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2020 Schools Spectacular Update

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the 2020 Schools Spectacular is cancelled.

Over the past few months, we have been planning and exploring a variety of remote scenarios for the audition and creation process. Despite this, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions put in place means that we are unable to continue. This was a difficult decision.

We recognise the pressures that schools are currently experiencing and supporting them is our highest priority.

After 36 consecutive years this is difficult to come to terms with, but the health and wellbeing of everyone involved is paramount and this was at the heart of our decision.

Thank you to those who have applied for the 2020 show. Should further performance opportunities arise later in the year, we will contact you with more information.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Schools Spectacular and for your understanding. 

We wish you all the best,
The Spec Team.

Sonja Sjolander

Arts Initiatives Advisor

Creative Director Schools Spectacular

NSW Department of Education

P   02 8512 1174   m  0408 406 612




Student Performance and Events Officer

Operations Manager – Schools Spectacular

The Arts Unit | Department of Education NSW

Cnr The Boulevarde & Toothill Street, Lewisham, NSW, 2049

P: (02) 8512 1192

M: 0422 022 264


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Proudly presented by the NSW Department of Education, the Schools Spectacular has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events on Sydney's entertainment calendar and is a highlight of the year for students and teachers of NSW Public Schools.

2020 marks the 37th year of the show and, as we move into our fourth decade of showcasing the outstanding talents of NSW Public Schools students and teachers, the Schools Spectacular will continue to provide a unique experience for so many students, teachers and audience members.

The Schools Spectacular has launched the careers of a host of Australia's most popular performers - but more than this, it has introduced tens of thousands of NSW Public School students to the thrill of performing to capacity audiences in a major entertainment venue.

In a dazzling and imaginative display of movement, colour and music, the show celebrates the optimism and joy of its participants. All sectors of the public school community share the experience - including rural and metropolitan, large and small schools, male and female dancers, Aboriginal students, students with a disability, choirs, rock bands, orchestras, multicultural ensembles, hip hop dancers, ballet dancers and more - each contributing to the diversity and talent that enriches our public schools.

Featuring thousands of the state's most talented singers, dancers and musicians, the Schools Spectacular is a brilliantly choreographed and costumed production. A huge choir, an 80-piece orchestra, thousands of dancers and talented soloists from ages 5 to 18 are all woven into a seamless production. It's a rich tapestry!

The Schools Spectacular brings students, teachers, schools and their communities together in a rich and rewarding program. It is a unique opportunity for students who attend NSW Public Schools and it highlights the dedication, commitment and creativity of the teachers who create this memorable experience.

CLICK HERE to find application information. 


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2021 information coming soon!

2019 SpecEd resources can be accessed by clicking on this link

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For further information on the show, including venue information, buying tickets, the cast and crew or to sign up to the Schools Spectacular newsletter, you can visit the Schools Spectacular website.