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.

Senior executive

Sharon Roberts

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

Head Teachers

Administration: Jane Gray

Dance: Belinda Scanlan (relieving) (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) and Alison McKellar (relieving) (Fri)

Drama: Daniel Kavanagh

English: Jack Taylor

HSIE: Rachel O'Neill

Mathematics: Joelle Pearn

Music: Ynping Mak (relieving)

PDHPE: Elly Reynolds (Tue, Wed, Thu) and Sam Byrne (relieving) (Mon, Fri)

Science/LOTE: Amanda Whitfield

TAS: Diane Aynsley

Teaching and Innovation: Giovanna Trenoweth

Visual Arts: Gillian O'Connor (relieving)

Year Advisers

Year 7: Alice Chen assisted by Rachael Holland

Year 8: Dominique Sweers assisted by Nigel Cooper

Year 9: Amber Johnson assisted by Philip Podreka

Year 10: Alain Lavrut assisted by Amanda Di Camillo

Year 11: Stefanie Leotta assisted by Claire Ansoul

Year 12: Tyrone Rigby assisted by Olivia Case


Anneke Porter-Heubeck (Tue, Wed, Fri)
Jessica Cashman (Mon, Tue, Thu)

Teacher Librarian
Dominique Sweers

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

Staff Directory

To contact a member of staff:

Staff directory