Hunter Sports High News Term 3 - Week 10 - 2019

What's On?

  • Thursday 26 September: 2020 Information Evening
  • Friday 27 September: Last Day of Term 3
  • Saturday 28 September - Sunday 13 October: SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
  • Monday 14 October: Term 4 Commences for all students and staff
  • Thursday 17 October: HSC Exams Commence
  • Tuesday 22 October: P&C Meeting, 6pm
  • Friday 1 November: Immunisation Clinic
  • Friday 8 November: Year 10 Focus Day
  • Monday 11 November: HSC Exams Finish
  • Tuesday 12 November: Year 12 Sign-Out Day
  • Wednesday 13 November: TSP Awards Night
  • Thursday 14 November: Year 12 Formal
  • Thursday 5 December: Minimbah Celebrations

Farewell year 12

Year 12 Graduation Assembly

Today marked the end of an era for our Class of 2019 who were farewelled at their Presentation Assembly, bringing 13 years of schooling to a close for our 67 Year 12 students. There were cheers and tears as we acknowledged this amazing group of young people for their outstanding academic, sporting and cultural achievements and for their incredible contribution to Hunter Sports High over the past six years.

Finishing Year 12 is a really exciting time for students and it was great to be farewell them in front of so many parents, family members and friends. The graduation assembly was expertly hosted by our new school leaders and our outgoing Year 12 students listened to some words of wisdom and encouragement and by Ms Byrne, Mr O'Neill and special guests. Outgoing school captains Connor Lentfer and Chelsea Egginton gave their final speech on behalf of Year 12 (see below) and a special presentation put together by Ellie Jones and Brendan Knowles showcased the year that was for our departing students before the roll was called one last time and they were cheered out of the hall.

Many students were recognised for their hard work, dedication and outstanding achievements in academic and sporting pursuits. Congratulations to the following major award winners:

  • Caltex All Rounder Award: Brendan Knowles
  • Reuben F Scarfe Award: Natasha Hockridge
  • ATSI Award: Krystal Dallinger
  • Victoria Ale Award (for outstanding diligence and determination): Ellie Jones
  • Pat Conroy Citizenship Award: Chelsea Egginton & Connor Lentfer
  • ADF Long Tan Leadership Award: Thomas Tracey
  • Lake Macquarie Private Hospital Science Awards: Brendan Knowles & Ellie Jones
  • University of Newcastle Academic Excellence Scholarship Award: Ellie Jones

A special thank you goes to Mr Scott O'Neill for the incredible support, guidance and advice he has given these students over the last six years as their Year Advisor. Thank you also to the parents, carers and family members who have supported their children and our school throughout their time at HSHS.

Ms Byrne's address to the assembly echoed these sentiments: "I want to thank all those who have played a part in supporting these strong, confident young people in their journey through school - their families, their friends and especially their teachers, coaches and support staff here at school. I know that the staff and community of Hunter Sports High has contributed greatly to preparing these students for a bright future. The growth and maturity displayed by this great group of Year 12 students has been so inspiring to see, especially over these past few months. I want them to know that throughout life they will continue to make connections with many people who will support them through good times and tough times, and I encourage them to reach out to these people if they need support and to be grateful and thankful for all the people who help them on their journey."

Our Year 12 students have enjoyed a number of fun activities over the last couple of days including dress ups, a staff v students volleyball game, a farewell barbecue lunch and the much anticipated Amazing Race day. Both students and staff have enjoyed finishing their studies on such a fun and positive note.

We wish our Year 12 students all the very best as they study and prepare for their HSC exams over the next few weeks, and in all their future endeavours. Some may choose further study or training, some may seek employment and others might take time out to travel or decide what they wish to do. Whatever path they choose we wish them all the very best in the future. We hope they look back on their time at Hunter Sports High fondly and that they have enjoyed the many memories and experiences they have had within our school. Congratulations, goodbye and good luck for the future Year 12!

The final farewell speech by Connor Lentfer and Chelsea Egginton on behalf of Year 12 2019
'What I want to be when I grow up' dress up day fun!

On another note, we know that exam time can be stressful for students so please be reminded that we have support services available throughout the exam period. Please contact the school if you think your child would benefit from speaking with a counsellor at any stage. They can also reach out to their teachers, deputies, senior advisor, or youth workers if they have any questions or need support.

Some study and stress-busting tips for our Year 12 students (and parents)!

2020 school leaders

Meet Hunter Sports High's 2020 School Leadership Team! L-R: Jai, Tamika, Brodie, Kayla, Zach and Jack.

Hunter Sports High's 2020 student leaders were announced and inducted on Thursday 12th September at our Consistent Effort Assembly. Congratulations to the following students who were elected by their peers to lead our school from the beginning of Term 4. We know Hunter Sports High will be in very good hands.

  • Captains: Brodie Volkiene & Kayla Waldron
  • Vice Captains: Zachery Renshaw & Tamika Bull
  • Prefects: Jack Gillett-Faulkner & Jai MacPherson

Congratulations also go to all other nominees who did themselves proud in their speeches in front of the whole school. Hunter Sports High has many opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and these students will no doubt play a key role in 2020 as role models to our younger students.

A big thank you to our outgoing captains and leadership group for the absolutely outstanding job they have done over the past 12 months. This year has been a significant year for Hunter Sports High with the official opening of our new school. We held many important events throughout the year and this group of students displayed maturity beyond their years, welcoming guests, giving guided tours to parents and the general public, and showing immense pride in themselves, their education and in their school. Thank you Connor and Chelsea, Thomas and Ellie, Brendan, Kiara, John and Jaycoda - you have been outstanding young leaders, leading by example in displaying our school values of 'Respect, Responsibility and Success', and you should be very proud of the way you have represented our school, yourselves and your families.

just turn up - missing school means missing out!

Our 'Just Turn Up' campaign is making a positive impact on our students and sending a strong message to all students across our four schools in the Waiyarang Community of Schools. Regular attendance at school is essential to assist students to maximise their potential and we've been talking to HSHS students about attendance this term to encourage them to turn up their potential, turn up the good vibes and turn up their future. Below are a few of the visuals we've been promoting around the school and in the local community. Please continue to help us in encouraging your child to JUST TURN UP!

Just turn up! Missing school means missing out!

hunter sports high teams up with with newcastle jets

Hunter Sports High has partnered with the Newcastle Jets to become the new home of the Jets Academy, kicking off in November.

Hunter Sports High School and the Newcastle Jets recently announced a partnership which will see the Club’s Academy relocate to Hunter Sports High School. Players in the Jets Academy will be encouraged to attend our school to enhance their development as both footballers and people. HSHS Principal Ms Byrne said she was excited about the formalisation and expansion of a partnership with the Jets that has been in place for many years.

"Hunter Sports High has produced many outstanding footballers over the years and I'm excited about the greater opportunities this high performance partnership will provide for our students on their pathway to become elite level players. Whether students are part of the Jets Academy or not, all who are accepted into our football program will enjoy the benefits of the expertise and resources that the Jets coaching and development staff will bring to our school. I'm sure we will see many of our students representing at the highest level in the future."

Newcastle Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna described the move as a positive one for football in the region. “The support our Academy boys and girls will have after making the move to Hunter Sports High will have a really positive impact on the lives of these youngsters,” McKinna said. Newcastle Jets Academy Technical Director and former HSHS Football Head Coach, Craig Deans echoed McKinna’s sentiments.

“We see this partnership as an opportunity to provide even more elite coaching to our youngsters as they progress through the ranks,” Deans said. “Through Hunter Sports High School, our Academy kids will have access to high quality strength and conditioning programs, with state of the art facilities which will help with their development as young athletes.

“Given the history of Hunter Sports High School with high-performance athletes throughout the years, we see this as a win for everyone. Our aim is to enhance the lives of these youngsters both on and off the park, and we know we have the tools here at Hunter Sports High School to do just that."

staff professional learning:

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow” (John Dewey).

Hunter Sports High staff were privileged to have guest speaker Michael McQueen visit the school recently for a professional learning workshop. Michael is an educational futurist who has examined and researched the megatrends that our students will face when they leave school. His address to staff focused on the capability gaps of students and the paradigm shift of teachers, two important issues which need to be considered in preparing our students for their post school pathways. Hunter Sports High staff continue to build on the information Michael shared and embed formative assessment into classroom practice to ensure all students are experiencing growth in their learning. We're always looking at ways to do things better.

HSHS staff participate in a professional development workshop with education expert Michael McQueen.

year 7 goes green for project real

Year 7 students go green for Green Day!

Year 7 students took part in 'Green Day' last Friday 20th September to culminate their current unit of work, Going Green at HSHS. Students worked collaboratively and responsibly to complete all activities and demonstrated their knowledge of key environmental issues that affect our planet.

Students rotated through three hands on activities including making bowls from magazines, making seed balls and seed paper, and upcycling a t-shirts into a reusable bags. They also commenced work on a legacy project at Wiripaang Public School, helping to create a beautiful Bush Tucker Garden using native plants. The Green Day colouring in competition was a popular activity on the day - below are our four finalists!

sportspeople of the month

Mona Walker, Lainee Harrison and Evan Kilminster have been named as our July, August and September Sportspeople of the Month

Our latest Sportsperson of the Month Awards were announced on Wednesday. Congratulations to following students who are now in the running for Hunter Sports High's prestigious Sportsperson of the Year Award for 2019.

july: mona walker

Mona (Year 10) is a member of the Hunter Sports High Football program. Mona is a New Zealand citizen and was recently selected in the NZ Under 17 Women’s National Football team. In July she travelled to China for a tournament where she competed against the national Under 17 teams of Chile, China and Thailand where they recorded two wins and a loss. She earnt the Player of the Match award in the game against China and goes into camp with the NZ team again at the end of this month. Congratulations Mona!

August: Lainee Harrison

After major surgery last year and seven months of rehab, Lainee (Year 8) started competing in athletics events again in January this year. From January to March she competed in the NSW Country Championships, NSW Junior Championships, NSW Opens Championships and NSW Little Athletics Championships in the 100m sprint, 200m sprint and Long Jump events. At each championship and in each event she posted a new PB along the way - an outstanding effort. Even more outstanding is that her PBs in each event have also broken the previous Australian Under 16 T37 records so she is now a three-time Australian record holder. Congratulations Lainee!

september: evan kilminster

Year 11 student and member of our Basketball TSP program, Evan was recently selected in the Australian Under 17 Basketball Team. This follows a successful year for Evan who has also been a member of the Newcastle Hunters Under 18 Mens team, a member of the NSW National Performance Program (NPP) and a member of the NSW Under 18 Mens Team. Congratulations Evan!

hshs celebrates health & physical education

Hunter Sports High celebrated National Health & Physical Education (HPE) Day during Week 8 this term. HPE Day is a nationwide initiative that highlights the importance of HPE in the Australian Curriculum, and its influence on the learning and development of children. We ensure that throughout the year clear messages about the importance of health and physical activity are being reinforced to students. Through their health lessons, students in Years 7 to 10 have been learning about different factors, behaviours and attitudes that influence their health. Students are thinking critically about certain health behaviours and the impact that these can have on a person’s physical, social and emotional health. Year 7 and 9 have focused on nutrition and physical activity, Year 8 have been learning about health enhancing behaviours related to sexual and mental health and Year 10 have been thinking critically about road use behaviours as well as maintaining positive relationships. Our diverse practical program allows students to be exposed to many different experiences that can contribute to developing good physical health and an appreciation for movement.

On HPE Day, which was also R U OK? Day, Hunter Sports High supported both initiatives by running activities in lunch breaks. During Lunch 1 the school band performed some great tunes which was a mood-lifting experience for all the kids, and information was provided to everyone about the importance of speaking up and checking in. Lunch 2 was an active lunch with many playground areas being open and the entire PDHPE faculty running events including dancing and skipping, table tennis, spike ball and activities on the oval, while the senior students really got into their table tennis. The event was so successful that the Head Teachers of PDHPE and Wellbeing have committed to running more alternate lunch time programs.

On a final note, the PDHPE Faculty would like to wish our Year 12 students from PDHPE, CAFS, SLR and Sports Coaching all the best for their HSC and future endeavours. You are all genuinely good people and, in this life, having good character counts for a lot. So does good time management and a strong work ethic so give this HSC your best crack!

destination moon: more missions, more science

Students enjoyed a space adventure in the mobile planetarium that visited Hunter Sports High to celebrate National Science Week.

Hunter Sports High celebrated National Science Week last month. Following the recent 40th anniversary of the moon landing, this year's school theme was 'Destination Moon: more missions, more science'. The theme focused on past missions to the moon and space programs that have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems, as well as current and future space programs, operations and missions. Many of these use big picture thinking in science to solve problems, and technology, engineering and mathematics to design new solutions. This will help forge our future paths in the areas of space operations, space science, Earth observations, positioning systems and communications.

Hunter Sports High's science faculty followed the theme and booked a mobile planetarium to visit the school so students could experience the wonders and amazement of space. They were able to travel through the universe with an awe-inspiring Earth and space science experience. The planetarium engaged, amazed and inspired students as they took you on this space adventure. Programs included Indigenous astronomy, scientific discoveries, space technology, the hunt for extraterrestrial life and so much more. Students were immersed in a stunning 360° movie and absolutely loved the experience.

This term in tAS

HSC Industrial Technology major projects

An HSC major project makes up a large part of the course in Year 12 and culminates the end of twelve months of hard work. Our Industrial Technology student’s major projects were marked on Friday 6th September by itinerant NESA markers. The students should be congratulated on the effort and skills applied during the production of their projects.

Zac Summers working on his ‘kitchen trolley’ top in Term 1, and the the finished project (top right) ready for marking along with Jai Smith-Hayes' Tool Workbench project (middle right). Above: VET Metal and Engineering students Jai and Jesse completing final competencies.
Hospitality students cooking up a storm

Year 12 Hospitality students Kodi, John, Shanae and Calista have successfully completed their studies in Food and Beverage. These committed students have catered several events across the two years, including the opening week of our new school. They've also provided staff with delicious lunch one snacks of Spanakopita, made with fresh silver beet from the TAS herb and vegetable gardens! Students have initiated the re-use of the used coffee grind from the Dugout Café to compost the herb and vegetable garden. The gardens are thriving and producing quality plants.

Hospitality students have perfected their skills in the HSHS kitchens this year

Work skills Day: promoting vocational training in schools

Our senior hospitality students stepped up to teach and encourage Stage 3 students from Wiripaang Public School earlier this term for the VET Work Skills Day. This initiative was made possible thanks to some hard work by Ms Griffin who was successful in gaining funding to promote Vocational and Education Training in schools. Our Wiripaang friends enjoyed making delicious fruit smoothies and sweet maple syrup pikelets on a stick and had their eyes and minds opened to possible pathways for future training.

Our senior hospitality students became the teachers at our recent VET Workskills Day, teaching Wiripaang primary students some valuable hospitality skills while promoting vocational training in schools.

careers update

Hunter Sports High has organised and conducted three Construction Induction Whitecard courses at the school this year, with 37 students successfully completing the course and receiving their Statement of Attainment qualification. Thank you to Coastal OHS Services for their professional delivery of theses courses.

Our Careers Advisor Mr Hogan and Senior Studies Coordinator Ms Schubert recently attended a Parents As Career Transition Support course. Mr Hogan and Ms Schubert aim to facilitate a course at HSHS next year to support our parents and carers in supporting our students in their transition from school to work.

A reminder for all parents that career opportunities and upcoming vacancies continue to be advertised on the school website under the Parents and Students tab to assist in parental career support for students. See the link below:

turning japanese

It has been a busy term for students in language classes. Firstly, congratulations go to Kaman Pappas who achieved a credit award during the recent world series Languages Championships 2019 on Education Perfect. Kaman answered over 500 questions. What a great effort Kaman!

This year a high number of students entered the 2019 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest. The aim of this essay contest is to encourage and develop a better understanding of Japan, and Australia-Japan relations, amongst secondary school students in NSW. Many Year 7 students worked diligently to complete essays between 700-1000 words. The question they answered was “There are a number of environmental issues currently affecting the world, from waste management to sustainability and climate change. Consider the different approaches Japan and Australia are taking to address such environmental issues and discuss what each country can learn from the other”. Congratulations to all the students who submitted an essay into the competition.

Year 7 students have been submitting their holiday recounts in Japanese over the last week and it is so great to see the amazing efforts of many students incorporating innovative technologies in their language tasks including creating videos and animations. There are digital cartoons, stories filmed using Lego, voice overs, Japanese script and more. I am very proud of the efforts of the students who have stepped outside their comfort zone to create interesting stories in Japanese using different formats.

HSHS hosted an afternoon visit from students from Matsumoto University and Shohoku College who were studying at Newcastle University last month. Japanese classes were at first apprehensive to see the Innovative Learning Space full of real Japanese students, but once the planned activities started there was pure joy and excitement from HSHS students to have the opportunity to engage with native speakers. It was great to see our students collaborating with the visitors. The activities included an Australia-Japan quiz, a 'find someone' activity, and origami. By the end of the afternoon new friendships had been formed, many photos had been taken and there were hopes to catch up again in the future in Australia or Japan.

Hunter Sports High was successful in our application for the Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program through the Asia Education Foundation and were matched with East Hill Secondary School in Singapore. The coordinating teacher from Singapore, Mrs Lena Ang, visited HSHS for a week recently where she visited language classes and introduced students to her country, school and the diverse cultures and languages of Singapore. We were able to compare and contrast many aspects of Australia, Japan and Singapore. Students enjoyed playing some traditional games from Singapore. Mrs Ang also visited some HSIE, Chemistry and Big Picture classes during her stay.

The Australia–Asia BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) School Partnerships Program is a blended model of face-to-face teacher professional learning and online engagement that connects teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts in Asia to increase awareness and understanding of contemporary Australia and Asia. There are many plans to connect students via video conference to collaborate with both a language and scientific approach to solve local, global and intercultural issues.

Our 7G language class recently completed a video conference with Suncheon Dongsan Girls Middle School in Jeollanam-do, South Korea. Students shared information about schools and lifestyle. This connection was established with the Asia ConneXions program at the University of New England. The program supports Australian and Asian schools to connect digitally in order to develop cultural and language exchange while fostering intercultural understanding between Australian and Asian students and teachers. Through videoconferencing and online discussions, the students see each other, talk to each other, and learn about each other. These Asia ConneXions interactions enhance the values and attitudes of Australian and Asian school students. Students will be connecting in both English and Japanese to share various topics. Students in 7L worked collaboratively on creating the presentation for the video conference. It was very inspiring to see over 20 students come together to create one presentation simultaneously. There are plans for more video conferences next term.

Earlier this month, Mrs Ingram and Mrs Sceresini took a group of 12 language students to Hurlstone Agricultural High School to attend the 'Engaging ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) through Education' event organised by the Asia Education Foundation. This event brought together education leaders, teachers and students from various schools to discuss how education is pivotal in Australia's relationship with the region. The Australian Ambassador to ASEAN, Ms Jane Duke, hosted a panel discussion speaking with students from several schools about their engagement with ASEAN nations through school programs and future international career paths. This panel included Sienna Denholm from Year 7 who did a fantastic job. Congratulations to all students involved.

Plans are well underway for the next HSHS school visit to Japan in the September/October holidays in 2020. There are a couple of spaces available for students to join the trip and have a once in a lifetime experience of visiting famous Japanese places of interest like Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera, Hiroshima and Disneyland; riding on the bullet train; and immersing themselves in Japanese language and culture. If you are interested in finding out some further information about the trip, please contact Mrs Ingram ASAP.

ありがとうございました。(Thank you) イングラム 先生 (Mrs Ingram)

thank you sass staff

Hunter Sports High celebrated our wonderful SASS staff (School Administrative and Support Staff) at the end of August during the department-wide SASS Recognition Week from 26-30 August. Our SASS team includes our office staff, general assistants, kitchen and science assistants, our IT systems administrator as well as our fantastic Minimbah team, youth workers and our School Learning Support Officers (SLSOs) who work with students in the classrooms. They are crucial in ensuring that our school functions efficiently by performing tasks which support the teaching and learning activities in the school and our school just would not be the same without them.

One of Hunter Sports High's much-loved SLSOs, Mrs Kim Smith, will be leaving us at the end of this term. We are sad to see her go, we wish her all the very best in her future endeavours and we thank her for 18 years of dedicated service to the students of Hunter Sports High.

new support unit class in 2020

From next year Hunter Sports High will have an additional support class. This means our school will now have four specialist support classes that cater for students with moderate to high learning and support needs, including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and the new class for students with a diagnosed mental health disorder. A student is offered enrolment in a specialist support class in regular school through a Department of Education placement panel process. For more information about our Support Unit classes please contact our Principal Ms Byrne via the school office on 4943 5755.


We've had so many outstanding individual and team achievements over recent weeks that we could go on for days! Here's the highlights and some photos to follow:

matildas double: kirsty & ruby selected in Australian U16 team

Congratulations to Year 10 students Kirsty Fenton and Ruby Jones who earlier this month were named in the Junior Matildas Under 16 team that has been competing at the 2019 AFC Women's Championships in Thailand over the last two weeks. The Matildas bowed out of the championship yesterday after a 3-0 defeat to DPR Korea in the semi final. Australia qualified for the last four of the tournament for the first time in a decade after advancing as Group A runners-up, but they were unable to secure a spot in the final where they would have qualified as one of Asia’s representatives for next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India. The Junior Matildas will be in action again on Saturday as they battle for third place with a clash against China. Good luck Kirsty and Ruby - we're all very proud and will be cheering you on!

Kirsty Fenton (Number 4) and Ruby Jones (GK) are currently representing the Junior Matildas in Thailand!
2019 Bill Turner cup & trophy

Congratulations to our boys and girls Under 15 football teams for their outstanding efforts in this year’s Bill Turner Cup and Trophy competitions. The girls were runners up and the boys finished in third place out of over 850 schools and over 12,000 players competing in the competition. Both teams should be extremely proud of their efforts to finish in the Top 2 and 3 in the country. Our girls, in their 16th consecutive finals appearance, defeated Cairns State High 3-nil in the semi to claim their spot in the Trophy decider where they came up against Westfields Sports High. They fought hard but were defeated 3-nil. The scoreline wasn't a reflection of how close game was though with Westfields scoring their second goal with only 15 minutes to go and their third on the final whistle. The boys went down to eventual winners Ipswich Grammar in the semi final and then won their third place playoff 2-1 against Westfields Sports High to claim bronze. They were up 1-nil with just four minutes to go when Westfields scored an equaliser, but the HSHS boys rallied to score the winning goal in the final minute. Congratulations to all students and coaches on another outstanding Bill Turner campaign! Bring on 2020!

Some of the Bill Turner finals action!
SCHOOLBOY CUP champions: rugby league report
Our champion Under 13 rugby league team claimed the Schoolboy Cup and the Mark Sargeant Knights Cup in the space of two weeks!

Hunter Sports High's Under 13 rugby league team capped off an outstanding season by winning the Schoolboy Cup Grand Final against a gallant Illawarra team at Campbelltown Stadium on Wednesday September 11. The boys were extremely excited in the lead up to the game, even breaking out in song to wish Mat Croker a happy birthday in the dressing sheds. Their good mood was short-lived after Illawarra scored an early try to take the lead in the opening stages. We hit back strongly and tries to Orlando Paul and Oscar Affleck sent us in at oranges leading 10 - 4. We started the second half in great fashion, with a try in the corner to debutante Zane Johns. A three-try effort by Oscar Affleck and two tries to Connor Votano, saw us eventually run out 30 - 10 victors. It was an outstanding effort by all the players and special mention to coach Matt Lantry who, despite being unable to make it on the day, did a great job preparing the boys for the game. Thanks to Mat Croker, Craig Martine and Chad Emerton for coaching and supporting the players throughout the season.

The Under 13's followed up yesterday by winning the Mark Sargeant Knights Cup. The team had a great day, winning all their pool games before defeating Wallsend 48-0 in the semi final and then taking out the grand final 24-0 against St Joseph's Aberdeen. Congratulations boys!

Our Under 14's Buckley Shield team had an outstanding 2019 campaign finishing second in the pool stage of the competition. We won four of our five games, defeating Hills, Endeavour, Matraville and Illawarra along the way. Our only loss during the rounds was against a big and powerful Westfields outfit. After beating Hills in the round games, we went into the semi finals brimming with confidence, however it wasn't to be. We didn't play our best on the day and were easily beaten by a strong and committed Hills team. All in all, it was a great year and finishing second in the pool stages was our best result for a number of years. Congratulations to all the players and thanks again to Craig Martine, Mat Croker and Chad Emerton for their coaching efforts and support throughout the season.

Hamish ellison: Australian champion golfer

Congratulations to Year 10 student Hamish Ellison who is now a multiple Australian Champion following the School Sport Australia Golf Championsips in Mandurah (WA) last month. Hamish was a member of the NSW All Schools Boys team that won the Teams Stroke Play Championship and were joint winners of the Teams Match Play Championship. Hamish was a fantastic ambassador for Hunter Sports High and the golfing community. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement Hamish!

Hamish is now a multiple Australian Champion!
athletics news:

Hunter Sports High's finest athletes competed at the NSW CHS Athletics Championships in Sydney in early September, with some outstanding results, plenty of personal bests, a haul of medals. Congratulations to all who competed in Sydney and to the following students on their incredible results:

  • Jai Callaghan (2nd in U12 Long Jump; 3rd in 800m)
  • Jasmin Daymond (2nd in U12 High Jump)
  • Amara Low (1st in U13 Discus)
  • Hannah Jarvis (1st in U13 800m; 2nd in U14 3000m; 3rd in U14 1500m)
  • Jai MacPherson (2nd in 100m; 2nd in 200m)
  • Lainee Harrison (1st in Long Jump; 2nd in 100m; 2nd in 200m)

A special mention to Year 9 student Lainee Harrison who claimed one gold and two silver medals as well as three NSWCHS records and Under 15 Australian records for her classification. 2019 has been a busy and successful year for Lainee. After 12 months off the track following major surgery and a seven-month stint of rehab, Lainee competed in the NSW Country Championships at Glendale in January, winning the Under 16 girls able-bodied 100m with a personal best in her first race back! At the NSW Junior Championships in February she won gold in long jump and bronze in the 100m and 200m, achieving PB's for all three events. March saw her compete in NSW Open Championships with more PB's running against women twice her age! She also claimed a silver medal in long jump at the Little Athletics Championships, as well as PB's in the 100m and 200m. April was another big month with the Australian Juniors and Opens where she competed against Comm Games and Rio Paralympians and managed a PB again for 100m and long jump. This was followed by the Arafura Games in Darwin competing against athletes from many other countries and achieving a massive personal best in long jump, beating her old mark by a huge 32cm! Lainee's hard work paid off and she is now the very proud holder of the Under 16 Girls T37 Australian record in 100m, 200m and long jump! To top off her outstanding year, Lainee was invited to the 2019 Athletics NSW TTP training squad coached by the Australian Paralympic Coach. Congratulations Lainee on an incredible year and an amazing comeback!

Congratulations also to Year 7 student Hannah Jarvis who competed in the National Cross Country Championships at Wollongong last month. After placing second at the NSW Championships, she came 14th at Nationals out of about 80 competitors and was also in the NSW Schools teams relay that placed second. Congratulations Hannah on these outstanding results!

Lainee Harrison with her coach at the Arafura Games; and Hannah Jarvis (Number 201) competing in the NSW Cross Country Championships.
ruby claims two medals at trampolining champs

Congratulations to Ruby Jeffries (Year 7) who recently competed at the CHS Trampolining Championships. She placed second in trampolining and third in the double mini-tramp. Nice work Ruby!

student welfare news

breakfast club celebrates with bacon & egg rolls
Get to school early on Friday and celebrate the last day of term with a Breakfast Club bacon and egg roll!

Breakfast Club continues to be a popular drawcard at Hunter Sports High on Monday and Friday mornings. We have had an increase in the number of teachers and students volunteering to help out which has been greatly appreciated. To celebrate the end of another successful term, our Breakfast Club will be serving bacon and egg rolls on Friday morning. Get in early to avoid disappointment! Special thanks to Mount Hutton Coles and Bakers Delight for their generous donations of eggs, bacon and bread rolls for this week's Breakfast Club!

r u ok? Day

During Week 9 Hunter Sports High celebrated R U OK? Day (as well as National Health & Physical Education Day), promoting the importance of physical and mental health as well as the importance of speaking up and supporting others. Our awesome school band performed during Lunch 1 to create a vibrant atmosphere in the playground and PE staff ran various activities around the school during Lunch 2, encouraging students to get moving, get involved and get talking.

Check in on your friends if you notice a change
LOVE bites program

Year 10 students recently participated in the 'Love Bites' program, equipping them with the knowledge needed to have respectful relationships, encouraging and developing their critical thinking skills and assisting them in being able to problem solve and communicate effectively. Students took part in two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence and one on Sex and Relationships, and followed up with creative workshops and community campaigns. Students made artworks and helped to record a song to communicate what they had learnt during the day. The Love Bites program helps our young people to make the right choices for themselves and their relationships that are free from violence and abuse.​

year 9 focus day

Year 9 students participated in their Focus Day in Week 8. Coinciding with R U OK? Day, they spent the morning involved in activities run by Bright Minds and designed to encourage positive mental health. They even made it onto the local news when NBN dropped in on the day. Students spent the afternoon rotating between activities including yoga, mindfulness, meditation, coping strategies and a virtual panic room. Facilitators commented on the positive behaviour and high level of participation of our students.

Year 9 students participated in workshops and activities for their Focus Day in Week 8.
hunter sports high says no way to racism
Uniform donations
After the recent run of cold, wet and windy weather our Youth Room uniform pool is running low on items to help out our students in need. If you have any old or outgrown uniform items we would be extremely gratefully to accept donations at the school office or student services.
2019 SCHOOL vaccination PROGRAM

Our final school vaccination clinic for 2019 is scheduled for Friday 1st November.

  • What is my child has missed a vaccine? If your child has missed any vaccinations they will be offered any missed doses at the next clinic at their school.
  • What if my child has not received both HPV vaccines before the end of 2019? Any Year 7 student with missed doses of HPV vaccine can be caught up in 2020.
  • Any 2019 Year 8 student who commenced HPV vaccination while in Year 7 and are yet to finish the course of HPV (and who has not received any from their local doctor) can still receive this at the next clinic at their school (as long as 6 months have elapsed).
  • Any Year 10 student who returned a signed consent card for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine and has not receive this in 2019 (and who has not received it from their local doctor) can still receive this at the next clinic at their school.
  • Please note: As of July 2017 any student who has missed school program vaccines or any childhood vaccines can now receive these vaccines from their local doctor.

Don’t forget a Record of Vaccination is given to each student for each vaccination. Parents/guardians should ensure that this record is kept for future reference and should not assume that their child has been vaccinated if they do not receive this Record of Vaccination. If you have any questions, visit the NSW Ministry of Health website at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schoolvaccination.aspx

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have a safe & happy holidays! students return Monday 14th October for a big term 4!