Schools Spectacular


Spec 2021 Banner



Planning for the 2021 Schools Spectacular is currently underway. 

More details will be released in early 2021. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via the details below. 

Contact Information 

Damien McCabe

Student Performance and Events Officer

Operations Manager – Schools Spectacular

P: (02) 8512 1192

M: 0422 022 264


The Arts Unit | Department of Education NSW

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


Sonja Sjolander

Arts Initiatives Advisor

Creative Director Schools Spectacular

P   02 8512 1174  

M  0408 406 612



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.


SpecEd eResourcesSpec  Ed heading

2019 SpecEd resources can be accessed by clicking on this link

Schools Spectacular Website 

Schools Spectacular 2013 - 30 Spectacular Years

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.

Arts Unit Digital Engagement Website 

Art Bites invite students to join a choir rehearsal, dance ensemble, music practice, art club or a debating team meeting.

These short video lessons in a range of areas offer students a chance to engage in co-curricular activities.

Creative Classes uses our extensive collection of video assets that have been adapted into mini websites for teachers to share with their students. Each website offers high quality stimulus content and provides engaging, independent activities that have been linked to syllabus outcomes in creative arts subjects.

Creative Classes can be shared by copying the url (web address) from the browser and can also be adapted by teachers to include other content for students to share their learning.

Creative Teachers resources provide online, practical professional learning incorporating video, text, support documents and links to help you deliver high-quality arts experiences for students. Learn from scratch or improve your skills in the artistic, technical and practical aspects of running ensembles, staging and capturing performances and help students to participate in the arts. These resources are like having an experienced mentor teacher available whenever you need one!