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More than 2,500 students from hundreds of schools across New South Wales will come together at Qudos Bank Arena on Monday, October 30, to perfect dance, drama, circus, and drumming routines at the Schools Spectacular’s first combined rehearsal. 

Just one month away from the performances on November 24 and 25, the students will be rehearsing 19 mass dance routines that vary from ballet to tap, and hip hop to Bollywood – and includes the showstopper Finale involving the entire cast. 

Executive producer Richard Spiewak said the rehearsals for the show were well under way and the first combined rehearsal was a key milestone in the show’s schedule. 

"This is the first opportunity for the cast, for teachers, and for choreographers to work in the actual arena in a floor space equivalent to what they will be performing on come show time,” Mr Spiewak said. 

“We get to see how rehearsals have been progressing to date and look at working on formations and entrances to the arena floor. It is also the first time that the Finale is put together at a large scale.  

“It’s no mean feat getting thousands of performers dancing in unison and moving seamlessly onto and off the arena floor,” he said.  

Schools Spectacular celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and Mr Spiewak said the first combined rehearsal was a sneak peek into the awe-inspiring talent of everyone involved.  

“The show is looking exciting and will be a fabulous 40th birthday tribute to everyone who has been a part of Schools Spectacular or attended over the past four decades,” Mr Spiewak said. 

“The first combined rehearsal is a very exciting time, and from this point on the pace of rehearsals and the buzz surrounding the show just keeps building to show week.  

“It also a good time to remind everyone that they shouldn’t delay any longer in purchasing their tickets to one of the four performances.”  

Tickets are available through Ticketek and the audience is encouraged to book tickets early to ensure they don't miss out on this unforgettable showcase of talent and creativity. 

The Schools Spectacular is proudly supported by sponsors and supporters: Telstra, NSW Teachers Federation, School Bytes, RØDE, Smartsalary, Teachers Health, Colmed Group, Steinway Australia, Sony Australia and Event Partners: Qudos Bank Arena, Seven Network and Ticketek.  


Media are invited to attend the rehearsal to interview students, teachers and staff involved in key roles of the show. Please find below a list of schools involved on Monday.

Date: Monday, October 30, 2023 

Best time for media - Finale rehearsal (entire cast): 12pm to 1pm. We are happy to arrange other times if this time is not suitable.

Time: 8am to 4.30pm 

Location: Qudos Bank Arena, Edwin Flack Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park. Media can park at the Service Yard behind Qudos Bank Arena and enter through security. Please contact us to arrange parking and access to the arena.

Schools attending the First Combined Rehearsal:

Anson Street School

Armidale Secondary College

Ashfield Boys High School

Asquith Girls High School

Avalon Public School

Balgowlah Heights Public School

Banks Public School

Banora Point High School

Bathurst Public School

Bathurst South Public School

Bathurst West Public School

Baulkham Hills High School

Beacon Hill Public School

Bella Vista Public School

Bellevue Hill Public School

Blairmount Public School

Blayney High School

Bletchington Public School

Boronia Park Public School

Buninyong Public School

Burraneer Bay Public School

Burwood Public School

Busby West Public School

Caddies Creek Public School

Calare Public School

Callaghan College

Cambridge Gardens Public School

Camden Haven High School

Campsie Public School

Canobolas Rural Technology High School

Carenne School

Caringbah High School

Casula Public School

Cecil Hills High School

Chalmers Road School

Chatswood High School

Chipping Norton Public School

Colyton Public School

Como West Public School

Connells Point Public School

Coogee Public School

Cootamundra High School

Cowra High School

Cowra Public School

Crestwood Public School

Cromer Public School

Cronulla High School

Cronulla Public School

Crookwell Public School

Crown Street Public School

Curl Curl North Public School

Darcy Road Public School

East Hills Girls Technology High School

Elderslie Public School

Emu Heights Public School

Endeavour Sports High School

Engadine High School

Engadine West Public School

Epping North Public School

Erskine Park High School

Erskineville Public School

Faulconbridge Public School

Fernhill School

Finley High School

Forbes High School

Forbes North Public School

Forestville Public School

Forster Public School

Freemans Reach Public School

George Bass School

Girraween High School

Glen Innes High School

Gralee School

Grays Point Public School

Gulgong High School

Gymea Bay Public School

Gymea Technology High School

Hambledon Public School

Harbord Public School

Heathcote Public School

Holsworthy High School

Homebush West Public School

Horsley Park Public School

Hoxton Park Public School

Hunter School of Performing Arts

Inverell High School

James Busby High School

Jannali East Public School

Jordan Springs Public School

Karabar High School

Kareela Public School

Kariong Public School

Katoomba High School

Kellyville Public School

Kellyville Ridge Public School

Kings Langley Public School

Kingscliff High School

Kingscliff Public School

Kingswood Park Public School

Kirrawee High School

Kirrawee Public School

Kooringal High School

Laguna Street Public School

Lake Albert Public School

Leeton High School

Leeton Public School

Leura Public School

Lidcombe Public School

Lithgow High School

Liverpool West Public School

Lucas Heights Community School

Lurnea High School

Macquarie Fields High School

Maitland High School

Marrickville High School

Matthew Pearce Public School

Menai High School

Middleton Grange Public School

Mimosa Public School

Mulyan Public School

Murrumburrah Public School

Murwillumbah Learning Community High School

Narara Valley High School

Narrabeen North Public School

Narrabeen Sports High School

Narromine Public School

NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus

Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School

Newbridge Heights Public School

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Normanhurst Public School

North Wagga Public School

Northern Beaches Secondary College Cromer Campus

Northmead CAPA High School

Nyngan High School

Oatley Public School

Oran Park Public School

Orange High School

Orange Public School

Oxley High School

Pitt Town Public School

Queanbeyan West Public School

Randwick Girls High School

Randwick Public School

Riverbank Public School

Riverside Girls High School

Roseville Public School

Rouse Hill Public School

Russell Lea Public School

Rutherford Technology High School

Samuel Terry Public School

Sarah Redfern High School

Schofields Public School

South Grafton High School

St Andrews Public School

St George School

St Ives North Public School

Strathfield North Public School

Strathfield South Public School

Sutherland Public School

Sylvania Heights Public School

Sylvania High School

Sylvania Public School

Tharawal Public School

The Jannali High School

The Ponds School

Toongabbie Public School

Tweed River High School

Victoria Avenue Public School

Wagga Wagga High School

Wangee Park School

Warnervale Public School

Wattle Grove Public School

Wilberforce Public School

William Stimson Public School

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts

Woollahra Public School

Woolooware Public School

Woy Woy South Public School

Yarrawarrah Public School

Young North Public School




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Alyssa Terese - 0418 874 473, 

Julee Brienen -  0411 280 784, 


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