Hunter Sports High News Term 2 - Week 5 - 2019

What's On?

  • Monday 27 - Friday 31 May: Reconciliation Week
  • Friday 31 May: ATSI Parent Meeting
  • Monday 3 June: Reconciliation Assembly, 11.35am
  • Tuesday 4 June: P & C Meeting, 6pm
  • Thursday 6 June: Year 7 Focus Day
  • Friday 7 June: TSP Fitness & Academic Testing
  • Monday 10 June: Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
  • Friday 14 June: School Photos (Portraits & sibling photos)
  • Monday 17 June: School Photos (TSP Squads and catch-ups)
  • Thursday 20 June: ATSI Parent Meeting
  • Friday 21 June: Year 10 & 11 Immunisations
  • Thursday 27 June: Year 8 Focus Day
  • Tuesday 2 July: P&C Meeting, 6pm
  • Thursday 4 July: NAIDOC Day
  • Friday 5 June: Formal Assembly & Last Day of Term 2
  • Sat 6 July - Mon 22 July: School Holidays
  • Monday 22 July: Staff Development Day
  • Tuesday 23 July: Students Return for Term 3

Principal's message

I always seem to start our newsletters by saying how busy our students and staff have been, and this one is no different! We started this term off with our school ANZAC commemorations in Week 1, we welcomed many parents and carers to the school in Week 2 for our Parent Teacher interview evening (more on that later), and in Week 3 hundreds of aspiring athletes converged on Hunter Sports High for our 2020 Talented Sports Program trials while our Year 7 and 9 students completed their NAPLAN testing. These students are to be commended for their excellent attitude towards the testing, coming equipped with devices and earphones and trying their best in the four online tests.

Last week we enjoyed two days in the sunshine at our annual Athletics Carnival, where again our students showed incredible school spirit by dressing up in their house colours, cheering each other on and getting involved in the carnival. We saw some outstanding feats on the track and field, with nine records broken and over a hundred students qualifying for the Hunter Region carnival to be held at Glendale on Wednesday 31st July. This week we've been commemorating Reconciliation Week and learning about the significance of this important national event, capping the week off with a visit by our Year 7 students to the Murrook Culture Centre at Williamtown today to participate in a range of Aboriginal cultural workshops.

Hunter Sports High staff have also focused on Aboriginal Education this term, with all staff participating in a cultural immersion program for the Staff Development Day at the start of the term. We visited a number of sacred sites and cultural venues in our local area including the Awabakal Environmental Education Centre, Yamuloong, Redhead Beach, Swansea Heads and the Bahtabah Local Aboriginal Land Council where we heard Dreamtime stories and learnt more about local Aboriginal culture. The day was invaluable for all staff in identifying resources in our local community that can assist in the development of teaching and learning activities for all Hunter Sports High students. It is extremely important that we continue to work towards closing the gap for Aboriginal students and that we bring Aboriginal culture into our classrooms to educate all students on our rich heritage and history, encouraging continued acceptance, respect and belonging for all at Hunter Sports High.

reconciliation week assembly

Hunter Sports High will mark Reconciliation Week on Monday 3 June at a special assembly led by our student leaders and members of our Junior Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG). We welcome all parents, carers and community members to join us for this special occasion as our students and staff reflect on what reconciliation means to them. Students have been discussing this year's Reconciliation Week theme 'Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage' in roll call groups this week as they explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Hunter Sports High has a proudly diverse student and wider community and we welcome all to join us for this assembly.

$20,000 education scholarship awarded to Chelsea palmer

I had the pleasure of attending the Public Education Foundation's annual Proudly Public Awards Ceremony at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday May 15, where I proudly witnessed Year 9 Big Picture student Chelsea Palmer receive a $20,000 scholarship award. The Harding Miller scholarship provides practical support to girls who have high academic potential and are experiencing hardship. The scholarships lift educational outcomes and career aspirations of high school girls in public schools across Australia. Congratulations to Chelsea on this outstanding achievement. She is a hard-working and deserving student who will no doubt continue to maximise her potential with this financial support.

I also thank our Youth Worker Keira and Big Picture Advisor Mr Staley for their encouragement and support of Chelsea and for putting her forward as a nominee for this scholarship. Chelsea has already received a new computer to help her with her studies and will soon commence tutoring in English, maths and science. The scholarship will also help with her travel costs to and from school as well as some new uniform items. Along with her Big Picture classmates, Chelsea will be heading to Newcastle Uni later this term to check out the Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) Building, an excursion brought about by her interest in technology and gaming and exploring potential university pathways for her future study. Chelsea will report back to the scholarship providers to let them know how she's using the funds, planning for her future, and the extremely positive impact it has already had on her education. Congratulations again Chelsea - it really is amazing to see the transformational power of education in action at Hunter Sports High.

HSHS Youth Worker Keira and Big Picture Advisor Mr Staley congratulate Chelsea Palmer (Year 9) on her Public Education Foundation Harding Miller Scholarship award. Chelsea said she feels very proud of herself and that receiving the award has made her more confident!
parent teacher interviews

As mentioned earlier, our recent Parent Teacher interview evening saw more parents than ever meeting with staff to check in on their children's progress at school. Thank you to all who came along on the night. All teachers were fully booked but very pleased that so many parents and carers took the opportunity to meet them and engage in their child's education.

Thank you also to all who provided feedback on the Parent Teacher survey that was emailed to parents following the evening. As a result of this feedback, we have made some changes to the format of future Parent Teacher nights to enable more parents and carers to meet with staff. The next round of Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for early in Term 3 and we will now have two afternoon/evenings in separate weeks to give parents the opportunity to select the most convenient day and time for themselves and their family. The dates for the next interviews are Wednesday 24th July (Week 1): 4pm-7pm, and Tuesday 6th August (Week 3): 4pm-7pm. Remember, if you would like to speak with any of your child's teachers at any stage please contact the school office to arrange a meeting or phone call.

long service leave

I will be taking some long-service leave over the next few weeks and am looking forward to cheering on the Matildas in their World Cup campaign in France! Of course I will be cheering loudest for former Hunter Sports High student Gema Simon who will be representing Australia in her first World Cup. While I'm away throughout June, Mr Mark Curry will be relieving as Principal and Mr Sean Love will step into the Deputy Principal's seat. I'll be back in Week 10, just in time for the next newsletter! Enjoy the rest of this busy term.

Ms. Rachel Byrne - Principal

school photos: Friday 14th June

This year's school photos are scheduled for Friday 14th June (portraits and sibling photos) and Monday 17th June for all TSP Squad photos and catch ups for students who are away on the Friday. We are using a new photography company this year called Advanced Life and all orders can be placed securely online (no envelopes required or cash taken on photo day). Please be aware that only portrait/sibing photos can be ordered at this stage. Students were given instructions and order codes this week. If you haven't received this, please see instructions below. To avoid a late fee order online now!

Instructions and order codes for TSP squad photo orders will be provided at a later date.

School photos are scheduled for Friday 14th June!

aNZAC day assembly

Hunter Sports High commemorated ANZAC Day with school leaders attending the Belmont march and a full school assembly in the first week back this term.

With ANZAC Day once again falling in the school holidays, Hunter Sports High students and staff commemorated ANZAC on their return in Term 2 at a full school assembly on Thursday 2nd May. The respect shown by our students on the observance of this important day continues to amaze our staff and community. Special thanks to our new Belmont RSL sub-branch partners who joined us for the assembly.

On Anzac Day itself, our school leaders along with Mr Scully and several other students, attended the Belmont service including a march along the Pacific Highway. Our school captains laid a bouquet on the catafalque to pay respects to those who did not return to our shores. These outstanding young leaders also chose to attend the dawn service at Pelican Flats to pay respects to the spirit of ANZAC, demonstrating initiative and courage - just some of the attributes of our service men and women.

2019 athletics carnival

The annual Hunter Sports High Athletics Carnival was a huge success with two spectacular sunny days and house pride creating a great atmosphere and seeing students participate in record numbers. There was a sea of blue, green, yellow and red with the house championship up for grabs and bonus points on offer for dressing up in house colours! We saw many outstanding performances on the track and in the field and plenty of support from the sidelines! Nine records were broken over the two days, including three by Year 7 student Hannah Jarvis, two each for Jai Callaghan (Year 7) and Jai MacPherson (Year 11), and one each for Lara Gooch and Brody Perry. Jai MacPherson (10.87 seconds) and Lara Gooch (12.56 seconds) were crowned King and Queen of the Track for the fastest male and female of Hunter Sports High over 100m! Over a hundred students have qualified for the Regional Athletics Carnival that will be held at Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale on Wednesday 31st July. Congratulations also go to the following students who were named Athletics Age Champions for 2019:

  • 12 Years: Jai Callaghan & Jassmin Daymond
  • 13 Years: Chaice Bayley & Hannah Jarvis
  • 14 Years: Lachlan O'Brien & Francesca Fawell
  • 15 Years: BJ Butt & Kimberly Trappett
  • 16 Years: Jai MacPherson & Abbie Leyshon
  • 17+ Years: Matthew Bishop & Brianna Trappett

Rafter claimed the Athletics Carnival House Championship with a massive 860 points, followed by Webb in second with an impressive 736 points, a very close third place to Beachley with 733 points and Webb in fourth place with 465 points. The overall 2019 House Championship tally still has a number of additional events to add and will be announced at the end of Term 3.

Thanks to Mr McGrevy for capturing the colour, action and fun of the 2019 carnival!

mathemeticians hit the magic million mark

Mr Love, our Head Teacher Mathematics, teaches students to love Maths!

2019 has proved to be very productive so far for students studying Mathematics at Hunter Sports High, with over a million questions answered in Maths classes from Years 7-12 (1,029,551 to be exact as at 17th May). That's some thought-provoking work!

Students have very clearly embraced the online ‘Education Perfect’ platform and the interactive problem-based exercises it creates. All classes in Years 7-10 have been issued tasks to complete as part of their homework for each topic. Remember, students’ details are in the following format:

  • Website: https://www.educationperfect.com/app/#/login
  • Username: HSHFirstnamelastname
  • Password: firstname

Terms 3 and 4 will see students participating in a Talented Program for Stage 5 students. This course will involve a series of interactive modules aimed at better preparing students for higher levels of Mathematics in the HSC as well as the 'World of Maths – Hands On Day' on 1st August. Applications for this program will be open from Week 8 this term. For more information on any of the above Mathematics programs, please contact our Head Teacher Mathematics, Mr Sean Love.

HSIE Happenings

Students of HSIE (Human Society & Its Environment) began a busy term of study with the commemoration of ANZAC. Students from Years 8, 9 and 10 participated in the school's ANZAC commemorations by presenting various pieces, as our school leaders participated in the annual march at Belmont. Our school has a proud tradition of participation in ANZAC events and drew praise from the RSL community. These activities have coincided with the Year 10 depth study on Australia during the Wars. Students have been exposed to the ANZAC story, the broader British Empire story for WW1 and the later struggles on our door step during the War in the Pacific in WW2.

Year 7 and 9 students participated in NAPLAN during Week 3, and HSIE classes were given activities to assist them with preparation for the exams. Students were allocated geography specific texts and given ALERT strategies to allow them to break the texts down. We have worked hard with the English faculty and our Deputy Principal for Instructional Learning, Ms Wendy Beckett, to ensure these strategies have been given to all classes. We hope this preparation has proven valuable to all students.

Year 9 Commerce students have learnt how to trade on the share market, participating in the ASX share market game. Students became very competitive as they traded and lost shares, or became virtual millionaires! This activity was also part of their Term 1 assessment task, providing some real world links to classroom learning.

Senior students continue to strive for their best in multiple subjects, including the Year 12 Aboriginal Studies class who are taking an active part in our school's Reconciliation Week commemoration. Students prepared a presentation for the assembly (commemorating Reconciliation Week, this year falling on 27th May - 3rd June.) They have looked at what reconciliation is and what it means to them, developing their own perspective.

Reminders for Assessment Tasks
  • Year 7: Water in the World Task (Week 8)
  • Year 8: Ancient Societies Research (Week 8)
  • Year 9: Urban Growth Research Task (Week 8)
  • Year 10: World War 1 Research Task (Week 8)
  • Year 11: Modern History - Historical Investigation (Week 7); Ancient History - Historical Investigation (Week 9)
  • Year 12: Modern History - Presentation (Week 6); Work Studies - Task 3 (Week 6); Business Studies - Task 3 (Week 7); Aboriginal Studies - Task 3 (Week 8); Legal Studies - Task 2 (Week 9)

Support Unit update

Leaving to Learn

Students are really enjoying their Leaving to Learn excursions. During Term 2, we have participated in some fantastic excursions where students have learnt valuable life skills whilst also having a really fun time. In Week we took a trip to Stockton, where we caught a bus to Newcastle then the Ferry across to Stockton. We enjoyed a walk along the breakwall and had lunch in the park. Most recently, we visited the Wyong Milk Factory. The Wyong Milk Factory was established in 1906 and has been lovingly restored, with a cheese and chocolate factory and a beautiful cafe. Students very much enjoyed tasting some samples in the chocolate and cheese shops. They explored the local gym and its outdoor area where they had the opportunity to participate in tyre-flipping, followed by a well-deserved rest in ‘The Hut’. We went on to visit the woodwork shop where the workers showed us around and showed us some handmade crafts. Both staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the day. These excursions provide opportunities for students to engage with the wider community and enhance their skills of catching public transport.

Support Unit students enjoy their Leaving to Learn excursions and learn valuable skills while they're out and about in the community!
athletics carnival

We had two perfect sunny days for the annual athletics carnival last week. Student participation was outstanding and it was great to see our new Year 7 students getting involved and having a great time at their first HSHS athletic carnival. With bonus points on offer for dressing up in house colours and prizes for best dressed, the carnival was very colourful. Sarah from the Opal Class was awarded one of the prizes for best dressed. Congratulations to all students that participated.

TAFE Taster Courses

Five Support Unit students will be participating in a TAFE Taster course this term. Students will get an insight into jobs such as automotive spray painting, baking, childcare, hospitality, travel and event management. These courses provide students with a taste of what it would be like to study and work in their chosen field. Students are excited and we wish them all the best.

Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop Program continues to run each Friday, from Week 2 through to Week 9 each term. Ms Stewart and the awesome group of students deliver a scrumptious menu each week and we thank everyone for their patronage and support. The Coffee Shop is open to parents from 12.00pm - 1.30pm.

It's a girl!

Congratulations to our lovely Support Unit teacher Ms Smith on the safe arrival of her bundle of joy, Elizabeth Emily. She looks perfect and we cannot wait for her to visit the Support Unit!

learning new skills in national careers week

Students from Hunter Sports High's PAL class (Personalised Accountable Learning) visited the newly-renovated Coles store at Lake Macquarie Fair last week for a hands-on and informative tour as part of National Careers Week. The students toured the bakery department, iced and packaged donuts, conducted a quiz in the meat department, activities in the fruit & veg department, and learnt all about stock merchandising. They also enjoyed a delicious morning tea (including their donuts of course) while they engaged in marketing activities for upcoming store promotions. This experience was invaluable for our students, giving them an opportunity to gain skills and get an insight into working in a large retail store. Special thanks to store manager Jack Gibb and his staff who so generously gave their time to our students. Jack is very supportive of our school and the local community and Hunter Sports High is extremely grateful for the strong link we have formed with him over the course of this year.

Students from our PAL class learnt invaluable skills at Coles during National Careers Week.
careers expo
Students explored career options at the Newcastle Careers Expo in Week 3.

Seventy-five students from Years 1, 11 and 12 explored their future career options at the Newcastle Careers Expo on Thursday 16th May. The Expo included displays from over 130 training institutions, apprentice providers, local employers, industry representatives and universities. Students were able seek information and advice about a wide variety of career options and collected piles of brochures to read. Students are encouraged to follow up with any career or training providers of interest (via contact details on the flyers) to further explore their potential career choices.


jesse southwell doubles up FOR NSW IN touch & rugby
Jesse, third from left in the front row, doubles up for NSW in touch and rugby.

Congratulations to Year 9 student Jesse Southwell who has had a big couple of weeks in sport! Jesse was selected in the NSW Under 15 Touch Football team following trials in Wollongong earlier this month. She captained the Hunter Girls team who were Runners Up to North Sydney in the final, and was also awarded the Most Valuable Player medal for the tournament. Last weekend Jesse played in the NSW U17 Rugby 7's team after being invited by the NSW Coach to play in a tournament at ARU headquarters at Moore Park against the Australian U17 Youth Team - a huge achievement when she is only 14 years old! Jesse has been in the squad since she was 12 but hasn't been able to participate in contact drills until now. She's following in the footsteps of older sister and former HSHS student Hannah who is representing NSW and Australia in rugby league, recently signing a contract with the Jillaroos!

two students into NSW touch team

Congratulations to Lauchlyn Spicer (Year 9) and Kynan Toomey (Year 10) who were selected in the NSW Under 15 Boys Touch team following the CHS carnival in Wollongong last weekend. The boys were part of the Hunter team along with Taimana Elers, Taylor Griffen and Will Rupek. The team was Runners Up and Taimana was named Players' Player. Congratulations to all the boys who displayed great skill and sportsmanship as they represented HSHS and the Hunter Region. Good luck to Kynan and Lauchlyn who will now compete with the NSW CHS team against Catholic and independent schools for a place in the All Schools team.

CHS Netball championships

Congratulations to our Under 15's netballers who traveled to Wollongong this week for the NSW CHS Netball Championships. The girls played 15 games over three days (with only four losses) and placed equal third with Hills Sports High by wins and losses, but on a countback came in fourth behind Westfields, Endeavour and Hills Sports High Schools - a massive accomplishment for our young team. The Hunter Sports High girls were commended by umpires and other teams on their sportsmanship and their Indigenous dress design was a popular talking point at the championships! Well done to all the girls and their coaches on this outstanding effort!

Football NEWS

Our boys and girls open football teams played their Round 3 matches in the Sports High Round Robin last week against Hills Sports High. The girls had a 1-nil win thanks to a late goal from Kirsty Fenton and the boys were unfortunately defeated 2-nil. With one round to go against Endeavour Sports High, a win for the girls could see them advancing to the final for the second year in a row. In other football news, the boys Bill Turner squad kicked off their 2019 campaign today against Belmont Christian College (results weren't in at the time of publishing this newsletter) while the girls play their first game against Warners Bay High next Friday 7th June.

regional surfing carnival

Four young Hunter Sports High surfers represented the school at the Regional Surfing Carnival held at Dixon Park Beach on Friday 17 May. According to Mr Staley, in clean 3-4 foot conditions Dusty Miller, Joseph Murdoch, Blake Cook and Charlie Maguire surfed two heats each against the thumping shore break. Well done to all the boys! They carried themselves well, were very respectful and friendly with competitors and were great ambassadors for Hunter Sports High School.

Basketball brilliance

Congratulations to our brilliant basketballers who have had a busy month with NSW CHS Championships with four students selected in NSW state teams. The boys played in Bathurst at the beginning of May while the girls played last week in Minto. Congratulations to Jai Smith, Kaia Isaac and Jesse Parker who made the NSW boys team, and Zoe Simpson on her selection in the NSW girls team.

big news for young baseballer

Congratulations to Year 7 student Jack Elasi who will head to the USA at the end of June as part of the Crocodiles Baseball team, comprised of players from all over NSW. As part of this team, Jack will compete in three major tournaments as well as mid-week games in Southern California and Arizona. It's been a big year in baseball for Jack who is this week representing in South Australia for the Junior League National Championships. Well done Jack on these outstanding achievements in your sport!

from hunter sports high to the world cup: gema simon selected in matildas squad

Congratulations to former student and HSHS Hall-of-Famer Gema Simon on her selection in the Matildas World Cup squad. The team flew out to Turkey on the weekend for the pre-tournament camp with the World Cup campaign kicking off in France on June 7. Gema has been in and out of the national team setup since 2014 and this will be her first World Cup - an incredible achievement considering she had surgery on her knee 12 months ago and wasn't even sure if she'd be able to play again. Gema attended Hunter Sports High from 2003 to 2008, claiming the Sportsperson of the Year Award in 2007 and later earning her place in the HSHS Hall of Fame. The Matildas play Italy (9 June 1pm local time), Brazil (13 June 6pm) and Jamaica (18 June 9pm), in their round matches. We'll all be tuning in and cheering them on with all Matildas matches to be televised live on SBS and also on Optus Sport. Good luck Gema from everyone at Hunter Sports High!

strength & conditioning knowledge hub: mr trypas shares his tips

Hunter Sports High's Strength & Conditioning Coach Mr Adam Trypas has a wealth of knowledge in all things health and fitness for adolescent athletes. He's sharing some insights for students and parents on our Facebook page about the latest research and world's best practice in strength, conditioning and athlete development.

are you getting enough sleep?

Mr Trypas' first and possibly most important message to HSHS students is to make sure they're getting plenty of sleep. Not only is sleep essential for health and daily functioning to power their brain and it's development (and concentration in class), it is as important as a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Research shows that athletes who sleep on average less than 8 hours per night have 1.7 times greater risk of being injured than those who sleep more than 8 hours. Just remember to set your alarm clock so you get to school on time!

How Young is "Too Young" to Start S&C Training?

Research shows that consistently structured and properly coached strength and conditioning training initiated toward the end of primary school and continued through high school significantly increases the potential to achieve optimal athletic qualities into adulthood.

Mr Trypas shares his strength and conditioning expertise each fortnight on our Facebook page.

student welfare news

focus on positive mental health

Across Australia, mental health issues are estimated to affect one in four young people. In coming weeks our Year 7 and 8 students will participate in 'Focus Days' involving a range of presentations and activities designed to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Sessions include the 'Bright Minds Project' which aims to educate local teenagers about mental health and to better equip them to seek help when required. Girls will also participate in the 'BeYOUtiful Brave' program, exploring self-worth, body image, healthy relationships, social-media use, emotional intelligence and resilience skills, while the boys will participate in 'RESET' - a digital education program designed to start a deeper conversation with boys about negative body image and eating disorders.

Breakfast club

Breakfast Club is proving very popular again this term and as the cold weather hits the food is warming up! Our food technology students will be serving up some hot food options this term thanks to a generous donation of $50 per week from our local Aldi store. Students are encouraged to drop by the canteen from 8.30am on Monday and Friday mornings to fuel up on a healthy and filling breakfast!

donations gratefully accepted

With the cold weather hitting us this week, our Youth Room is quickly going through the supply of donated jumpers and warmer items for students in need. If you have any old or outgrown uniform items (summer or winter) our Youth Room would gratefully accept them to help out our students. Also, the lovely Sue from our Clinic would love any old/spare crutches if you have any. Fingers crossed no-one will need them though! Donations can be dropped to the school office Monday-Friday during school hours.

awesome foundation grant up for grabs

Have you got an idea for an awesome project that will benefit our school or local community? Every month the 'Awesome Lake Mac Foundation' gives someone $1000 to do something AWESOME in Lake Macquarie! This month they are focusing on youth and all applications must be from young people aged 16-24. The no-strings attached grants, funded personally by board-members, are awarded to awesome projects that will benefit the local Lake Macquarie community.

What are they looking for?

  • Innovative, exciting and unusual ideas - but they also want to know that you can achieve what you're setting out to do
  • Ideas that have the potential to go far
  • Ideas filled with passion and purpose
  • Local projects that will help Lake Macquarie grow
  • Projects where the grant is a catalyst to kick-start something awesome
  • Community benefit – bringing people together through a project instead of enjoying it in isolation

If you have an idea you think is worth $1,000 go to the link below and complete an application. Check in with our Youth Workers Keira or Jess if you need a hand or advice about an idea or application.

entertainment Books on sale

Order your 2019/20 Entertainment Book at the link below to support Hunter Sports High!

2019/20 Entertainment Books are available for purchase again with 20 per cent of all sales donated back to the school. This year's Newcastle/Hunter/Central Coast Entertainment Book contains discount vouchers for hundreds of local restaurants, cafes, and fast food outlets as well as hotel, shopping and travel deals. You can choose the traditional book with tear-out vouchers or the popular and convenient digital membership which can be used via an app on your smartphone. Place your order via the link below to support Hunter Sports High School, or contact the school on 4943 5755.

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