly moved in, still something was lacking, and a fresh lick of paint was needed!

An exciting offshoot of the project is that an original Orana artwork will soon be featured in a local Telstra store in the Canberra Centre. Clare, Olina, Oliver and Kris took a day off to recreate the iconic Canberra image at the city shopfront.  The students have donated the funds paid to them by Telstra to a charity. Well done guys!