Hunter Sports High News Term 1 - Week 10 - 2021

What's On?

  • Thursday 01 April: Last Day of Term 1
  • Friday 02 April - Monday 19 April: SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
  • Tuesday 20 April: Students Return for Term 2
  • Friday 23 April: ANZAC Day Assembly
  • Friday 23 April: Cross Country Colour Run
  • Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 April: Athletics Carnival
  • Friday 30 April: Year 6 TSP/Sports Academy Applications Due
  • Tuesday 04 May: Years 8-11 Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Wednesday 05 May - Monday 10 May: Year 6 TSP/Sports Academy Trials
  • Tuesday 11 May - Friday 21 May: NAPLAN (Years 7 & 9)
  • Friday 14 May: Year 10 Immunisations
  • Wednesday 26 May: Year 6 TSP/Sports Academy Girls Rugby League Trials

principal's message

Dear Parents and Carers,

It's hard to believe we're at the end of Term 1 already and it has been wonderful to finish the term on a great note with our Term 1 Formal Assemblies held today to celebrate and recognise our students' success, and to be able to share the occasion with parents and carers today made it even better! Congratulations to all of today's award recipients - they should be honoured and proud to be recognised for consistent effort throughout the term in one or more subjects. I'd also like to thank all the staff who have worked tirelessly this term to ensure that we are providing our students with the best opportunities to be successful.

There have been so many things happening this term with the introduction of our High potential academies, LEAP (Leadership, Empowerment, Action, Pathways) team, leadership passports, academic coaches, introduction of coaching and careers mentor sessions and our new school sport format. We have also just finalised our school plan for 2021 - 2024, with over 12 months work going into this plan and consultation of parents, staff, and students last year that has been collated into the three focus areas of our new school plan:

  1. Student Growth and Attainment
  2. Future Proofed Personalised Pathways
  3. Better Together

The most important thing that I hope to achieve as a school leader is that I can create an environment that is not just about getting an education but one that inspires everyone to develop a love of learning. When we think about the chaos and complexity the world went through last year and we look to the future, the research is telling us that in the future young people of today will have 17 different jobs across five different careers. Having a single skill set like my generation and generations earlier is now in the past. As a school leader I need to ensure we provide the best learning environment for our students to be successful in a dynamic, changing and complex world when they graduate from school. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” (Malcolm X)

It's important that we all recognise the importance of constant learning and seeking to improve ourselves. As part of this plan and as part of a pilot project with the university of Melbourne, we are looking at new ways to measure success. I'm excited that we have been recognised as one school out of 37 from around Australia to be working with the University of Melbourne piloting new measures of success. What that means is that for young people to be successful in the future they need to be able to develop skills that are transferable, for example the ability to critically think, the ability to communicate, knowing how to learn and also being of good character. In order to be prepared for the future we need to learn how to develop these key skill and capabilities.

The one capability that has had a lot of discussion is one around character. The importance of being a good character will help you be successful in the future. So what is character? It is someone who is trustworthy, respectful, responsible and caring. How do you measure character? This is something that we as a school will be working on with a few other schools from around Australia.

To wrap this up, I hope that all students at Hunter Sports High School strive to demonstrate good character - making good choices whether someone is watching you or not. This means walking into class without your headphones in whether the teacher asks you to or not; putting your mobile phone away as you walk into class unless the teacher wants you to use the phones in that lesson; turning up on time and being ready to learn. Good character is doing the right thing all the time and not just when you feel like it. I have no doubt that the students who were recognised for their consistent effort today have shown good character and applied themselves. I look forward to the recognising that quality and many others over the next few years as we work towards measuring success in many different ways to ensure our students are ready for their future pathways.

Have a wonderful Easter break and a relaxing holiday. I look forward to seeing you all for an equally busy and exciting Term 2.

Ms Rachel Byrne - Principal


What an exciting term for leadership at Hunter Sports High School! The introduction of our rebranded leadership body has provided our students and staff with some amazing opportunities, and it is with great pleasure that we share what leadership has looked like this term, in the first edition of Leaps and Bounds for 2021.

The development of the LEAP team has been a large focus for our school this term, rebranding the Student Representative Council (SRC) and encouraging all students of Hunter Sports High School to recognise their own unique ability to be everyday leaders.

LEAP represents all students of our school knowing and believing they can be Leaders, and they can Empower not only themselves, but those around them through simple Actions in their daily lives at school and in the community. Through Leadership, Empowerment and Action, every student of Hunter Sports High School can begin the Pathway towards becoming a leader of the future.

Leadership Passports have been introduced this term, and it is hoped that all interested students have received a copy and are documenting their leadership involvement. The passport is a hard-copy booklet that allows students to keep a record of the various contributions they make as students of the school community.

Student leadership at Hunter Sports High School is now categorised into three levels:

  • Personal Leadership (Level 1)
  • Action in Leadership (Level 2) and
  • Distinction in Leadership (Level 3)

As students become involved in a range of leadership opportunities, both at school and in their wider community, they are able to document their accomplishments and move through these levels using the Student Leadership Log found inside the pages of the Leadership Passport. Student success at each level results in formal recognition at presentation assemblies, and with support from staff and peers, culminates in every student of the school being offered the opportunity to attain the highest level, Distinction in Leadership.

One of the first initiatives the LEAP team of 2021 is looking to implement is a whole school event running alongside the Cross Country carnival. We will use the day to raise funds for our student-elected focus organisation for 2021, Hunter Animal Rescue. While this was scheduled for Friday of Week 9, the inclement weather saw this postponed until Friday 23rd April. We are so excited to see every student of the school participating in and enjoying the fun activities that the LEAP team have planned.

The LEAP students were exceptional at representing the school at the GRIP leadership conference in Week 9. Students collaborated with leaders from around the region, making connections and sharing ideas that they hope to introduce at our school in 2021. Elijah, our illustrious School Captain, represented Hunter Sports High School with enthusiasm in a game of Name that Celebrity, while Dusty and Reinhard competed in a paper plane making contest that saw Reinhard take out first place. Charlie also stole the show with her dance moves as she led the crowd in a dance off with Merewether High. Well done everyone, you should be very proud of the way you represented your school.

GRIP Leadership Conference

It was a very proud moment to be able to invite Leanne from Hunter Animal Rescue to attend our formal assembly and to present a cheque from our Term 1 fundraising. We will have more donations to make as the year progresses and we implement the fundraising activities we have planned. Congratulations to our Easter hamper raffle winners, and to those students who were lucky enough to make the correct guess of the number of lollies in the jars the LEAP students organised.

Term 1 has been a busy one, successfully introducing so many of the new and innovative ideas that the leadership body of our school has suggested, and Term 2 is expected to be no different. A reminder to all students, it is not too late to become involved in leadership or the LEAP team, and any student who has not yet received a Leadership Passport can collect one from Ms. Crossland in English.

Thank you to everyone who supported the LEAP team in Term 1. We appreciate your time and efforts, and we look forward to continuing to be the voice of the students of our school and paving a pathway of positive change in our community throughout 2021.

What Year 7 think of Science so far…

In January 2021, one hundred and eighty eager Year 7 students descended on Hunter Sports High School to begin their first year in high school. One of the many subjects they will study is Science. So far in Science, Year 7 students have learned about safety in the lab, identifying and drawing lab equipment, using equipment (safely), measuring “things”, collecting data, analysing data and presenting findings. To find out how our students have enjoyed their first term in Science, we asked them a few questions, and here are a few of their responses:

What did you think Science would be like at high school?
  • "Before I started high school I thought Science was going to be like what we did in primary school, e.g. writing heaps in our books, learning on our devices 24/7, hardly any on hands activities. But it's so much more fun in high school!"
  • “Before I started Science this year I thought it was all about mixing various chemicals together to make massive explosions, however I was very wrong. Science is about systematic enterprises that build and organise knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.” Wow!
What do you like most about doing Science in high school?
  • “I love when we do science practicals because we get an opportunity to try all different physical experiments, rather than researching the meanings of these experiments. I like learning about the use of the equipment and how they can be used later in life.”
  • “Science is my favourite subject that I have in Year 7, mainly because of my teacher, ha-ha! My class and I are normally in the laboratory most of the time, this means we get to learn hands on and we get more experience with science experiments.”
  • We also had more concise answers that show our students are enjoying the independence high school has to offer: “I liked that we were able to try new experiments and do them by ourselves.”
what are you looking forward to in the rest of Year 7 Science?

Finally, we asked our students what they are looking forward to in the rest of Year 7 Science. While 7 out of 10 students said they are looking forward to dissecting animals and making explosions (which we won’t be doing) we also had the following responses:

  • “In the future I really want to make elephant’s toothpaste, because it looks like a cool experiment to do in small groups and is an experiment that is full of vibrant colours.”
  • “In the future I am mostly looking forward to mixing different chemicals together to make a reaction, also studying DNA.”
  • "Trying new stuff because I am very interested in Science"

As you can see, our eager Year 7 students are turning their enthusiasm into knowledge that will form the foundations for their learning beyond Year 7. Our equally enthusiastic team of Science teachers are looking forward to sharing that journey with them. Keep up the good work guys!

Photos (clockwise from top left): Amy and Izzy working together to light a Bunsen burner; Charlie, Eden and Zoe observing prepared slides under the microscope; Eden and Charlie lighting a Bunsen burner while Zoe observes their technique; Zoe (pouring), Izzy, Amy and Eden working together to learn about measuring liquids using beakers, measuring cylinders and conical flasks.

English Write Now

The English Faculty enjoying reading during their lunch break

As the first term of 2021 draws to a close, we would like to thank all of our English students for an entertaining and creative Term 1. We enjoyed meeting so many of our Year 7 and 12 parents and carers in Week 8, and encourage everyone to reach out to their child’s English teacher if they have any questions, concerns or information they would like to share. We find the best way to ensure students are working to the best of their ability is to demonstrate that there are open lines of communication between the classroom and home, so we appreciate your support in attending the Parent Teacher evening and are more than happy to talk about your child’s progress throughout the year using other platforms.

Some of our English students entered the Write 4 Fun competition in the hope of showcasing their creative talents and winning some great prizes. We wish all of the students who entered good luck, and thank them for getting involved and having a go.

With NAPLAN starting in Week 4 of Term 2, Year 7 and 9 have been busy preparing and practicing for this important benchmark. We hope that all students do their very best on the day and to ask their English teachers if they have questions or concerns about the NAPLAN test.

Next term we are looking to take English beyond the classroom and introduce debating teams in Stage 4 and Stage 5. Debating can provide young people with fundamental knowledge and skills that they can use in their everyday lives, helping learners to see the power of rational thinking, reasoned arguments and compelling evidence in action. It can develop a young person’s confidence and teach them the skills of researching, organising, and presenting information in an engaging and persuasive way. If any students are interested in participating in this opportunity they are encouraged to express their interest to their English teachers and listen for messages early next term for more information.

We hope you enjoy the second edition of Currently Reading. This time, we meet one of our most improved readers, Emma Maroney from the Opal Class, who talks us through what she is currently enjoying in the world of books and reading. Below Emma’s interview is a recommended reading list, where we have suggested a small selection of texts that we believe students would benefit from and enjoy reading over the holidays. Have a happy and safe Easter break and we are all excited to see relaxed and well-rested students in our English classrooms for Term 2. Keep reading and learning!

The English Faculty

Currently Reading with Emma Moroney
Emma Moroney (Year 9) is currently reading 'The Hunger Games'
  • What are you currently reading and can you tell us a little bit about it? It’s called The Hunger Games and it’s about a girl surviving in the wilderness and trying not to get killed by other people who are also in the wilderness and trying to survive too. It’s action-packed and I am really liking reading this book.
  • Why did you choose this book to read? I really enjoyed the movies, I think there are about four or five movies that are based on survival and bravery. The characters build their own weapons. Because I enjoyed the movies I decided to read the books and see if they were the same. I am reading this book at school and at home using the E-Platform and I am really enjoying it.
  • Would you recommend this book to your friends? I would recommend this book to anyone interested in survival and adventuring, maybe even people who like camping in the bush. Anyone who likes action and adventure would enjoy this book.
  • What would you rate this book out of 10 and why? I would rate this book 8/10 because a lot of it is my style and taste but at the same time there are parts that aren’t my style. It’s not a perfect book so I can't give it 10/10 but I am really liking it. I like reading because I feel like I am in other places and it takes my mind off things.
Recommended Reading List for school holidays


  • The Binna Binna Man (Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor)
  • Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)
  • Friday Barnes Series (R.A.Spratt)


  • The Giver (Lois Lowry)
  • The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)


  • Paper Towns (John Green)
  • The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)

YEAR 10:

  • The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)

YEAR 11:

  • The Beach (Alex Garland)
  • The Perks of being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

YEAR 12:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  • The Shepherd's Hut (Tim Winton)
  • The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
  • Honeybee (Craig Silvey)

A Snapshot into art

Autumn colours by Jet Class

Our art classes have all been exploring many different materials and techniques this term. The Jet Class has recently been looking at the different colours that you can find during Autumn, as seen in the colourful artworks above.

Year 7 has been learning about the Elements of Art and exploring familiar and new materials and techniques. They are currently creating their own symbols to represent aspects of their life, while our Year 10 Visual Arts students have been exploring portraiture. See some of their amazing work below.

NAPLAN Online 2021

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 11 and 21 May 2021. It is expected that students will sit the tests on their BYOD laptop where possible, but students will also have access to school laptops, if required. Students are also expected to bring their own headphones with a round jack compatible with laptops, not mobile phones. Please note that wireless headphones are not permitted, due to the lock down browser.

In preparation for NAPLAN Online, our school will also be participating in practice tests between 22 March and 1 April. The practice test is a trial-run and key preparation activity for NAPLAN Online in May. It is not an assessment of student ability and the tests will not be marked.

Excessive preparation for NAPLAN Online is not recommended. Students can use the public demonstration site https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in the NAPLAN Online tests.

If you have any questions about NAPLAN Online, please contact the school’s Learning and Support Teachers, Kim Hulbert and Margarite Lock.

What’s happening in the world of wellbeing?


On the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Year 7 and 8 students attended a presentation which challenged them to reflect on ways they can work together to combat bullying. Topics covered included respecting others, appreciating diversity, finding common ground and the difference between banter and bullying as well as the impact of bystander behaviour. Students participated well and enjoyed the popcorn that was provided to snack on during the presentation.

Students take a stand against bullying
Year 7 Table Tennis Competition

In variable weather conditions, Year 7 have been participating in a lunchtime table tennis competition. Student participation has been encouraging and the energy from the spectators has helped to create a positive vibe in the playground. Some of our top performers so far have been Jin McKay and Ben Whelan.

Lunchtime table tennis action!
Lunchtime trivia

A huge thank you to the Year 12 students who have been acting as Quizmasters for trivia this term. Each Wednesday, lunchtime trivia runs in the Innovation Centre and all students are invited to attend either as a team or as individuals. Some senior students are currently on a winning streak having won for the last two weeks.

Lunchtime trivia tournaments run in the Innovation Centre every Wednesday
International Women's Day
Celebrating International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day earlier this term, our Girls Advocacy Group met for lunch with some female staff to discuss why they think days like this are important, who they are inspired by and what more we can do at Hunter Sports High to develop strong and confident young leaders of the future.

Term 1 in tas

Technology and Applied Studies Faculty (TAS) has a total of 10 staff, 9 teachers and 1 SASS (School Administrative Support Staff). The TAS Faculty delivers six courses over Stage 4, 5 and 6, as well as delivering three VET courses. TAS Faculty staff include Mrs Carolan, Mr Conn (TSP Cricket), Mr Davies (TSP Athletics), Mr Hanlon, Mrs Hines (Head Teacher TAS), Mr Hogan (Careers Advisor), Mrs Poole (SASS Kitchen Assistant), Mr Tait, Ms Smith and Mr Winter (Head Teacher Administration). Mr Winter is currently on leave until Term 2 and in his place is Mr Harmer.

HSC classes are busy preparing for examinations, major works and achieving VET competencies. Year 12 Hospitality students, under the guidance of Mrs Hines, catered and served 30 local business partners and staff for breakfast on Thursday 18th March. Students arrived at 7.00 am in torrential rain and served a delicious selection of breakfast dishes, including pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt pots and savoury muffins with espresso coffee and beverages. The service enabled our students to achieve several course competencies, including Serve Food and Beverages and Interact with Customers.

Congratulations to one of our very talented Hospitality students, Jenna Brown, who has accepted a full-time job at The Coffee Emporium, Stockland Green Hills www.thecoffeeemporium.com.au after successfully completing her 35 hours of work placement for Hospitality in Week 7.

Congratulations Jenna on your new job!

Year 12 Industrial Technology Timber are well on their way with HSC major works, thanks to Mr Winter and Mr Harmer’s expertise and guidance. Students will be designing and crafting timber pieces including skim boards, trestle tables, an outdoor table and a fishing rod holder. Student’s work will be completed and submitted by Thursday 5th August.

All of our students in Stage 4 & 5 electives have been creating some amazing assessment tasks and practical work this term and we look forward to the development of their creative technical skills and critical reflection in Term Two.

Amazing student creations!
TAS Interest Workshops
Free TAS Workshops coming soon (including Food Manufacturing and Food for Health)!

In Term 2, TAS Faculty teachers will be holding interest workshops during lunch breaks for students in the following areas: Food for Health, Cake Decoration, Timber Techniques and Engineered Systems/STEM. Workshops will be free and have limited spaces. Students will enrol via a Google Form. Times and dates will be announced via the digital displays near Student Services (QR codes) and in Google Classroom streams. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter Break! Tas Faculty


All students welcome at the HSHS Homework Centre!

A reminder that all students are able to access the support of our 'Academic Enrichment Coaches' (funded through the government's COVID Intensive Learning Support Program) by attending the study sessions being held in the Innovation Centre during Lunch 1 and Lunch 2 each weekday or by attending Homework Club in the Innovation Centre after school from 3.10pm-4.30pm.


new sponsor for sportsperson of the month awards

We wish a warm welcome and to the team from Belle Property Charlestown who have come on board to support our students as the new sponsor of our Sportsperson of the Month and Sportsperson of the Year Awards. We really appreciate your support of our students and look forward to sharing their sporting successes with you throughout the year.

Congratulations to our first three Sportspeople of the Month awardees for 2021 who were announced at today's formal assembly:

  • JANUARY: Kaia Isaac (Basketball)
  • FEBRUARY: Jesse Southwell (Rugby Union)
  • MARCH: Chloe Walandouw (Football)
swimming success

We've had a big term of swimming to start off the year. With our restricted swimming carnival down to competitors only we had 52 students at Charlestown Pool. Despite missing the usual carnival atmosphere, it was a great day with sensational swimming and records broken.

Congratulations to the following students who broke Hunter Sports High records on the day:

  • Cooper Price: 100m Breastroke (1:30:00 sec)
  • Annabelle Keene: 100m Breastroke (1.29.22 sec)

From the school carnival 32 students represented Hunter Sports High School at the Zone Carnival held at Swansea Pool, and as a result of that meet, 24 students went on to the Hunter Regional Carnival at Lambton Pool. And from there we have sensational news that 13 students have progressed onto the NSW CHS Swimming Championships to be held in Sydney from 28-30 April. Congratulations to the following students and good luck at State!

  • Cody Carruthers
  • Rochelle Clark
  • Briella Gyler-Dial
  • Alyssa Ingram
  • Ruby Jeffries
  • Ricada Jones
  • Annabelle Keene
  • Ava Kennedy
  • Evie Milton
  • Emilee Pratt
  • Brandy Simpson
  • Ava Kennedy
  • Annabelle Keene


The Newcastle Knights trained at Hunter Sports High last Thursday and some of our students and staff were lucky to see them in action after their regular training facility was unable to be used because of the recent weather. Hunter Sports High's rugby league field is one of the few in Newcastle that has excellent drainage so we welcomed the Knights to allow them to get their full training session in prior to their match against the Tigers. All from the Knights left extremely impressed with the school facilities with Knights Football Manager Danny Buderus having his first visit to Hunter Sports High and describing the facilities as "world class". The Knights first grade coach Adam O'Brien indicated they will be back to do more sessions in the future! We wish the Knights all the best for the 2021 season.

Rugby League students watched the Knights train at HSHS last week
Netball news

Congratulations to our Open Netball team who have made it through to the Hunter finals after being undefeated at the Eastlakes Gala Day and the Hunter carnival. The finals results will determine whether the girls proceed to the NSW competition in Wollongong later in the year.

Congratulations also go to Charlee Belcher, Sammie Chicken and Maggie Greentree on their selection in the Hunter Secondary Open Girls Netball team to play at state titles in Orange later in the year. Well done girls!

Charlee, Sammie & Maggie have all been selected in the Hunter Open Netball Team
athletics carnival: monday 26 & tuesday 27 april
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
  • Hand both forms to Student Services Office to be copied and returned to you
  • Mr Pascoe to sign both forms
  • Deputy Principal to sign both forms
  • Forward CHS paperwork to relevant body as per CHS instructions on paperwork
  • Retain HSHS blue Leave Form - this is your record of academic requirements while on leave

Careers corner

Skills and Thrills Digital Parents Showcase

The Skills & Thrills is a 30 minute video available FREE to all parents. The video covers the following information:

  • Industry trends for the next 5-15 years and industry trends post COVID-19 impacts
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships including SBATs
  • Opportunities in the vocational education and training sector (VET)
  • How to support your child to make informed career choices

For more information visit: https://www.skillsone.com.au/digital-parents-showcase/​

Defence Jobs: Army Communications, IT and Intelligence

The following information sessions will be held to allow students and parents learn about the Army and the variety of roles available. You'll hear about life in the Army from current serving military members and you'll get the opportunity to ask questions about the recruiting process. When joining the Army, you’ll get to use the latest technology and receive world-class military training for both peacekeeping and defence operations. You’ll face unique challenges, learn new skills, and gain memorable experiences – strengthened by the bonds you’ll form with your fellow recruits.

  • 22 April 6:30PM - 8:00PM: Administration Careers (Virtual)
  • 27 April 6:30PM - 8:00PM: Military Police Careers (Virtual)
  • 28 April 6:30PM - 8:00PM: Warehouse Coordinator Careers (Virtual)
  • 29 April 6:30PM - 8:00PM: Communication Systems Operator Careers (Virtual)
  • 3 May 6:30PM - 8:00PM: Telecommunication Careers (Virtual)
  • 4 May 6:30PM - 8:00PM: Driver Careers (Virtual)
  • 5 May 6:30PM - 8:00PM: Information Systems Technician Careers (Virtual)

For more information go to: https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/events or call 131 901.

hshs 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. See our current menu here or in the image below. Orders can be placed online at anytime using the Flexischools App. For instructions on downloading and setting up the app click here.

Orders can also be placed at the canteen using cash or EFTPOS. These orders should be placed by 8.50am and paid for at the time of ordering. A variety of fresh rolls and sandwiches are also available over the counter during lunch breaks.

20% of the purchase price of the 2021 Entertainment Book will come back to HSHS to help support our students

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