Schools Spectacular

Schools specProudly 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 application information. 

Applications for 2019 are now closed.


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SpecEd 2019 eResource

SpecEd 2019 is an online, comprehensive, classroom resource drawn from this year’s Schools Spectacular theme, STARS! Written by teachers for teachers, in consultation with The Arts Unit, this fantastic, cross-curricular resource comprises five units of work encompassing a wide range of stages of learning and KLAs. In a crowded curriculum, this resource is simply a must! It has been structured to ensure it is easy to use, easy to apply and, most importantly, delivers those essential outcomes as suited to your students’ stage/s of learning and abilities.

Every student is a star and collectively we shine! So, bring some SpecEd ‘celestial sparkle’ into your classroom, ensuring you and your students truly experience this year’s Schools Spectacular theme, STARS.

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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.


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SpecEd 2019 – Introduction to eResource