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

Nilaufer Rajwar (acting)

Deputy Principals
Karl Pico (Years 7 and 10)
Belinda Scanlan (relieving) (Years 8 and 11)
Peter Shields (Years 9 and 12)

Head Teachers

Administration: Aflal Sahabdeen (relieving)

Dance: Alison McKellar (relieving) and Emma Bathgate-Petersen (relieving) (W)

Drama: Daniel Kavanagh

English: Jack Taylor

HSIE: Rachel O'Neill

Mathematics: Joelle Pearn

Music: Ynping Mak (relieving)

PDHPE: Sam Byrne (relieving)

Science/LOTE: Amanda Whitfield

TAS: Olivia Saravanos  (relieving)

Teaching and Innovation: Giovanna Trenoweth

Visual Arts: Rhianna Blake

Year Advisers

Year 7: Hans Mayerhofer assisted by Lisa Coveny

Year 8: Rachael Holland assisted by Callum Eckersley

Year 9: Dominique Sweers assisted by Rhylee Shrubsall

Year 10: Amber Johnson assisted by Philip Podreka

Year 11: Alain Lavrut assisted by Amanda Di Camillo

Year 12: Stefanie Leotta assisted by Ula George


Regan Pullen (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