Hunter Sports High News Term 1 - Week 6 - 2020

What's On?

  • Monday 9 March: TSP Fitness Testing (Years 9, 11 & 12)
  • Wednesday 11 March: TSP Fitness Testing (Years 8 & 10)
  • Friday 13 March: Year 7 Immunisations
  • Friday 13 March: Junior AECG Meeting
  • Saturday 14 March: National Close the Gap Day
  • Monday 16 March: TSP Fitness Testing (Year 7)
  • Tuesday 17 March: TSP Strength & Conditioning Parent Information Evening
  • Wednesday 18 March: TSP Fitness Testing Catch Up Day
  • Friday 20 March: Year 8 Focus Day/National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence
  • Friday 20 March: Year 8 Focus Day
  • Tuesday 24 March: HSHS Open Night
  • Tuesday 31 March: Year 7 & 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews, 4-7pm
  • Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 April: HSHS Athletics Carnival
  • Thursday 9 April: Term 1 Formal Assembly & Last Day of Term
  • Friday 10 April: Good Friday - School Holidays Commence
  • Monday 27 April: Staff Development Day
  • Tuesday 28 April: Students Return for Term 2
  • Thursday 30th April: ANZAC Day Assembly

welcome to 2020!

Welcome to 2020 at Hunter Sports High School, and a very special welcome to all of our new students and families! This year is already shaping up to be a great one and we've had a jam-packed first six weeks of school.

Our 180 new Year 7 students have settled in quickly to the new routines of high school, getting to know each other and tackling new challenges such as reading timetables, deciphering room numbers and finding their way around the school. Thanks to Year 7 Advisor Mrs Rose for making the transition to high school as smooth (and fun) as possible for our newest recruits! They all had a great time at camp last week, spending three days building on new friendships, getting to know staff and having a lot of fun at The Great Aussie Bush Camp at Tea Gardens.

Thank you to the many parents and carers who came along to our Year 7 and Year 11 & 12 Information Sessions in Week 4. These sessions were a great way to start the year and to explain the opportunities and support available to our students in these important years. Over coming weeks we'll see many of you again at our Year 7 & 12 Parent Teacher interviews, and we'll welcome many prospective students (from any year) and their families to Hunter Sports High at our Open Night on 24 March. More details below.

Congratulations to our amazing students who have excelled in the classroom and in many sporting pursuits in recent weeks. At this early stage of the year we have seen students selected in state teams and blitzing the pool in our school, zone and regional swimming carnivals. In an action-packed Term 1 we'll also have our annual Athletics Carnival in Week 11 - another great opportunity for our students to get involved and do their best as is the Hunter Sports way!

Towards the end of this newsletter you'll find some information and reminders about uniform, bell times, attendance etc. This information can also be found on our school website at www.huntersports.com.au. The 'Parents & Students' section of the site will possibly be your most frequented page - it has links to the parent and student portals, copies of all excursion notes, assessment schedules and booklets, bell times, as well as information about our uniform policy, canteen, absence and payment procedures etc. If you need any further information, please contact the school office on 4943 5755, and if you're not already following our school Facebook page, you'll find us at 'Hunter Sports High School - NSW DEC' with all the latest news from HSHS.

Further to an email that was sent to parents and carers recently, we remind our school community that due to an increase in student health-related conditions, aerosol cans are no longer permitted at Hunter Sports High. Staff have discussed this new requirement with students and we appreciate your support of this recent change.


Education for your child is important and regular attendance at school is essential for your child to achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options. NSW public schools work in partnership with parents to encourage and support regular attendance of children and young people. When your child attends school every day, learning becomes easier and your child will build and maintain friendships with other children. Did you know arriving at school and class on time:

  • Ensures that students do not miss out on important learning activities scheduled early in the day;
  • Helps students learn the importance of punctuality and routine;
  • Gives students time to greet their friends before class; and
  • Reduces classroom disruption.

Interesting fact: Missing one day a week of school from Kindergarten to Year 10 means missing two years and one term of schooling.

Justified Absences

On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:

  • being sick, or having an infectious deisease
  • having an unavoidable medical appointment
  • being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. attending a funeral)

Families are encouraged to travel during school holidays. If travel during school term is necessary, this needs to be discussed with the principal. Absences relating to travel, once discussed with the principal, will be marked on the roll and therefore contribute to your child's total absences for the year. This figure is recorded on the student's Semester 1 or Semester 2 school report.

Further information about Hunter Sports High's attendance procedures (early leavers, late arrivals, absences etc) can be found in our Attendance Policy further in the newsletter or on the school website.

year 7 camp

126 excited Year 7 students enjoyed three days and two nights of fun at the Great Aussie Bush camp in Tea Gardens last week for Year 7 Camp. During this time the students participated in activities including high ropes, abseiling, sea kayaking, leap of faith, archery, night activities and even a trip to local Jimmy's Beach. They built on new friendships, gained confidence and resilience and worked together to overcome challenges. Our staff had a lot of fun too and congratulate the group on their behaviour and energy while at camp - they displayed confidence in the activities and encouragement of each other. Camp staff were also very pleased with our students and commended them on a wonderful camp. We're sure they've created some great memories and that they'll continue having fun as they learn throughout the year.

Some of the fun from Year 7 Camp!

2020 swimming carnival

2020 Swimming Carnival action!

The 2020 Swimming Carnival was held in Week 3 at Charlestown Pool and was a huge success. The expected rain and storms held off for the day and our student participation was impressive, with many sporting colourful costumes to create an exciting atmosphere in the stands as they supported their friends and housemates in the pool. Our house captains did a great job leading their teams and encouraging everyone to get involved.

We also saw some fantastic performances in the pool with 36 students going on to represent Hunter Sports High at the Eastlakes Zone Carnival in Week 4 where we placed second out of six high schools and had 25 students qualify for the Regional Carnival in individual and relay events. Three of our students were named as Age Champions at the Zone carnival (12 Years Boys - Harper Ryles; 15 Years Boys - Cody Carruthers; and 15 Years Girls - Jade Croese). The Regional Carnival was held at Lambton Pool on Monday 2nd March. A number of our students have qualified for State with the NSW CHS Championships to be held in Sydney later this term. Special mention to our amazing 13 Years girls who took out first place in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay and good luck at State.

Zone and Regional carnivals

Well done to Team Beachley who were winners of the HSHS Swimming Carnival House Championship with 550 points, followed by Kewell (531), Rafter (492), and Webb (422). And thanks to Mr Martine for his organisation of the day and, of course, to all students who turned up, had a go and tried their best. Congratulations to the following students who claimed the 2020 Age Champion titles:

2020 HSHS swimming age champions:
  • 12 Years: Harper Ryles & Anika McCarthy
  • 13 Years: Jaylan Bishop & Evie Milton
  • 14 Years: Noah Gregory & Ricada Jones
  • 15 Years: Cody Carruthers & Annabelle Keene
  • 16 Years: Alyssa Ingram
  • 17+ Years: Zachery Renshaw & Tara Hobbs-Ladd

aboriginal education

Hunter Sports High's Minimbah Team have had a busy start to the year with many events and programs delivered both at school and in the local community.

APOLOGY ASSEMBLY: We commemorated the 12th Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations with a special assembly on February 13 and were privileged to have Aunty Donna Meehan as our special guest speaker. Aunty Donna, author of 'It Is No Secret', spoke about her story as a surviving member of the Stolen Generations.

NRL SCHOOL @ WORK PROGRAM: We have continued our partnership with the NRL School 2 Work program again in 2020. Jason and Ryan have been in to speak with Year 11 and 12 Indigenous students about career pathways that they wish to pursue. In the coming weeks and months we look forward to promoting the work opportunities that have been created through this partnership.

YAKKA PROGRAM CULTURAL DAY: On February 27 we were treated to a cultural day out with the team from Murrook Cultural Centre. Students heard a wonderful success story from Hayley Mackay – Sports Production/Director: In and Out of Country. This was the product of another partnership we have been fortunate enough to form with Career Links who organised the day. Jackie from Career Links has been working with our Year 10 Indigenous students since last year to develop career plans and there has been immediate success. Some students engaged in this program are currently out on work placement and we can’t wait to share their stories with you when they return.

NGANGKARI TRADITIONAL HEALING EXPERIENCE: Some lucky students from our Year 10 Aboriginal Studies class as well as some of our Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to watch Traditional Aboriginal Healing first hand yesterday. It was an amazing experience and we would like to thank Ron Robinson and Shannah McHughes (a former HSHS student) from the New Horizons/Hunter Primary Care Wellbeing Warriors Team for the opportunity to be a part of this powerful process.


Girls Rugby league
HSHS Open Girls Rugby League team

The first rounds of School Girls Rugby League kicked off this week with the Under 18s Katrina Fanning Hunter Premiership taking place at Lakeside Sporting Complex, Raymond Terrace. Our girls had a fantastic day and will progress to the Grand Final of the Under 18 Katrina Fanning Hunter Final on Friday 3rd July at McDonald Jones Stadium.


Congratulations to Year 11 students Kaia Isaac and Evan Kilminster on their recent selection in the 2020 NSW Country U18 Men’s sides ahead of the U18 Australian Junior Championships. The boys will compete in the upcoming City v Country clash on 28th March in preparation for the U18 Junior National Championships to be held in Ballarat during the April holidays.

Congratulations also to Year 8 students Tamatoa Isaac, Hannah Chicken and Athiana Kelly on their selection into the Basketball NSW U16 Country boys & girls State Squads for the next round of trials. The final teams will compete at the 2020 Under 16 Australian Junior Championships in Perth from 5-12 July.

NSW Junior Athletics Championships

Congratulations to the following students from our TSP Athletics program who competed at the NSW Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney two weeks ago:

  • Cory Everett: 1500m
  • Logan Ferguson: 3rd 100m
  • Hannah Jarvis: 2nd 1500m, 3rd 800m
  • Jasmin Daymond: Final 400m, 4th High Jump, 4th Triple Jump
  • Lainee Harrison: 3rd Long Jump, 2nd 100m, 2nd 200m
  • Ben Harding: 2nd in 1500 (4 minutes 23 seconds)
state nippers carnival

Many HSHS students competed at the State Surf Life Saving Nippers Carnival at Blacksmiths Beach over the weekend. Well done to the following students on their great effort:

  • Hannah Jarvis placed 2nd in the 2km beach, 28th in the swim, 7th in girls relay, 8th in the mixed relay. Hannah comes from Swansea Belmont SLSC.
  • Nathan Williams came 5th in the 1km run and made the finals for the board event. Nathan is a Nipper at Catho.
  • Other students from our school that participated were Reegan and Taylin Ingram (Caves Beach SLSC), Jai Callaghan (1st in flags, Catho SLSC) and Rochelle Clark (Cooks Hill SLSC). Alyssa Ingram was also there and assisting throughout the carnival.
combined high schools (CHS) forms process

Over 200 Hunter Sports High students participate in CHS events each year and we therefore require each student to be responsible for their involvement in these events. To start this process students need to complete their CHS paperwork, collect a blue Leave Form from Sports Central and then follow the steps listed below. Students who attend CHS events without handing their completed paperwork to the Student Services Office will be marked as unexplained absent from school whilst at the CHS event.

  • Collect blue Leave Form from Sports Central
  • Complete CHS paperwork and HSHS blue Leave Form
  • Mr Pascoe to sign both forms
  • Deputy Principal to sign both forms
  • Hand both forms to Student Services Office
  • Forward CHS paperwork to relevant CHS body
  • Retain HSHS blue Leave Form - this is your record of academic requirements while on leave

support unit GEMS

Out and about with the Support Unit

2020 has seen the addition of a new Support Unit class at Hunter Sports High and because the students are all such gems, we've called it the Diamond Class, continuing with our gemstone theme for our Support Unit classes. We have welcomed six new students, and with the majority in Year 7, they have enjoyed many new and exciting experiences already this term. The students in the Diamond class already have some clear favourite subjects already and have really enjoyed getting in the kitchen and cooking with Ms Stewart, immersing themselves in all things technology with Ms Smith and they can’t wait to get stuck into woodwork.​

Personalised Learning

The students in the Support Unit have been busy working on their Personal Interest Projects (PIP). Students have completed online learning plans and have created some very artistic mind maps. The students have also been using our new online formative assessment tool. This involves students taking responsibility for their own learning and checking in with staff regularly before presenting their exhibition at the end of each term. Staff are looking for students taking onboard feedback provided and peer feedback is also encouraged. Students have been supported to take risks and try something different for their PIP. Students continue to impress with their skills in using the Google platform.

Leaving To Learn

Our Leaving to Learn (LTL) groups have already shown impressive and responsible behaviour while accessing the community. Students continue to develop their functional numeracy skills and are enhancing their positive peer relationships when participating in this program. Groups have visited local shopping centres as well as the Port Stephens and Central Coast areas. This day is always a favourite amongst staff and students.

Kicking Goals

We are continuing to implement our Kicking Goals literacy program with a focus on spelling, reading and comprehension. Our data has shown significant improvement in both spelling and reading for many students. During each session students are provided with online feedback and are encouraged to continue to work hard to improve their skills.

STEM Rotations

Term One has seen the return of STEM rotations for all four Support Unit classes. Students are challenging their learning with the addition of a few new robots and devices. Top of their lists are the brand new Kittenbot robots, Ozobots and the new Lego Evo 3's. Students are thoroughly enjoying the brand new iPads and responsibility of caring for their devices. Later this year we will see the addition of Tello Drones which will bring a whole new level of learning into our classrooms. Ms Smith would like to congratulate everyone on their incredible efforts so far to make STEM rotations an amazing learning experience.

Work Experience

We have got off to a fast start with several students starting or continuing Work Experience already. We have Jessie at Dog Overboard, Justin at Scrubs, Hayley at Windale Public School and Patrick at Bunnings. Herbert is also very excited to commence work experience soon at an engineering business. Our students represent our school very proudly. Work experience provides such a valuable insight into the world of work and more of our senior students will soon be participating in our work experience program.


Year 8 students light up the lives of PNG students through the Origin Foundation's Solar Buddies program.

Many of our Year 8 students recently participated in Lights for Learning, an initiative from the Origin Foundation. Students made portable solar lights or 'Solar Buddies', for communities in Papua New Guinea who are living in energy poverty. The program is designed to help students learn about the potential humanitarian impact of STEM and was another opportunity for hands on learning for our Project REAL and Big Picture students. The students also wrote a letter to the child who was going to receive their Solar Buddy light.

Designed for children, the solar lights are easy to operate, carry and charge. Without them, isolated PNG communities rely on dangerous and unsustainable sources of fuel like kerosene, diesel, wood or candles. These donations will allow PNG students an opportunity to continue their studies after dark, often after spending many hours during the day walking to and from school and working to help their families.

The following are extracts of reflections that our students wrote after being given the opportunity to work on this fantastic and rewarding community project:

  • Overall the experience was very emotional and fun. We learnt about electricity and how some countries have to live without any electricity. I also thought this lesson taught us to be GRATEFUL and THANKFUL of everything, even if it doesn't matter in your life it could mean the world to the people around the world. I was born in PNG so I have experienced first hand what it is like in those similar conditions and for other people to consider others and not themselves was very emotional. Afterwards I felt happy that I contributed in making the world a better place by doing small things like providing light. Reinhard Lloyd
  • It made me realise how lucky we really are that we get good education, electricity and water. I hope I made a contribution to one kid's life and make their life better with the solar buddy light. Thank you to the Origin Foundation for the opportunity. Brendan Lee
  • The purpose of this activity was to show us that some people aren't as fortunate as us and that we should be grateful for what we have. This was very beneficial for us because we were able to donate to these kids at a young age, this will help us start to do more things like this in the future. We are lucky that the teachers organised this great experience. We achieve a better understanding of the world we live in and how lucky we are to have electricity and easy access to education. I really enjoyed this incursion and can’t wait to do something similar in the future. Grace Kingett
  • I think it was a really good learning experience and it was shocking to hear that some of the people in PNG have no electricity at all and have to walk kilometres upon kilometres to get electricity. We hope that the solar lights really help people in Papua New Guinea to build upon their education. Hopefully everyone that participated gets a better understanding about how lucky we are and how grateful we should be to have electricity. Liam O’Toole

breakfast club is back!

Hunter Sports High's Breakfast Club kicked off again in Week 4 and it's proving very popular with many students dropping by to start the day with a healthy bowl of cereal, fresh fruit and toast. Breakfast Club is running each Monday and Friday from 8.30am at the canteen and is available for all students so they can fuel up for a big day of learning. Thanks to our fabulous youth workers and welfare team for getting this great initiative up and running again.

talented sports program

strength & conditioning INFORMATION session
fitness testing:

Semester 1 fitness testing for all TSP students will be conducted over the coming weeks. The testing will again be conducted by Newcastle University staff and interns as part of the wider study being done across all NSW Sports High Schools.

  • Years 9, 11 & 12: Monday 9th March
  • Years 8 & 10: Wednesday 11th March
  • Year 7: Monday 16th March
  • Catch Up: Wednesday 18th March

Trials for places in Hunter Sports High's 2021 Talented Sports Program are scheduled for the following dates. A full list of trial venues and times for each sport is available on the link below:

  • For students currently in Year 6: Wednesday 13 May
  • For students in all other years: August (Week 6 Term 3)

student welfare news

Later this term Hunter Sports High will once again be taking part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and we'll also be celebrating Youth Week with a range of lunchtime activities planned to mark these special events. All students are welcome to join in the fun!

school immunisation program:

All Year 7 and Year 10 students were issued immunisation consent cards at the start of term. The cards should be returned to the Student Services Office as soon as possible. Remember to include your Medicare number and sign the form. Please contact Hunter New England Area Health Service Centre for Population on 4924 6499 if you have any questions regarding the immunisation program. The first round of immunisations for our Year 7 students will be held on Friday 13th March.

Year advisors:
  • Year 7: Mrs Kelly Rose
  • Year 8: Mr Jay Strachan
  • Year 9: Mrs Jennifer Hoffman
  • Year 10: Mr David Staley
  • Year 11: Mr Matthew Tull
  • Year 12: Ms Kim Hulbert

bell times

uniform policy

attendance policy


It is a new school year and once again, Lake Macquarie City Council Rangers will be patrolling school zones. Please see below notice of school zone offences and keep this in mind when dropping off or picking children up from school to help us keep our school and students safe. Please also be aware that the visitors car park at the front of the school is only to be used by visitors and is not a drop-off zone (with the exception of students/parents from the support unit). Please be mindful of the disabled parking space too and only use this space if you have a disability parking permit. Students are not permitted to park in staff or visitor carparks and must use street parking.

hshs healthy canteen

Hunter Sports High School's canteen operates during lunch breaks from Monday to Friday, providing lunches and a range of healthy snack options for our hungry students. All orders should be placed by 8.50am and paid for (cash or EFTPOS) at the time of ordering. Our fabulous Canteen Manager Natasha has developed our canteen menu in line with the new Healthy School Canteens Strategy. It includes nutritious and delicious daily lunch specials, salads, sandwiches and snacks. See the menu below.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are not permitted to order any food from external provider while at school.

community notices