Schools Spectacular


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.

2019 marks the 36th 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 out how to be involved! Applications for 2019 are now closed.


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This standalone, comprehensive classroom resource is drawn from this year's theme' The Greatest'.
The eResource includes three integrated units for Stages 1,2 and 3, under the show themes; 'The greatest stories', 'Under the big top' and 'Game on!'
Sign up to The Arts Unit's Learning Hub  and find a link to the SpecEd 2018 eResource in menu under  'Latest Resources" Watch the video below for more information.

Virtual Excursion - SpecEd 2018 - Join the circus

We will be hosting a very special virtual excursion via YouTube Live on 20 November 2.00pm. Meet the circus performers from this year's Schools Spectacular. They will demonstrate their skills in juggling, unicycle, globe walking and acrobatics.
To participate in the virtual excursion register at Dart Connections
Students can submit videos of themselves demonstrating their new juggling or hula hooping skills or video themselves asking a question.
Please submit all videos here (no longer than 30 seconds) by 13 November.
We will share some of the best videos as a part of the excursion for students from other schools to watch.

Schools Spectacular Website 

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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.

Social Media kit

There are many ways you can help to promote Schools Spectacular and the best way is to share your experiences using the hashtag #Spec18 and post something everyday in the lead up.

Download the social media assets here.




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