Hunter School of the Performing Arts' plans the design of its new performing arts centre

Vision: Principal Jo Gray said the location of the Hunter School of the Performing Arts' new performing arts centre was yet to be determined, but could be built near the band centre, or its sporting field. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers
Vision: Principal Jo Gray said the location of the Hunter School of the Performing Arts' new performing arts centre was yet to be determined, but could be built near the band centre, or its sporting field. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

HUNTER School of the Performing Arts’ new purpose-built centre has the potential to improve students learning, according to new principal Jo Gray.

The Herald reported on Monday the school had received $9 million – including $3.2 million from the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund – to replace its Binishell dome and build a performing arts centre.

“The classrooms in which we teach dance, drama and music are just ordinary classrooms like in any other school and the quality we’re getting out of the kids from those spaces is quite amazing,” Ms Gray said.

“Our teachers are outstanding at what they do but you can be limited by what you have access to, in terms of physical resources. This will make a difference to their kind of learning and the way they will be learning.”

Ms Gray said a reference group of about 16 staff and community members would meet fortnightly to determine the school’s “education principles”, which will drive the architects’ design brief.

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