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Friends of John Curtin College of the Arts

We have established the Friends of John Curtin College of the Arts to help students at the college by raising funds that can provide support and scholarships in the Arts.

For an annual donation of $30 you are helping us raise funds that provide scholarships in the Arts for students and support student performance and creativity within the Arts.

Benefits of Being a Friend

A particular benefit is knowing your donation supports talented students through awarding the Friends of John Curtin College of the Arts Scholarship.

Friends also benefit from the following:

  • One free ticket to what’s on in the performance calendar;
  • Advanced knowledge of forthcoming events, including special Friends events;
  • John Curtin College of the Arts annual magazine that talks about what’s happening at the college and items of general interest;
  • 10% discount off the hire costs of the Curtin Theatre Rehearsal room.

With your help John Curtin College of the Arts will continue to give gifted young performers the opportunity to succeed in the Arts in Western Australia. Download an application form here.

Friends of John Curtin College of the Arts Scholarship recipients

The scholarships are provided by the generous contributions of the Friends of John Curtin College of the Arts with the purpose to reward and acknowledge our exceptional Arts students’ educational achievements at the college.


Former Gifted and Talented Media Arts student Danna Torres Bennz was the 2015 recipient of the Friends of John Curtin College of the Arts scholarship.

Danna moved to Perth from Caracas, Venezuela when she was 9 years old with very limited English. She was enrolled in all Academic Excellence Programs at the college and was actively involved in a range of activities across the college. In media arts she created graphic designs for the Cinema Sessions program and poster and her film was selected, published and shown. She was part of the college debating team, the Roots and Shoots club, Young Writers workshops and the lunchtime sports competitions. She was also a top student, receiving a Diamond pin at the end of Year 8 for continuous A grades throughout the year.


Our 2014 Friends of John Curtin scholarship recipients have gone on to achieve excellent results.

2015 Year 12 graduate Siobhan Paget joined the Visual Arts Gifted and Talented program in 2014 and was one of the few students to complete a double GAT course. She was also the lead dancer in “Alice in Wonderland” and went on to top Visual Arts Stage 2. A quiet achiever, Siobhan achieved an ATAR of 99.7, receiving a General Exhibition, a Course Exhibition for Dance, two Certificates of Distinction and a Certificate of Commendation. She received 100% for her written dance exam in 2015, making her the top scoring student in the state. Siobhan received a scholarship and was accepted into a Bachelor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia.

2015 Year 12 graduate Isabella Neish was a Gold Swan Award winner for academic excellence and studied the most challenging WACE subjects, planning a career in dance, science, medicine or engineering.

2014 Year 12 graduate Sinead Jamieson won the Edith Cowan University Personal Excellence Award, which recognises students who demonstrate strong academic endeavour and commitment to ECU’s core values of integrity, respect, rational enquiry and personal excellence. Sinead was also Head Girl at City Beach Residential College where she excelled in her caring and considerate approach to others. She was also one of 10 students selected from 74 schools to be part of the Premier’s ANZAC tour in 2013.

Year 12 student Nathan Calvert was one of eight selected for the Year 8 Ministerial performance and performed well in all of his Year 9 drama shows. All teachers acknowledged him as a lovely, caring and hardworking student and so a worthy recipient of a Friends scholarship.


2013 graduate Gifted and Talented drama students Mackenzie Cairns and Tessa Maxwell were the recipients of the 2013 Friends of John Curtin College of the Arts scholarships.

Mackenzie was the co-director of the Boys’ Project, which he was part of since Year 8. His leadership abilities extended to being a peer support leader for Year 8 students, speaking to more than 200 teachers at a Gifted and Talented Symposium, and volunteering to work with 35 WACE drama markers. Mackenzie was a top student, receiving Swan Awards for academic excellence every semester and is studying at UWA.

Tessa represented the college in interschool debating throughout lower school, was committed to the Front of House program and was a peer support leader. She was on the planning committee for the Year 10 dinner dance and volunteered to be in the Production Course. She was also part of the Academic Excellence Program in lower school and consistently received Swan Awards for academic excellence. Tessa achieved tremendous success while assisting with the care of her mum who has early onset Alzheimer’s.

Name Your Seat Campaign

Name Your Seat is one of the ways you can help us support young and creative artists.

This is a unique opportunity for supporters of John Curtin College of the Arts to have a naming plaque placed on a seat in the state-of-the-art Curtin Theatre.

For a one off tax-deductible donation of $250 you will receive a named plaque commemorating the support you have given.

More importantly you will make a significant contribution to the college, where your donation will go towards maintaining the professional standards of lighting and sound in the Curtin Theatre and investing in cutting edge theatre technology.

To name a seat, download the application form here.

Donate to the Tax Deductible Building Fund

We invite you to support improvements and additions to our existing buildings. Your donation will make a significant difference to the learning environment of students and will contribute to construction, maintenance, renovation and extension of school buildings.

All donations are tax deductible.

Download a donation form here.

Our Graduates


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Lisa De Vanna


Frank Conroy
Former Chairman, St George Bank and CEO and Managing Director, Westpac Banking Corporation

John Cowdell
Legislative Council President

Professor Stephen D Hopper FLS
Chair in Biodiversity, UWA (Winthrop Professor of) awarded Companion of the Order of Australia as global science leader
Former Director, CEO and Chief Scientist Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

Guy Houston
Chief of Staff, WA opposition leader
Former journalist

Hon Simon O’Brien MLC
Liberal Member for South Metropolitan Region Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

Dr Michael Schaper
Deputy Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Adjunct Professor, Curtin Business School

Dr Mike Trefry
Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Lydia Warburton
Graduated top of her class, UWA medicine

Elizabeth Woods
Deputy Chief Magistrate


Rachael Blake

Chelsea Basham
Country music recording artist

Daryl Brandwood
Dancer, Expressions Dance Company, Brisbane; West Australian Ballet and Australian Ballet

Louise Chalwell
Former Principal dancer, Leipzig Ballet, Germany; former dancer West Australian Ballet and Australian Ballet

Alicia Clements
Set and costume designer

Megan Gale
Model and actress

Anna Gare
Chef and TV personality

Ewen Leslie

Elizabeth Maisey
Costumer, Australian Ballet

Paul Mercurio
Dancer, choreographer and actor

Kim McCarthy
Coordinator of Classical Dance, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts; Principal Dancer in Spain and Ballet Master

John O’Hara
Actor, dancer and singer

Kav Temperley and Stuart McLeod
Band members, Eskimo Joe

Sam Worthington


Brad Jones
Player, Liverpool FC English Premier League; Australian Olympic Soccer team Athens 2004

Chris Herd
Player, Aston Villa FC English Premier League

David Tarka
Player, Perth Glory Hyundai A League; Australian Olympic Soccer team Athens 2004

Lisa de Vanna
Player, Adelaide Sensation; Australian Olympic Soccer team Athens 2004; part of world’s best 16 female players, co-captain Australia’s Matildas 2015, Selected in World Cup All-Star squad 2015.