Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Excellence, Creativity & Equity

Telephone02 9519 1544

Our staff

Get to know our school staff. We're all here to help.

Our professional, university-educated teachers encourage students to develop a love of learning and a desire to succeed. They maintain the highest integrity and concern for your child’s wellbeing.

The principal is responsible for the educational leadership and management of our school. If you would like to speak to the principal, please contact us to make an appointment.

Our school administrative staff can answer inquiries or direct you to the appropriate staff member for help.

It would greatly assist the school organisation and save you time and effort if you contact the correct person regarding your enquiry. When you ring or email the school, please explain the nature of your enquiry and to whom you wish to speak.

The email address to use when contacting the school is:

Attention: (please see list below)

The following shows you the correct person for a particular enquiry:

Student Progress in a Subject: Classroom Teacher or Subject Head Teacher

Student Conduct and General Progress: Year Adviser

Assistance with your child’s wellbeing: Either the Year Adviser, Deputy Principal, Student Support Officer, or School Counsellor

Assistance with your child’s learning needs: Classroom or Learning Support Teachers

A question regarding school organisation: Deputy Principal

A question about Year 10-12 Curriculum pattern: Year Adviser or Deputy Principal

A question about Year 10-12 Post-School Pathways: Careers Adviser

A question about NSW School of Languages: Careers Advisor

A question regarding Technology: Technical Support Officer or Business Manager

A question regarding Attendance: Attendance Officer

A question regarding Extended Leave: Deputy Principal

A question regarding Fees and Payments: Receipting in front office

A question regarding extra-curricular sport: PDHPE Faculty

A question regarding extra-curricular Performing Arts: Music, Dance or Drama Faculty

A question regarding Music tutors: Music Faculty

A question regarding enrolments/auditions/showcase: School Administration Manager

Senior executive

Susan Green

Deputy Principals
Karl Pico (Years 8 and 11)
Nilaufer Rajwar (Years 9 and 12)
Belinda Scanlan (Years 7 and 10)

Head Teachers

Administration: Jane Gray

Dance: Alison McKellar (M, T, Th, F) and Emma Bathgate-Petersen (W) (relieving)

Drama: Daniel Kavanagh

English: Jack Taylor

HSIE:  Hans Mayerhofer (relieving)

Mathematics: Joelle Pearn

Music: Ynping Mak (relieving)

PDHPE: Rachael Holland (relieving)

Science/LOTE: Aflal Sahabdeen (relieving)

TAS: Olivia Saravanos  (relieving)

Teaching and Innovation: Hannah Hindmarsh (relieving)

Visual Arts: Rhianna Blake

Year Advisers

Year 7: Michael Preston assisted by Alex Menyhart

Year 8: Lisa Coveny assisted by Jessica Brooks

Year 9: Callum Eckersley assisted by Chau Nguyen

Year 10: Jose Gonda assisted by Joseph Wong

Year 11: Amber Johnson assisted by Philip Podreka

Year 12: Alain Lavrut assisted by Amanda Di Camillo


Regan Pullen (Tue, Wed, Fri)
Jessica Cashman (Mon, Tue, Thu)

Teacher Librarian
Samantha Row (relieving)

Careers Adviser
Ula George

Who to contact

For information, clarification and advice regarding classroom work and class tasks

Head Teacher

  • Information, clarification and advice regarding curriculum and more serious concerns
  • Issues not yet resolved at teacher level

Year Advisor
Information, clarification and advice regarding your child’s wellbeing

Deputy Principal
For more serious issues regarding wellbeing, curriculum, learning support and general progress


  • Issues not yet resolved or responded to at Head Teacher and Deputy Principal level
  • Child protection matters
  • Emergencies
  • Expressions of gratitude and positive feedback

Administration Office

  • Absentees
  • Early Leavers
  • Enrolments and/or auditions
  • Change of contact details
  • Payments

Performing Arts Head Teachers
For information, clarification and advice regarding the co-curricular program including rehearsal/performance requirements and attendance please contact the relevant Performing Arts Head Teachers