Newtown High School of the Performing Arts
|Newtown High School of the Performing Arts|
St George's Hall
Equality, creativity, excellence
|Newtown, New South Wales
|Type||Public (Selective Performing Arts)|
Blue and Red
|Formerly||Newtown Boys High School and Petersham Girls High School|
Newtown High School of the Performing Arts (NHSPA) is a state government school located in the suburb of Newtown in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the leading Performing and Visual Arts schools in Australia. All the students that attend the school are able to study Drama, Music, Dance and Visual Arts and are required to study them as part of the school’s curriculum for the first year of secondary school. The school participates in concerts, performances and workshops both on and off school grounds in all types of Performing and Visual Arts as well as Video, Technical, Costume and Design.
The school is run by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training.
The school was founded in 1990 as the first state selective high school for performing arts in New South Wales. NHSPA was formed from the merger of the nearby Petersham Girls High School and Newtown Boys' High School on the latter's King Street site. Newtown's foundation principal was Robin Amm, formerly the principal at Petersham Girls.
The school remains open and accessible to the local population, however a larger percentage of prospective students from outside the local acceptance boundaries can audition to obtain a place at the school.
It is also the sister school of the nationally recognised Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
The campus is located on King Street, Newtown and bounded by Newman and Whitehorse Streets. The campus has a large paved playground and a grass oval. The various faculties within the school are located in different areas ranging from A to F Blocks and the gymnasium located near the school oval. The school also has an operational theatre, known as the Studio Theatre, that it uses for its biannual Showcase concerts and other productions. The school also manages the adjacent St Georges Hall which is used for larger productions and school activities.
The student body is estimated to be in excess of 1,000 students, This equates to roughly 150 students per school year and 200 students in each of the final two years (Year 11 and 12). A significant proportion of the student body is now recruited through a selective and highly competitive audition process, although local families retain the right to send their children there. Students can audition to gain entry to the school in Years 7 and 11.
The Prefecture at NHSPA consists of Yr 12 students who are elected by both their fellow students and teachers. Its primary role is act as role models for other students and represent the school at any public event. The Prefecture is also responsible for assigning fellow Prefects to a faculty at the school, which that Prefect must represent and raise the profile of. The Prefecture is also the sole body who votes for the School Captain. Only members of the Prefecture may be a candidate for the School Captain and Vice Captain. In previous years, the Prefecture has organised the NHSPA Talent Quest which was immensely popular amongst students, and the proceeds raised from the Talent Quest went towards the cost of the Year 12 Formal.
Student Representative Council
Newtown High School of the Performing Arts has an elected Student Representative Council (SRC) composed of two students from each grade. Members are elected for a one year term by the students. The SRC underwent significant reform in 2004 when the students drafted and adopted a formal constitution, and the council changed from a volunteer institution to its current elected structure. The constitution outlines the roles and responsibilities of the key office bearers and defines how the group makes decisions. The SRC's primary objectives are to provide input on policy that affects students and to run charity fundraisers.
- Publication of the inaugural student newspaper
- Installation of several bike racks
The faculties in the school include:
- Human Society and its Environment
- Technological and Applied Studies
- Visual Arts
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
The most notable extracurricular activities available to the students of the high school are the ensembles and companies in the Music, Drama and Dance departments. These form to prepare short performances to be included in the following "Showcase" concerts, staged in the Studio Theatre.
The school focuses primarily on drama, dance, music and visual arts. In addition, students can obtain experience in the technical side of the performing arts including technical theatre, video, costuming and design.
- Alycia Debnam-Carey - (2011) actor
- Samuel Thomson - (2014) actor and rhythmic gymnastics Australian youth champion 2012 Australian games
- Lindsay Farris - (2003) actor and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre Company and founding Chairman of the National Youth Theatre Company Foundation
- Nathan Foley - (1979) cast-member of Hi-5
- Alexander Stuart - (2009) Dancer with The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, USA & Graduate of The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, USA
- Abe Forsythe - (1999) actor
- Virginia Gay - (1999) actor
- Tamara Jaber - (1999) recording artist
- Rose Jackson - (2002) former president of the University of Sydney Students' Representative Council and past president of the National Union of Students
- David Jones-Roberts - (2008) actor
- Jordan Loukas - model and fashion correspondent
- Emma Lung - (1999) actor
- Hanna Mangan-Lawrence - (2008) actress
- Alyssa McClelland - (1999) actor
- Elana Stone - (1998) jazz singer and band leader
- Yael Stone - (2003) actress
- Jessica Tovey - (2005) actress
- Ralph Myers - (1996) artistic director of theatre company Company B Belvoir
- Hyun Peter - (2010) member of South Korean boy band One Way
- Dylan Frost - lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band Sticky Fingers
- Gabriel Scarvelli - (1996) Leading Australian Fashion Designer. (also worked with Opera Australia costume dept.)
- Newtown High School of the Performing Arts website
- NSW Department of Education and Training: Newtown High School of the Performing Arts
- Johnson, Rose. "Student representative’s message" (PDF). Newtown High School of the Performing Arts: Annual Report. Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. Retrieved 30 April 2013.