Announcing the new Head of Arts

Carey Baptist College is thrilled to announce the appointment of the new Head of Arts, Mr. Bruce Thompson, who will be leading the renowned Arts curriculum and programs at the Harrisdale campus.

The Carey Arts Department brings amazing opportunities to Secondary students in music, dance, visual arts and media, together with an offering of one of the best Music Tuition Programmes in WA. With nearly 25 years of music teaching and tuition, including roles in ATAR exam moderation, Bruce brings a wealth of teaching experience and leadership to this role.

Additionally, Bruce has significant industry experience in musical performance and production. Having spent 15 years in the position of Associate Principal Trombone in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Bruce has had the opportunity to tour extensively throughout Australia and internationally before moving into full time teaching and management positions.

We sat down with Bruce to learn more about his passion and vision for the Carey Arts Department:

1. What have been some of your career highlights so far?

I have been very blessed to be involved in the performing arts for quite some time now, both as a performer and educator. Highlights include performing with Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Michael Crawford, Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall, Burt Bacarach, Tina Arena, Hugh Jackman and Jesse Norman. I decided to pursue music studies in highschool and all of these amazing opportunities opened up from there.


2. Why are you drawn to work at Carey?

Ever since entering full time teaching, I have heard about the amazing Carey Music Programme and witnessed the incredible quality of the graduate students. After hearing College teaching staff speak to not only the music programme, but also the faith based community that is Carey, I had no hesitation in applying for a position on the music staff when it became available.

Carey Harrisdale is a thriving community that aims to offer excelling education for the whole child and I’m thrilled to partner with many other esteemed professionals, not only in the Arts department but across all curriculum areas, in skillfully educating Carey Secondary students towards their God-given purpose.


3. What are you looking forward to in 2018?

I’m looking forward to High School Musical in Term 2, a production that will be showcasing all facets of the Arts in what will be an amazing, groundbreaking event for our Carey community. I’m also excited for all of the arts incursions and excursions, performance opportunities and creativity that will be unleashed by the talented and inspiring staff of the Carey Arts Department.


4. As a Secondary School educator, what is your passion when working with promising musicians?

My passion is to witness and play a part in the journey students go on as they study music from Primary to Secondary education and beyond. I know from personal experience that music study has led to amazing opportunities to travel the world and meet like-minded people, while learning more about myself and God. My hope is that students will have their lives enriched and blessed by their involvement in the Arts at Carey.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Bruce Thompson to this key leadership position.


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