Auditions for Years 3-6 in 2021 for Hunter School of the Performing Arts are scheduled to occur from Monday, 14 September 2020. At present these auditions are proceeding as planned and will be held live on site at the Hunter Theatre, Hunter School of the Performing Arts in line with the Department of Education directives of safe practice. This situation will be monitored and updates of any changes will be provided if and when necessary via email and on our website. Please refer to information below regarding application processes and to email correspondence that will be provided after submission of application.
Auditions for Years 7-11 in 2021 for Hunter School of the Performing Arts took place in May of 2020 and offers have been made and a number of reserve lists are in place. WE understand that a number of families were impacted due to COVID-19 and were unable to proceed with their application during this time. As a result vacancies exist in some year groups and performing art areas and we would like to offer students the opportunity to audition now that this situation is easing. A second round of auditions for Years 7-11 in 2021 will occur from Monday, 14 September 2020. These auditions will take place in line with first round audition processes. These auditions will include a combination of video submission and online conferences. Please refer to information below for application processes and to email correspondence that will be provided after submission of application.
Applications for all auditions are currently open and will close on Monday, 10 August 2020.
We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
HSPA is a fully selective performing arts school for students in Years 3 to 12 with enrolment by successful audition only.
Students may be talented in more than one performing arts area and may choose to audition in more than one area.
Please note, whilst students are able to audition in more than one performing arts area, successful students will only be enrolled in one core area and are able to select electives in other performing arts subjects from Year 8 onwards.
5) Pay application fee (charged per audition area)
6) Mail or deliver printed application
The printed copy MUST be submitted to HSPA by mail or in person with supporting documentation, NO later than 5 working days after the closing date for applications.
The printed copy should contain any supporting documentation. Supporting documentation includes: applicant photo with NAME printed on the back, medical action plan/s if applicable, specialist learning support information if applicable.
The application fee is also due at this time and can be paid online, by cheque/money order or in person.
Upon receipt of a printed copy of your application, you will receive an ackowledgement email. This will include an audition timeline that details critical dates.
For Offline applications, please submit your completed application form, photograph (with name clearly on the back) and application fee of $80 per audition area NO later than 5 working days after the closing date. Access our hardcopy applications below and print them out.
Printed Online Applications and completed Offline Applications should be mailed to:
Hunter School of the Performing Arts
PO Box 1
BROADMEADOW NSW 2292
or delivered to 109 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow
Provide a non-returnable photograph of the applicant. This is for identification purposes only. Each photograph should have the name of the student clearly printed on the back.
Medical / Special Needs Information
If the applicant has a diagnosed medical condition you must provide an action plan and/or a first aid treatment plan for each condition. Please do not send originals as they will not be returned. If the applicant has special needs which should be catered for in their audition, please provide any relevant documentation or outline the nature of their special needs.
An Application Fee must be paid to cover administrative costs. This fee is $70 for online applications and $80 for offline applications. Students may choose to audition in more than one performing arts area and a seperate fee will apply to each performing arts area selected in your application. This fee can be paid via our website by clicking the Make a Payment option at the top of the home page. It can also be paid by cash, cheque or EFTPOS at our Administration Office, or by sending a cheque or money order in the mail. This fee is non-refundable.
Applications will not be processed or considered unless a printed copy of the completed application, with any necessary supporting documentation and the administration fee are received by HSPA no later than 5 working days after the applicable closing date for Year 3 to Year 6 or Year 7 to Year 11 respectively.
Please do NOT put any documents into display folders.
Late applications will NOT be accepted.
Current Principal's Feedback
If your child auditions successfully and accepts our offer to enrol at HSPA, we will contact their current school Principal for an outline of their achievement across the curriculum, literacy and numeracy profile and their attitude, commitment and behaviour in all areas of school life. We will also request information about their social development and any Learning Support Needs to assist us to plan for their transition and cater for individual needs.
What we offer
Hunter School of the Performing Arts offers a unique educational environment, being NSW’s only fully selective Performing Arts School.
Our school delivers outstanding developmental programs, with a gifted and talented focus in Dance, Drama and Music. In addition, academic, welfare and sporting programs complement the delivery of a comprehensive academic Year 3-12 curriculum, which caters for the individual abilities of students while accommodating academic giftedness and learning support needs.
Enrolment through audition is available for Years 3-11. Please be aware that the majority of vacancies occur in Years 3-7 where students undertake compulsory studies in Dance, Drama and Music throughout Years 3-6 and compulsory studies in Music in Year 7. All students undertake study in their auditioned performing arts area in Years 7-10. Students in Years 11 and 12 select all subject areas for their senior years, however, students who audition In Year 11 must undertake studies in their auditioned area.
Year 8-12 students can undertake major and minor studies in the Performing Arts as elective subjects. This can include the study of more than one Performing Arts area. All students have access to specialist opportunities for tuition and ensemble membership in the Performing Arts.
We offer strong academic programs in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Visual Arts, Technology & Applied Sciences, Languages Other than English and Personal Development, Physical Education and Health.