Hunter School of the Performing Arts
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2009)|
|Hunter School of the Performing Arts|
Each of us is responsible for our own destiny
|Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia|
|Type||State school, Performing arts, 2–12, Day school|
|Colour(s)||Jade, purple, black
Hunter School of the Performing Arts (HSPA) is a public, co-educational, selective primary and secondary school which offers a comprehensive curriculum with a performing arts specialty, located at Broadmeadow, New South Wales.
The school has undergone many name changes since its first day in July, 1923.
As a technical school
- 1923–1926: Newcastle Junior Technical and Domestic Science School
- 1927–1931: Broadmeadow Junior Technical School
- 1932–1960: Newcastle Central Technical School
As a general High School
- 1961–1965: Broadmeadow Boys High School
- 1966–1975: Broadmeadow Boys School
- 1976–1992: Broadmeadow High School (co-educational)
As a performing arts school
- 1993–1997: The Broadmeadow School of Performing Arts
- 1998–present: Hunter School of the Performing Arts
A notable moment in this school's recent history was the June 2007 Hunter Region and Central Coast storms.
The Hunter School of the Performing Arts was one of the most severely affected schools in the area. The school suffered a large amount of damage; the entire bottom level was washed away and the school's library was severely affected.
Motto and colours
The original motto was Advance, which changed after the school became a boys school in 1932 to Faber est suae quisque fortunae. The motto was changed in 1999 to its English form, Each of us is responsible for our own destiny.
The original colours of the school were those of the 35th Battalion ("Newcastle's Own Regiment") of World War I, green and brown. In later years it changed to green and white. In 1999, students were given a survey in a bid for them to choose their own school colours; the students decided to choose jade, purple and black. To keep a link with the Newcastle colours, the new logo (of the mask, dancer and bass clef) has been incorporated into a shield which also has a ribbon of brown and a ribbon of green.
Following the change in the school colours, a new school uniform was introduced in 2000, with options ranging from formal to casual, including performance and sporting wear. In 2001, the school's Marching Band uniform changed to reflect this as well, formerly being green and gold, as opposed to the school colours of green and brown.
Drama students of the school have appeared in OnStage (showcasing the best of HSC Drama group and individual performances) and the regional, state and national Shakespeare festival.
The Hunter School of the Performing Arts holds bi-annual musical productions. Past productions include Guys and Dolls (1999), Little Shop of Horrors (2001), Bye Bye Birdie (2003), The Pirates of Penzance (2006, postponed due to the construction of the school's new theatre complex), West Side Story (2008), and Les Miserables (school edition) (2011)
The school is home to a number of musical ensembles. Two concert bands, a number of choirs, string orchestra, two stage bands, a marching show band and percussion ensemble are well known within the school and community and frequently perform at festivals, parades, ceremonies and competitions.
- Benjamin McKenzie, Australian Idol 2007 finalist
- Charli Delaney, former Hi 5 member
- Short Stack, former pop punk/Indie band
- Shaun Diviney, lead vocalist and guitarist
- Andy Clemmensen, bassist and back-up vocalist
- Bradie Webb, drummer
- Rhys Nicholson, comedian, 2009 Grand Finalist in Raw Comedy Award
- List of government schools in New South Wales
- List of creative and performing arts high schools in New South Wales
- Hunter School of the Performing Arts website
- NSW Department of Education and Training: Hunter School of the Performing Arts