Media Release

Update to Media release:

Change of dates: Performing Arts Showcase nights

The nights have been rescheduled to Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December.





This year, Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts will celebrate its Centenary, with a number of exciting events planned to commemorate this significant occasion.

As well as a special display in the school hall highlighting significant moments throughout WHSPA's history, special tours of the school, and a commemorative book outlining significant events in the school's history, currently being written by Barry Ross and to be available later this year, there will be a showcase of student performances at the school on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December. Tickets for these Centenary Showcase nights can be purchased from the school through Trybooking for $10 per person and will go on sale on Tuesday 1 November.

Celebrations will culminate in a Formal Centenary Dinner which will be held at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Saturday 10 December with tickets on sale through Ticketmaster or purchased directly from the WIN Entertainment Centre from Wednesday 1 June. Tickets may be bought individually or in tables of 10 and are $85 per person which includes a three course meal and entertainment.

The Formal Centenary Dinner will provide current, past and present students, staff, parents and carers to come together to celebrate the achievements of WHSPA over the last 100 years.

WHSPA has a long and interesting history since it was first founded in December 1916. It was originally located where Smith's Hill High School is now located before moving to its current site in 1957.

The original school was officially opened by the then Minister for Education Mr James and contained only six classrooms, a science room, a manual training room, a library and some offices. The founding Headmaster was Mr Frank McMullen who opened the school on 29 January 1917 with 140 student enrolments.

The original school motto from 1918, Age Quid Agas was later changed when it was discovered that it translated as "What on earth are you doing?" The school motto then became Age Quod Agis meaning "Whatever you do, do well." - a fitting motto that exemplifies the expectations of students, teachers, parents and the school community to this day.

The original school colours were black and white, however, due to a clash with another school, emerald green was added to the uniform. After this change, the idea of using the colours to represent the two major industries of the region - coalmining and dairy farming was adopted.

The school badge originally consisted of a white shield with a diagonal black stripe with WHS written on it. The shield also contained the Southern Cross (in black stars) with the motto written underneath. By 1966 the current lighthouse design and new colours were introduced.

We hope you will join us in some way throughout the year in celebrating the many current and past achievements of Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts.