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Important information for Year 12

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At last we have some information from NESA about changes to dates for the HSC timetable.  

While there are still some major unknowns like how performance exams will be conducted, the changes outlined below are designed to give you more certainty in the lead up to the HSC exams.  

The changes NESA has detailed include: 

  • Extending the hand in date for all major projects by two weeks.
  • Rescheduling Dance practical exams to run from 13 to17 September. (We will be advised of the actual dates shortly).
  • Rescheduling Drama performance exams to run from 6 to 10 September. (We will be advised of the actual dates shortly).
  • Music performance exams remain unchanged and will run from 30 August to 3 September. (We will be advised of actual dates shortly).
  • Rescheduling the written exams to begin one week later, on Tuesday 19 October with HSC results released on 17 December.  

These changes mean you have some additional time to prepare for exams and complete projects.  

NESA will continue to provide updates, hopefully we will receive more news next week.  

I know you are hoping that I can advise you about NHSPA Trial dates. Unfortunately, I am not be able to do this yet. Please continue to be patient, you will be notified as soon as we get advice from the Department of Education.  

Year 12, it was great to join you on the Zoom meeting yesterday. Please remember Mr Bradley’s advice to take regular breaks and find something fun or relaxing to do to help you stay positive and motivated.  

Have a good weekend.  

Ms Roberts


Parent Update

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Dear Parents and Students

The Premier’s announcement of an extension to the lockdown in Greater Sydney yesterday has prompted me to update you about school operation and online learning arrangements in the coming weeks.

First, I’d like to thank parents and carers for the amazing support you are providing to our students as they undertake remote learning. I realise how challenging this is, particularly when you are juggling the supervision of siblings in your family as well as your own work commitments.

Please be aware that the teaching staff has spent considerable time during their holidays preparing resources for online learning and will continue to deliver lessons using a combination of Zoom or other platforms as well as posting resources and lessons on Google classroom for students to access. While teachers are mindful of not overwhelming our students with an excessive number of tasks to complete in a short timeframe, we appreciate your feedback. Please let us know if you have concerns or positive comments about your child’s response to remote learning.

While our experience last year indicates that learning online is challenging, particularly for vulnerable students, I’m very pleased to hear that the vast majority are taking it seriously, following their normal timetable and completing the work set. Students are reminded that any inappropriate behaviour such as joining other classes Zoom lessons, will be reported and followed up in accordance with the school’s Discipline Policy. Students who have assessment tasks due in the next couple of weeks are reminded that the tasks must be completed and submitted by the due date. Students who are experiencing difficulties, need to contact their classroom teacher who will provide advice and support to complete the task.

Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we have had to cancel or postpone some events. The Year 8 camp scheduled for next week has been postponed until next term. Parents intending to attend the parent information forum on 4C Learning on Wednesday 21 July are advised that this will be rescheduled to later in the year. The good news is that Year 9 parent/student/ teacher conferences will go ahead as planned via Zoom next Thursday 22 July. Parents can make bookings with relevant teachers via the parent portal until bookings close on 20 July.

I want to reiterate that this is a very challenging time for students no matter what year they are in. Cognitive scientists have found that virtual interactions are more taxing on the brain and can cause students greater fatigue than face to face interactions. Please remind your child to take regular breaks away from the screen and encourage some physical activity each day.

Our office staff are on hand each day to deal with any inquiries or concerns. Please don’t hesitate to give them a call on (02) 9519 1544 during school hours if you need advice or support, they will be able to direct your call or your email to the relevant staff member.

Thank you again for your understanding as we navigate our way through the coming weeks. I know I speak for all the staff in looking forward to welcoming our students back to school later this term.

Warm regards

Sharon Roberts



This Week

Sydney East Athletics

Next Week

HSC Dance Performance Examinations

Year 7 to 8 2022 electives due

Year 8 to 9 2022 elective selections_NO INTERRUPTIONS

Two weeks from now

HSC Dance Performance Examinations

BACK UP - Year 8 Gala Day & Open Girls Netball Gala Day

PRELIMINARY DRAMA - STC The Picture of Dorian Grey performance, Kavanagh, Philpott

Careers EXPO

Year 10 to 11 course information day

A month from now

Alpine Ski Excursion

Year 11 First Aid Course

HSC Drama Performance Examinations

Year 10 to 11 new students 2022 course selection interviews

CHS Athletics (years 7-12) approx 40 students

Wear It Purple


The Voice - Edition 3 2021

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About Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts is one of the leading Performing and Visual Arts schools in Australia and is recognised internationally for its excellence.

As well as studying the more traditional subjects the school curriculum allows students to study Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts to the highest performance and intellectual level.

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts is unique. Our school is the first government school in New South Wales to provide a continuous program of academic achievement and excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts.

The school provides challenging and effective specialist and artistic education programs and preparation for exciting careers in the arts and associated industries.

Companies and Ensembles in Dance, Drama and Music stage six weeks of Showcase Concerts twice a year.

All students enrolled have the opportunity to audition to perform; they often write the scripts, compositions and fellow students direct. They are supported by the students from the Video, Technical, Costume and Design Companies construct and design the sets, document and record performances.

The talented students are selected by audition and the school population is drawn from the whole of New South Wales.



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