Northmead Creative and Performing Arts was built in 1959 and was
extensively refurbished in recent years to provide a first-class teaching
environment. The school is committed to serving the needs of its community and
has links with local charities and businesses. The school maintains a sound tradition
in Creative and Performing Arts skill development, academic and sporting
achievement and opportunities for gifted and talented students. Accelerated
courses are available in Mathematics, Business Studies, Dance, Drama, Music and
Visual Arts. Electives in Music, Dance, Drama, Photography, Visual Arts,
Ceramics and Visual Design are provided for in the curriculum.

Facilities: Four computer labs, connected classroom, nine
interactive whiteboards, dance studio, modern sporting facilities including a
gym, human performance laboratory and a weight-training room, three sports
fields, modern library, drama rooms, farm, 10 interactive whiteboards and data
projectors installed in each classroom.

Electives Years 7 to 10: Aboriginal Studies, Agriculture, Ceramics, Childhood
Studies, Commerce, Dance, Drama, French, Graphics Drawing, Home Science.
Information and Software Technology, Japanese, Latin, Music, Physical Activity
and Sport Studies, Textiles and Design, Visual Arts, Visual Design and

Electives Years 11 and 12: Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History,
Biology, Business Services (VET), Business Studies, Chemistry, Construction
(VET), Design & Technology, Drama, Engineering Studies, Economics,
Entertainment, French, Geography, Hospitality (VET), Industrial Technology —
Timber and Furniture, Information Processes and Technology, Information
Technology (VET), Japanese, Legal Studies, Modern History, Multimedia
Technology and Metal Technology, Music, PD/Health/PE, Photography, Physics,
Sport Lifestyle and Recreation, Visual Arts and Visual Design. A number of NSW
Board-endorsed courses are also offered.

Sport: A broad range of competitive and leisure sports are offered
as a grade sport.

Extracurricular activities: Debating, mock trial, MUNA, Mitchell
Leadership Program, drama, dance, concert band, musical, Rock Eisteddfod
(winners of The NSW Premier Division 2005, National Television Champions 2004
and 2005), 2010 Winners Talent Storm. Schools Spectacular, choreography night,
art exhibition, musical, drama, dance evenings, intercultural exchange program
with Japan.

Welfare and personal development: A peer support program and SRC
enable students to assist teachers in pastoral care. Work experience is arranged in
Years 10 and 11. Year 7 attend an orientation camp and girls’ and boys’
education strategies are in operation. A focused study skills program
maximising the potential of students to achieve their personal best through
individual learning plans. A successful anti-bullying program (STOP) has been
developed and implemented with a focus on student resilience.

Special features: Northmead offers specialist tuition in Creative
and Performing Arts, including Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Entertainment
and Gifted and Talented Education. Reflecting the school’s focus on the
creative and performing arts, a performing arts expo is held annually immersing
students in the world on theatre and performance and students are encouraged to
perform at school, local and regional functions.

Famous ex-students: Melrose brothers, Greg Page (The Wiggles),
Natalie Avellino (Australian netball team), Hayden Foxe (Australian Junior
Socceroos), Mark Shipley and Stuart Bell (Sydney Blues/US baseball), Samantha
May (Sydney Swifts), Brent Dunkley (Australian Institute of Sport — squash),
Alyssa Vella (Pacific School Games, athletics — hammer throw), Tony Melrose
(Wallabies rugby), Samantha Steedman (netball, NSW U/21), Nathan Rees (Premier
of NSW).

School Information

  • Type: Government
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Coeducational

  • Faith-based: None
  • Year: -
  • Day/Boarding: Day School
  • Enrolment: 790 students
  • Interview Required Upon Enrolment: No
  • International Baccalaureate Programs offered:
  • ESL Support: N/A
  • Scholarships Available: No
  • Gifted and Talented Program: N/A
  • Preschool or Early Learning Centre:
  • After School Care/ OOSH Options:
  • Fees: Free (Government School)
  • Address:Campbell Street, Northmead 2152
  • Phone:02 9630 4116 / 02 9630 3793
  • Fax:02 9630 2769

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