Teacher Librarian - Hunter School of the Performing Arts

NSW Department of EducationNewcastle


 Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley   

Advertisement Number A900097686

Number of Positions

Total Remuneration Package: Remuneration package valued at up to $127,157.00. Base salary ranges from $72,263.00 to $114,720.00, plus leave loading and employer's contribution to superannuation. Base salary rates above the minimum are available depending on experience.
School Name Hunter School of the Performing Arts
Principal Network Newcastle
Staffing Area Newcastle
 FTE 1.000

Contact Name Karen O'Neill
Contact Phone number 4952 3355

Closing Date


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 Teaching Service 
Position Information 

Hunter School of the Performing Arts is a community school in Newcastle which offers a comprehensive curriculum with a performing arts specialty. The school has an enrolment of 1170 students across Years 3-12 including 49 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students. Students are enrolled from the Hunter Region, Central Coast, Port Stephens and beyond. The school caters for a wide range of student abilities with a strong emphasis of students' interests and skills in dance, music and drama.

The school is the only fully selective performing arts public school in NSW. The key initiatives and programs in the school focus on student well-being and values education, quality teaching and learning and excellence in the performing arts through structured professional development. Extra-curricular activities include extensive drama, dance, music ensembles and opportunities as well as extension and immersion programs in STEM, theatre, film and audio technology. Sporting teams and competitions enable our students to excel through a range of different experiences.

Hunter School of the Performing Arts has links with The University of Newcastle, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, a future focused dance program incorporating student placement with local dance studios, Conservatorium of Music and Civic Theatre Newcastle. Students at the school are supported by a staff of 80 teachers and 20 support and administrative officers. The school provides freedom and support for individuals to make responsible choices in a quality learning environment which promotes and develops future-focused learning.

The learning environment includes a state of the art theatre, multiple recording studios, vision mixing production suites, specialist dance, drama and music learning spaces, commercial kitchen, multimedia learning suites, STEM labs, and dedicated visual arts, photography and ceramics spaces. The school also has a 1200 seat capacity multi-purpose centre and sports courts. The school culture is one of connectedness, inclusion and belonging with students, staff, parents and the wider community working together to promote school excellence.

Specific Selection Criteria 

Approval to teach Library (Secondary) or currently undertaking or currently enrolled in Teacher Librarian qualifications approved by the NSW Department of Education (Refer special notes below).

Exceptional ability to develop and deliver information literacy lessons with a focus on developing students’ ability to find and evaluate quality information using a variety of tools.

Demonstrated experience in supporting staff to assist student learning that embeds literacy, numeracy, technology and Aboriginal Education into faculty practice and pedagogy.

Effectively promote and manage a Library that functions as a student services centre for the school, utilising information communication technology (ICT) to inspire and extend students, as well as promote a love of literacy and literature that targets the needs of all students.

Capacity to manage school resources and library procedures including experience and/or knowledge of the Oliver library system. Distance education and Sentral.

Highly developed communication, organisation and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teachers, support staff and the school community, and contribute positively to the whole school culture.


An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity.

Special Notes 

Applicants are to include details of their WWCC clearance number as part of this application.

To ensure that your application complies with the guideline page limits your attachments must be in PDF format.

If applicable engagement will be temporary until successful completion of the Teacher Librarian qualifications as recognised by the NSW Department of Education, which must be completed within 24 months.

New merit selection application guidelines for classroom teachers, executives and principals have been introduced to provide greater clarity to applicants and selection panels. The guidelines are in effect on positions advertised from Wednesday 10th June 2020. The guidelines are located at: https://education.nsw.gov.au/about-us/careers-at-education/roles-and-locations/roles-at-education/teaching/addressing-selection-criteria.html

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