Hunter Sports High News Term 4 - Week 6 - 2018

What's On?

  • Wednesday 21 November: Year 7 & 8 Exams
  • Wednesday 21 November: ATSI Parent Meeting, 5pm @ Windale PCYC
  • Friday 23 November: PBL Supercars Reward Excursion
  • Wednesday 28 November: Minimbah Celebrations @ Charlestown Bowling Club
  • Friday 30 November: Walk a Mile Koori Style
  • Sunday 02 November - Friday 07 December: National Schools Basketball Championships
  • Tuesday 04 December: Year 6 Orientation Day
  • Tuesday 04 December: P&C Meeting, 6pm @ HSHS
  • Wednesday 05 December: Year 7 Taronga Zoo Science Excursion
  • Friday 07 December: Year 10 Focus Day
  • Tuesday 11 December - Thursday 13 December: Year 7 Swim School
  • Wednesday 12 December: ATSI Parent Meeting, 6pm @ Windale PCYC
  • Friday 14 December: Presentation Day Formal Assembly, 11.30am @ HSHS Stadium
  • Tuesday 18 December: Year 7-10 Reports Issued
  • Wednesday 19 December: Last Day of School for 2018
  • Tuesday 29 January 2019: Staff Development Day
  • Wednesday 30 January 2019: Years 7, 11 & 12 students return to school
  • Thursday 31 January 2019: Years 8, 9 & 10 students return to school

In what has been a very busy year, the final weeks seem to be flying even faster! The HSC exams have come and gone and our Year 12 students have officially signed out of high school. We celebrated the end of their school days with them at their formal last Thursday night. They all looked fabulous and had a great night. Special thanks to Mrs Jubb for organising the night and for the fantastic job she has done as Year Advisor for this group over the past six years. Many of these students were also recognised for their outstanding sporting achievements at our annual TSP Awards Presentation Night on Wednesday. We are sure there will be some terrific results to share when students receive their marks on December 13 and we wish them all a wonderful future, whatever path they choose.

Early this term we were officially handed over our final new building, U Block, and we're all moved in with every class across the school now taking place in brand new state-of-the-art classrooms. U Block features incredible new art, music and language rooms along with the Big Picture Academy, Youth Room and Minimbah Room. The new Innovation Centre will be up and running soon while the final stages of the redevelopment are now underway to complete landscaping and convert S Block from temporary classroom spaces into a hall, netball court and gymnasium.

Planning is also underway for a number of official opening events early in the 2019 school year and we will share further details of these as they are confirmed. The events will give families a chance to see the school in action and the local community an opportunity to view the incredible new facilities of Hunter Sports High.

Meanwhile, students in Years 7-10 have completed final exams over the past two weeks and our Year 11 students have commenced their Year 12 HSC coursework. Over the final few weeks of the school year we will have several more special events to celebrate with our students, staff and parents. Our Minimbah Celebrations night is on next week (see more details below) and our annual Presentation Day Assembly will be held on Friday 14th December. These events are always a highlight on our school calendar and give us an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the efforts, success and dedication of our students. We look forward to seeing you at these special events and if you can't make it, we'll share all the highlights in our final newsletter in Week 10!

u block in action

The amazing new classrooms, outdoor learning areas and playgrounds around U Block

Talented sports Awards night:

Cleaver Claims Third Sportsperson of the Year Award

2018 Sportsperson of the Year Erin Cleaver; Guest speaker Sam Poolman presented her GIANTS Indigenous Round playing dress, designed by Krystal Dallinger, to the school.

Five hundred of our talented athletes and their family members celebrated another outstanding year of sporting achievement at Hunter Sports High last week at our 20th annual TSP Sports Awards Presentation Night held at Wests Leagues Club.

Year 12 student Erin Cleaver claimed her third-straight Sportsperson of the Year Award after a standout performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April where she won a silver medal for Australia in the Women's T38 Long Jump and placed 5th in the T38 100m final. Congratulations to Erin on this amazing achievement! Congratulations also go to the 11 other Sportsperson of the Month winners who were tough competition for Erin after outstanding achievements throughout the year in their chosen sports, and to the many other students who were recognised on the night.

Our Director of Sport Mr Pascoe highlighted some of the impressive statistics from this year's crop of talented athletes. "We are State Champions in two team sports this year and have placed second, third or fourth in 10 other team competitions. Our Talented Sports Program has assisted in the development of 325 students across 13 sport programs this year, we've trialled 185 students for our 2019 intake, we've had 105 Hunter region representatives, 45 NSW representatives and an incredible 16 students who have represented Australia.

Our focus on developing good people as well as good players remains as strong as ever. It only struck me a week ago when I saw Gema Simon announced as co-captain of the Newcastle Jets W League team that all of Newcastle's flagship professional sporting teams have been captained and led by former Hunter Sports High students over the last 18 months, with Sione Mata'utia captaining the Knights and Nigel Boogaard entrenched as captain of the Newcastle Jets. With the redevelopment of the school and the growing number of partnerships being developed with key stakeholders in the sports industry at a regional, state and national level, there really has never been a better time to be a student at Hunter Sports High."

Netballer Sam Poolman was a special guest speaker on the night and spoke to students about her journey from local grass roots netball to the elite level and captaining the Australian Fast Five Netball Team. Sam spoke about what it means to be a leader and about motivating the next generation of elite netballers through her ASPIRE program. She has certainly inspired Hunter Sports High's netballers and the wider school community through her work with Year 11 student Krystal Dallinger to design the GIANTS netball team's Indigenous Round playing dress and the incredible opportunities this has opened up for Krystal and our school. Sam then presented her framed dress to the school and it will take pride of place in our new netball court.

Shannon Seebohm also inspired the audience with his incredible story and spoke about the importance of education and having a Plan B. Shannon shared the highs and lows of his career - from playing elite level basketball with the Sydney Kings to suffering a heart attack on the court and his parents being told he may not survive. Shannon overcame the odds and with his playing days suddenly over he worked hard to build a career in coaching to stay involved in the game he loved. After stints with the Sydney Kings and Sydney University Flames he's now the Australian Under 17 Women's Coach, Director of Coaching at Newcastle Basketball and Hunter Sports High's basketball program coach. Shannon told students that their education is the most important thing, that they never know what lies ahead. He encouraged them to think about their future outside of sport too, and explained that it is their character that will see them succeed in sport and in life.

A big thank you to Shannon and Sam for coming along on the night and for giving our students lots to think about as they continue their journey in sport and at Hunter Sports High.

Congratulations to the following students who received major awards on the night and to all students who came along to support their teammates.

  • Body Science Sportsperson of the Year: Erin Cleaver (Athletics)
  • Senior Sportsperson of the Year: Abbey Taylor (Cricket) & Mitchell Ellison (Baseball)
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Kirsty Fenton (Football) & Jude Jennings (Basketball)
  • Sportsperson of the Future Award: Lara Gooch (Football) & Lachlan Jones (Baseball)
  • Richard Face Academic Award: Renee Pountney (Football) & Ahmed Badat (Cricket)
  • Fitness All Rounder Award: Jesse Southwell (Rugby Union) & Logan Radzievic (Rugby League)
  • Team of the Year Award: Under 15 Boys Basketball Team

Sports Person of the Year Awards were also presented for each sports program. Congratulations to the following students:

  • AFL: Denver Ross
  • Athletics: Teah MacPherson
  • Baseball: Mitchell Ellison
  • Basketball: Jude Jennings (Junior) & Taylah Bultitude (Senior)
  • Cricket: Abbey Taylor
  • Football: Kirsty Fenton (Junior) & Brendan Knowles (Senior)
  • Hockey: Ayden Hutchinson
  • Netball: Abbie Leyshon
  • Rugby League: Jarmaine Elemes (Junior) & Phoenix Crossland (Senior)
  • Rugby Union: Boston Kerapa
  • Girls Rugby Union: Emma Bradford
  • Swimming: Zachery Renshaw
  • Tennis: Farisha Khan
  • Touch Football: Tamika Bull
Some of the highlights from the 2018 TSP Sports Awards Presentation Night

minimbah celebrations

Wednesday 28th November - 5.30pm at Charlestown Bowling Club

Join us next week to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Hunter Sports High's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and farewell our HSC graduates. The night includes a two-course meal, entertainment and an awards presentation. Dress code: semi formal. RSVP and payments to the school office by 21st November.

learning to lead

HSHS student leaders learnt all about leadership at a conference earlier this term.

Hunter Sports High's new student leaders attended the GRIP Leadership Conference at Newcastle City Hall earlier this month, gaining new skills, new perspectives and new ideas on how to make a positive contribution to our school community. The conference involved a combination of information and hands-on activities through workshopping ideas. GRIP Leadership conferences are designed to allow students the optimum training for their role as school leaders. They also learnt new ways of incorporating all students into school-based initiatives. Well done to our team of students who displayed the all the qualities that make great leaders!

student mentors make an impact

Year 10 students Zachery Renshaw and Montana Shoesmith have been nominated for the Shortland Volunteer of the Year Awards for their work with students at Wiripaang Public School

Each Thursday, Year 10 students Zachery Renshaw and Montana Shoesmith take on the challenge of volunteering at Wiripaang Public School to mentor some of their high-needs students. They have made an incredible impact on the students that they support and it has been a rewarding experience for Zac and Montana too. The primary school students look forward to their visit each and they have become important role models for the young students to look up to. Wiripaang Principal Mrs Emma Stothard has been so impressed that she nominated Zac and Montana for Junior Volunteer of the Year in the 2018 Shortland Volunteer Awards. Congratulations Zac and Montana!

kids on camp: Support unit students brave the blue mountains

Students and staff had a lot of fun on camp in the beautiful Blue Mountains!

The Support Unit camp has been and gone and it's a big call, but many staff and students have said that our recent camp to The Blue Mountains was the best ever! Student behaviour was exceptional as they embraced many learning opportunities and enjoyed a magical part of the world. The fun and enjoyment is best seen in the great pictures above and through the eyes of a student. Thanks to Sarah Morgan in Year 10 who has written about her experience of the Support Unit camp.

My Katoomba Camp Experiences - by Sarah Morgan

I really enjoyed going down there on the train on Wednesday - just hanging out with my mates. It was so much fun. It was so beautiful and peaceful down there. We stayed at the YHA in Katoomba. It was a really nice and cosy place and it felt like home. I enjoyed playing chess with Aiden in the outside area. The chess set was huge. The chess pieces were about half the size of my height however they were light to move. It was fun playing pool in the living area with the boys. The Christmas dinner on the first night was spectacular and I really enjoyed the roast dinner.

We got up early on Thursday and around 6.30am we had breakfast, packed our lunch and headed out to catch the bus to Scenic World. At Scenic World we went on the skyway, railway and cableway. They were really fun to go on. Some of us were scared on the railway because it was very steep. We walked around in the forest and had a tour leader show us an old mine shaft, big old trees and lots of ferns. After that we caught the bus to see Three Sisters. They are rocks in three pieces that look like three sisters standing together and there is an Aboriginal story about how they got there. We went back to the hostel and some of us rested while some walked back to see the Three Sisters at sunset. I stayed back and played pool and chess. We had dinner watched a movie and went to bed exhausted.

On Friday morning we packed up our things, had breakfast, packed our lunch and left for the train station. We had time to stop and get something from the bakery or cafe to eat before we waited at the station for the train. I felt relaxed on the way home and the time went quickly. We arrived at Cardiff Station and went home. I really had fun and I would love to go back again.

Year 12 Transition from High School

Thank you to Ms Smith who has been working hard with Year 12 students and their families to plan for their transition from high school into pre-employment or community-based programs. Students have visited a variety of organisations and many have attended taster sessions to assist them with who they may like to engage with in 2019.

It has been wonderful that all of our Year 12 students have remained with us for Term 4, excluding Luke Dorman who gained full time employment in Term 3. Our Year 12 students will be missed and we wish them all the best for their future. Congratulations to Luke Dorman, Darcy Gleeson, Jack Oaten, Tjaria Davis and Courtney Hill.

major projects underway in hsie

In Term 4 we farewelled the HSC Class of 2018. Whilst the time for students was a mixture of excitement about their future beyond school, the looming HSC examinations kept the students focused on their studies. I would like to personally thank all HSIE teachers for the above and beyond efforts undertaken to ensure that all students had the best opportunity to achieve their best in the HSC exams. The confidence seen in students as they walked out of their exams is testament to the time and effort all their teachers put it.

With the departure of one Year 12 group, we also see the start of the HSC course for the 2019 Year 12 cohort. Mrs Griffin’s Year 12 Aboriginal Studies class are busy working on their major projects. A range of research topics and issues are being studied and include family history, the Stolen Generations and an investigation into the support offered to ATSI students at Hunter Sports High. Mrs Griffin extends an invitation to the school community to come along to the showcase of our students' major projects on Friday 14th December at 9.00am. Please contact Mrs Griffin for more information via the school office on 4943 5755.

Students in Years 7 to 10 will be finalising their assessment marks in the coming weeks. Their final examinations completed over the last two weeks will contribute 25% to their total course mark. ​

Bandfest 2018

Well done to our fabulous HSHS Band for their efforts at this year's Bandfest competition

The Hunter Sports High band played at Bandfest in Week 2 and received a 'Commended Award' from the judges. Up against some tough competition from other local schools, they played outstandingly and represented the school very well. Flute player Breeanna McGuiness received a ukulele from the judges as an encouragement award. Well done HSHS band!


annie helps Australia to a clean sweep

Congratulations to Year 11 student Annalee Grove who represented the Young Matildas Australian team for the first round of qualifiers for the AFC Women's U19 Championship in Lebanon last month. As keeper, Annie helped the team to a clean sweep in three matches against Mongolia (18-0), hosts Lebanon (2-0) and Hong Kong (3-0), seeing them progress to the second round of qualifiers in April 2019. Annie has had a big few months of football having also just earned herself her first professional contract when she was signed by the Brisbane Roar W-League team for the 2018/2019 season. Congratulations Annie and all the very best for the season ahead!

under 15 boys Basketball team wins state championships

Congratulations to our Under 15 Boys Basketball Team who claimed the State Championship title recently. The team played ten games to clinch the title and notched up huge victories against a range of schools including the powerful Sydney Boys High whom the beat by 50 points and Westfields Sports High who they dispatched by 20 points in the final. This effort saw them crowned as our Team of the Year at the Sports Awards night last week. We wish them well at the upcoming National Championships in Melbourne.

Sports High Rugby Champs

Our Under 14 Boys Rugby 7's team took out the Sports High 7’s competition earlier this term with a convincing effort at Endeavour Sports High. The boys beat Hills Sports High 25-20 and Illawarra Sports High 55-5 before defeating Westfields Sports High 25-10 in the final. Congratulations also to the girls Under 14 team who came runners up in the final to Matraville Sports High. The girls won two out of their three games on the day. Congratulations to all involved.

Fernleigh 15 fun

Well done to Kayla Waldron, Emilee Webb, and Francesca Fawell who represented Hunter Sports High in the Fernleigh 15 fun run last month. You did us proud!


Youth Worker Keira has been nominated for NSW Youth Worker of the Year; The Bully Box app is an online reporting platform available to HSHS students; Our new Youth Room is up and running with a range of lunchtime activities for students.
keira nominated for youth worker of the year award

Our lovely Youth Worker Keira has been nominated for the NSW Youth Worker of the Year Award for the amazing work she does in our school and in the community. Keira has had a long career, 18 years to be exact. She has been supporting our students for three years now, connecting them with outside services and supporting them with programs here at school including Drumbeat, Rage and Positive Relationships. Keira is an invaluable member of the HSHS Wellbeing Team. Thank you Keira for your amazing contribution and good luck with your nomination.


With the launch of our amazing new Youth Room comes the introduction of a range of fun lunchtime activities for students, helping to create an inclusive and supportive space for students during their breaks. Activities will include Christmas tree, card and decoration making with Mrs Lewis, cards and games days, and drawing/colouring in for relaxation. Announcements will be made at role call about each day's activities.

the bully box

The 'Bully Box' is an online reporting platform that Hunter Sports High students can use to address bullying concerns. Students can download the app to their phone (Android or iPhone) or computer. The app allows students to safely and anonymously report bullying or other school safety concerns and empowers 'upstanders'. The password for our school is HSHS2018.

community notices

year 12 formal Photos

Thanks to Mrs Drew for these happy snaps from the Year 12 Formal!

THE final NEWSLETTER for this year WILL GO OUT IN WEEK 10!


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